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Admissions Process

The Admission Process


The Admissions Office at Donelson Christian Academy is dedicated to assisting families through the following steps for enrollment.

Guidance for Prospective Families


Due to concerns for the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff, Donelson Christian Academy is currently conducting private tours for individual families as allowed by each division head.

Open House/Campus Tours give you the opportunity to meet our staff, faculty and administration as we showcase our campus and present a preview of our curriculum from preschool through twelfth grade.  We are currently conducting VIP Tours for families since Open Houses are not yet COVID-safe. Please watch our Virtual Tour Video for the healthiest way to get to know our community.

  • For information about our PreSchool through Fifth Grade, please contact John Carey, in our Elementary Admissions Office at 615.577.1216 or by email at for your VIP Tour today.

  • For information about our Middle and High School (Grades 6 through 12), please contact Alice Prentice at 615.577.1212 or by email at for your VIP Tour today.

We encourage interested rising 6th through 12th grade students to Shadow for a Day when they are paired with a student who has similar interests.  This will give prospective students a feel for our culture and experience a typical day at DCA.  We hope to resume shadow days in March.  Until then, please contact us for a private tour of our main campus.

We look forward to meeting with you and having you visit Donelson Christian Academy as soon as possible!



An Online Application for Admission must be completed for each prospective student wanting to begin the DCA admissions process. Go to and click on the Admissions tab and choose Apply for Admission.  We are currently waiving our $75 application fee.

Preschool: Must be at least one year old and walking. Bottles and pacifiers are not allowed in the classroom.

PreKindergarten through 1st: To be considered for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, or first grade, students must be 4, 5, or 6 years old respectively by August 15 of the year they plan to enroll.



Preschool Grades through Kindergarten: One (1) recommendation must be completed and e-mailed directly to the DCA Admissions Office by the student’s current preschool teacher, daycare worker, Sunday school teacher, or someone other than the parents who has worked with the student.

1st through 12th Grade: Three (3) recommendations must be completed and e-mailed directly to the DCA Admissions Office by teachers or other school personnel.

Academic Records


A copy of the student’s most recent progress report, report card, and achievement test scores must be uploaded or submitted to the Admissions Office to complete an application file.

10th through 12th Grade: In addition to the above documents, an official copy of the student’s transcripts including GPA and course grades must be uploaded or submitted to the Admissions Office.

Student Testing and Interview


Pre-K through 12th Grade: Once the application, recommendations, and applicable academic records have been received, the Admissions office will schedule an appointment for student testing and interview.

Admissions Decision


Applicants will be notified via e-mail once a decision has been made by the Admissions Committee. Upon acceptance, the online enrollment packet and non-refundable tuition deposit, $100 for PS/Pre-K and $225 for K-12, is due within one week of notification.