Grace at a Glance
Grace Baptist Academy is committed to excellence in all we do: academics, fine arts, athletics, and most of all, developing young people into Christ-centered leaders of their families, our community, nation, and world. When you decide to enroll at Grace, your family joins our community of learners and becomes part of the Grace family. While we want to meet every interested family in person, we encourage you to browse our entire website since it is designed to give potential applicants as much information as possible.
Founded: 1985 as a ministry of Grace Baptist Church and serves over 100 churches of different evangelical denominations within the greater Chattanooga area.
School Colors: Maroon & Gold
School Mascot: Golden Eagles
Isaiah 40:31 "They that wait upon the Lord will renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint."
Accreditation is a process that includes self-study and analysis, a comparison to established standards, an assessment of a school’s mission, a commitment to quality education, and a willingness to be accountable. Grace Baptist Academy is accredited by AdvancED, formerly known as Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is a member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), as well as the Tennessee Association of Independent Schools (TAIS). We also hold membership in the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA).
Grace serves almost 600 students campus-wide. The Academy is proud of our 1000+ graduates as we see them excelling in further education, leading strong families, faithful church involvement, and serving in meaningful careers. 95% of graduating seniors attend college and 80% of those students will attend a four-year post secondary institution.
Our faculty and also staff are carefully selected to ensure that we have the highest quality professionals with the deepest commitment to Christian school education. Each employee testifies to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, agrees with our Statement of Faith, and models to our students a healthy lifestyle based on the moral teachings of the Bible. Our full-time, classroom teachers are required to hold a bachelor’s degree however some have continued their education beyond this level with the goal of advanced degrees. We are committed to the professional development of our faculty with a focus on research-based practices for the most effective educational experience for our students. You can learn more about our faculty in the section of our website entitled “Academics”.
Points of Interest
• School-owned iPad in the hands of every 5th through 12th grade student
• Stations for iPad use by students in every PreK to 4th grade classroom
• College preparatory curriculum beginning in 8th grade
• Advanced courses available beginning in middle school
• College & Career guidance beginning in middle school
• Joint-enrollment college courses (41 college credits possible before graduation)
• NILD (National Institute of Learning Difficulties) therapists in our Discovery program
• After-school tutorial & enrichment classes in the elementary
• Daily Bible classes and weekly chapels
• Community and world service projects & outreach
• Service clubs (National Honor Society, BETA Club)
• Award-winning performing arts
• Competitive interscholastic athletic program (5th- 12th grades)
• Intramural sports (K4-5th grades)
• Strong fine arts program in the elementary school
• Computer instruction beginning in first grade
• Early Arrival and Late Stay programs provided
We strive to utilize the most appropriate curriculum and most engaging learning methods in order to establish a creative, supportive and wholesome atmosphere for all our students. The total education experience is designed to help each student recognize his or her own learning style, abilities, and talents and to use them in pursuing God’s will for his or her life. We are devoted to developing the whole person and instilling in our students a lifelong passion for God and His Word, for service to others, and for achieving excellence in all they do.
• 95% of our graduates go on to receive higher education
• Combined scholarship amount of just under $2,000,000 offered to the 2016 graduating class (32 students)
• Three military school appointments (West Point & Air Force Academy)
• Above average ACT scores:
2013 Average ACT Score: 23 Top ACT Score: 30
2014 Average ACT Score: 23 Top ACT Score: 34
2015 Average ACT Score: 23 Top ACT Score: 33
2016 Average ACT Score: 23 Top ACT Score: 29
• One National Merit Semi-Finalist in 2014 - this student scores in the top 1/2% of all student in the state and the top 1% nationwide
• One National Achievement Outstanding Participant in 2014 - only 3,000 out of 160,000 are recognized across the nation
• Interactive weekly chapels with student involvement
• Small group mentoring by faculty for all students in middle and high school
• Christian worldview courses
• Biblical integration in all subject areas
• One-on-One mentoring program in the high school
• Instruction in visual arts from elementary through high school
• Band, choir, & drama programs
• Marching Band
• Two choir & band performances annually
• Annual musical theater production
• Over 45 athletic teams in grades 4-12
• Playoff, district, & regional appearances in a variety of sports
• Appearance in state championship games in softball, soccer, and basketball
We promote community service for students in all grades by providing a variety of opportunities for volunteer work both on and off campus. We want these experiences to inspire a heart for service in our students. It is our goal that serving others will show students the positive impact they can make on their local community and motivate them to make this a life-long practice.
The official board of Grace Baptist Church delegates the oversight of the Academy to the School Board and it operates with a policy form of governance. This means the school board functions and acts as one for the purpose of establishing policies that will enable the Academy to achieve its established desirable ends and to avoid results the Board considers unacceptable. It is the role of the Headmaster to lead the school. Board members perform their governance role only during a duly called meeting and have no authority, individual or corporate, outside of such duly called meetings. Issues related to the governing policies of the school should be presented to the Board through the Headmaster. Issues that are related to the daily activities and/or operation of the school are to be addressed with the Headmaster and/or the leadership team member most responsible for the area to be addressed.
Grace Academy admits students of any race, color, or ethnic origin to all the rights and privileges, programs, and activities of the school. In addition the school will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, scholarships, tuition, and educational programs or extra-curricular activities.
Grace Academy is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation fully licensed in the State of Tennessee.