The educational philosophy of Ross Corners Christian Academy emanates from our conviction that the Bible is the unique, inspired, inerrant Word of God and that God’s Word is fundamental to every aspect of the Christian home, church, and school. As such, all subjects are taught from a biblical perspective and are interwoven with scriptural principles and examples.
Our motto, “Educating Minds; Transforming hearts for Christ”, applies across the four major areas of human growth. As Luke 2:52 states, “…and Jesus increased in wisdom (intellectual) and stature (physical), and in favor with God (spiritual) and man (social).” RCCA seeks to develop godly character and to enhance the student’s appreciation of knowledge and beauty in all facets of life. Students are encouraged to excel in areas where God has bestowed talents and abilities and are given opportunity to grow, develop, and utilize skills in these areas. Students who consistently apply themselves with diligence at RCCA will earn solid grades, score well on standardized testing, and be highly competitive in the college and career market.
Biblical Emphasis: Bible is a required course in all grades at the Academy. Chapel and Scripture memorization are included as parts of the curriculum. We believe a Christian world-view is essential in the presentation of all educational material.
Ross Corners Christian Academy was founded in 1960 and is one of the oldest Christian schools in New York State. The Academy began with 55 students in grades Pre-K through 4, and three teachers. Classes were housed entirely in the old Ross Corners Baptist Church building located on Arlington Avenue in Vestal. RCCA had its first graduating class in 1968, in what was then the new Gym-Ed Building. Ross Corners Baptist Church sacrificially constructed the new building for the Academy rather than proceed with plans for a badly needed new church building. Enrollment at that time had climbed to 188 students in grades Pre-K through 12, and the faculty had increased to nineteen.
By 1979, the Lord had provided the new church building for Ross Corners Baptist Church, and all classes were moved to the present site with expansions to the Gym-Ed building and use of the lower level of the church building. Over the years, the Lord has blessed the Academy and enabled RCCA to improve its facilities, to establish sound Christian curriculum, to build quality music and sports programs, and to add an array of other extra-curricular activities and recognition programs.
RCCA graduates invariably find success in the college of their choice, and RCCA alumni are engaged in Christian ministry, education, health care professions, law, science and technology, and many other vocations. Today many “second generation” students are enrolled at the Academy, and a portion of the faculty are RCCA alumni.
As of September 1st, 2016, the Ross Corners Baptist Church turned the operations of the school over to RC Christian Academy, Inc. an independent 501(c)(3) corporation governed by a School Board of Directors.
The School Board of Directors has been very active in operations of the school, growing enrollment, and developing a vision for the future. The board and parents appreciate the efforts of local pastors, faculty, former board members, parents, and friends of the Academy, including those of Ross Corners Baptist Church and sister churches who have been used by the Lord to co-labor, pray, sacrifice, and support the growth of the Academy over the years.
**Ross Corners Christian Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered events.