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Collegiate Academy (Grades 7-12)

Purpose Statement: The Collegiate Academy (grades 7-12) seeks to prepare students through spiritual, academic and social opportunities that emphasize their participation in God's kingdom by using the gifts and talents God has invested in them.

Theme Verse: And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-13

Girls BBall TCIS Sportmanship AwardVarsity Football and Girls Basketball Coach Tommy Austin has been selected to participate in the 2017 Marine Corps Coaches Workshop.  Given in conjunction with the Marine Corps Platoon Leaders program, the workshop is designed to provide coaches with tools to help develop a culture of leadership within their teams.  Coach Austin will head to Quantico, Virginia to participate in the four day long workshop.

Here Coach Austin is pictured with the 2017 Girls Varsity Basketball team receiving the TCIS Sportsmanship Award.



Luke Bussel

Congratulations to Class of 2018’s Luke Bussel on being selected as a Semper Fidelis All-American!

Presented by the United States Marine Corps, the Semper Fidelis All-American Program recognizes high school students who face life’s battles with the conviction and determination to succeed.  Students are selected for the program based on moral character and academic performance in addition to athletic abilities. Most critically, nominees must demonstrate a fighting spirit that improves the lives of their fellow citizens.

Students selected as Semper Fidelis All-Americans receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. to attend the Battles Won Academy where they will participate in an immersive Marine Corps experience, teambuilding outings, sporting events, and behind-the-scenes tours of our Nation’s Capital.  The selected Semper Fidelis All-Americans will also have the opportunity to network with an elite circle of speakers from all walks of life and various industries who will share their inspiring stories of fighting and winning battles in their own lives. In recognition of the importance of building a support system to enable the success of the next generation, each All-American will be given the opportunity to invite a mentor to attend the event as well. Finally, becoming a Semper Fidelis-All American will make students eligible for select scholarship opportunities only available to program participants.

Congratulations, Luke!



Gator headSave the Date!  GCA's Varsity Football program is hosting its first annual BBQ and Cornhole Tournament on Saturday, June 10th!

Interested in playing?  Purchase tickets and/or register today at the GCA main office, with any football player, or by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Cornhole Tournament (10am-2pm):  Teams of 2 players (no age restrictions!) will compete in 2 brackets of 32 teams. Limit of 64 teams!  $20/team or $10/individual if registered in advance, $30/team or $15/individual if registered day of tournament.

BBQ Tickets (noon-2pm): $10 each. Redeem for a 1lb container of Pork BBQ or BBQ platter. Platters are eat-in or take-out and include coleslaw, baked beans, dinner roll and drink.  Delivery available for larger orders!




Weather Balloon ProjecyOn Wednesday, March 15th, students in Collegiate Academy’s Honors Physics class shared their innovative weather balloon project with first, third, and sixth graders. Senior Rachel Olsen explained how STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills allow students to do amazing things and encouraged our younger Gators to use STEM skills to explore the world around them!  

Fellow Honors Physics students Sam Slagle, Andrew Bush, and Moses Waithaka each shared different aspects of the project team’s plan to launch the weather balloon into the stratosphere while our younger students looked on with excitement.  Students heard about some of the technology behind the project and one lucky Gator got hands-on interaction with the drone that will be remotely piloted back to Earth by the project team.

The team plans to launch the weather balloon in early April, depending on weather conditions, from a site in Emporia, Virginia.  The 1200 gram weather balloon will be inflated with helium and make its ascent while carrying a custom made drone which has been adorned with Gator artwork by GCA student Savannah Williams and outfitted with two data-collecting cameras.  The weather balloon will collect data as it carries the drone approximately 100,000 feet before succumbing to pressure and falling back to Earth, at which point the team will begin remotely piloting the drone.  Throughout the presentation, our Physics students took questions from their younger schoolmates, including one from a third grader who asked, “Won’t the balloon burn up in outer space?” 

Students learned how the project team had to take into account many variables such as weight limitations, potential atmospheric conditions, sourcing of power, and budgetary constraints to make this launch possible.  Younger students were very interested in how the drone will be piloted remotely during its descent back to Earth and our Honors Physics students patiently answered many questions, explaining how the project is expected to play out.

GCA’s unique model of having four Academies, serving students from Preschool through Twelfth grade, allows our younger students opportunities to be inspired by and mentored by their older schoolmates, while providing our older students opportunities to grow as future leaders.  

Thank you to Mr. Smallman and the Honors Physics class for sharing this exciting project with the school!




DR Missions TeamThe 2017 Dominican Republic missions team has returned safely after a week serving in the D.R.  The team of  32, comprised of GCA students, teachers, and other chaperones, spent time supporting local long-term missionaries, serving at two local churches, ministering to children in nearby communities, teaching at The Palms Christian school, and visiting with relationships from past missions trips, sharing God's love throughout.

Thank you to the GCA community for the faithful support of our missions trip.  The many gifts of financial support, items donated, prayer, and time were used to bless our brothers and sisters in the Dominican Republic and shine God's love on those less fortunate.  Thank you and praise God for his faithfulness over the missions trip.

To see daily travel logs of our 2017 Missions Trip to the Dominican Republic, please view our Facebook page; or for the full DR 2017 photo album, click here.


ELS with Carly FiorinaStudents from GCA’s Collegiate Academy attended Regent University’s Executive Leadership Series luncheon in February with featured speaker, Carly Fiorina. GCA students, along with over 600 other attendees, were challenged by Fiorina’s talk on “Lessons in Leadership” to see the possibilities all around us and have courage to change the status quo. Fiorina encouraged young people to get a job and work hard, viewing even the most basic position as a learning experience and stepping stone.

When Fiorina opened the floor to an audience Q and A session, Class of 2018 student Jessica Ferebee posed the first question, asking Fiorina how she handled moments in her career when she had self-doubt. Fiorina shared a piece of advice she once heard of not reading your own “bad press.” She went on to say a leader needs the ability to take risks and the courage to make mistakes; when those mistakes happen, learn from them and move on. 

Thank you to Regent University for allowing us to be a part of this inspirational luncheon.  Photo credit: A. Perry/Regent University.


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