(352) 489-7716 
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20831 Powell Rd
Dunnellon, FL 34431
 

DCA ACCREDITATION

DCA is accredited through Christian Schools of Florida (CSF) and a proud member of the Southern Baptist Association of Christian Schools (SBACS).

BEFORE CARE/AFTER CARE

Before Care and Aftercare is a service of the daycare program.

Official School Hours 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
  • Before-Care: 7 am to 8:15 am
  • After-Care: 3:45 pm to 6 pm

Admission Requirements

 

Steps for Admission to DCA

In order to become eligible to enter Dunnellon Christian Academy, each prospective new student and his parents/guardians must do the following:

1. Submit NON-REFUNDABLE Registration Fee of $175.00.

2. Read the Dunnellon Christian Academy Handbook: available online at www.dcaeagles.com

3. Sign Tuition Contract and complete all necessary forms.

4. Submit a copy of student's certified birth certificate.

5. Submit a blue Florida Immunization Form.

6. Submit a doctor's health form (from State of Florida)

7. Submit a copy of most recent report card.

8. Submit a social security number (optional)

9. Sign Parent Pledge

10. Sign Student Pledge

11. **Submit a letter of recommendation from someone other than a family member (Pastor, Former School, Teacher, Community Leader, etc)

12. **Arrange for a Parent/Student Interview (through Academy office)

13. **Complete entrance exam if needed.

NO STUDENT WILL BE PERMITTED TO START UNTIL ALL OF THE ABOVE REQUIREMENTS ARE MET.


Steps 1-11 must be completed before an interview will be scheduled. Interviews will not be scheduled earlier than 24 hours from the time steps 1-11 have been completed. An application for admission is not considered until an interview has been held. Completing the above steps DOES NOT ENSURE acceptance to DCA. 


ALL STUDENTS ARE ADMITTED CONDITIONALLY ON A SEMESTER (90 DAY) TRIAL PERIOD. The Academy reserves the right to place the child in a lower grade if it is deemed necessary. Additional probation may be set for not completing homework, failure to meet other set academic requirements of the various subjects, or as a result of disciplinary problems. If the child fails to make acceptable progress, or does not adjust to the program of the Academy, the parents will be expected to withdraw their child, or the Administration will require the student to be withdrawn.


ADDITIONAL ADMISSION POLICIES

1. Arrange for an Administrator- Parent/Student Interview (through the Academy office). During the interview between the Administrator, Parent(s), and Student, the overall school program at DCA is discussed. This includes, but not limited to, the school's mission, purpose, vision and expectations regarding the Parent and Student Pledges. The Matthew 18 Principle is explained and discussed.


2. Based on the entrance exam results, student may be enrolled into the Powerline program or Intensive Instruction Program for acceptance. Students and parents may also be required to comply with additional testing.


3. Academic achievement, not chronological age will determine the grade level placement of student.


4. Students must meet the chronological age required for a given grade by September 1 in order to be placed in that grade. Any exceptions to this policy must be approved by the Administration.


5. Parents must agree to submit their children to the standards of conduct, discipline, and overall program of the Academy.


6. Dunnellon Christian Academy reserves the privilege of setting and maintaining its own standards for student conduct, dress, cleanliness, and scholarship.

Current Enrollment

Students will be admitted based on the availability of space, completion of the written entrance requirements, the receipt of three references, and a preliminary interview with the Administrator or his/her designee. The student must have a minimum of a "C" average and have a clean discipline record. Completion of these steps does not imply admission. Dunnellon Christian Academy reserves the right to refuse admittance to any student.

 

Students who are admitted to DCA will be expected to maintain a "C" average and observe the school's code of conduct. Any student who fails to maintain a "C" average, or who, in the substantiated opinion of the Administrator, has become disruptive to the educational process will be placed on probation and/or referred to the Academy Committee for expulsion. It is the intent of Dunnellon Christian Academy to provide every student the opportunity to alter negative behavior and to fulfill his/her obligation to the school, to his/her parents, and to the Lord. No student will be denied admission based on race, color, national or ethnic heritage. Students may be denied admittance or have their registration canceled if their religious background is or becomes, incompatible with the school's stated doctrine or beliefs, or if the student refuses to participate in any of the school's programs.

 

Dunnellon Christian Academy has limited programs to assist students who have been classified, or who during their enrollment at Dunnellon Christian Academy become classified as ESE students. This includes students classified as emotionally handicapped or learning disabled. Each student situation fitting any of the criteria listed above must be discussed with the Administrator. The Intensive Instruction Program is available for those students with additional needs which would include McKay Scholarship students as well as other students who need additional services such as speech or occupational therapy. DCA will make every effort to offer these services on campus; however, we reserve the right to refer families to outside sources to meet these needs.

 

In the event parents wish to appeal decisions made by the Administrator, a written letter of appeal describing the situation and the decision of the Administrator should be drafted and a copy made for each member of the Academy Committee. The matter will then be discussed at the next regularly scheduled Academy Committee meeting.

 

Applicants must return the completed application packet prior to the testing date. Students who have not completed the application packet will not be admitted to testing. Please follow all of the steps listed on the following page under the "Steps for Admission to DCA" section. All steps must be completed before an interview can be scheduled.

Scholarship Programs at DCA

DCA Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and availability. This scholarship is available to children in K5 and above. Scholarship applications are available in the Academy office and are due no later than May 20, 2014. The application must be turned in on time and all the required documents must be attached to be considered by the Scholarship Committee. An incomplete packet will be returned and denied if not all documentation is included..

The Scholarship Committee of DCA administers the tuition assistance program. Application to the program does not guarantee acceptance or receipt of a scholarship. Funds available for the program are limited and will be awarded each year based on the guidelines stated in the application packet. Receipt of a DCA Scholarship one year does not guarantee receipt subsequent years. New families are not eligible for this scholarship.


MCKAY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Florida's school choice programs ensure that no child will be left behind by allowing parents to choose the best educational setting—public or private—for their child. The McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program offers parents public school choice.

In order to be eligible for the McKay Scholarship Program, a student must apply for the program prior to withdrawing from public school. The student must also have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Accommodation Plan. Please visit the website for additional program qualification requirements and to apply.

 http://www.floridaschoolchoice.org/Information/McKay/

 

STEP UP FOR STUDENTS PROGRAM

Step Up For Students was created to help alleviate the enormous educational challenges faced by children in Florida. The program provides Tax Credit Scholarships to students in K-12 who come from low-income families. These scholarships allow the students to consider a private school or an out-of-district public school that may better suit their individual needs, an option which already is available to families of greater financial means.

For more information and to apply: www.stepupforstudents.org. There is a $35 processing fee to apply. The rules are always changing so please see the website for additional information