Redemption Christian Academy's Postgraduate Programís objective is designed for students who have graduated high school, yet desire one or two additional years of preparation before attending college. This gap year program affords students many opportunities to mature with the help of RCAís academic and support staff. Depending upon student readiness, maturity, and independent living skills, students may opt for one or two years of participation in the postgraduate program.
In addition to the variety of academic subjects RCA offers, qualified academic students may take college courses and receive dual college credit through our partnerships with Grand Canyon University, Greenfield Community College, National University, or a college of their choice. An extended senior curriculum of RCAís high school courses is available for those postgraduates who need a fifth year of academic preparation to enhance their critical thinking and strengthen academic skills. Students have opportunities to build competence in English Language Arts and Mathematics and may also take high school AP courses. Through RCAís postgraduate program, students may strengthen their academic preparedness and improve SAT and ACT scores.
Students may also participate in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) program. RCA students have conducted research by a National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Assistantship for High School Students Award. Students are also provided relevant learning opportunities through RCA's Agricultural Engineering Program.
The college search and application process starts as soon as students arrive on campus. As part of student orientation, academic planning with advisors begins. RCA staff encourage students to set specific goals which will position them for the best advantage.
Furthermore, RCA's Career Development Program enhances a student's life skills needed for success in the world: critical thinking skills, time management, organization, and independent living skills. Through this program, students may gain relevant skills in a variety of areas: agricultural engineering, culinary arts, construction technology, baking technology, education, entrepreneurial training, facilities maintenance, landscaping, hospitality, and audio-video communications. The experiences acquired through these hands-on skills are useful stepping stones that can be applied throughout a student's lifetime.
Redemption Christian Academy is a member of NEPSAC (New England Preparatory School Athletic Council). Member schools of NEPSAC have athletic teams that combine high school and postgraduate athletes together for competition. Student athletes gain exposure before college coaches offering opportunities for scholarships. Student athletes may also use their postgraduate year to fulfill NCAA academic requirements. RCA offers a variety of NCAA Eligibility Center approved high school core courses that postgraduates are able to take.
Overall, RCAís postgraduate program offers a number of advantages. Not only does it enhance the studentís academic preparation and college readiness, but it also fosters maturity so that students may be able to handle the independence of college life. Whatever the reason a student chooses to attend Redemption Christian Academy's Postgraduate Program, he or she will acquire academic and life skills necessary for college and beyond. Students will be more prepared to face life's challenges. "Before anything else, preparation is the key to success" (Alexander Graham Bell). That is why our motto is "Redemption Christian Academy is more than a school...It's preparation for life."