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Welcome to Riverside Christian Academy, a member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). It is a great privilege to join with the church and with your family to create an environment where, working together, we can nurture today’s children and develop tomorrow’s Kingdom leaders. Author and educator, Glen Schultz, has defined “kingdom education” as “a life-long, Bible-based, Christ-centered process of leading a child to Christ, building a child up in Christ, and equipping a child to serve Christ!” (Kingdom Education, 1998, p.29).

At RCA, we are committed to academic excellence; but we further desire to provide the distinctive where every student may know Jesus Christ as Savior, be continually transformed into the image of Christ, and be fully equipped to serve Christ in everyday life. Matthew 6:33 says, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” If we seek to put God first in our children’s lives, every single thing our children need to fulfill His perfect plan (not our plan – but God’s plan) for their lives will be given unto them. This is God’s promise! I look forward to answering your questions and working with your family to nurture and develop tomorrow’s Kingdom leaders.

In His Service,
Dr. Lin Wheeler, Ed.D

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Founded: 2014


Mascot: Royals (Lion)


Colors: Reflex Blue, Black, Silver & White

School Verse:  1 Peter 2:9 9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.


Mission Statement: RCA provides a Christ-centered education with the highest quality of academics instilling godly principles, nurturing individual personalities, and preparing students to fulfill their divine calling through innovative learning environments.

Fast Facts About RCS

Vision Statement: RCA students are prepared to impact their world for Christ one by one.


Our Non-Discrimination Policy: Riverside 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 admissions policies, athletic and other school-administered programs. Riverside Christian Academy reserves the right to select students on the basis of academic performance, religious commitment, lifestyle choices, and personal qualifications including a willingness to cooperate with Riverside Christian Academy administration and to abide by its policies.


Superintendent: Dr. Lin Wheeler


Type of School:  Non-Denominational Ministry.


Grades: Pre-K3-12.(Fall 2019 will have Grade 12), graduating our first senior class in May, 2020.


Full-Time Faculty: Degreed, ACSI certified/credentialed


Average Class Size: Small Class Sizes


Accreditation:  AdvancEd/SACS/CASI/ACSI


Curriculum: The RCA curriculum will focus on STREAM...Science, Technology, Relationships/Reading/Writing, Engineering, Arts, Math

All of our curriculum is based on National Standards with Biblical Integration and is a focus within the entire structure.  The STREAM will flow through the word of God!

Philosophy:    The philosophy of Riverside Christian Academy is based on a God-centered view that all truth is God’s truth and that the Bible is the inspired and the only infallible, authoritative Word of God that contains this truth. God created all things, and He sustains all things. Therefore, the universe and humanity are dynamically related to God, and they have the purpose of glorifying Him. Because humans are sinners by nature and choice, they cannot glorify or know God. A person can do this only by choosing God’s free gift of salvation through His Son, thereby committing his or her life to the lordship of Jesus Christ.

Our aim in the social domain is to provide a Christian perspective on life and the world.  This perspective will produce a balanced personality and a proper understanding and acceptance of one’s role in life at home, at work, at play, and at worship—all grounded in the Christian concept of love.This philosophy channels our energies toward promoting high academic standards while helping students to achieve skills in creative and critical thinking and to integrate academic subjects with a biblical worldview. The objective of our instructional program is to enable students to become productive citizens, leaders, and family members, and to pursue the post secondary education of their choosing, whether in college, university, or vocational training. 

Philosophy & Values

Riverside Christian Academy seeks the following:


1. To teach the Word of God as truth, to understand and apply Christian principle(s) as the foundation for learning

2. To encourage students to respect and love God's Word

3. To equip the student to fulfill the Great Commission

4. To integrate Christian faith into all academic disciplines

5. To foster emotional and physical well-being in a safe, loving, structured, and Godly environment

6. To equip the student to discern worldviews not based on God's Word

7. To encourage the development of a servants- heart directed toward home, community, and church

8. To serve the Christian home and be an evangelical outreach to non-Christian families

9. To guide the student in knowing, comprehending, and applying the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith in order to apply them to all future life decisions

10. To nurture the students’ relationship with God in such a way that they will know His will for their life.

Core Values

1. To create in the student an awareness of God's supreme authority over all creation

2. To provide a Christ-centered education

3. To provide the student with high academic standards maintained by a challenging and accelerated curriculum

4. To teach the student the fundamental processes used in communicating: such as reading, writing, speaking, and listening

5. To provide state-of-the-art technological skills

6. To encourage an appreciation for the fine arts and to provide an opportunity to express gifts and talents in this area

7. To motivate students to recognize and develop their innate gifts and talents to his greatest potential

8. To develop a work ethic mandated by God's Word

Academic Growth

In October 2014, Riverside Christian Academy was established with the support of Fayetteville Community Church.  In March of 2015, the first class was opened, beginning with a combination 3 and 4-year-old preschool class.  


In the fall of 2015, RCA added the academy with grades kindergarten through 8th grade.  RCA had 71 students enrolled during the 2015-16 school year.  


In the fall of 2016, RCA added the ninth grade and had an enrollment of 91 for the 2016-17 school year. During the winter of 2018, RCA was granted the status of being a sole entity and as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational and religious organization through the state of NC and the federal government of the United States of America.  


In the fall of 2017, RCA added the tenth grade and had an enrollment of 128 for the 2017-18 school year.


In the fall of 2018, RCA added the eleventh grade and had an enrollment 

of 149 for the 2018-19 school year.


In the fall of 2019, RCA added the twelfth grade and had an enrollment of 161 for the 2019-2020 school year.  The seven seniors (Sarah Edge, Katie Ohler, Andrew Prentice, Matthew Lee, Tristan Plesser, Anthony MCNeill, and Kaleb Sessoms) of the class of 2020, was the first graduating class of Riverside.


In the fall of 2020, RCA had an enrollment of 294 for the 2020-21 school year.  The four seniors (Sarah Lee, Reagan Kinlaw, Mason Donahue, and Trinity Hood) of the class of 2021 were the second graduating class of Riverside.  

In the fall of 2021, RCA had an enrollment of 281 students for the 2021-22 school year.  The five seniors (Amelia Edge, Aunisty Belcher, Abigail Lewis, Nicholas Shambach, and Adam Schell) of the class of 2022 were our third graduating class. 



Campus Tour

RCA uses Gradelink as its online grading portal. Parents are able to access their child’s grades and information. This is used primarily for third grade and above. 

Gradelink keeps parents totally involved in their child's academic progress.  A parent can easily view class grades, assignment grades, due dates, upcoming homework and more. Parents and students can download file attachments posted by the teacher including worksheets, permission slips, study guides, and the class syllabus.

Login Link Below:

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The Parent/Teacher Fellowship (PTF) is an organization of parents and teachers who seek to promote the general welfare of the school. It meets periodically and provides opportunity for parents to join with teachers and administration in furthering the goals of the school. All parents are encouraged to participate in the PTF and to help with its various projects. Teachers are required to attend all PTF meetings.

*Some of the ongoing projects include:

A Winter Gala that consists of dinner and a live and silent auction where each grade level creates a project to be auctioned off.  

Spring Fling – A carnival with games, competitions, food, and fun with proceeds going the the Academy.

*Some of our activities include:

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon and Daily Gifts for teachers – The PTF provides a luncheon for the teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week and thoughtful gifts and cards during Teacher Appreciation Week.

A large needs project as determined by a PTF vote – The PTF plans to provide large needs for RCA. Each year it is determined by a vote what the greatest needs are for the year. Some ideas include: an Activity Bus, computers, iPads, playground equipment, and special classroom needs.

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RCA uses Gradelink as its online grading portal. Parents are able to access their child’s grades and information. This is used for K-12.  Gradelink keeps parents totally involved in their child's academic progress.  A parent can easily view class grades, assignment grades, due dates, upcoming homework and more. Parents and students can download file attachments posted by the teacher including worksheets, permission slips, study guides, and the class syllabus.

Login Link Below:

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