Customized Education

At TCA, some things are the same for every student: they all receive supportive interaction, clear instructions with our approximate 1 to 7 staff-student ratio, consistent guidelines, and regular acknowledgement of their hard-won achievements (including a yearly award banquet in their honor). However, because every child is wired differently when it comes to the fundamentals of learning, we also do things differently whenever possible!  We utilize a blended curriculum that incorporates a traditional approach to learning, one-on-one teacher-student instruction, cooperative learning, independent and experiential learning, and adult and peer tutoring - all of which grant us opportunities for a customized educational experience. This diverse approach begins early, and as our students progress toward the upper grades, they receive an increasingly individualized program tailored to their unique learning style and academic goals. Through our customized education, students learn everything they need to know to graduate, but more importantly, they are equipped to be lifelong learners well-prepared to succeed in any academic setting. 

We are committed to using the best possible educational materials to help your child succeed, and our small, private setting gives us the flexibility to create a curricular program custom suited to the changing needs of our student body. This freedom allows us to employ a variety of highly-rated curricula, and throughout their years at TCA, students will likely receive instruction from the following curricula: Accelerated Christian Education, Saxon Math, Alpha and Omega, A Beka, Apologia, Mavis Beacon Typing, Reason for Writing, Bob Jones, and Text Word Press. In addition to these trusted tools we prepare our students to be comfortable with technology, incorporating computers whenever possible. Even our youngest students experience educational software, and our older students receive an in-class instruction that is supplemented with Internet research, viewing lectures from prestigious universities, and other online opportunities.

And at TCA, students’ “higher education” really does start here, as our high school students receive PSAT and SAT test preparations as part of the standard learning program.  Additionally, they have the opportunity to earn college credit at Northwest CT Community College through select online courses and traditionally taught classes. Both of these opportunities are free (except for course materials) to TCA students, and these money-saving benefits help parents maximize their finances while their students are maximizing their education.


Students progress is measured frequently using:

  • Single subject achievement test
  • SAT II Subject tests
  • AP tests
  • Achievement Batteries
  • IOWA Test
  • Multifactor Aptitude Test
  • PSAT-9th-11th
  • ACT
  • College Board SAT I Reasoning Test


Some Results:

  • Students consistently score above the national mean in standardized test.
  • 2010-2011, and 2011-2012-Students placed with the 90th percentile PSAT
  • 2011-2012- National Merit Scholarship semi-finalist qualifier (student placed in 97th percentile)
  • 85% of all graduates have attended colleges and universities and many have lucrative careers.


Some College Placements:

  • Quinnipiac University
  • Grove City
  • Simmons College
  • Pepperdine University
  • University of Connecticut
  • Houghton College
  • Trinity Christian College
  • St. Joseph’s College
  • West Palm Beach University
  • Valley Forge Christian Academy
  • Eastern College
  • Messiah College
  • Nyack College
  • Harvard University
  • Eastern Nazarene
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Liberty University
  • UCONN Law School
  • New York Medical College


Notable Alumni-

  • Dr. Steven Siwek-New York Medical College, Mayo Clinic Residency,
    Founder of the Pain Center located in Arizona.
  • Rev. Bruce Hillman, Drew University, Masters of Sacred Theology, Minister
  • Attorney Jason Hillman, Quinnipiac University
  • Laura Madin Lyon- Harvard
  • Attorney Christopher Madin-UCONN Law School