Rhea County Academy offers Christ-centered education


If you are looking for a Christian-based alternative to public school education, you will find students at Rhea County Academy actively engaged in learning.

The school’s mission is to equip students to achieve academic excellence and spiritual maturity through a Christ-Centered education. The school offers classes from K-4 up to 12th grade.


We’re equipping students to achieve academic excellence and spiritual maturity through a Christ-centered education.

Glenn Linebaugh – RCA Principal


Rhea County Academy began in 2003 when 4 families had a common vision. Tim Hostetler could be called the “founding father” of Rhea County Academy. Tim did the foundational research and paperwork necessary to ensure the school went above and beyond state requirements. The school began operation in with three state certified teachers.  Today there are currently 88 students enrolled with 14 teachers at 3 teacher’s aids at the school today.

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Mrs. Heather Sneed, a graduate of University of Tennessee in Knoxville, teaches Middle School and High School Bible Study to young women. She and her husband Chris are life-long residents of Dayton and have 2 daughters that attend RCA. Their family has been a part of the RCA family for the past 6 years.

Heather says, “We love RCA and believe that God has great plans for the school. We love for our girls to be in such a loving environment that seeks to glorify God.” Heather has been a serious student of the Word of God for over a decade and enjoys missionary trips to Nicarauga.

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RCA offers a homeschool umbrella as well as à la carte classes. The school is now offering dual-enrollment classes from Bryan College on-site. If you would like more information or a tour of the school, please contact Julie Tran, Dean of Instruction, at 423-775-2826.  Rhea County Academy is located at 245 California Ave, Dayton, TN.

You can visit their website at www.RheaCountyAcademy.org.  We encourage you to “Like” them on Facebook –facebook.com/RheaCountyAcademy and “Follow” them on Twitter – twitter.com/rheacountyacad.

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We aim to educate our students to think clearly and listen carefully with discernment and understanding and articulate precisely, who are capable of evaluating their entire range of experience in light of the Scriptures; and who do so with eagerness in joyful submission to God.

We desire them to recognize cultural influences as distinct from biblical, and to be unswayed towards evil by the former. We aim to find them well-prepared in all situations, possessing both information and the knowledge of how to use it. We desire that they be socially graceful and spiritually gracious; equipped with and understanding the tools of learning; desiring to grow in understanding, yet fully realizing the limitations and foolishness of the “wisdom” of the world.

We desire that they have a heart for the lost and the courage to seek to dissuade those who are stumbling towards destruction; that they distinguish real religion from religion in form only; and that they possess the former, knowing and loving the Lord Jesus Christ. And all these we desire them to possess with humility and gratitude to God.

We likewise aim to cultivate these same qualities in our staff and to see them favorably compensated so that they may make a career at RCA. We desire them to be professional and diligent in their work, gifted in teaching, loving their students and their subjects. We desire that they possess a lifelong hunger to learn and grow, and that they have opportunity to be refreshed and renewed. We desire to see them coach and nurture new staff and to serve as academic mentors to students. We look to see them mature in Christ, growing in the knowledge of God, their own children walking with the Lord.

We aim to cultivate in our parents a sense of responsibility for their children’s education and to see them well informed and supportive of the goals of our Christ-centered approach. We desire them to grow with the school, involved in and excited about the journey. We aim to help them to follow biblical principles in addressing concerns, to be inclined to hearing both sides of a story before rendering a verdict, and to embrace the Scripture’s injunctions to encourage and stir up one another to love and good works.

Finally, in our relationship with our community, we aim to be above reproach in our business dealings and supportive of the local business community. We further seek to exemplify the unity of the body of Christ, to develop greater fellowship and understanding with the churches and to bring honor to our Lord in all our endeavors.


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