About Us

Purpose

TCA Purpose  (WHY?) / Цель существования (Почему?):

Seeking transformation to advance the Kingdom of God.

Достигая личного преображения для расширения Царства Божьего.

Values

TCA Mission (HOW?) / Задача (Как исполнить то, ради чего существуем?):

Within a context of Slavic Christian heritage, TCA partners with families to educate students’ hearts and minds as we–students and staff–seek the glory of God and the service of others.

В рамках славянского христианского наследия, ТСА сотрудничает с семьями в том, чтобы через образование влиять на сердца и умы детей в то время как все мы, ученики и персонал, стремимся прославлять Бога и служить ближним.

Vision

TCA Vision (WHAT?) /  Ожидаемые результаты:

Tacoma Christian Academy will provide a truly Christ-centered education to the students of different backgrounds resulting in the graduates who are (1) firm followers of Christ; (2) lifelong learners committed to hard work and excellence; (3) humble servants in Slavic community and beyond.

TCA будет служить ученикам различного происхождения предоставляя христоцентричное образование, которое подготовит выпускников быть (1) твердыми последователями Христа, (2) старательными учениками посвященными тяжелому труду и высоким стандартам, и (3) смиренными служителями в Славянском обществе и за его пределами.

Measure

How we measure what we try to accomplish?

TCA GRADUATE DEMONSTRATES THE FOLLOWING IN OBSERVABLE, MEASURABLE WAYS

  • Follows Jesus Christ
  1. Observable through active membership in local church
  2. Observable through ministry local church
  3. Observable through the practice of spiritual disciplines of prayer and Bible study
  4. Observable through community service
  5. Observable through Christian lifestyle (which demonstrates character)
  6. Observable through spoken testimony
  • Pursues Education
  1. Observable through earning high school diploma
  2. Observable through pursuing college or vocational/technical school
  3. Observable through Bible college involvement
  • Service
  1. Observable through employment and education
  2. Observable through volunteering and ministry
  3. Observable through homelife
  4. Observable through contribution to the Slavic community

Tacoma Christian Academy History

School Profile 2017

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acoma Christian Academy is a private Christian school located in Tacoma, Washington. We serve students in Kindergarten through tenth grade. The school is a member of the Northwest Christian Education school district which serves five Slavic communities located in different cities and states of the U.S. Tacoma Christian Academy is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization governed by the TCA School Board. There are about 300 students, with 20 full-time classroom teachers, three full-time  special subjects teachers, and four full-time administrative staff. There are currently five part-time teachers and TA’s.

    Slavic pastors and community members discussed establishment of the private Christian schools among immigrants from the Eastern Europe as early as 2000’s. As more and more refugees with Slavic background settled in Tacoma and Seattle areas, they became interested in starting a school where students may get training to be fully equipped in life: spiritually, academically, socially, and physically. Tacoma Christian Academy was meant to be an institution that achieves these goals while preserving the best from the Slavic culture and heritage.

    In 2005, Mr. Andrey Ivantsov and Rev. Peter Sayenko with the assistance of current NCE superintendent Mrs. Elena Solodyankin, established an extension of Valley Christian School in Tacoma. Eventually, the school was renamed in Tacoma Christian Academy and became a member of the Northwest Christian Education.

    In the last three years, TCA almost doubled in student enrollment (176 in 2013 and 300 in 2016). Such quick growth necessitated significant effort on the part of all TCA stakeholders to stick firmly to the mission and goals of the school. We went from having several certified classroom teachers to a team of over 30 employees, 80% of which are certified either by state or by the ACSI. Moreover, all of our teachers and support staff are fully committed to the TCA main purpose: educating the whole of each child – his or her mind and heart – to serve others and glorify God.

    Our challenge is to help our Slavic students to remember their unique background while preparing for life in the US, and our American students get the opportunity to expand their horizons, both in terms of traditions and language. Thus, school board members, principal and other professionals continuously look for opportunities to support and expand the ministry and impact of Tacoma Christian Academy.

    The purpose of Tacoma Christian Academy is to provide educational services in grades K-12 and educate young hearts and minds to serve others and glorify God.

    Tacoma Christian Academy partners with families and church to educate students in Bible knowledge and in a Christian worldview, to develop understanding in evangelical Christian values and principles, to train students in moral character, to provide quality academic education in knowledge and understanding, and to promote service to God and others.

    Therefore, the role of TCA is to assist the family in their responsibility to raise godly young people, while satisfying government requirements for education as long as these requirements don’t conflict with God’s commands.

    Our shared values include: glorifying God in everything we do; teaching students to fear the Lord and receive his saving grace; creating a well-ordered and nurturing environment; pursuing academic excellence; and preserving Slavic cultural and spiritual heritage.

    Our teachers commit to continuous training in the areas of instruction, assessment, and spiritual development to assure unity in our beliefs and dedication to the TCA purpose and goals.

    TCA embodies its purpose through various programs and high expectations to students, families, and staff. Besides offering five core subjects (Bible, Mathematics, Language Arts, History, and Science), the school requires all students to take Russian language, art, music, and physical education. We have high, yet attainable, expectations for our students. Each one of them has an assigned adult advocate to take care of his or her needs in the areas of academic achievement, social development, and spiritual growth.

    Our school started with eighteen students and three enthusiastic teachers more than ten years ago. It was only due to a big vision of the School Board members and support of the local church pastors that TCA was able to survive the first two years. In 2007, a new energetic principal, Mr. Slobodyanik, began building a team of passionate and godly educators. In eight years the students enrollment increased ten times over. Most importantly, the community support grew so much that the school administration began thinking about finding an additional space for the students on the waiting list. School parents and community members contributed countless hours to raise necessary funds and begin new building construction.

    TCA students actively participate in the extracurricular events. Secondary students attend NCE Olympics three times a year. Elementary and middle school students participate in ACSI-organized events such as Student Leadership Conferences and Spelling Bee, Math, and Art competitions. TCA junior high school students benefit from Merritt Scholars & National Honor Society.

    In the next three years, we plan to build an additional space for 500 students. We believe that there will be even more demand for a quality whole child education in a safe Christian environment. Our Parent-Teacher Fellowship (PTF) group has already begun to raise funds for the new building where we plan to locate computer and science lab centers, as well as the library with the reading support area.

    Our students will improve in the areas of reading comprehension and math analysis. This will be achieved by adding sustained silent reading time in each grade, educating parents on reading at home, and using technology and online resources. In addition, we will continue training existing and new teachers to fully commit to the reading improvement plan and its consistent implementation.  

    Our school offers a unique intellectual atmosphere because of our Slavic cultural and religious heritage. We work to preserve the rigor of traditional Eastern European education, but we also affirm an American sense of individuality. Our faculty is comprised of both American and Slavic instructors who expertly maneuver the nuances of our multicultural, bilingual setting. To ensure the excellence and quality of the instruction we provide to our students, we continually review and reform our curricula, teaching methods, and classroom procedures according to research-based best practices. This fusion of proven Eastern and Western European educational traditions serves as a framework for informed and innovative instruction.

    Our students accomplished so much during the last few years: we successfully participated and won first places in regional mathematics and art competitions. Our soccer and other sports teams have been bringing trophies for many years. High school students continuously demonstrate exceptional leadership skills serving TCA during such events as Annual School Auction, ACSI regional Spelling Bee, family field days, and weekly snack bars.

    Most of all, our school stands out with our strong emphasis on partnership between parents and TCA staff. The family friendly environment, actively promoted by all stakeholders, contributes to the students’ success and accomplishment in all grades and subjects. We are committed to preserving this learning-conducive atmosphere for as long as we are able to serve TCA students and their families.

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Aleksandr Slobodyanik

Administration

Principal

Dear Parents,
Welcome to Tacoma Christian Academy!

If you desire that your son or daughter be provided with an excellent Christian education that prepares him or her for the challenges of modern life, then I believe you’ve come to the right place. Tacoma Christian Academy is dedicated to educating hearts and minds—educating the whole child—for the glory of God. We operate under the conviction that a full education mustengage both the intellect and the spirit.

Because we believe that education begins with the heart, our teachers continually pray for their students as if they were their own children. It is the Lord who transforms hearts and develops character worthy of His Kingdom, so prayer will always be fundamental in our educational endeavors. In the classroom, instructors approach their disciplines from a distinctly Christ-centered perspective. And our emphasis of spiritual formation is enhanced through close partnerships with the churches represented in our student body. Spiritual formation is our highest priority—just ask any student!

Our school offers a unique intellectual atmosphere because of our Slavic cultural and religious heritage. We work to preserve the rigor of traditional Eastern education, but we also affirm an American sense of individuality. Our faculty is comprised of both American and Slavic instructors who expertly maneuver the nuances of our multicultural, bilingual setting. To ensure the excellence and quality of the instruction we provide to our students, we continually review and reform our curricula, teaching methods, and classroom procedures according to research-based best practices. This fusion of proven Eastern and Western European educational traditions serves as a framework for informed and innovative instruction. We are thankful for God’s faithfulness through these years, and we are excited to see how God will continue to bless the intellectual culture of TCA as we seek His face in all things.

May God bless you as you consider God’s desire for your family!

Alex Slobodyanik

Principal

Mr. Aleksandr has been working at TCA for 12 years. He holds B.A.E. from Pacific Lutheran University, Th.M. from Slavic Washington University, and M.S. in Educational Leadership from Pensacola Christian College. He has a passion for children education and youth ministry and firmly believes that our children must “know the God of our fathers, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind.”
He has a wonderful wife, Olga, and three curious kids, Karolina, Melodie, and Nikita. They love reading books, going to YMCA, and working in their backyard.

Tacoma Christian Academy Accreditation

We are non-profit 501(c)(3) K-12 private school that is approved by Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI ) and accredited by AdvancED.

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NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT​: Tacoma Christian Academy admits students of any race, color, sex, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to TCA students. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship, athletic, and other school-administered programs.

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What Is Slavic

Not just Russian! Slavic people (the Slavs) is the general term used to describe a large ethnic group that originated in Eastern, and partially Western, Europe. They all traditionally speak languages of Slavic origin: Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, Czech, Belorusian, Bulgarian and others.

Local Slavic Community

The Puget Sound area is now home to thousands of Slavic people who immigrated to the US in the past 30 years. Even though Moldovian people are not technically Slavic, they find themselves a part of the local diaspora because they, too, share the knowledge of Russian language and similar historical background. Many of the immigrants are Christian believers who attend numerous local churches. Large families within the churches have formed even more connections with each other through the marriages of their grown children. This has strengthened the ties of the Slavic community. Many churches still have services in Russian, Ukrainian or Romanian languages. Tacoma Christian Academy is privileged to be hosted by Slavic Christian Center of Tacoma.

Values We Treasure

REVERENCE:
We show reverence to God in the way we pray: standing or kneeling, not sitting.
We show honor to the places of worship by taking off hats (for males), not clapping, shouting or whistling. Married women cover their heads during worship.

EXCELLENCE:
We strive for excellence. Children are encouraged to reach and exceed standards in education, sports, extracurricular activities.
We support competitive spirits in children, as long as that does not involve putting others down

LIFE:
We celebrate life and beauty; therefore, we abhor any death-related symbols and holidays, including Halloween.
Our grandparents, who lived in communist USSR, refused to take up arms and participate in wars based on Jesus’s words “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword” (Mat.26:52). We hold to the pacifist approach as well.

FAMILY:
Children best thrive in the context of healthy biblical family. Distinction and uniqueness of the gender roles are especially important for a healthy family. Therefore, we teach all boys to be masculine and girls to be feminine. We require children to respect parents and grandparents.

CULTURAL HERITAGE:
In order to transmit the wealth of cultural heritage, children need to learn the language of their forefathers. Therefore, we teach Russian language and literature in all grades.