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Why Choose Us?

Excellent question–with several answers. First, God made the importance of training children evident as Moses prepared the Children of Israel to enter the Promised Land(Deuteronomy 6:1-9) We are to teach God’s commandments and judgments so that we and our children and grandchildren will fear the Lord and be blessed.

We are to teach His words diligently–talking of them in our houses, along the way, when we lie down, and when we rise up. Children are in school at least six and a half hours every day, five days per week. During those hours,  If they are not taught from a Bible-centered perspective, they will be taught a humanistic or other false perspective. We are to teach them God’s way all the time, and they will grow in true wisdom, not only in man’s knowledge.

Finally, one of the main goals of Tacoma Christian Academy is providing an excellent academic education. Students are taught basic skills such as phonics, spelling and math accuracy, which are being phased out or weakened in other school systems. Very  few local schools offer foreign languages such as Spanish, Japanese and a few others, especially not in the lower grades. We offer Russian language, literature, and culture taught by native speakers, and we seek to preserve the Russian Christian standards while teaching our children to live according to the Bible.

So, why choose us? We partner with parents to teach God’s Way, His Word, and a sense of culture grounded in His principles. Is there any other choice for you and your children?

School Year 2021-2022 Enrollment

We evaluate applicants on the basis of the application form, the applicant’s academic and social history, and school and teacher recommendations. Criteria for admission are also dependent upon the applicant’s desire to attend Tacoma Christian Academy as well as his or her ability and willingness to commit to our challenging academic program.

 

Please, note:

–> If your child meets the enrollment requirements, but there are no spaces currently available in the grade you wish to enroll, you will be able to choose whether you want to put your children on the waiting list.

–> If your child was enrolled anytime before the current school year 2020-2021, you will need to contact the TCA office for special instructions that will save you time with registration.

 

Congratulations! On March 30, 2021,  enrollment for 2021-22 was open for the SCC church members and all qualifying new families. Please, read carefully the following instructions on the enrollment process.

ATTENTION! If your child was enrolled anytime before the current school year 2020-2021, fill out this form to restore your Alma account.

New Enrollment Process:

  1. ONLINE APPLICATION. Fill out an online enrollment application. Follow directions to set up your Alma account.
  2. PAY APPLICATION FEE. It may take up to a week to process your application and send you an application fee invoice. Pay promptly an invoice using our online paying system. If you don’t receive a call or an application fee invoice, contact the office at 253.234.5112.
  3. ORIENTATION. Someone from the office will contact you to schedule an orientation. Orientation will be done in-person.
  4. ENTRANCE TEST.New students will be scheduled an entrance test and need to provide the current report card (at least three complete quarters) and official records.
    1. Students not approved for admission will be notified by letter.
    2. Students approved for admission will be eligible for the placement at their grade level, provided the next steps are completed in a timely manner.
  5. DocuSign FORMS. After the orientation, you will receive an email from the TCA office with the instructions to sign a few papers (Family Commitment, Payment Authorization, and/or similar). To maximize security and confidentiality of your information, TCA will use DocuSign services.
  6. ACCEPTANCE LETTER. Wait for an acceptance letter. Make sure to have both parents sign the forms emailed to you through DocuSign.
  7. ANNUAL FEES: When the Acceptance Letter is issued, the family has two weeks to review and pay the annual fees.
    1. After TWO WEEKS upon issuing of the Acceptance Letter the school may deny the enrollment if annual fees payment has not been completed and no financial arrangements have been made.

Need Help?

Our Admissions Team will be happy to assist you through this process; just call us at 253.572.1742 or email admissions@tcak12.com

Attention! Enrollment 2021-22 is open on March 1, 2021 for all current families!

All returning families are automatically entered in the Continuous Enrollment process.

If you missed the explanation of the “continuous enrollment,” please, READ THIS article first.

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DEPOSIT INVOICE. Expect your first deposit invoice to arrive at your current email from the following address:accountant@tcak12.com.

 

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UPDATE INFO IN ALMA (optional). Check Alma to update your children’s biographical information. YOU DON’T NEED TO FILL OUT ANY APPLICATIONS THIS YEAR. 🙂 No more extra work!

3

 ORIENTATION. Someone from the office will contact you to schedule an orientation. Orientation will be done through Zoom. We encourage everyone to do it from the convenience of their home. If you still prefer an in-person appointment, we will announce available dates when you can come to school for the in-person orientation. 

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 DocuSign FORMS.: After the orientation, you will receive an email from the TCA office with the instructions to sign a few papers (Family Commitment, Payment Authorization, and/or similar).

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 ACCEPTANCE LETTER. Wait for an acceptance letter. Make sure to have both parents sign the forms emailed to you through the DocuSign.

NEW! Continuous Enrollment FAQ

For detailed information on Continuous Enrollment, please, CLICK THIS LINK.

Need Help?

Our Admissions Team will be happy to assist you through this process; just call us at 253.572.1742 or email admissions@tcak12.com

Continuous Enrollment Q & A

1. Why Continuous Enrollment?

Continuous Enrollment is utilized to allow current students priority enrollment to secure their spot in their classroom for the following school year. When students are continuously enrolled, from their initial enrollment until they graduate from Tacoma Christian Academy, the continuous enrollment lets us maximize our resources to provide Christian education to our families at the highest level of excellence.

2. What is the Continuous Enrollment Payment?

CONTINUOUS ENROLLMENT PAYMENT: The continuous enrollment payment is a down payment for each student for the following school year. This payment is collected in order to assist the TCA administration in planning for staffing and curriculum for the following school year and to secure each student’s spot for the following year. The Continuous Enrollment  down payment invoice will be emailed to the family each year the first week of March. For the families that are paying tuition as monthly ACH the $225 deposit will be split into 3 monthly payments of $75 per month per child (March, April, May) and auto drawn from their bank account along with 20-21 tuition payments. For the families that pay tuition quarter, semester or annual they can either pay in lump sum or split in 3 payments as well and pay online or in person.

3. How much is the Continuous Enrollment payment?

$225 per student.

4. How is the continuous enrollment payment collected?

Each students’ Continuous Enrollment (down payment on the next school year’s Annual Fee) invoice will be emailed by the first week in March.

For the families that are paying tuition as monthly ACH the $225 deposit will be split into 3 monthly payments of $75 per month per child (March, April, May) and auto drawn from their bank account along with 20-21 tuition payments. For the families that pay tuition quarter, semester or annual they can either pay in lump sum or split in 3 payments as well and pay online or in person.

5. I haven’t paid my Continuous Enrollment payment. What happens after March 20th?

  1. A $25 per month administrative fee will be incurred for each student if their Continuous Enrollment payment is not paid by March 20th; and
  2. The student is considered not enrolled and is not placed on a class list. Once the Continuous Enrollment payment and late fees are paid, the student  will be placed on the class list IF space is available.

6. What if we’re not sure what we’re doing next year?

If you are not sure if your student(s) will be returning to TCA next year, you may contact the TCA accountant to postpone your Continuous Enrollment payment date.

If you choose to postpone your Continuous Enrollment payment, and determine that your student will not be returning to TCA, you are still responsible for contacting the TCA office.

Please note that if your Continuous Enrollment payment is not paid by March 20th, your student will not be placed on a class list, and, depending on availability, may lose their space in that class.

(Please note that in order to receive a Tuition Assistance award letter by email, you must pay at least 1/3 of your Continuous Enrollment Down Payment.)

7. Is the Continuous Enrollment payment refundable?

No refunds of the Continuous Enrollment payment will be given, except for:

  • A relocation of 25 miles or more from the family’s current address.
  • Military Move – Orders are required.

For those reasons only, the CE payment will be refunded, minus a $25 administrative fee, once the family has notified the TCA office that they are not going to be returning.

8. What if I am behind on my account?

All accounts must be current in order to keep your continuous enrollment status active. Please email accountant@tcak12.com or call 253-572-1742 if you did not receive an invoice for your student’s Continuous Enrollment Down Payment.

9. I haven’t been billed a Continuous Enrollment payment, what do I need to do?

Please contact the TCA accountant at accountant@tcak12.com.

10. My family is currently receiving Tuition Assistance and/or we work off the Annual Fee. Do I still need to pay the Continuous Enrollment Payment?

Since Continuous Enrollment does not have an application fee, the family will need to pay an amount equivalent to the application fee the family would normally pay (i.e. 1 student/$100, 2 students/$200, 3+ students/$300) and notify the office of your plans to apply for tuition assistance and/or to work off the Annual Fee.

11. I will be applying for Tuition Assistance. What if I don’t know my tuition payment for next year?

When a completed Tuition Assistance application and supporting documents are submitted and verified before April 20th, the student’s enrollment becomes contingent upon acceptance of Tuition Assistance. Tuition Assistance will only be awarded when accounts are current.

If the Tuition Assistance award does not work for the family, continuous enrollment payments are refundable, less $25, only if the tuition assistance application is complete and the deadline has been met.

12. When can I apply for Tuition Assistance?

Currently enrolled families may apply for Tuition Assistance anytime after January 1st. The application must be completed and verified by FACTS Grant and Aid by the April 20th deadline.

Tuition Assistance award letters are sent to current families after the first Continuous Enrollment payment installment is paid in March.

Tuition Assistance application fees are paid directly to FACTS Grant and Aid, a third-party company, and are non-refundable.

13. I am enrolling a new sibling. What do I need to do?

Complete the online application process.

To maintain priority sibling status, complete the application by April 1.

14. What if my student(s) is/are not returning next year?

Notify the TCA office of your decision.

Need Help?

Our Admissions Team will be happy to assist you through this process; just call us at 253.572.1742 or email admissions@tcak12.com

Tuition & Discounts

Tuition 2021-22

GRADES TUITION RATES ANNUAL FEE*
MONTHLY X 11 = ANNUAL non-refundable
Preschool  (3 Days) $450 x 11 = $4,950 $380
Kindergarten (3 Days) $460 x 11 = $5,060 $380
1-5th $540 x 11 = $5,940 $415
6-8th $560 x 11 = $6,160 $465
9-10th $575 x 11 = $6,325 $515

*This fee is non-refundable and serves for the returning families as a guarantee of Continuous Enrollment. For the new families, this fee guarantees a place in the class. NEW! Student school supplies are included in the Annual Fee.

Enrollment Fee**

NEW STUDENT CURRENT RETURNING STUDENT
$100 per student
$300 max per family
$0 – this fee has been eliminated due to Continuous Enrollment Program

**The enrollment fee is non-refundable.

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Pk – K (3 days) Grades 1-10
PREPAID: $45/month (about $3.75/day)
OCCASIONAL: $4.50/meal
PREPAID: $85/month (about 4.25/day)
OCCASIONAL: $5.50/meal

Discounts

Referral Program: Refer a family that enrolls their child (ren) to TCA and receive a $300 credit (applied to your account in October 2020). $300 credit for each new family will be applied to the referring family’s account.

Church Membership: Tacoma Christian Academy is an educational ministry of the Slavic Christian Center (SCC) and uses most of the church’s facility free of charge. This is possible due to the faithful and regular tithes and offerings made by the SCC church members. Upon verification from the SCC senior pastor, active church members will get an annual tuition discount of $500 per child.

 

Multi-Family: 1st – the oldest child – 0%, 2nd – 10%, 3rd – 20%, 4th – 40% , 5th – 60%, 6th – 80% off.

All regular fees apply to all students without discount.

 

SCC Ministry Discounts and Faculty Discounts: inquire more information, including applications, at the school office.

 

Scholarship (optional): Students in 8-10 grades may receive $300 per semester (minimum GPA of 3.7 or above in the preceding semester), total of $600/year.  Requirement: attending TCA school at least for one year. Approved member of the TCA Honor Society. The GPA and exemplary behavior verification is required every semester.  Please, request scholarship application at the office.

 

Tuition Assistance:CLICK HERE to find more information. 

There is no deadline for online application submission. However, the TCA tuition assistance funds are limited and will be distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis. The application fee is $48 and non-refundable. This fee is in addition to the $100 Enrollment Fee.

Tuition assistance applies to the tuition cost only. Other annual fees will be applied without discount.

Payment Options

Annual Payment – 5% discount (if paid by check/money order by August 1st; convenience and transaction fees will be applied for the payments made by credit/debit cards). This discount may not be available if children are registered after the first day of school;

Semester Payment – 2% discount (if paid before the 1st of August and February);

Quarterly – 0% discount (paid on the 20th of the first month of each quarter: Aug, Nov, Feb, May);

Monthly – 0% discount (11 payments on the 20th of each month, Aug-July) Auto Pay ONLY.

International Students – are Welcome to Apply

Tacoma Christian Academy is fully accredited and SEVP certified to welcome international students (grades 7-10) who are ready to experience school life in the USA. While attending TCA, students from around the world will benefit from

  • living with caring Christian families through our Homestay Program
  • teachers and academics
  • athletic and leadership opportunities
  • classes taught from the perspective of a Christian worldview
  • exposed to Slavic Cultural Heritage
  • field trips in Pacific NW
  • private secure campus

Tacoma Christian Academy is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant students. We are pleased that you are applying to our school. If you need assistance, please contact our international program coordinator, Olga Slobodyanik via email: F1program@tacomachristianacademy.com

Admission Requirements

  • The parents and students must understand the mission and purpose of Tacoma Christian Academy and agree to live by the principles herein while a student in our school.
  • The student must have some level of English proficiency, and either have or plan to obtain his/her F-1 visa.
  • The student must agree to be a part of our homestay program.
  • Parents/guardians must be able to support the school’s mission statements, core beliefs, core values, and the school policies.

Fees and Tuition

2022-2023 International Student Tuition and Fees

New International Student Application Fee

All international students requesting an I-20 from TCA for the first time $350
(non-refundable)
Due at time of submitting application packet
  • Full-time student attending to earn credits/grades
  • I-20 processing and administration included

 

Tuition Cost Per Student

Grades
7-8
$8,900
  • $1,000 non-refundable deposit required to secure I-20, which will be subtracted from the total tuition amount.
  • The student’s I-20 will be issued by the school ONLY after the non-refundable deposit has been received the school office.
  • International tuition and fees must be paid in full prior to student starting school.
Grades
9-10
$9,500

TUITION INCLUDES:

  • Regular Classes
  • Books, Materials, and Lab Fees
  • Activities Fees
  • Essential School Supplies
  • P.E. T-shirt
  • School-related Field Trips
  • Fundraising Opt-out Fee
  • Extended Day Care (incidental)
  • Sports Participation
  • Parent Volunteer Hours
  • Spring Retreat Fee
  • IOWA/PSAT Testing
  • Problem Resolution

NOT INCLUDED:

  • School Uniform
  • School Hot Lunch
  • Outside Tutoring
  • International Medical Insurance
  • Homestay Fees
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Application Procedure

STEP 0: INITIAL CONTACT FORM SUBMITTED. SKYPE CALL IF REQUESTED.   Initial Contact Form

STEP 1: COMPLETE APPLICATION FORMS AND SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION.

  1. Student Information
  2. Student Medical History/Emergency Consent Form
  3. Student academic Information
  4. Student Life Information
  5. Parent Agreement
  6. Teacher Letters of Recommendation (submit letters from two recent teachers)
  7. Most recent report card (translated into English)
  8. If in high school (grades 9-10): transcript in English showing  (A, B, C, D) and units of credit earned in any high school courses.
  9. Immunization record (must be on a Washington State Certificate form included in this packet)
  10. Letter or statement of proof of financial ability to pay
  11. Copy of student’s passport.

STEP 2: SUBMIT ITEMS LISTED ABOVE & APPLICATION FEE ($350) TO ADMISSIONS OFFICE.

Scan and email all completed paperwork in PDF format to F1program@tacomachristianacademy.com

STEP 3: SKYPE INTERVIEW

STEP 4: ADMISSIONS OFFICE REVIEWS ALL SUBMITTED APPLICATION FORMS.

Once all application forms and fees have been received, please allow up to 7 business days for processing  for a Preliminary Letter of Approval or letter of denial to be sent by email.

STEP 5: ONCE PRELIMINARY LETTER OF APPROVAL IS RECEIVED, THEN SEND ITEMS BELOW AND $1,000 DEPOSIT.

  1. Authorization of Temporary Guardianship of Minor form.
  2. Medical Consent and Field Trip form
  3. Student Code of Conduct (initialed and signed by parents and student)
  4. Medical Physical form.
  5. Copy  of Student’s International Medical Insurance.

STEP 6: ADMISSIONS OFFICE ISSUES DOCUMENT & LETTER OF ACCEPTANCE.

If application is approved, the student will be issued an I-20 and letter of acceptance within three business days.

STEP 7: ALL TUITION AND FEES PAID TO FINANCE OFFICE BEFORE STUDENT ATTENDS CLASSES. TUITION AND FEES NON-REFUNDABLE (UNLESS STUDENT VISA IS DENIED).

STUDENT ARRIVES IN U.S. ONE WEEK PRIOR TO START OF SESSION DATE AND REPORTS TO THE ADMISSIONS OFFICE WITH F-1 VISA & I-20.

TCA purpose:

Seeking transformation to advance the Kingdom of God

Достигая личного преображения для расширения Царства Божьего  

TCA Mission:

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.

TCA Vision:

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, 

3) смиренными служителями в Славянском обществе и за его пределами.

Tuition Assistance

Start your financial aid application here:

Tuition Assistance Q & A

Does applying for tuition assistance affect school admission decisions?

No. The Admission Committee which reviews candidates for admissions is “need blind”. They do not consider whether or not someone has applied for tuition assistance as part of their decision.

Who can apply for tuition assistance?

Any student currently enrolled or new applicants for admission to Tacoma Christian Academy can apply for tuition assistance. Generally, assistance will only be awarded for newly accepted students and current students enrolled for the following school year and whose tuition account is current. Families may apply for tuition assistance before starting the enrollment process.

Can I complete the application in paper format instead of online?

All applications must be submitted via the FAST link on our website.

What if my family cannot afford the tuition assistance application fee?

If you believe you cannot afford the tuition assistance application fee, please contact Lyudmila Dzyubak to discuss your situation. The School has a limited number of waiver vouchers and if your family meets the income threshold, you may qualify for the use of an available voucher.

How are tuition assistance grants determined?

Tacoma Christian Academy relies on the assistance of F.A.S.T. (an online service) in calculating the level of demonstrated need of each applicant based upon a completed application. These calculations consider gross income, nontaxable income, assets, liabilities, family size, the number of children in tuition paying schools below the college level, and situations where the income level does not support the spending level, among other items. Included in this calculation is an allowance for basic living expenses and taxes. The Tuition Assistance Committee and School Board reviews this data and makes final decision based upon additional knowledge about your unique situation.

Is there a limit to the tuition assistance available?

The award amount depends on the number of families applying for tuition assistance and the amount of allocated tuition assistance funds. The application fee is $48 and non-refundable. This fee is in addition to the $100 Enrollment Fee. Tacoma Christian Academy generally gives priority to returning students, new students who are siblings of existing or past Tacoma Christian Academy students, and new students that are children or grandchildren of Tacoma Christian Academy alumni.

What documents do I need to submit in addition to filling out the tuition assistance application?

You will need to submit:

  1. Your pay stubs for the past 2 months for all jobs. If you are receiving Social Security, unemployment or disability compensation you will need to submit a copy of these stubs.
  2. If Self Employed send the first two pages of your 2018 IRS Form 1040 and Schedules C&E if applicable.
  3. A copy of your 2018 W2 and/or 1099 for all jobs worked.
  4. A complete copy of your 2018 STATE and FEDERAL tax return including all schedules and business tax returns, such as K1’s and 1120 for Corporations.
  5. Support documentation for receipt of TNAF, SNAP or Section 8 housing assistance.
  6. Documentation regarding child support – court documents or check copy.

These documents will be needed for all adults in the household and should be submitted directly to FAST. Upon review of your application, additional documents may be requested.

What if my tax return has not been filed in time to submit it with my assistance application?

It is recommended that you make an appointment with your tax consultant early in order to insure your return is complete by April 15, 2019. Tax returns must be received for your application to be considered complete and eligible for assistance. All assistance granted is contingent upon receipt and review of these documents.

What happens in cases of parental divorce or separation?

Regardless of the marriage status, the School does consider both biological parents as responsible for their child’s education, regardless of any legal assertions to the contrary. Therefore, Tacoma Christian Academy requires both biological parents to complete tuition assistance applications.

What allowances are made if one parent cannot be located or refuses to complete the application?

Tacoma Christian Academy understands that some family situations can be very difficult. In such cases, a letter may be submitted to Tacoma Christian Academy from a pastor, social worker or attorney confirming that the other biological parent cannot be located or refuses to participate in any aspects of their child’s life. The letter writer cannot be a relative of the applicant. The letter must state the following, as applicable:

  1. The whereabouts of the other biological parent is unknown.
  2. The other biological parent has provided no support and has had no contact with the family for at least two years.
  3. It is in the family’s best interest not to have further contact with the other biological parent.
  4. Any other extenuating circumstances that the individual believes the School should consider.

This letter should be submitted directly to Tacoma Christian Academy 2014 S 15th St Tacoma, WA 98405.

Is the assistance awarded for one year only, or for each year my child attends Tacoma Christian Academy?

Assistance awards are for one year only. Families on assistance must re‐apply for each subsequent year they wish to receive such assistance. While there are no guarantee as to future assistance grants, normally once a family is receiving tuition assistance, they will receive grants of similar amounts in future years unless their financial situation changes. However, students in the tuition assistance program are expected to maintain a 2.25 GPA and remain in good standing.

In cases where a family’s financial situation deteriorates, more assistance may be granted unless a family has already been granted the maximum tuition assistance allowed. Conversely, if a family’s financial situation improves or new information comes to light, assistance awarded may be reduced or eliminated if the Tuition Assistance Committee deems such action appropriate.

If my family has an unexpected financial emergency; can I apply for tuition assistance after the school year has started?

We understand that sometimes a family’s financial situation can change unexpectedly. While assistance is more limited, we encourage you to apply if needed. When applying late, please notify Lyudmila Dzyubak at TuitionAssistance@tacomachristianacademy.com that you are submitting an application. Additionally, we encourage you to contact our Accountant to discuss your situation and possible alternative solutions.

When will I know if I have been awarded tuition assistance?

Applications will only be considered if they have been filled out completely and all requested documents have been submitted. Once an application has been submitted with all supporting documentation and no additional informations is required, a tuition assistance decision letter will be sent to you within two weeks of the submission date. If additional information is required, a Tuition Assistance Committee member will contact you.

Can I appeal the tuition assistance decision if I believe it is insufficient?

You may appeal the tuition assistance decision if your financial situation has changed or you believe the Tuition Assistance Committee may have misunderstood your current situation. In such cases, you may be asked for additional documentation. Please contact Lyudmila Dzyubak at TuitionAssistance@tacomachristianacademy.com for instructions to submit an appeal.

Will my family have to repay the tuition assistance?

No. Tuition assistance is not a loan. If at some future date your family’s financial situation improves, we hope you will consider making a donation to Tacoma Christian Academy to help enable other deserving students to attend.

What if I have additional questions?

Please contact Lyudmila Dzyubak at TuitionAssistance@tacomachristianacademy.com or in the School Office at (253) 572-1742.

Will my tuition assistance status and information remain confidential?

Tacoma Christian Academy takes seriously its responsibility to maintain confidentiality over all tuition assistance information and records. It is recommended that you redact any social security numbers listed on your supporting documents and that you personally scan or mail your documents to FAST. Tacoma Christian Academy must comply with any legal requests from courts or attorneys to provide documents. Parents are expected to keep their tuition assistance awards confidential and not discuss them with other families or teachers.