Most families begin our admission process by scheduling a Campus Visit and/or Eagle Experience Student Shadow Day. during your visit we can discuss opportunities at Traders Point for your student and answer any questions you may have.
Since we evaluate the whole student when reviewing an application for admission, it is difficult to place an absolute minimum requirement for admission. We take into consideration many parts of the application when determining if the applicant is a good fit for Traders Point Christian Academy. Grades, ISTEP+ and standardized test scores, personal conduct, attendance and desire to attend TPCA are all important factors.
In addition, Christian values and commitment are very important to us. TPCA differs from many area Christian schools in that we were founded by Traders Point Christian Church with an evangelical intent, looking for opportunities to share Christ with families who may not attend church or know Him. Therefore, a few of the families we admit may not currently have a profession of faith in Christ, though they fully agree to their child learning about Christ and being open to the possibility of His Lordship in their life. We also pay close attention to recommendations, leadership and significant extracurricular involvement, as well as the admission interview with the student and parent(s).
Below are our preferred academic guidelines. In our experience students meeting these standards have the best chance for success at Traders Point. However, since we evaluate the whole student we are pleased to consider applicants who may not currently meet the standards noted but may still be a good fit for Traders Point.
Early Childhood - we review any medical or developmental concerns to make sure we can appropriately support the child and family in their continued growth or health needs. Children entering the Threes program or older should be potty trained or be working toward that goal.
Grades K - 8 - children should be testing in the 60% or above on standardized testing in at least one of Math or Reading.
High School - students should be testing in the 60% on standardized testing in at least one of Math or Reading; have passed any Indiana End-of-Course assessments (ECA) they have taken; have a cumulative minimum GPA of 2.3/4.0.
Traders Point Christian Academy is able to offer several types of financial aid or other options to help families afford tuition.
TPCA financial aid - funds awarded on a financial need basis through donations from generous donors
Sagamore Institute SGO Scholarship - funds awarded based on financial eligibility through the Indiana Tax Credit program. For more information, click here.
Indiana School Choice Scholarships(aka Vouchers) - eligibility is income based and set by the state Department of Education annually. Funds are provided to eligible families to choose the school (private or public) that is best for their child and are based on the dollars the state would be sendign to yoru resident public school. Visit School Choice Indiana or the Department of Education websites for more information.
Traders Point partners with an outside organization named FACTSTuition Management to gather, process, verify and provide an initial recommendation for aid applications. You may apply online with FACTS. They charge a minimal fee online to apply. FACTS will request that you upload copies of various supporting documents. Once you have done so and they have verified your application information the TPCA Financial Aid Committee will review your application and notify you of any awards.
Our first aid application deadline is March 1. We will continue to accept aid applications and will award aid to qualifying new applicants after that date if funds remain.
Yes, TPCA is approved by the State of Indiana to accept voucher funds for student tuition. Once a family has applied for financial aid through FACTS Tuition Management, we will determine based on the application information if you qualify to receive voucher funds. this determination is based per student, not per family. If you are eligible to receive a voucher, we are required to obtain your signed acceptance and to apply on our behalf with the state for the voucher. The expected voucher amount as determined by the state will be deducted from each student's tuition total for the school year. The final voucher application date for the 2014-2015 school year is September 1, 2014, so families must have completed the financial aid application and award process in time for us to submit their voucher application(s) before that date.
For more information about the Indiana School Choice Scholarship program, aka voucher, visit the Department of Education website.
Yes, Traders Point does offer several merit based scholarships to families and students. These include scholarships that require you to apply for aid through FACTS Tuition Management such as the Family Emergency Scholarship, and those that are purely merit based such as the Academic and Leadership scholarships. Details about the available options may be found in this section under "Financial Aid & Scholarships".
Need is determined by the Traders Point Christian Academy Financial Aid committee, which uses a third-party recommendation (FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment), online application, along with parents' W-2, tax returns, and personal letter stating the need.
There are many factors affecting financial aid awards. The most significant factors are family income and assets. However, other considerations include mortgages, debt, number of siblings, siblings in the school, special circumstances, and single income providers.
Financial aid and scholarships awarded are for the upcoming school year only. Families are required to apply each year. Receiving aid in one year does NOT guarantee aid in any subsequent year, or at the same level, or at the same amount for each sibling if multiple children are enrolled. Our available resources for aid are limited, and our goal is to assist as many families as possible each year. Since family circumstances and income may change from year to year, we require parents to apply annually.
No. The grant is not a loan. However, if the student or their parents become blessed financially in the future, we would ask them to remember the “pay it forward” concept and contribute back to Traders Point Christian Academy to help other students and families that have a need.