Riverside Christian Academy’s second- through eighth- grade students take the Stanford Achievement Test, a comprehensive assessment of students’ academic knowledge that is used in school districts nationwide, every spring.
This year’s school-wide test results were above average in every category. The school as a whole ranked in the 77th percentile, which means RCA students’ scores were better than 77 percent of the other schools in the country.
“I was very impressed with the SAT results when I saw them,” said RCA’s head of school, Paul Fisher. “When I taught in Georgia, I worked for an elite level school, whose students did not perform as well on the SAT as RCA’s students did this year.”
Every grade tested above its current grade level. RCA sixth- and seventh- graders tested four grade levels higher than their current grade; the sixth-grade class tested at tenth-grade levels, and the seventh-grade class tested at eleventh-grade levels.
RCA’s elementary grades tested in the nation’s top 26 percent on the reading portion of the exam and the nation’s top 23 percent on the math portion of the exam. The middle school students tested at even higher levels. RCA’s sixth- through eighth-graders tested in the nation’s top 25 percent on the reading portion of the exam and the nation’s top 17 percent on the math portion of the exam.
“While we are pleased with our results, we hope to score even higher next year! We have several innovative learning programs that will begin in the fall, and our teachers will receive training on these programs this summer. However, we know that the best training programs in the world won’t succeed unless we put Christ first in all things,” said Cara Sain, RCA’s Elementary Principal. “At Riverside, we teach our students to live by the words of Colossians 3:23, ‘Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.’ Once the student truly embrace this philosophy, the sky is the limit!”