In 1996 God called Grace Baptist Church to begin a new ministry, a Christian school. Church members were called out to serve on the first school board, which was composed of some home school parents, teachers, and businessmen who had a heart for children. After almost two years of research and preparation, Grace Christian Academy opened its doors at the beginning of the 1997-98 school year. God worked through fifty-five families and five staff members to make GCA more than a vision. Over the years, enrollment has grown rapidly to the present day level of 900 students. In 2004, Grace Christian Academy received full accreditation in grades K-12 and is classified as a category II school. The 2004-05 school year brought the graduation of the first senior class and groundbreaking for phase one of the new high school building and athletic fields, which opened in the fall of 2006.
Grace Christian Academy is conveniently located on Oak Ridge Highway in the Karns community of west Knoxville, Tennessee. Strong commercial and residential development has taken place in our region in recent years, resulting in an excellent quality of life. Churches, shopping malls, medical facilities and other services are all in close proximity.
All of GCA's faculty, staff, and administrators profess faith in Jesus Christ. The entire academic faculty in grades K-12 have at least a bachelor's degree and an average of 7 years of educational experience. Several of the faculty and administration have advanced degrees.