Guidance & College Counseling


The Guidance Department at Grace Christian Academy serves to encourage and support students as they discover their full potential in Christ.

With the use of the Naviance portal, a tool for students and parents, and college and career counseling services, our Guidance Department offers a full range of resources for students as they navigate high school and prepare for the future.



Navigating the College Admissions Process

In this two part series, Mrs. Allison Lay, GCA College and Career Counselor, and Dr. Tom Broadhead help students (and their parents) prepare to begin and successfully navigate the college admissions process.  Enjoy this valuable resource!

Part 1: How to Begin

Part 2: Prepare to Succeed

Financial Resources for College

There are lots of resources available to help make college more affordable.  Enjoy these videos from GCA Guidance and learn how you can fulfill the requirements to help cover your college expenses.

Understanding the FAFSA

TN State Aid: 4-Year Institutions

TN Promise


Grace Guidance eNewsletters

Stay up to date with all things Grace Guidance!  Refer back to Grace Guidance eNewsletters to keep up with important dates and things you need to know as you enjoy your upper school experience.


Choose your grade level to find important documents just for you!



The College Bound Student-Athlete

Student athletes not only have to consider the programs of study and general school criteria at prospective colleges, but also the coaching staff, athletic opportunities, and eligibility issues as they navigate the college application process.

We can help!  Schedule an appointment with our Guidance Office to learn more about the college application process as a student athlete.  You can also learn more through the helpful resources provided below.

Guide for the College Bound Student-Athlete


NCAA Initial
Eligibility Brochure


compare the ThREE
NCAA Divisions


GCA has many challenging AP and DE courses available, which have prepared me for college classes and have helped me learn how to manage my time.  Winterim, guest speakers, and mission engagement opportunities have expanded my understanding of what life is like outside of GCA.  The guidance counselors have met with us often to make sure we are using Naviance, and they frequently send out worthwhile emails containing important reminders, community opportunities, and events.

-Thomas Walker, Class of 2019