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Tennessee Christian Preparatory School

Tennessee Christian Preparatory School (TCPS) is a preschool age three through twelfth-grade interdenominational school offering a college preparatory academic program for students. Located in Cleveland, Tennessee, TCPS integrates the Christian faith into the curriculum and the daily life of students. Tennessee Christian is fully accredited through Cognia. While Tennessee Christian is appreciative of the various Christian doctrines and traditions of the numerous students and families comprising the school community, TCPS does not operate under the authority or doctrine of any denomination or church, but operates as an independent 501(c)(3) corporation under the authority and supervision of an independent Board of Trustees.

In 1997 a group of parents committed to Christian education founded the Tennessee Christian Academy in Cleveland, Tennessee. With continued growth and support through our first decade, Dr. Bill Balzano took the lead as headmaster in 2007. Under Dr. Balzano’s leadership, TCA’s strategic plan expanded to provide not only a Christ-centered education to the families in our surrounding area, but to also do it with academic excellence. The school’s name was changed in 2008 to reflect this new commitment to a college preparatory education from a Christian worldview – Tennessee Christian Preparatory School.

Dr. Balzano retired as headmaster in late 2017. Interim head of school, Mrs. Patricia Sluder served until Summer 2023. Our current Head of School is Mr. Jared D. Tilley.

TCPS is accredited under guidelines approved by the Tennessee Department of Education. TCPS is also Cognia certified, demonstrating our commitment to providing a quality, college preparatory education.

Tennessee Christian Preparatory School is an interdenominational, co-educational day school. We are led by an elected Board of Trustees and accept students from preschool through twelfth grade. TCPS is a qualified 501(c)3 non-profit organization.



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Tennessee Christian Preparatory School provides a quality college preparatory education, from a Biblical worldview, and equips students for tomorrow’s challenges by educating the mind and the soul.

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Tennessee Christian Preparatory School is dedicated to the education of the whole child as a Christian and as a citizen. With the support and cooperation of home, school, church, and community, we provide an environment where each student is given the opportunity to reach his/her greatest potential spiritually, intellectually, emotionally and socially.

Tennessee Christian Preparatory School will serve the families of Cleveland, Bradley County, and surrounding communities by providing a quality independent school education from a Biblical worldview which will challenge students to: share fully the gifts that have been given to them by God; to grow in grace and wisdom; to develop spiritually, academically, physically, socially and artistically; and to become people of character who value and improve the world they inherit.

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