Preschool & Childcare FAQs

Question: How do you determine what age classroom my child will attend?

The age your child is by September 30th determines whether they are in a 2, 3, or 4 year old class.

Question: Do you care for infants?

Infant care is not provided due to the zoning requirements on the building.

Question: Do all two year old children need to be potty trained?

Potty training is part of their program. However, a child must be potty trained to enter the 3 and 4 year old classes.

Question: Do children in the preschool and childcare program wear uniforms?

Preschoolers are not required to wear uniforms. We ask that they be dressed appropriately for the weather, as we go outside to play. Tennis shoes, or other types of tie-on shoes, are recommended for foot wear.

Question: How much Bible instruction is included in the preschool program?

Teachers tell Bible stories on a daily basis. Chapel is held once a month for all classes. As part of the curriculum, the children have 4 Bible verses they can learn each month. This continues through the summer for the childcare program.

Question: Do the children eat lunch during the program?

Yes, the children get 30 minutes for lunch each day they attend. Parents can provide lunch in one    of two ways: 1) send a packed lunch from home, or 2) purchase a lunch ticket from GCA. The cost of the ticket is $35.00 and entitles the child to 10 hot lunches prepared in our kitchen.

Question: Are you a licensed childcare center?

While we are regulated by the Virginia Department of Social Services, we have opted to apply and receive a Religious Exemption certificate.

Question: What are Nazarenes?

The Nazarene denomination was birthed out of the Methodist tradition in the early 1900’s.  We are evangelical in doctrine, with an emphasis on being set free from sin and guilt by accepting Jesus as our personal Savior. Our church believes a person can live a holy life through the power of Jesus.

Elementary FAQs

Question:  What is the age requirement to enroll my child in the kindergarten program?

He or she must be 5 years old on or before September 30th of the year in which the parents wish to enroll him/her.  At the same experience has shown that it may be in the best interest of a younger 5 yar-old to enter the Junior Kindergarten program.

Question:  What is the length of the school day?

The school day for kindergarten through 12th grade begins at 8:15 and dismissal is at 3:15.  Students enter the classrooms around 8:00.

Question: What is the school calendar?

With a few exceptions Guardian Christian Academy follows the same calendar as Chesterfield County.

Question: Is there a required uniform or dress code?

Guardian Christian Academy has a dress code.  Under the current dress code, kindergarten through 8th grade students are required to wear navy pants, skirts, or shorts of modest length. Tops are short or long sleeved red or white polo shirts. Girls may also wear a school plaid skirt/jumper with a white blouse. A separate dress code applies for special events. High school student dress code is much more relaxed, also allowing jeans and khaki pants with striped or solid polo shirts.

Question:  If the school is in the building of Southside Nazarene Church, will my child be taught Nazarene doctrine?

No, we teach the fundamental beliefs common to evangelical Christians.  There are so many essential truths we commonly share that we feel it can be counterproductive to incorporate beliefs which may be divisive.  The core beliefs of Guardian Christian Academy are in the Statements of Faith (See section entitled About Us).

Question: Is the hot lunch provided on a daily basis?

Hot lunch is cooked on site on a daily basis.  Students may bring their own lunch or purchase a hot lunch using a prepaid ticket.  Monthly menus are provided to help your family make choices ahead of time.

Question:  Do students at GCA take SOL tests?

Although private schools are not required to do SOL testing, we are very aware of the standards. The SOLs and more are covered in our curriculum though we do not test specifically for those items and do not limit instruction to the Virginia SOLs.  We do, however, administer a standardized national achievement test each spring.

Question:  Are after school activities offered to students?
Each year different activities are made available during after school hours.  These have included Tae Kwando, First Act Drama, and Jump Rope Club among others.  Naturally activities are planned for those K-5th grade students enrolled in the After School Care program.

Students in grades 5-12 are eligible for competitive school sports inclusive of volleyball, basketball, soccer, and cross country, plus girls sideline cheer and competitive cheer.

Secondary FAQs 

Question:  What is the length of the school day?

The school day begins at 8:15 and dismissal is at 3:15.  Students enter the classrooms beginning at 8:00. 

Question: What is the school calendar?

With a few exceptions Guardian Christian Academy follows the same calendar as Chesterfield County.

Question: Is there a required uniform or dress code?

Guardian Christian Academy has a dress code.  Under the current dress code, K-8th grade students are required to wear navy pants, skirts, or shorts of modest length. Tops are short or long sleeved red or white polo shirts. Girls may also wear a school plaid skirt/jumper with a white blouse. A separate dress code applies for special events. High school student dress code is much more relaxed, also allowing jeans and khaki pants with striped or solid polo shirts.

Question:  If the school is in the building of Southside Nazarene Church, will my child be taught Nazarene doctrine?

No, we teach the fundamental beliefs common to evangelical Christians.  There are so many essential truths we commonly share that we feel it can be counterproductive to incorporate beliefs which may be divisive.  The core beliefs of Guardian Christian Academy are in the Statements of Faith (See section entitled About Us).

Question: Is the hot lunch provided on a daily basis?

Hot lunch is cooked on site on a daily basis.  Students may bring their own lunch or purchase a hot lunch using a prepaid ticket.  Monthly menus are provided to help your family make their choices ahead of time.  High school students may also make selections from the staff menu, providing additional options.

Question:  Do students at GCA take SOL tests?

Although private schools are not required to do SOL testing, we are very aware of the standards. The SOLs and more are covered in our curriculum though we do not test specifically for those items and do not limit instruction to the Virginia SOLs.  We do, however, administer a standardized national achievement test each spring.

Question:  Does GCA offer honors classes or dual enrollment?

Guardian Christian Academy is a college preparatory school and as such offers honors classes and encourages upperclassmen to complete dual enrollment courses as well as at least one on-line class; these experiences aid adjustment at the college level.  In addition seniors are required to prepare a Senior Thesis in a personalized area to gain knowledge and experience in a chosen field.

Question:  What athletic sports are offered to secondary students? 
Students in grades 5-12 are eligible for competitive school sports inclusive of:

  • Boys and Girls Volleyball
  • Boys and Girls Basketball
  • Boys and Girls Soccer
  • Cross Country
  • Girls Seasonal Sideline Cheer
  • Girls Competitive Cheer

GCA is a member of the Capital City Athletic Conference (CCAC).