Ross Corners Christian Academy was founded in 1960 and is one of the oldest Christian schools in New York State. The Academy began with 55 students in grades Pre-K through 4, and three teachers. Classes were housed entirely in the old Ross Corners Baptist Church building located on Arlington Avenuein Vestal. RCCA had its first graduating class in 1968, in what was then the new Gym-Ed Building. Ross Corners Baptist Church sacrificially constructed the new building for the Academy rather than proceed with plans for a badly needed new church building. Enrollment at that time had climbed to 188 students in grades Pre-K through 12, and the faculty had increased to nineteen.
By 1979, the Lord had provided the new church building for Ross Corners Baptist Church, and all classes were moved to the present site with expansions to the Gym-Ed building and use of the lower level of the church building. Over the years, the Lord has blessed the Academy and enabled RCCA to improve its facilities, to establish sound Christian curriculum, to build quality music and sports programs, and to add an array of other extra-curricular activities and recognition programs.
RCCA graduates invariably find success in the college of their choice, and RCCA alumni are engaged in Christian ministry, education, health care professions, law, science and technology, and many other vocations. Today many “second generation” students are enrolled at the Academy, and a portion of the faculty are RCCA alumni.
During the 2015/2016 school year, a group of parents met and negotiated with the church to take ownership of RCCA and seek to move the school forward. As of September 1st, 2016, the Ross Corners Baptist Church gave the school over to a Parent Board to be owned and operated by them.
The Parent Board has been very active in keeping a faith-based education going in our community. The board and parents appreciate the efforts of our pastors, faculty, former board members, parents and friends of the Academy, including those of Ross Corners Baptist Church and sister churches who have been used by the Lord to co-labor, pray, sacrifice, and support the growth of the Academy over the years.