Grace Christian Academy

36 Smith Street
Merrick, NY 11566-0115
Tel: (516)379-2223
Grades: K-12 | 112 students
Grace Christian Academy is the only k-12 school in all of New York City and Long Island that offers both a classical and a Christ-centered education. Our student body consists of children from a very diverse array of church, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, yet enjoy a strong family atmosphere that only unity in Christ can produce.
Grace Christian Academy is the only k-12 school in all of New York City and Long Island that offers both a classical and a Christ-centered education. Our student body consists of children from a very diverse array of church, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, yet enjoy a strong family atmosphere that only unity in Christ can produce.
Drama is not only a club at GCA but is often a learning tool used by our teachers to help students understand complexity or obscurity in literature. Here the 9th grade literature class is acting out Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors.
Every year the 4th grade enjoys their monks' dinner created with their own hands as they learn about life in Medieval Europe.
Our Service Club prepares bagels for hungry people in the train station. Other activities include helping neighbors clean up after disasters like Hurricane Sandy and packaging blankets at the local library to give to children with cancer in Long Island's oncology wards.
American Heritage Girls Troop NY1999 is a Christian scouting organization. We welcome all girls from kindergarten to 12th grade and they aren't required to attend GCA. Almost half of our troop consists of homeschoolers.
Our new After School Program provides a safe place for children to stay when their parents are not able to retrieve them upon dismissal. More than just babysitting, our workers help students with any trouble they are having with their learning and help students be accountable to completing their homework.
As a classical school we highly value the arts and provide music classes for all students. Additional lessons are available in strings, voice and piano. GCA is a member of NYSSMA and LISFA.
Our students get to experience a variety of field trips throughout the year, from the Cradle of Aviation to the Met, from hiking Bear Mountain to visiting the local fire house.
Students benefit from a full repertoire of learning which prepares them for college and beyond. GCA is fully certified by New York State and our students have little trouble obtaining the schools of their choice.
Our Grace Parents Association  (GPA) has become an indispensable part of GCA life and encourages all GCA parents to play an active role in the school.
Grace Christian Academy is the only kindergarten-to-twelfth grade Classical Christian school in NYC and Long Island.
Our families come from a variety of directions and locations - from Flushing and the Bronx to Suffolk County and many places in between.
It is our objective to bring as many qualified students from Christian families under a Christ-centered education as the Lord will provide.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
Association of Classical and Christian Schools (ACCS)
Religious Affiliation Baptist
Grades Offered Grades Kindergarten-12
Year Founded 1999

Student Body

Total Students 112 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 29%
Students by Grade Grace Christian Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 20 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 8 students
Number of AP Courses 10 courses
Advanced Courses European History, Latin,
Classroom Dress Code Formal

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Tuition Notes $8400 for Grammar School (k-6) $9000 for Schools of Logic & Rhetoric (7-12)
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Stephen Schultz
Admissions Associate Deborah Rivera


Total Sports Offered 2 sports
Sports Fencing, VolleyballFencingVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 9 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. American Heritage Girls, American Sign Language, Drama, Johns-Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, Piano, Service, Strings, Voice, Yearbook Drama, Piano, Service, Strings, Voice, Yearbook, American Heritage Girls,
American Sign Language,
Johns-Hopkins Center for Talented Youth,

School Notes:

  • Grace Christian Academy's mission is to lead our students to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, disciple them to spiritual maturity, teach them excellently in the academic disciplines, and equip them to engage their culture intelligently, wisely, and confidently.

Profile last updated: 01/11/2016

Nearby Private Schools:

The nearest high school is FasTracKids/JEI Learning Center (1.2 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Merokee Day School (0.3 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Sacred Heart School (0.5 miles away)
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Merrick
    Merokee Day School
    Daycare / Preschool
    Grades: K | 58 students
    0.3 miles
    10 Wynsum Ave
    Merrick, NY 11566
  • North Merrick
    Sacred Heart School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: PK-8 | 246 students
    0.5 miles
    730 Merrick Ave
    North Merrick, NY 11566
  • Merrick
    Grades: PK-K | 37 students
    0.7 miles
    2323 Merrick Ave
    Merrick, NY 11566
  • Bellmore
    FasTracKids/JEI Learning Center
    Special Program Emphasis
    Grades: PK-10 | 60 students
    1.2 miles
    2583 Merrick Rd.
    Bellmore, NY 11710
  • Merrick
    Grades: K-8 | 118 students
    1.3 miles
    1425 Merrick Ave
    Merrick, NY 11566

School Reviews

I have two children in GCA, the work is challenging, the curriculum is excellent, the teachers are solid and dedicated. My children could not get the same level of education and any where else at this price. They are taking AP classes and have advanced college credits. My oldest is a Senior this year and has been accepted to and was awarded a scholarship to her first choice University, I believe that she could not have accomplished this with out the caring staff at GCA .
- Posted by Parent, 04/10/15
I would recommend this school to any parent that is concerned about their child receiving a Christ-centered, Biblically sound, and academically rigorous education. The teachers are solid and demonstrate constant concern for their students. I have three children and have been satisfied with the education each one of them has received to this point. I also appreciate the school''s posture of not lowering their standards to accommodate governmental curriculum or testing. I don''t have much money but will send my children nowhere else as long as I am able. I love this place!
- Posted by Parent, 05/12/14

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