Jefferson Christian Academy

Jefferson Christian Academy was established in the fall of 1970 by a group of Christians who wanted their children to have a quality education in a Christian environment.
Many decades later, JCA still exists for those same fundamental reasons.
At Jefferson Christian Academy we believe students should have the opportunity to cultivate a personal relationship with, Jesus Christ through knowledge and practical application of the scriptures, Every student can learn and achieve, Every student deserves a safe, clean, and Godly environment which is conducive, to learning and teaching.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked AL School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 298 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $5,090
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Jefferson Christian Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Alabama for:


School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
298 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 24%
Students by Grade
Jefferson Christian Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
20 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
15 students
Number of AP Courses
2 courses
Advanced Courses
All History, All Language Arts
Average ACT score
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Discounts available for multiple children
Admissions Director
Ruth Brooks
Admissions Associate
Rebecca Stanley


Total Sports Offered
6 sports


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
18 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Arts and Crafts Club, Beta Club, Christ, Creative Writing Club, Debate, Drama, Drawing Club, Excel Club, Journalism Club, Life Skills Club, Medical Club, National, Pep, Robotics Club, Science, Science Clubs, Technology Club

Recreational Athletic Programs:

School Notes

  • In the spring of 1970, several interested individuals-all members of the church of Christ-began formulating plans to fund and develop a great school to provide quality education in a Christian environment for the young people of the Birmingham area.In the fall of 1971, operation of Jefferson Christian Academy began with thirty students in kindergarten through the fourth grade, meeting in the old building of the Homewood Church of Christ. Enrollment grew to sixty students the following year, necessitating a move to larger facilities, which were provided by what was then the Woodlawn Church of Christ (now Roebuck Parkway Church of Christ).The academy continued to expand there until it moved to the campus of the former Birmingham University School in 1975.In February of 1985, JCA moved to its present facilities on a 15-acre campus on the eastern edge of Irondale.Jefferson Christian Academy is founded on the belief that a true education is an enterprise in which the whole person, body, mind and spirit, is developed in light of the Holy Scriptures. Academically, Jefferson Christian Academy is college preparatory. Through the academic training of its students, the academy aims for a more effective participation in the contribution to the community. An integral part of the academic aim is an emphasis on the acquisition and cultivation of spiritual values; those values through which God works in man to lift the human condition through compassion, sacrifice, and endurance.The environment is one in which great friendships can be formed between those who share many ideals. It is also an environment that recognizes a student as an individual and that seeks to help each student reachhis or her potential in constructive ways. Each studentis taught to respectsuch individuality in every other person and to foster an acceptance of each other in order to achieve the ultimate individual accomplishments.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Jefferson Christian Academy cost?
Jefferson Christian Academy's tuition is approximately $5,090 for private students.
What sports does Jefferson Christian Academy offer?
Jefferson Christian Academy offers 6 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Softball and Volleyball.
What is Jefferson Christian Academy's ranking?
Jefferson Christian Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Alabama for: Largest student body and Most extracurriculars offered.
When is the application deadline for Jefferson Christian Academy?
The application deadline for Jefferson Christian Academy is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
Wonderful school. Faculty and Staff are highly motivated, loving, and teach our children from a Biblical based curriculum. The kids love their school and we are very grateful for the love, care, and education they receive from JCA. We are blessed to be able to call JCA home. Highly recommend this school to anyone searching for a Christian based learning environment for your child or children.
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Our children started in the Early Learning Center of JCA since we needed care for them during the day while we worked. We had always assumed that they would go to public school as they matured. I am so happy that these many, many years later we stayed at JCA. Our children deserve better than the public schools can, unfortunately, give. The smaller classes, student camaraderie, the dedicated and caring faculty and staff are things you will not find just anywhere. Our children are in a safe, academically challenged, Christian environment with cutting edge technology with the Eaglei 1:1 iPad initiative and we could not be happier!
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked AL School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 298 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $5,090
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Birmingham, AL is $9,550 for elementary schools and $12,725 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Birmingham, AL is 87% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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