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Frequently Asked Questions

Need to be Christian to apply?

The King's Academy is a Christ-centered school, which is the first of our core values.

What that means is all school programs and curricula are grounded in a Biblical worldview, affirming that true education recognizes God as the supreme source of all truth, knowledge, and wisdom. Furthermore, faculty and staff are all Christian role models who have been called to ministry and have a love for young people. 

While some students who come to The King’s Academy are not Christians or are not from Christian families, TKA desires that students have teachable hearts and coachable spirits. Students will be presented with the gospel message and Bible teachings in classes, chapels, and in extracurricular activities. Our Christian faith is woven into every aspect of our school. It should be noted that to serve in a leadership position, a student must be trusting in Jesus Christ alone for their salvation, and demonstrate an active faith and a growing love for the Lord.

During the admissions process, parents will need to review TKA's Statement of Faith and check one of these statements:

____1. As a Christian parent, I desire that The King’s Academy provide a nurturing Christian environment offering quality, Christ-centered education for this student. This is done in partnership with godly parents, helping to equip the Christian student to become a leader, serving the Creator, his Church and to impact the world for Christ.

____2. I desire that The King’s Academy provide an opportunity for students of non-Christian families to obtain a quality formal Christian education. The student promises to take every opportunity to learn about the Christian faith, with the purpose of seriously considering the decision to become a Christian. I will cooperate with The King’s Academy’s goal for this student to share his/her new faith with his/her family and friends.

Furthermore, parents will need to obtain either a Pastor Reference OR Parent/Guardian Written Statement:  Parents/Guardians may submit this Written Statement in place of the Pastoral Reference if there is no Pastoral influence in the student’s life.  The written statement asks parents to comment on the following; 1) spiritual goals you have for your student; 2) your desire for your child to receive a formal education that is based on Christian values as found in the Bible and reflected in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ

What is the application deadline?

Applications for 2020-2021 School Year

Currently, TKA is still accepting applications for select grades. However, the window for accepting applications from international students has now closed.

All required application documents must be submitted no later than 10 days after your student's admissions testing date.

To apply online, begin here.

Applications for 2021-2022 School Year

  • Priority Application Deadline is January 1, 2021.
  • Regular Application Deadline is February 28, 2021.

Is there an admissions exam?

Yes, all prospective students applying for Grades 6-12 are required to take the Secondary School Admission Test.  Learn more about the SSAT here.

Testing for 2021-2022 applicants will take place on Saturdays: January 9, and February 20, 2021.  Testing is from 8:45 a.m. until approximately 12:30 p.m.

Please note that SSAT results are simply one data point used in the overall review of your student's application.

Once testing is complete and all application documents have been submitted, qualifying applicants will be contacted to schedule a family interview with a member of the Admissions Committee.  

Are references required?

When are decisions made?

Offers for admission are made in mid-March for those applicants who submit applications by the Priority Application Deadline and have completed all necessary steps by early March. Admissions Committee decisions will be posted in the student's Admissions Portal.

Are immunizations required?

The immunizations required are detailed here.

Please bring, email, fax or send the immunization record to the school office, attention Chrishma Karkada, so school records can be updated.

Under a law known as Senate Bill 277, as of January 1, 2016, exemptions based on personal beliefs are no longer an option for the vaccines required by public and private schools, including TKA.  For more information, go to: 

Is financial aid available?

Yes, Financial Assistance is available to families who have been accepted at The King’s Academy. Once your student has been accepted, you are invited to submit an application for Financial Assistance. Aid is distributed based upon need. In 2019-2020, 160 students received financial aid, totaling nearly $1,117,000.

Read about the financial aid process here.

What about learning differences?

Yes. Although our resources are limited, we do provide some services to students with diagnosed and documented learning differences. A full-time Academic Support Director creates individual student support plans for students needing some accommodations. An official Educational Evaluation must be submitted with application. IEPs are not accepted. The fee is $750 per student. For more information, please contact our Academic Support Director, Doreen Heenk at (408) 481-9900, Extension 4277 or, and refer to the Academic Support webpage

What is the class size at TKA?

The class size in Grade 6 is 20-25 students.  The class size in grades 7-12 varies based on whether it is a core class or an elective. The average class size is 19 students; 87% of classes have less than 25 students.

What is the annual tuition?

Tuition for the 2020-2021 School Year:  
  • Grade 6:          $20,550*
  • Grades 7-8:     $21,600*
  • Grades 9-12:   $22,900*

*For 1st child; discounts for additional child.  Details about tuition and fees linked here.

International Student Tuition 2020-2021

  • Junior High:    $30,250
  • High School:   $32,250

What time does school start/end?

School starts at 8:00 a.m. except for Wednesdays when school starts at 10:00 a.m. with an optional advisory period to meet with teachers from 9:30-9:55 a.m.

School ends at 2:50 p.m. every day.  

Here is the rotating schedule.

Is there after-school care?

While there is no formal after-school care, the library is open on regular school days until 6:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday and until 4:00 p.m. on Friday.

Technology use in the Classroom?

It is The King’s Academy’s commitment, and our distinctive vision, to “Create Digital Citizens Connected to Him.” The computer age has changed the world we live in and produced far greater challenges than ever before. We can try to avoid those challenges, ignore them, or face them head on. TKA believes the latter is the correct course for all Christians. At The King’s Academy, our goal is always to prepare our students – for college, life, service and eternity.

What clubs do you have?

Clubs are student-initiated each year. A list of clubs that have formed in recent years is available on the Student Clubs webpage.

Is it hard to play sports at TKA?

No! In fact, a majority of our students participate on an athletic team. We offer 51 (17 - fall, 18 - winter, 16 - spring) different sports, including several non-try out sports every season. When they come to TKA, many students discover a talent for a sport they had never tried before.

What division are athletic teams?

Enrollments of CCS member-schools, grades 9-12, are used for determining division play for playoffs in most sports.  The CCS Bylaws for each sport describe how these divisions are determined.  Based upon our enrollment, these are the current divisions that TKA participates in for CCS Playoffs: 

  • Football, Volleyball, Basketball, Cross Country – Division IV
  • Soccer, Baseball, Softball- Division III
  • Leagues are not set up by division, therefore we play teams from Division I to Division V, in league and non-league competition.

Which schools do teams play?

The King’s Academy plays a variety of schools from all divisions in non-league and league play. The majority of our competing teams are  from the Central Coast Section, but we do play in tournaments and games out of the section. The leagues that we participate in are:

For more information on athletics at The King’s Academy, please contact Debbie Butelo, Athletics Administrative Assistant, at (408) 481-9900 x4281.

What performing arts are offered?

TKA has an extensive and well-regarded Visual & Performing Arts program both as part of the curriculum and after school as part of the co-curriculum.
  • Art:  drawing, 3D, advanced, calligraphy, ceramics, film studies, linear perspective drawing, digital painting, 3D modeling with ZBrush, digital design & animation 
  • Dance: All levels of dance instruction, performance team.
  • Instrumental: orchestra, jazz band, marching band, percussion ensemble, wind ensemble, color guard
  • Theatre: junior high – one play and one musical each year; high school – one play and one musical each year; one-act plays directed by students; improv group.
  • Vocal: mixed chorus, Knightshine show choir

Is there community service?

Yes! TKA offers a wide variety of community service opportunities through our Spiritual Life office. Junior high students have opportunities to serve non-profit organizations through activities held on campus. High school students are required to complete 35 hours of service for every academic year. For high school students, TKA offers week-long immersion trips during Service Week to destinations in the USA and around the world.  Service trips offered in recent years have included: Brazil, Ecuador, Guatemala, India, Mexico, Malawi, Philippines, Kentucky, Los Angeles, and Silicon Valley.

How is the food?

Very good!  Many of the hot meals served at the Knight's Café are cooked in our school kitchen, but we also bring in food from restaurants such as El Pollo Loco, Chick-fil-A, Subway, Chef Chu's in Mountain View, and Panda Express to name a few. Hot and cold meals can be purchased for breakfast, brunch, and lunch. There is also a full-service salad bar every day at lunch. Other healthy snacks and drinks are available for sale at the Knight's Café at meals and after school.Parents can load money on an account through which students access by typing in the student ID number at the Cafe.

Is there a dress code?

The King’s Academy is committed to partnering with parents to teach students how to honor Christ at all times. To that end, students’ appearance is no exception. Students’ clothing should show respect for themselves, their families, and the school. Students are expected to choose clothing that does not create an issue. Students and parents are encouraged to work together to choose clothing for the student that is modest, in good taste, appropriate for the classroom, and avoids extremes in fashion. The specific dress code is outlined in our Student/Parent Handbook. Here is a visual representation of some of the key components of the code.


If you do not see your question answered here or have additional questions, please contact Michele Duncan, Admissions Director, and she will be happy to help you!

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