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Tallavana Christian School

Private | PK-12 | 210 students


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Posted September 18, 2013

TCS is the most caring and involved school in the lives of my children that I have ever seen. No matter what the issue the staff finds a way to meet the needs of our children. I don't know what I would do without the school. Thank You
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 28, 2013

My school is a very good school. I came from a public school in 2003 and transferred here in the fall of 2003 and I graduated here in 2005. I came from a public school with a 1.32 grape point average and graduated with a 2.6 grade point average. I really enjoyed out there. I learned so much in two years compared to public school. If I had to compare public vs private school. I will choose private because learning is much easier. At Tallavana, you have teachers that will help you learn not go so fast and lose you in the studies. The school grounds is clean. The bathrooms are clean. The teachers and staff were good also. The chapel and office services was excellent. I am a student talking from experience. So, I would recommend this school over a public school in Gadsden county. Thank you so much. Class of 2005 alumni.

Posted September 6, 2011

I am so blessed that my children can go to Tallavana. The school was a wonderful positive change for them. The teachers really care. The office staff are helpful and the chapel services are amazing. I can't recommend the school enough. Thank You
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 16, 2011

TCS continues to move in the right direction and provides a solid educational environment for its students. Being accredited as a small Christian school is a testament to the exceptional leadership of the administration and the quality of the teachers. The administration promotes strong Christian ideals, and encourages its students to learn and understand the ideals that are important for there personal Christian development. TCS also provides a complete college preparatory education for grades 9th through 12th grades. This is a great opportunity for high school students to continue in a Christian school that prepares them for entrance into college. I look forward to TSC continuing its move in the right direction.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 1, 2011

My son attended TCS three out of four years during high school. Up until that point he attended the public school system of Gadsden Cnty. My motivation for moving him there was the smaller classroom sizes and the absence of the FCAT. Although he has graduated and attending college I can't say I made the best decision for him. My displeasure with TCS ranged from the limited options available for courses, the lack of practicing a true Christian spirit (children were expected to exemply Christian characteristics but not given ample time to embrace them), inadequate communication from the office and lack of activities that truly prepare children for life after Tallavana.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 4, 2010

Wow, what a great school. There have been so many improvements in the last few years. My children are happy and growing both in their academics and their knowledge of God.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 7, 2009

Things are getting alot better since we got a new principal ..... thankyou mrs.townsend for making the upcoming school years hopfully the best
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 5, 2008

I am so happy that my child is attending Tallavana. There is such a positive attitude and everyone wants to help my child succeed. My child is so much happier now. I wish we had done this earlier.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 7, 2008

One of the biggest problems I see at Tallavana is the Principal. She claims to not want to control everything but yet has to micromanage every detail. She gives very little support to the teachers. I have children that attend Tallavana and have seen a decline over the past 2 years. I held out hope that the School Board and Pastor would resolve the issues to no avail. I have almost lost hope. Tallavana should be the light in Gadsden County but ..... Only God knows what his plan is for TCS!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 10, 2008

It's been a few month since I've chimed in. I am an auntee of a child at Tallavana, again I can say that I've seen a dead seed become a blossoming flower. My nephew had a choice to go to another school, he let me and his mother know that Tallavana is the place for him. He is totally confident in himself, before he was just surviving to suffer another day in school. This is not a put down of the other school it is a lift up for where he is now. Mr. Towsend has encouraged my nephew to be what he chooses to be and not be what someone choose for him. I praise God for the concept that Tallavana has. Again if you have kids that learn easily great, but mine nephew didn't. He received a few certificates for improvement for the 2007 year. Horay for Tallavana!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 17, 2008

I am going into 10th grade at Tallavana this year and I love it!I have seen such a change in Tallavana this year more than ever before. We have a new principal, Mrs. Townsend, and I think that she has done an outstanding job at changing the school for the better.Me and my friend would go to her office at least once a month and we would tell her what our concerns were and she would help us get what needs to be done done.Take it from someone who has been at Tallavana for at least 9 years , we haven't seen a year like this since Principal Castleberry was here. And anyone who thinks that this school is not absolutely wonderful has lied to you. We now have uniforms. We also recently got new computers and have restarted the Discipleship club. Since Mr. Ross(pastor) came back things are great.
—Submitted by a student

Posted March 24, 2008

I graduated from Tallavana when it was formerly Gadsden Christian Academy. Through the years there have been many hardships and problems, but each time the school has problems - the Lord keeps it going. This school is God's school and without HIM it would have been gone years ago. This school has been a part of the Gadsden County community for over 30 years. Yes, there are some problems but there are positive things too. Most of the teachers truly love all of the kids and know them even away from the school. If you have a problem - instead of berating the school or those who are trying to make it a better place for all the kids - join the various parents groups and boosters. It's a family school and with the love and support of all the families involved it can be even better!
—Submitted by a student

Posted March 19, 2008

I went to Tallavana for 13yrs. The school has had many ups and downs. I was there when it almost closed to when the school changed it name. I think the biggest issue that I seen when i attend Tallavana is that the church tried to control the school to much. That has always been the issue out there. I enjoy some of the teacher. I do beleive that if Tallavana would get rid of the scholarships that the goverment has issued the school would have a better student body. Also I am glad that Mr. Ross is back. He is a wonderful person and teacher. Also the school needs more choices of classes for the high school.
—Submitted by a student

Posted February 21, 2008

I would have to agree with the comment about the booster club being a little pushy. To me it seems like they are trying to spread their influence to more areas than sports. Other than that I think that the school is heading in the right direction.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 3, 2008

I love TCS, for the teachers there are awesome. My grandson has been their two years and is learning really good. They don't have any thing for sports for the grade he is in yet but they plan to get it next year so I joined the Boosters to help get him involved in sports. But I think the boosters are doing a good job and not trying to take over the school they just want to help the kids. If the office & PCF or whatever they are called would quit worrying about clothes and worry more about the kids and not the clothes. For when they get older the clothes really won't have anything to do with them getting a good education and becoming want ever they want to be. If everyone comes together to help the kids feel better about thereselves it would help.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 30, 2008

I went to Tallavana and my son now attends the school. I seen many ups and downs through the years. I hope that we recovering from a down period. The major problem with Tallavana is inconsistency. The rules are set before school starts and then they change. Halfway through the school year, the rules are changed again. I only know of a few people that have a problem with the booster club and they work in the office. If any school has a problem with parents asking question of being involved, then you better think twice!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 25, 2008

My daughter is in the 9th grade and this is her first year. I have been very disappointed with the administration and lack of commitment from the primary church affiliaton.Thanks to the athletic boosters the few sports programs the school does offer has had the requirement equipment, uniforms and fees paid without the booster there would have been no extracurricular activities. However thank heavens for Ms Powe she has been a life saver to our daughter with the additonal help that you would expect from a school that charges to attend. A major problem here is a few (3) staff members want all the children to believe in their beliefs which is not correct since this is a non-Demoninational school. Major changes are needed immediately to save us
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 15, 2008

I can't believe the improvement in the school this year. The teachers care and the academics are getting even better. The only negative I see is that the athletic boosters seem to want to run the school. Other than that I am very pleased and expect things to keep improving.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 15, 2008

Wow am I glad we transferred our daughter to Tallavana. She is actually getting an education. She has joined a sports program and loves it. It seems like everyone wants to be involved and the teachers are doing a great job.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 24, 2007

My child began attending TCS in 3-K. He is now in the 6th grade. I have watched the school steadily decline in the past couple of years and have given up all hope of it ever getting better. Values are not very Christian like, they worry more about money and clothes than they do your child's education. All this for roughly $3500 a year! Please don't send your children here. Don't make the same mistake I did. Children need to feel secure at school, Not let down with a poor education.
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
Black 63% 23%
White 28% 42%
Hispanic 6% 29%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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5840 Havana Highway
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