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May 3--  Robert Toombs Christian Academy in Lyons has been accredited in Georgia since it's founding, however, Wednesday it earned national accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

{mosimage}"It's a big milestone for the school from an academic standpoint.  It allows our students more opportunity nationally as far as which college or university they can choose," says RTCA Headmaster Jon Dorminey.

The headmaster believes the accreditation makes RTCA more competitive in local education.

"We understand we're in competition with local schools and we're charging for what they do for free.  We want to make sure we're going above and beyond what we need to do to educate our kids.  Our test scores reflect that with our SAT scores being about 200 points above schools in our area and our STAR testing in elementary grades is about two-and-a half grade levels above.  This accreditation validates what we are doing and enables us to show parents they are getting a lot of bang for their buck by sending their kids to private school.

"We found that pretty much everything we were doing is right on point.  The accreditation process not only validated to us what we were doing, but also validates us to the community, that we are doing is providing a quality education in a Christian environment with good discipline and spiritual growth.  That's what a lot of parents are looking for these days," Dorminey said.

According to Dorminey, RTCA's enrollment last year was 290 and is already past 330 for next school term.  He hopes it will grow to more than 350 by the time school starts.