Mission, History, and Philosophy

Mission Statement

Tunica Academy, a K-12 Christian college preparatory school, exists to glorify Jesus Christ by helping students grow in knowledge, wisdom, stature, and in favor with God and man by enabling our students to reach their God-given potential as in Luke 2:52.

History of Tunica Academy

Tunica Academy, formerly known as Tunica Institute of Learning, was chartered as a Mississippi corporation on June 23, 1964. A group of prominent citizens had a vision to provide the students of Tunica County an alternative to public education.

The school opened in 1964 and operated a kindergarten in the local Presbyterian Church. By the 1966-67 school year, the school encompassed grades one through seven, and they were housed in a new building, called the Elementary Building, which still stands on the current site.

The enrollment continued to increase as grades were added each year. Accordingly, the physical plant took on additions. By the spring of 1970, the High School Building and Gymnasium had been completed, and the three buildings continue to make up the physical plant today. The institution held its first graduation in the spring of 1970.

With the ongoing support of parents, friends, and the community at large, Tunica Academy will continue to meet the needs of its students for years to come.  

Statement of Philosophy

The Board of Directors, faculty, patrons of the school and the students contributed to the formation of our philosophy. We feel that it represents each participating member of our community.

TUNICA ACADEMY is an educational facility existing for those students whose parents are willing to sacrifice to send their children to a private school.

At TUNICA ACADEMY, we strive to produce the necessary environment to help each individual develop intellectually, physically, morally and spiritually. Since these factors are closely related, we believe they are essential for a well-rounded person.

Recognizing that the development of the curriculum is the responsibility of the administration, with the advice of the Board of Directors, faculty, concerned parents, and students, our belief is that this curriculum should reflect our philosophy and standards. A curriculum has been developed that challenges students seeking quality education in both mind and body. It is constantly analyzed and modified to enable the individual students to function efficiently in a changing society. To deal with individual differences, we must offer as much variety as possible in a curriculum that employs various techniques, methods and materials, with extra-curricular activities playing an important role in the program.  We believe that competent, cooperative, well-trained teachers with sensitivity to the problems, attitudes, and feelings of the students are necessary to carry out a successful school program.

Our greatest hope for each child is to instill the ideas of democracy, fair play, and respect for an obligation to uphold the laws of our country and to support those in authority who enforce those laws, respect for the rights of others, the practice of self-discipline, and care and pride in the preservation of community property. We are convinced that these ideals are most effectively formulated by a cooperative effort of the church, home, and school.

We believe TUNICA ACADEMY has the responsibility of providing the best educational facility and environment possible within its means. The student has the responsibility of working, cooperating and participating.

It is our sincere desire at TUNICA ACADEMY to provide each student with a quality education that will promote optimum growth and development so that each child might completely function in his particular role in a democratic society.