About Sound Christian Academy

Serving the South Sound with dynamic Christian education

Established 1960

Transformed 2021

Renewed 2022

Sound Christian Academy, formerly Tacoma Baptist Schools, offers Pre-Kindergarten through 12th-grade Christian education to families throughout the South Sound. Our curriculum is Christ-centered, and all subject matter is designed to include Biblical integration.
The term academy helps define our academic model and differentiates us from public schools and other institutions in the private school consortium. It also reflects the biblical saturation students receive in curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular activities.
This spiritual formation represents our special or particular field along with the aspects of mental, emotional, social, and physical development.
Biblical saturation

In all grade levels, we integrate the Bible in learning and coursework.

Enriching academic program

Our curriculum and education programs are developed to maximize intellectual development and foster the curiosity and talents of each student.

Regionally recognized

Our high school and middle school were voted Best of South Sound Private Schools in 2020 and 2021, respectively.

Supporting every student to succeed

Our community focuses on each student. We tailor our instruction for every kind of learner. Our Instructional Support Center helps students overcome challenges.

MOTUS mentoring groups

Our faculty-led MOTUS mentoring groups meet weekly in middle school and high school.

Robust athletics and exciting student life

SCA offers top-notch coaches in fall, winter, and spring competitive sports. Students enjoy rich experiences that expand horizons and support spiritual development.

Family-oriented, caring community

It can sound cliche, but in our case, it's true. Students are nurtured in a loving, caring, and encouraging atmosphere.

College track

In our latest graduating class, 85% went on to college.


We have 1,697 who have graduated.

History: Founded in 1960 as Tacoma Baptist Schools. In 2021 the school changed its name to Sound Christian Academy. Read an article on the name change

Accreditation: Cognia

WA State: Approved Private School

School Code: 481-398

Affiliations: WIAA, SeaTac League

Overview Profile: Sound Christian Academy (SCA) is a pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade independent Christian school located in South Tacoma close to I-5. We serve families from the South Sound region, including Tacoma, Puyallup, Gig Harbor, and others. There are four school divisions— Elementary (EL), grades pre-kindergarten through five; Middle School (MS), grades six through eight; and High School (HS), grades nine through twelve. Our Early Learning (EE) program includes Pre-K concurrently with the Elementary School and will include preschool and daycare. At present, our Before and After School (BASC) program is part of that division. Our programs and curriculum are specifically designed to be developmentally appropriate for Christian students with a logically sequential progression leading from one grade to the next, emphasizing biblical saturation and holistic personal development (mental, emotional, spiritual, social, physical).

Campus: Located on nine acres with sports fields, gymnasium, high school and elementary buildings, and administrative facilities
Enrollment: 282

Faculty and Staff: 53
Athletics: 8 coaches

Average Class Size: 14

Curriculum: Curriculum is Christ-centered, and all subject matter is designed to include Biblical integration.

Tuition and Fees: Link

Financial Aid: Offered as available and on a need basis. 

Churches Represented: 50+

Alumni: 1,697


 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
(Before and After School Care (BASC) available, 3:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.).

Sound Christian Academy is an evangelical Christian school and welcomes students from many different denominations and church affiliations. Read our statement of faith.