In 1992 as a group of concerned parents, driven by an urgent concern for the futures of our children, we started a school where children could grow in knowledge and stature within a wholesome and Godly environment.
We started with 16 students and we’ve since grown to just over 150 students, ranging from Grade R to Grade 12. We operate as a ministry wing of Spiritlife Ministries and serve parents and children of all denominations. We provide education to all students, not discriminating on the basis of race, colour, national or ethnic origin. We adhere to the Statement of Faith of the Spiritlife Christian Church.
The school is established on the church grounds situated within the old Klipriver nature reserve on sixty acres of natural parkland and river frontage. We are equipped with a Outdoor Amphitheatre, Volleyball Field, Netball/Soccer field and Mini – Olympic size pool. We have an Adventure Centre geared with Climbing, Abseiling, obstacle courses and team-building. We have tuck shop facilities. We also offer day care facilities
We are registered with the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) since 1992 and meets all its Governance, Curriculum Standards, Infra-structure, Health and Safety requirements. Academic Teachers are registered with the South African Council of Educators (SACE). Everyday is an open day at 3 Rivers Christian Academy. If you want to come and visit us and see for yourselves, you are more than welcome! Just get in touch with us and we’ll take care of the rest.
In a conventional system, learners progress through school on the basis of chronological age. The class is lock-stepped and progresses at the pace of the teacher. Gifted students grow frustrated while waiting for the rest of the class, and slower students develop gaps in their learning as they are forced to move on, understanding only that they are academically incapable and not able to succeed.
In 3RCA, new incoming students do not start on the course which their chronological age indicates. Instead, they take a diagnostic test, which determines what their actual performance level is. Once this is known, a prescription or individually tailor-made program is created for that learner. In this way, no able learner is held back and less able learners can learn at a rate appropriate to their needs.
The students progress at their own pace receiving individualized attention from their Teacher, while being taught to set their own goals for each day. They will move through their academic work in the form of bite-sized educational books called “PACE”. As they master each PACE by completing the PACE test they move on to the next. Each subject will have it set of PACE’s
PACE (Pack of Accelerated Education), is a bite-sized, achievable work text equivalent to a unit in a textbook. Each grade level consists of 12 PACEs in each subject. PACEs integrate character-building lessons into the academic content and are carefully designed to develop thinking skills. Full colour explanations and illustrations add excitement to each lesson, and innovative learning activities reinforce the interesting text material.
Each PACE contains ‘Checkups’ which are mini-tests covering a section of the PACE. Upon completion of the activities and Checkups, students prepare to take the Self Test, a practice test. Here the students evaluate themselves to determine their readiness for the PACE Test. When this is successfully completed, the student hands in the Pace and takes the PACE Test the next school morning. The PACE Test objectively measures the student’s mastery of the material. If mastery is achieved, (90% in Gr1 to 3; 80% in Gr. 4 to 12), then the next PACE is issued. In this way, the student is taught to take pride, ownership and responsibility for their work. They also grow in self-esteem and confidence as they see themselves succeeding.
If you have any questions about our approach towards education or our curriculum, you’re more than welcome to get in touch with us.
The ACE program caters for both national and international requirements and offers its students:
1. General Education Diploma (GED) – NQF4 – American Qualification – Gr 12 Equivalent
2. College Entrance Certificate (CEC) – NQF4
Universities base their acceptance of students on previous results, SAT results, NBT results, and entrance test results and finally confirm admission to universities once they have received a recognised certificate of exemption or conditional exemption, i.e. Grade 12 College Entrance Certificate. Students will only receive a Grade 12 College Entrance Certificate for university entrance on completion of their course studies (not before) and the submission of their NBT results. SAT I results are optional yet recommended.
Accelerated Education Enterprises (AEE) will not be in a position to guarantee that students will be able to make application to all universities in South Africa as admission will be at the discretion of the individual institution and acceptance at a particular university or faculty is further dependent on a student meeting the specific entrance requirements as determined by the Senate of the institution. With that said we are still in contact with our 104 graduates, their studies and careers.
EXTRA – MURAL
3RCA is a member of the South African Christian Schools’s Sports Association (SACSSA). Throughout the year our students compete in a safe environment with students from 350 other Christian Schools. Competitions take place on regional through to national level in the following sport: Soccer, Netball, Athletics, Volleyball, Table Tennis, Swimming and Rock Climbing.
Each year our students aged 13 years and older participate in the All Africa Student Convention, hosted by Accelerated Christian Education South Africa. They compete in over 165 events, in areas such as academic, art, sport, music, platform (speech & drama) and dance to name but a few. Our students have the opportunity to discover and develop both talent and leadership skills. Growth takes place as they prepare throughout the year for this competition while developing skills and attitudes they will need for life.
We also foster personal growth in our students through outdoor adventure activities. Outdoor activities promote active learning through direct experiences and develop leadership, risk-taking and problem-solving skills. Students learn to maximize their potential and work cooperatively all within a safe and environmentally-friendly framework. We take students into the wilderness for these experiences, expeditions and camp outs. The student’s intellectual, physical, spiritual, social and moral development will be challenged, resulting in personal growth and social awareness that develops skills for life and the world of work. Through these we build self-esteem and self-confidence, aspects that are fundamental to any young person’s development and preparation for life.
Extra CURRICULAR Programs
Get In Touch
22 King Street
Duncanville Ext. 3
(016) 423 1147/8
(016) 1001 435
School Hours: M-F: 8am – 3pm