Treasure Coast Classical Academy was born out of the desire of a local mom to bring a new opportunity in education to families of the Treasure Coast. That mom, Lynda Daniels, set out on a journey that would not benefit her own children who had recently graduated but that would deliver Classical Education to families of the Treasure Coast. In 2017 Lynda met Erika Donalds, a mom, and businesswoman from the Tampa area who was passionate about classical education and school choice. They soon agreed to join forces for the founding of a Hillsdale Barney Charter School Initiative-affiliated classical school. Along with a small team of like-minded community members and local parents, they volunteered countless hours to form what is now known as Treasure Coast Classical Academy. Founding Principal, Janine Swearingin was hired in March of 2018, and in April of that year, TCCA’s charter was approved by the Martin County School Board.
TCCA opened its doors in August of 2019 to Kindergarten - 6th grade scholars at our temporary location in Palm City with plans to add a grade each year through 12th grade. Portable classrooms, classrooms with no ceilings, and a car line filled with potholes were no obstacle for determined parents and staff. Over 600 children of the Treasure Coast were finally receiving the highest quality education available.
During our time in the temporary location, our permanent building was being erected on Cove Road in Stuart. We moved in January of 2020. It was an exciting time for our pioneering staff and families. As a TCCA family, we finally had a home. Little did we know that just a few short weeks later we would all be doing school in our individual homes.
While the school house sat empty, our staff quickly and efficiently pivoted to educating our scholars via Zoom and Google Classroom. It was a major adjustment, but the commitment of our team to continue to deliver a classical education in an unconventional way was strong. While this new way of learning was not ideal, TCCA scholars adapted quickly. The much anticipated and much needed summer break arrived not a moment too soon. Throughout that summer the team went to work making plans to adapt again to the unexpected challenges of educating during a pandemic.
The following Fall, families were given the choice to remain in distance learning or return to school. Always the pioneers, the TCCA team offered something different from other public schools. TCCA assigned dedicated distance learning teachers for each grade level, as opposed to other schools across the nation that had teachers leading both in-person and online students simultaneously. Then in January 2021, after a long semester of offering both in-person and distance learning, the TCCA family was finally back together on campus, 1000 scholars strong.
TCCA finally experienced our first normal school year in 21/22. Scholars and staff flourished. Now with over 1100 scholars and a waitlist nearly as long, TCCA is the most sought after school in Martin County. In May of 2022, founding Principal, Janine Swearingin passed the reins to our current Principal, Kirsten Pendleton.