Joshua Christian Academy

Our Impact

236 – the number of students currently served by JCA.
85% the percent of operating budget from private and corporate donors.
3 – number of school locations serving the Des Moines metro.


Equipping urban youth and their families to serve God and others through a faith-based academic foundation.

Key Services Provided

Joshua Christian Academy (JCA) provides an excellent, affordable Christian education to students in grades K-12. In addition to academics, students use their talents in band, dance, basketball, tennis, S.T.E.M, and many other activities. Students can receive college credit, attend classes at Des Moines Central Campus and participate in ROTC.

Key Audiences Served

JCA believes that economically disadvantaged children can perform at the highest level. Tuition at JCA is set on a sliding scale based on family income. Our student population is 45% African/African American, 33% Caucasian, 15% Hispanic, and 7% Asian.

Ways to Give

  • Donate at
  • Mail donations to 1740 Garfield Ave. Des Moines, IA 50316
  • Give via
  • Sponsor a Classroom, a Student, or Lunch once a month.
  • Organize company volunteers to help with maintenance.

Board of Directors

Keith Ratliff, Sr. – Executive Director
Howard Vroom – President
Larry Stelter – Vice President
Greg Smith – Treasurer
Samona Yates – Secretary
Chris Hurley – Past President
Mark Densmore
JB Johnson
Nichole Redd
Judson Vos
Marti Wojcik

Advisory Board

Ray Brown
Don Doudna
Michael Hurst
Phillip Ferguson
Trish McKinley
Thomas Phillips
Darlene Turner
Sherry Vanderploeg

1740 Garfield Avenue | Des Moines, IA 50316 | (515) 265-0603 |

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