French Camp Academy

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The primary purpose of French Camp Academy is to provide a Christian school and Christian home for young people, mostly teenagers, with family problems not of their own making. FCA is not a reform school, orphanage, or expensive private school. Our students are victims of parental divorce, alcoholism abuse, illness, abandonment, and so forth.

Contact information

Mailing address:
French Camp Academy
One Fine Place
French Camp, MS 39745


Phone: 662-547-6482

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 640321520

CEO/President: F. Steward Edwards, Jr.

Chairman: Hugh Potts Jr.

Board size: 12

Founder: Presbyterian missionaries

Ruling year: 1949

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 05/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1988


Located in the lush pine woods of central Mississippi, along the scenic Natchez Trace, we offer a safe, stable home where young people of all kinds can learn and live.

Though their backgrounds are diverse, all of our students trust French Camp Academy to empower them to thrive emotionally, come alive spiritually, stretch academically, grow physically and mature socially.

Mission statement

French Camp Academy, a Christ-centered home and school, exists to serve young people and families for the glory of God.

Statement of faith


I. God is the One being existing in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God is the Sovereign, the Creator, and the Sustainer of all things. God is the source and end of all truth.

II. The Scriptures are the written Word of God, inerrant in their original writings. They are the infallible authority by which He directs and governs all our activities, including the education of our children.

III. Jesus Christ is the eternally begotten Son of God. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He is truly God and truly man. Through Christ's life, death, resurrection and ascension, He accomplished for His people a decisive victory over sin and death and established His kingdom among men.

IV. Man was created in the image of God as a rational, moral, and spiritual being. Man sinned in Adam and fell with him in his first transgression. Man's fall affected him spiritually, intellectually, and physically. Man is restored only by the renewing grace of the Holy Spirit and the cleansing blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.

V. The Lord Jesus Christ will return in glory and triumph for the final judgment and the consummation of His kingdom. All those who have truly repented of their sins and have received Christ as their personal savior will be eternally with the Lord Jesus Christ. All those who have failed truly to repent of their sins and have rejected the Lord Jesus Christ will be eternally damned without Christ in a literal hell.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: K-12 Schools/Academies

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating365 of 110633 of 48
Fund acquisition rating16 of 110711 of 48
Resource allocation rating612 of 110731 of 48
Asset utilization rating711 of 110639 of 48

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$224,536$216,678$782,306$371,473$177,444
Short-term investments$45,519,866$53,098,980$40,712,820$30,047,758$30,756,089
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$54,622,952$59,134,172$46,480,335$34,817,961$35,451,739
Long-term investments$4,079,282$3,880,872$3,503,945$3,276,941$3,521,502
Fixed assets$7,501,189$7,037,982$6,910,321$6,683,913$6,257,504
Other long-term assets$5,838,780$4,108,034$3,749,982$3,667,458$4,025,618
Total long-term assets$17,419,251$15,026,888$14,164,248$13,628,312$13,804,624
Total assets$72,042,203$74,161,060$60,644,583$48,446,273$49,256,363
Payables and accrued expenses$472,649$483,738$427,567$407,249$373,525
Other current liabilities$517,231$486,647$83,463$491,830$464,965
Total current liabilities$989,880$970,385$511,030$899,079$838,490
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$431,845$449,637$1,149,347$907,071$553,423
Total long-term liabilities$431,845$449,637$1,149,347$907,071$553,423
Total liabilities$1,421,725$1,420,022$1,660,377$1,806,150$1,391,913
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$36,445,982$35,396,579$30,278,193$18,223,177$19,373,176
With donor restrictions$34,174,496$37,344,459$28,706,013$28,416,946$28,491,274
Net assets$70,620,478$72,741,038$58,984,206$46,640,123$47,864,450
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$6,942,197$6,381,208$15,206,345$3,910,139$5,315,492
Program service revenue$2,641,776$1,617,193$2,182,884$2,340,402$2,108,144
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$4,163,190$2,682,926$1,692,589$1,040,107$1,634,599
Other revenue$136,912$232,110$211,077$370,527$389,263
Total other revenue$6,941,878$4,532,229$4,086,550$3,751,036$4,132,006
Total revenue$13,884,075$10,913,437$19,292,895$7,661,175$9,447,498
Program services$6,821,540$5,603,032$6,239,365$6,321,029$5,953,198
Management and general$869,364$758,979$777,821$785,552$786,208
Total expenses$8,353,106$6,996,905$7,621,775$7,792,706$7,508,493
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$5,530,969$3,916,532$11,671,120($131,531)$1,939,005
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$5,530,969$3,916,532$11,671,120($131,531)$1,939,005


F Stewart Edwards JrPresident$97,031
Bruce HosketVice President$46,583
J Lance RagsdaleVice President$44,044
R Stephen UlerichCFO$41,196

Compensation data as of: 5/31/2022

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 3/1/2024. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


The town of French Camp dates to about 1810 when Frenchman Louis Lefleur established a trading post and inn on the Natchez Trace, the fabled trade route between Natchez and Nashville. The Choctaw natives and others in the area called it "The Frenchman's Camp," later shortened to "French Camp."

In 1885 a group of Presbyterian missionaries established a school for girls at French Camp - the Mississippi Institute for Girls. Because of its success, a school for boys was started later that year, named French Camp Academy.

In 1915, fire destroyed the girls' institute, and the schools were combined under the name "French Camp Academy."

A major change took place in 1950, when French Camp Academy was reorganized under the direction of an interdenominational board of trustees. Since that time, we have grown to accommodate up to 170 boarding students, and provide a quality Christ-centered education and atmosphere.

French Camp Academy today is respected nationwide as an interdenominational Christian boarding school with a rich history of helping young people.

The town and school together form a thriving 900-acre community, 90 miles north of Jackson and 80 miles south of Tupelo. With a population of about 175, the town is home to FCA graduates, as well as current staff and students. The history and progress of FCA and the town of French Camp go hand-in-hand. We are thankful to have a great community to help support and enhance our ministry to young people.

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