- Greater Atlanta Christian School
Opening in 1967, Greater Atlanta Christian School was started by Jesse Long and had only 139 students on a two-lane rural road
Gwinnett County, Georgia, now known as Indian Trail. At first, buildings were scarce and students were few. As of 2008, the school has over 1950 students, and 74 acres of facilities and green space that reflect a college university campus rather than a K-12 school. Students arrive from over twelve counties to attend this coeducational college preparatory Christian school.
GAC is accredited with quality by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, with professional memberships of the Southern Association of Independent Schools, Atlanta Area Association of Independent Schools, Georgia Independent School Association, National Christian School Association and The College Board. It is the second largest private school in the State of Georgia.
Members of the class of 2008 were offered $8.7 million worth of
scholarships and accepted to 137 colleges and universities. They consistently have students honored by The National Merit Competition. GAC holds state championships in academics, the arts, and athletically. GAC has been the winner of the Dodge Athletic Directors' Cup award in Georgia in 2007, 2005, and 2003 acknowledging their best total records in Athletics in the GA High School Association for Class AA. Their newest facility, The Long Forum, will have a state of the art Audio Visual classroom where students can learn and put their knowledge into action during assemblies and chapels. The musical theatre group, Visions, has consistently won regional and state awards. The Accapella Chorus performs throughout the year and has a summer tour. There are 8 Art studios, with over 33 separate art sections taught in the high school, 6 in the junior high, and 28 in the elementary. The Math Team has placed among the top three in state competition for 10 of the past 14 years. (A-AAAAA) Other options such as Science Olympiad, Robotics, Mock Trial, Web Design, Chess, Debate and Envirothon allow students to explore areas of interest and gain confidence in their skills.
With such a broad scope of academic opportunities (19 AP courses), an array of Art/Music/Theater electives and 59 organized athletic teams, students are able to thrive. The faculty and staff's commitment to their students' spiritual growth, however, is what makes this school a very special place. With an intentional focus on world missions, over 200 GAC students travel each year to impoverished areas of the world in order to serve other children. Ongoing age-appropriate service projects help students to understand and develop a desire to make a positive difference. From the kindergarteners to the senior high students, learning and growing in their faith means putting it into action in the world around them.
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