GAC academic standards surpass state standards and challenge our students to grow in their knowledge through a well-rounded curriculum that includes a solid foundation in principal subjects, weekly activities in our STEAM laboratories, foreign language skill development, weekly visits to SPARK, the learning laboratory in the media center, and time in our Nasmyth Environmental Center. Learning is hands-on and students leave the elementary school prepared for the challenges of middle school, including having gained skill in technology literacy. Students as young as 4th grade prepare Keynote presentations to share their learning with their peers. The curriculum is adapted to technology so that students can advance their learning in the most innovative ways.
Instruction in the arts begins early at GAC. The School of Music provides private, one-on-one instruction for all students in all instruments, from the string and percussion instruments to vocal and piano. GAC students may take their private lessons during the school day. The Fifth Grade Band is a class for students who wish to begin study of a wind or percussion instrument. This ensemble meets several times a week during the school day and performs several times throughout the year. Students participate in the Visual Arts program beginning in Kindergarten as visual art students in a weekly class. Our large Promises Elementary School Chorus, which rehearses before school, performs at events such as Grandparents Day, Christmas concerts, all school chapels, and community events. The GAC School of Ballet has three dance studios where students as young as two can begin learning and performing the dance arts after school. The 5th grade GAC Silver Strings Orchestra introduces students to the library of instruments in the string family and performs several times throughout the year. Through Discovery Activities,, students can participate in two drama productions a year.
We know that physical activity is important for children at this stage of their development. To begin with, Lower School students have Physical Education class and recess every school day. The Aquatics Program, and Tennis Academy make it possible for your children to take swimming and tennis lessons during and after school. Lower School students can learn how to play football, basketball, and lacrosse by participating in one of our youth leagues or many clinics geared toward growth in and exposure to GAC sports.
Lower School encourages students to be confident in who God created them to be. Teachers integrate faith into learning, and emphasize the importance of caring for others. Students engage in service projects, participate in chapel daily, and develop leadership skills by leading chapel on a rotational basis throughout the year with their peers. Faith is woven into each of our classrooms. Service is introduced early at GAC, and several school-wide service endeavors take place each year, engaging and inspiring our youngest Spartans.
Why drive all over Atlanta for private lessons, after-school activities, and fun? Through our Discovery Activities, Early Childhood Village and Elementary students can discover their inner artist, learn how to play a new sport, see what it's like to be on stage, conduct science experiments, learn a new language, and so much more. Encore Kids provides childcare before and after school for busy parents.
Parents at GAC work together to raise their children in a faithful and loving environment. By joining the GAC community, you will have the support of other GAC parents to help you prepare your children for their future. GAC parents are invited to weekly Bible study; learning opportunities and parent workshops on timely topics; volunteerism with the GAC Parent Association (GPA) to enrich student experiences and activities, and more. There are many special events, both formal and informal, on campus throughout the year, too. It's a vibrant campus that is always alive with activity, and we welcome you to participate.
In the Nasmyth Environmental Center, Students engage in learning activities as they carry out real life operations of a working greenhouse, fish hatchery, and chicken coop. It's not a museum. Students have the opportunity to learn issues like sustainability and limited resources.
Enriching the early years.
Ensure your child’s elementary school years prepare them for the most opportunities in GAC Middle School and High School.