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Welcome to Spartan Life.

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GAC is a place where character, intellect, and passion grow.

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Campus Life

Campus life at GAC is thoughtfully designed to balance active faith, academic rigor, and a deep commitment to caring for one another. Across this vibrant community, our students grow in stature and confidence.Students participate in activities and events that help them feel connected to one another, to their parents, to their teachers, and to God.

A spirit of growth infuses everything we do. From our youngest learners to our high school graduates, Spartans grow through service to one another and the world.

Mission trips, service-learning projects, Bible studies, and other activities build tenacity, empathy, and faith. Hands-on learning opportunities happen inside the classroom and out, expanding curiosity, new ideas, and intellect. And by serving and worshiping together, students strengthen their place in this loving community of believers.

Discover the possibilities that await your student.

A Look at Campus Life

Homecoming

From dress up days to special pep rallies to the Friday night lights, Homecoming Week is a favorite for students and faculty.

Spiritual Retreats

Middle School and High School students start each school year with a Spiritual Retreat. These open the door for real relationships and an ever-growing connection with the Lord.

Redzone

Our beloved student section Redzone brings the Spartan spirit to home games. 

Spartan2gether

Kicking off student orientation, Spartan2gether lets students step into their new role as Spartans and get a taste of what their journey will be like at GAC.

Grandparents Day

GAC is for the whole family. We love celebrating all of your family members and letting our students bond with their Grandparents.

GAC’s Got Talent

Celebrating our talented students, faculty, and staff, GAC’s Got Talent has something for everyone.

All School Student-Led Chapels

To help our students share God’s love and grow as leaders, GAC hosts student-led Chapels for the whole school on the first day of school, Thanksgiving, and Easter.

Black and White Fine Arts Exhibition

Cultivating the budding artists on campus, the Black and White Fine Arts Exhibition showcases the exceptional artwork our students create.

Prayer Walks

Parents participate in prayer walks, joining together each month to cover the campus in prayer. 

Bible Studies

Students and family members of all ages can join Bible study groups to learn God’s word together through discussion and study.

Services Projects

Spartans come together regularly to serve the local community, from mentoring students and helping in the classroom at a local elementary school to performing at the Winship Cancer Institute to delivering food to local extended-stay motels.

Parent Speaker Series

Being a parent is the hardest job there is, so we have created a faith-infused speaker series to help guide parents and support them in raising their children to be exceptional, faith-filled adults.

Spaces Students & Families Thrive

Fincher Student-Family Center

Known as the "family room" for the GAC community and located in the center of campus, the beautiful 31,000 square foot facility is one of the most active buildings on campus. The main floor includes the Grandparent Commons, GAC Spartan Store, Wista Worthen Meeting Room, and the Admissions Office. The President’s Office is located on the second floor as well as several classrooms. The building is named for the school’s second president, Dr. David L. Fincher.

Strickland Plaza

Strickland Plaza is nestled between the Middle and High School buildings and Liles Media Center and serves as the main outdoor gathering space for our students. Named after the Strickland family, this space adjoins with the Cross Tower which stands at the heart of campus and is a daily reminder of our purpose and to whom we belong. The Cross Tower includes an area for worship and baptisms. Located beside the Cross Tower, this versatile outdoor venue includes a raised platform and gathering space for up to 200 students and teachers for educational discussions, student performances, special speakers, and concerts.

Long Forum

The Long Forum serves as home court for the Spartan Basketball and Spartan Volleyball teams. The 80,000 sq. ft. state-of-the art, multi-purpose venue can seat up to 3,200 guests for chapels, concerts, athletic and many other special events. The Athletic Office is located on the main floor. The Jesse & Marilyn Long Forum was opened in 2009 and was named in honor of GAC founder and Chancellor, Jesse Long and his wife Marilyn.

Campus News

Elementary School Students Jump Right In!

Our elementary school students win the prize for “cheerful” giving, that’s for sure. While working and playing and even fundraising, they enjoy themselves! Since 1982, GAC has raised money for the American Heart Association, led by GAC P.E. teacher Kristy Shelton. This year, students raised over $41K to fight our nation’s number one cause of death: heart disease.

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GAC Student Leaders Use Music to Highlight Black History

“Music embodies the words we can’t express. It comforts us during our deepest tragedies and fuels us during our greatest triumphs. More importantly, it unites us. Black History Month is not just for African Americans. The music you will hear today is woven into all of our lives” shared Simone Roberts, GAC’s Student Leader of Unity, who then proceeded to further describe the reason for the day’s special chapel assembly. 

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Parent Speaker Series: Raising Generation Z with Dr. Tim Elmore

We welcomed education expert Dr. Tim Elmore to campus this week for our Parent Speaker Series event. Sponsored by our GAC Parent Association, this series is one of the ways that GAC helps parents raise their children well. And it’s safe to say that parents walked out of Dr. Elmore’s session feeling a little more confident than when they entered, especially when it comes to their Generation Z children.

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The Gift of a Performance

For the Christmas holiday season, the GAC School of Ballet gave many the gift of a beautiful performance. Not just to their parents, grandparents, friends, and classmates here at GAC. Middle School and High School dance elective students performed for Meadowcreek Elementary School, Village Park Senior Living Center, the Winship Cancer Center, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta-Egleston during the month of December.

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Hate Slime? This Story Might Change Your Mind

When you consider how to help the thousands of homeless individuals living in Gwinnett County, do you think of slime? Neither do we. But GAC’s Anna Hardy, an 8th grader at GAC this year, connected those dots last summer and raised $1,800 for others.

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Ushering in the 2019-2020 School Year

GAC had a wonderful start to the school year this morning as faculty and students from pre-first to seniors gathered in the Long Forum for a time of worship, reflection, and celebration.

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Raise a Banner High: A Spotlight on Senior Jackson Willyerd

The reminders on Jackson Willyerd’s wall at home aren’t something you would expect of a high school student. Most of them sound like the pep talk of a mature adult: “Don’t be afraid of work that has no end (loving, hunger, thirst, injustice).” “Will it matter in 5 days? 5 months? 5 years? 5 decades?” “Did you make someone else’s day better?”

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Building Spiritual Community on Campus

An organization’s culture is not something that can be imposed or something that is born from a strategic plan. It comes from within and is as natural as breathing. For GAC, an innate part of its culture is the spiritual community that has defined it from the very beginning when a visionary group of men and women gathered together to pray over the undeveloped land. Today’s grassroots efforts among faculty, staff, and students to meet, pray, and meditate on God’s Word demonstrates that this commitment to spiritual community goes beyond Bible class and chapel.

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    We are a Community

    Dr. Scott Harsh

    “This school has been blessed in many ways. Not just in the 25 buildings and the dozen of athletic facilities on our 88 acres, but in the vibrant, creative faculty you will meet. They love God, and they love His children who walk this campus each day. You can feel it. There is joy in the journey at GAC.”

    GAC President