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GAC Tennis Academy Member Jason Eigdebion to Compete in the Prestigious Les Petits AS U14 World Championships

Greater Atlanta Christian School is proud to announce that current eighth-grade student Jason Eigdebion has been selected to participate in the esteemed Les Petits AS, the most prestigious U14 tennis tournament in the world. Jason had an outstanding performance at the Le Petits 🇺🇸 USA Playoff, where he secured the 3rd position. This performance earned Jason an offer to compete in the Les Petits AS. Often hailed as the U14 Junior World Championships, Les Petits AS attracts young tennis talents from across the globe.

Smaller class sizes, consistency in leadership part of the draw to Greater Atlanta Christian School

Article originally published on Gwinnett Daily Post by Chris Starrs.

Families choose private schools for a variety of reasons, one of which is the parents themselves attended an independent school and wanted their children to have a similar experience.

There are a number of students at Greater Atlanta Christian whose parents also went to private school, but more than half of the students at GAC come from what is termed “first-time private-school families.”

GAC Junior Luke Winter Selected as Delegate for Washington Youth Tour

GAC Junior Luke Winter has been selected for the Washington Youth Tour. This annual program brings high school students across the United States to the nation's capital for an immersive educational experience. Luke applied to serve as a Washington Youth Tour delegate representing Jackson Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) and was recently interviewed and selected.

GAC High School BETA Club hosts Special Olympics

For over 20 years, the GAC High School BETA Club has hosted Special Olympics on campus. This January, over 100 Beta Club students were involved in working with approximately 90 children with disabilities and bringing food to honor the exceptional teachers who work with these kids every day. Ten different DeKalb County schools visited GAC to participate in the 2023 Winter Special Olympics Event.

GAC Students Selected as Honoree and Runner-Up in Intown Magazine's "20 Under 20"

Atlanta Intown and Reporter Newspapers recently recognized GAC Senior Kate Hidell in their annual "20 Under 20" feature as an honoree and GAC Junior Ivy Holland as a runner-up. Each year, the newspapers choose young people who give back to the community through service and leadership while juggling academic responsibilities. 

GAC's own Jackie Bradford Has Been Inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame

On Tuesday it was announced that GAC's legendary coach, Jackie Bradford, will be inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame this upcoming February. Jackie Bradford arrived at GAC in 1968 as the head basketball coach. During his time as a coach at GAC, Jackie Bradford had a 253-82 record, along with three state championships (1971, 1972, 1977). 

GAC Theatre Finishes 2021-22 Season Strong

GAC Theatre finished the 2021-22 season strong by winning the Shuler Spotlight Award. Because of the win, the cast of Anastasia was invited to perform "Stay, I Pray You" at the Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards, the 2022 Shuler Awards, organized by ArtsBridge Foundation, on April 21. The awards were broadcast on Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB). GAC Alum Georgia Thomas (Class of 2022), won best leading actress for her performance in the title role of “Anastasia”.

Live from Truist Park: Two Spartans Have the Opportunity of a Lifetime

In February, two GAC seniors, Daisy Strine and Andrew Hathaway, had the chance to interview Atlanta Braves historian Carolyn Serra at Truist Park. Strine and Hathaway created the news package as a piece for Black History Month. The feature, which aired during GAC’s student broadcast, Live @ 1575, highlighted Hank Aaron’s legacy both on the field and off. 

GAC Alumna Elise Karinshak '19 named 2022 Goldwater Scholar, earning highest award of its type for the fields of mathematics, engineering and the natural sciences

Today we celebrate alumna and Gwinnett native Elise Karinshak '19, who was recently named a 2022 Goldwater Scholar, earning the highest and most prestigious award of its type for the fields of mathematics, engineering and the natural sciences. She was among only 417 undergraduates selected from 5,000 applicants across the nation.

“NFL Sunday” Features GAC Alumni for Veterans Day

GAC wishes all the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces a happy Veterans Day. We thank you and your families for your service to our country. If you are a football fan, you may have seen the Fox Sports “NFL Sunday” show broadcast from the United States Naval Academy (USNA) this past sunday. The show honored several midshipmen including GAC’s own Jessica Carothers, Class of 2019.

GAC Trailblazers:  The Manley Family

As GAC opened its doors for the first time in 1968, Nilas and Ellen Manley took a step of faith and enrolled their two eldest daughters Debra and Cathy. In the years that followed, all eight Manley children joined the GAC family, with seven eventually graduating from GAC. Both Ellen and Nilas went to work as involved, dedicated parents, supportive of young GAC with their time, wisdom, resources, and energy. 

Q & A: The Strong Comeback of Autumn Clark

Autumn Clark, a student at Greater Atlanta Christian School (GAC), is a gifted athlete who has worked tenaciously to develop her talents. More than a year ago, she suffered an injury which, sidelined her for a while — but not for long. She powered through her rehab and had returned stronger and more determined than ever. Peachtree Corners Magazine (PCM) connected with Autumn to discuss her athletic commitments, her recovery process and what she’s looking forward to in her bright future. 

GAC Alumni Ashley Van Ryn reaches success with the USA Women's National Handball Team

God. USA. Sports. These three things say a lot about fierce competitor and devoted follower of Christ, Ashley Van Ryn. While a GAC student, Ashley competed in volleyball, basketball, track, and softball. After graduating in 2004, Ashley attended the University of Central Florida on a softball scholarship. Remarkably, today Ashley is an accomplished member of the USA Women’s National Team for the sport of handball

Black History Month Chapel

Every year our community looks forward to celebrating Black History Month with a special, student led Black History Month Chapel. The theme this year was "Take You To Church" and the event included worship led by the chapel band, dance performed by the GAC dance team, an interview between Director of Inclusion Charles Edwards and his godmother and a powerful message by Pastor, Gospel Artist, and former GAC Parent, Charles Jenkins.⁠

GAC Alumni Chris Jackson '99 Opened a Home Care Agency during a Pandemic and Thrived

While most business owners faced great uncertainty and disruption when the pandemic hit in 2020, it’s all BrightStar Care franchisee Chris Jackson has known.

Chris opened his home health care agency in Greeley, Colorado shortly before COVID-19 hit the U.S., yet he has found a way to become one of the leading agencies in the network of BrightStar Care franchisees. He credits the team around him for being able to launch his agency and consistently build momentum throughout 2020.

 Middle School Math Competition

Congratulations to our outstanding Middle School students who participated in the American Mathematics Competition. The MAA’s American Mathematics Competitions (MAA AMC) program leads the nation in strengthening the mathematical capabilities of the next generation of problem-solvers. The competition had over 300,000 students participating annually from over 6,000 schools. ⁠⁠Led by Dr. Laura Markert, our Spartans had a strong showing.

And the Awards Go To…The Velveteen Rabbit!

Kudos to our GAC Middle School theatre ensemble, which recently performed “The Velveteen Rabbit” and was awarded Best Play in the Virtual Georgia Theatre Conference. This play, based on an award-winning book written by Margery Williams in 1922, tells the sweet story of a stuffed rabbit’s desire to become real through the love of its owner. Several of our middle school students received awards for their performances. 

A Special Tradition Continues for Christmas in 2020

The Nutcracker is a seasonal favorite and a GAC Christmas tradition. We were delighted to continue this tradition and enjoy our middle school and high school dance elective classes as they performed this joyful holiday classic ballet. Set to Tchaikovsky’s familiar and exciting score, The Nutcracker featured colorful and lively characters, beautiful dancing, and eye-catching costumes. New characters and costumes are introduced each year, and this year did not disappoint!

Outdoor Musical Performances Delight GAC Audiences

The GAC community has recently been delighted with outdoor concerts given by students within our Fine Arts community. Students and families alike have enjoyed and appreciated this creative solution while COVID-19 safety precautions are in place. These performances took place over the past week in the new GAC Park under twinkly lights and a gorgeous setting sun.

GAC Celebrates Homecoming 2020

Greater Atlanta Christian School celebrated Homecoming on October 16th with an inaugural Homecoming Parade, football game, and half-time festivities. “Homecoming is an important part of school life and most traditions need re-tooling in 2020. The parade brought our full K2-12th student body enthusiastically together while being safely separated outside,” said GAC President Dr. Scott Harsh.

GAC Educator of the Year

In celebration of World Teachers' Day we'd like to celebrate and honor all of the teachers who are inspiring and shaping young minds at GAC and beyond. The success of GAC students has always relied on our outstanding faculty, who are second to none around metro Atlanta. They are true heroes this year, and we are grateful for their hard work, determination, wisdom, and passion for their subjects and students.

GAC Alumni Hunter McIntosh '19 speaks at Black Solidarity event and call for an end to racism at Elon University

The event provided the opportunity to commemorate lives lost to police brutality while making a vocal and united call for change...Hunter McIntosh ’23 stepped to the microphone, noting that the expansive crowd he saw before him demonstrated that this is a time of unity at Elon. He offered insights to members of the White community, explaining that there is a difference between sympathy and empathy. “Empathy is showing up, showing you care, showing you will be here for us as we struggle,” McIntosh said.

GDP: Synchronous Learning, Technology, and  School Re-Opening

Synchronous Learning is the new initiative being implemented for the upcoming school year at Greater Atlanta Christian School, beginning August 10th. Smart cameras, directional microphones, and interactive white boards will enable “at-home” students to be more fully integrated into their normal schedule's real-time classroom, and with their teacher and classmates.

AJC: Ditching the screens gets kids prizes

When classes at the Greater Atlanta Christian School went on hiatus in March, few faculty members thought the disruption would last more than a few weeks.

“Then we were told we weren’t coming back,” recalled Lisa Chase, the school’s lead environmental teacher. “All I could think about was how kids were going to be spending more time in front of their computers, without athletics and other activities to get them outside.

Seniors' Last Day of High School  is Celebrated with a Campus Car Parade

May 8th had special meaning for the seniors from Greater Atlanta Christian School. It was their official last day of classes, and the administration wanted them to have a special memory-moment. One of GAC's end of year traditions includes a Senior Walk-through of the Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle School and High School buildings, ending with a buffet of donuts.  A campus parade was a way to have that experience under social distancing provisions.

Bridging Online and Hands On Learning

The ELC Prize Wagon has been on the move since school went to online learning at Greater Atlanta Christian School.  Every week, teacher Lisa Chase, the Environmental Learning Center (ELC) specialist, has used her car to deliver prizes to her K4-5th grade students spanning from Braselton to Alpharetta, Atlanta, Peachtree Corners, Norcross and nearly every edge of the 13 counties the school draws its students. 

AJC: Counselor gives hands-on exercises to build kids’ emotional health

Perhaps one of most difficult things to gauge with students is their mental well-being. Even without a worldwide medical crisis requiring schools to shut down suddenly, many factors can cause stress and anxiety in children. And having to look for those signs through a computer screen can make the challenge that much more difficult for school professionals.

GAC Pulls All the Stops for Teacher Appreciation Week

It’s National Teacher Appreciation Week, and teachers from Greater Atlanta Christian School will receive virtual, hand-delivered, and mailed surprises throughout the week. Teachers and staff will be surprised daily with a special treat at their home, including blue-light blocking glasses, hand-decorated cookies, River Street Sweets bear-claws, hand “clappers,” student-created thank you videos, and special delivery appreciation yard signs.

GAC Broadcast Wins Georgia Scholastic Press Awards

Greater Atlanta Christian School’s student broadcast “Live @ 1575” made quite an impression with the Georgia Scholastic Press Association. They brought home the General Excellence Award and the “All-Georgia” award which honors the best overall Student Broadcast in the state. The Georgia Scholastic Press Association (GSPA) was founded in 1928 and is the official organization for high and middle school journalism programs. It serves to assist and encourage quality publications via instruction and contests.

K3 Students Enjoy Fairy Tale Day with a Special Delivery

During these days of virtual education, Greater Atlanta Christian School’s pre-school teachers brought some reality to their annual Fairy Tale Day.  GAC’s pre-school classes had a Saturday morning Zoom Fairy Tale story time complete with Frozen's Queen Elsa and Princess Anna of Arendelle.  Afterwards K3 Teacher, Alicia Wood, made special deliveries of Fairy Tale goody bags, carefully assembled and safely presented to each of her students. 

Tim Elmore: A Pandemic is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Back in London, a fourth of the population would die of the plague between 1665-1666. It was one of many outbreaks during the 400 years that the Black Plague ravaged Europe. But today, we’ve all benefited from that outbreak. Isaac Newton returned to Cambridge in 1667 with his theories in hand. Within six months, he was made a fellow. Two years later, he became a professor—not bad for a man in his twenties. We have all been improved by his time alone during a pandemic.

Success for Extended Online Learning: A Teacher's Perspective

Congratulations! You and your children have almost completed the third week of online learning! As you know, it has been quite an adjustment to go from our traditional learning model to this uncharted digital territory. I am so proud of our accomplishments, and it is with this in mind that I want to share some insights and suggestions for continued success going forward. Digitally spending time with your kids every week, I have observed students expressing issues with focus, attention, and motivation. The following few suggestions will definitely help alleviate these issues.

10 Tips: Creating a New Normal for your Spartan Family

The Coronovirus-19 pandemic is not something any of us wished or planned for, and its potential to disrupt our lives is already felt. As a community, we are pulling together to make the most of this time. Even so, things at home look, feel, and run a little differently. We’ve put together a few helpful tips for you to implement at home. Reply to this email and let us know which ones you are implementing and how they’ve worked for you. If you have pictures, share them with us on social with #GACfamilychallenge.