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Ella Randolph ‘24 Awarded the American Heritage Girls’ Stars and Stripes Award

Ella Randolph (Class of 2024) has served as a member of American Heritage Girls Inc. for the last 9 years. This year, Ella earned the Stars & Stripes Award, the highest recognition awarded by the American Heritage Girls Inc. She is a member of Perimeter Church’s Troop GA0317 where she is the first to receive such an award. 

Darius Slayton, Micah Abernathy, and Kalif Raymond Will Host A Free Football Camp at GAC on July 20th

Darius Slayton, Micah Abernathy, and Kalif Raymond (GAC alumni and current NFL players) are teaming up to host a free football camp at GAC on July 20th. The camp is open to all athletes ages 12 - 16 (rising 6th - rising 10th graders). This camp is offered free of charge to the community. Come out and learn fundamentals, strengthen skills, and learn from the best! 

 2024 GHSA 5A State Meet: Varsity Girls Track & Field Places Fifth Overall and GAC Wins Four State Championships

The GAC Varsity Track and Field team competed the 2024 GHSA AAAAA State Meet from May 9th-11th at Carrollton High School. Led by head coach Brad Kinser, the Spartans won four state championships. The Varsity Girls team finished with 42 points overall, which landed them in fifth place. The Varsity Boys team finished in the Top-15, landing at 13th overall. 

The Spartans Are Going To State: Varsity Girls Soccer Advances to the Championship Match

After an epic double overtime battle at Jefferson High School, the GAC Varsity Girls soccer team defeated Jefferson High School 4-2 in PKs to advance to the 2024 AAAAA State Championship match. GAC heads back to the title match for the first time since 2022 and they will face Cambridge High School at Duluth High School. The match will begin at 5 PM. 

2024 Spring Signing Day: Thirteen GAC Athletes Commit to Play at the Collegiate Level

The GAC Athletic Department is excited to celebrate thirteen of our student-athletes who are moving on to compete in college. Our Spring Signing Day Celebration on Wednesday, May 1st in the Long Forum brought forth a large crowd. Classmates, teammates, family members, and coaches all gathered together to congratulate the spring signees for the Class of 2024. 

GAC Athletics Wins Six Playoff Games In One Day

Varsity Boys Tennis (Sweet Sixteen match), Varsity Baseball (Double-Header, first round series), Varsity Girls Soccer (Sweet Sixteen match on the road), Varsity Girls Lacrosse (First Round game), and Varsity Boys Lacrosse (First Round game) all competed on a "Super Tuesday" for GAC sports. The action began at 3 PM and by 10:30 PM that night, GAC’s Varsity Athletic Teams went 6-0 for the day. 

GAC Hires Ryan Millhof As The New Head Wrestling Coach

The GAC Athletic Department is happy to announce that Ryan Millhof has been named as the new Head Wrestling coach at GAC. Ryan Millhof brings a wealth of experience over the course of his career. For the past four seasons, Millhof served as the Head Wrestling Coach at Collins Hill High School. Prior to his tenure at Collins Hill, Millhof served as an assistant coach at South Forsyth High School.

Back-To-Back: Varsity Boys Lacrosse Clinches Their Second Consecutive Area Championship

After battling against both the elements and Decatur High School last night, the Varsity Boys Lacrosse team (10-4, 4-0 in Region Play) won the Area Championship for the second consecutive season. The Spartans were up 4-3 at halftime, but were held inside due to inclement weather. After play resumed, GAC went on a 10-1 run to claim the 14-4 victory.
 

Title IX Impact: Empowering Student Athletes at GAC

On June 23, 2022, Title IX celebrated its 50th anniversary. Title IX states “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance”. In January of this year, the GAC Athletic Department honored the 50th anniversary of Title IX during High School chapel. Assistant Athletic Director and Lower School PE Coach Kristy Shelton, familiarly known as “Coachy,” shared the history and impact of Title IX in our country. She provided a brief history of the growth in women’s athletics at GAC and in the United States over the years

Maximizing Moments Pre-K-12: GAC Athletics is the pursuit of Excellence

Do you remember the first time that you kicked a soccer ball or the first time that you held a bat? Can you still feel the excitement that you had before your first game? Some children dream to become varsity athletes, collegiate athletes, or even reach the professional level one day. That dream all begins with those first special moments with youth sports. At GAC we strive to provide opportunities for our youngest Spartans to develop into student-athletes.

Cormack High School Complex: Sharing a Joy that Impacts Generations of GAC Families

We are blessed to share that a long-time GAC family, Dave and Fiona Cormack have generously provided a leadership gift that will serve Greater Atlanta Christian School for generations to come. With their gift, it is our great honor and privilege to announce the naming of GAC’s High School Complex as the Cormack High School Complex. Tidwell and Long Halls will remain named as part of Cormack High School Complex

Cultivating Community

Greater Atlanta Christian School fosters meaningful connections and a sense of community between students, teachers, and parents, ensuring GAC is a vibrant environment where academic and emotional intellect are built in partnership with one another. Not only are relationships a priority in the teaching and learning process for students, but as a community we prioritize building community through our parents and grandparents as well.

Balancing High-Tech Lessons with High-Touch Campus Life

In a transformative era where screens and devices dominate many areas of our lives, from the workplace to healthcare, the educational landscape is no exception. However, challenges come with the increased use of technology and the evolving world. How do we balance high-tech lessons with a high-touch campus life to create real-life connections? What does it take to keep campus life alive and vibrant? How does GAC maintain traditions from years past? Join us as we embark on the journey to explore the balance found at GAC, where high-tech lessons coexist harmoniously with high-touch campus life, forging well-rounded individuals prepared for the challenges of tomorrow

Living on Mission: Growing in Wisdom & Stature

The mission of Greater Atlanta Christian School is deeply rooted in the biblical verse from Luke 2:52, which reads, “And Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.” This verse serves as the guiding principle for the school’s educational philosophy and reflects its commitment to nurturing well-rounded individuals who excel not only academically but also in their personal development and relationships.

A Path to Joyful & Purposeful Giving

In the early 1960s, the first donors to support Greater Atlanta Christian School gave as an expression of obedience to God. Their desire was to build a school that provided quality education in a Christian environment, where prayer could occur within the school, and a racially integrated student body would learn alongside one another. They knew the Lord wanted to see them come together to establish a Christian school in the Atlanta area. That group of “ordinary people” invited others to invest the resources that God had given them – their energy, their prayers, and their financial gifts.

Christian Education in an AI World

At Greater Atlanta Christian School, we’ve been engaged in thought-provoking discussions about the impact of AI on our lives, families, and careers. Traditionally, educational institutions tend to lag in adopting new technologies due to factors like institutional inertia, risk aversion, limited research, or the inclination to teach in familiar ways. However, at GAC, generations of leaders have chosen a different path, one marked by forward-thinking innovation. We purposefully wield technology as a tool rather than becoming its passive users.

Ben Sheppard: GAC Alum and Indiana Pacers' Rookie Enjoys His First Season in the NBA

Ben Sheppard (GAC Class of 2019) was drafted into the NBA this past summer by the Indiana Pacers. During his Rookie season, Sheppard has earned playing time against several NBA stars. Fellow classmate Jack Batten (GAC Class of 2019) interviewed Sheppard for the Gwinnett Daily Post after the Pacers played the Atlanta Hawks. 

GAC High Performance Tennis: Jason Eigdebion and Londyn McCord Triumph at International Tennis Competitions

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.

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.