Greater Atlanta Christian is more than just a great school it is an amazing school. What is so amazing about the school is that it has an environment that not only helps student achieve their full potential but also helps strengthen families. The school has a very strong scholastic program that incorporate cutting edge technology that students can be applied to real world scenarios. It also has a very strong sports department, drama, music, and arts program as well. But the most impressive thing about the school is that it will change your life. I encourage anyone to check out the school and see why the teachers, facility and parents are such big advocates of the school and feel very blessed to be involved with your kids.
GAC exceeded all our goals as a partner to educate/prepare our 3 sons to be competitive in a global world & more importantly becoming leaders - men of character/integrity, inspired to make a difference! 2 in college on academic scholarships (double majors, law & MBA candidates). 3rd in HS is thriving w/his talents, despite of his learning disorder, which he has learned to work around. Teaching strategies/technologies are forward thinking, engaging students & applied to the real world in terms of problem solving/collaboration. I'm thankful for GAC's vision to not just educate their mind but nurture/feed their soul, a balanced approach for the "whole" person - mind, body & soul - living by example on how you can be Christian in today's post-Christian world. Academic rigor is at any prep school to ensure college acceptances/careers, but we wanted more for our sons! GAC is not a guarantee (no school is) but it's the best opportunity you can give your child, an environment that excels in the academics, athletics, arts & spiritual foundation - regardless of your child's passion/gifts they can thrive. It's worth every $ - best decision we've ever made! GAC has blessed our entire family!
I am the parent of 4 students that attend GACS. All four are very different and GACS does a fantastic job of meeting each of their needs. I currently have children in 3 of the 4 schools- the exception being the Village. Overall, GACS has met/exceeded my expectations of a Christian private school. We are currently in the process of applying to colleges/universities for our oldest and he is finding that his GPA, standardized test scores, rigor of schedule, etc all make him a competitive candidate for the more selective schools. The school offers many honors/AP classes at the HS level and mandates that the student sit for the National AP Exam upon completing the course. This is very different than many other schools that allow you to take the course, bump up your GPA but never really prove yourself by sitting for the exam. GACS has allowed/encouraged my children to participate in extracurricular activities by offering opportunities across the spectrum. While no place is perfect, I can testify that the faculty/staff/admin of GACS have always been open to suggestions and/or constructive criticism. For our family of 4 children, we could not have made a better decision!
Our son spent 12 years at GACS. He is now in college and tells us how very thankful he is that he went to GACS, as they prepared him for college, academically, socially, and spiritually. He has a 4.0 and says that his classes, while challenging, are not much different then those he had in high school, and the information he attained in his classes at GAC have more than helped him in his university classes. I can honestly say that 90% of the teachers my kids have had there have been excellent. They go above and beyond to help students build character and strive to live a life following Christ. There is a reason its called greater atlanta CHRISTIAN school. When on campus, you feel the presence of Christ. Their goal is not only to educate, but also to help kids form a lasting relationship with Christ and claim Christ as their savior. Nothing is more important in our book. So if you're looking for an excellent education for your kids, and a campus with loving faculty that surround kids with love and support, this is your place! The teachers are great, the parent involvement is great, the sports are great, its an overall great education.
Two of my kids have graduated from GACS and thrived, both there and in college. Both have hit 4.0 at UGA, and talk about how well prepared academically they were by GAC. (Have you seen the colleges they go to? Incredible.) I see teachers who changed their outlook and organization, and the way they think. Faith matters to my family, so it's been great to see them carry that with them into college. I give GAC a giant share of the credit. My kids talk about their kids being there someday.
I have two daughters in GAC's Elementary school. I can't imagine a better place for my girls to spend their days. Not only do they get a top notch education, but they are learning who they are and are building their character. They are exposed to role models each and every day. When you think about it - our children are at school more hours than they are at home. GAC is just where they need to be - loving, superb teachers, incredible learning opportunities, marvelous children who have become dear friends to them, and they have the opportunity to learn about Jesus on a daily basis. They are getting prepared right now (in Elementary) for their future - college, careers, etc. There is no doubt in my mind that my girls will go on to a top notch college/university because of what we are investing in right now. Worth every penny.
I had two kids at GAC my daughter was there from K4 to 8th grade and my son from K4 to 4th grade. When we had to remove our kids from the school due to fianc s we were very surprised to find out (particularly my daughter) that they were not ahead of the kids at the local public schools but actually behind in the main subjects such as math and science. I feel they were not prepared well compared to the public schools they started attending. I did not expect them to be a year or two ahead but with the money we spent for 10 years I did expect them to be at least at the Honors level if not above. I was very disappointed and wrote an email to Dr. Fincher and never received a response. They seem to only care if you can afford there price. We made a huge mistake in sending our Kids to GAC and would never recommend this school to anyone else.
Highly recommend this school. We have two children at GACS who have been there since kindergarten (one now in 8th and one in 6th). We have been thrilled with the quality of the education they are getting. They are learning to be innovative (the Elementary BOOST and Media Literacy programs are amazing). The collaborative learning environment in both Elementary and Jr High encourages them to solve problems creatively with their peers. The MacBooks and Ipads promote creative learning and are used very effectively as learning tools. The academics are top notch yet never overwhelming or damaging. The theology has become much more open over the past 10 years and kids are taught the importance of living a Godly life. So blessed to be part of this community!
Greater Atlanta Christian has some big problems. As a former student who is now in college, I can see how the thinking there does not promote innovation or creativity or reason. The answer to every difficult question is "God did it" and this ends up being very limiting. While there are some very nice teachers, there is also an undercurrent of dogmatic thinking and narrow-mindedness. I feel like I got a better education in the public schools because at least there was more room for critical questions and a care that was beyond the confines of a narrow and limited view of the Bible and its fundamental interpretation.
I waited to write a review until well after my daughter had graduated in '12 in order to get some objectivity. I do not recommend GAC. While there are a few good teachers, there are others who are too old and too fundamentalist to be teaching in modern times. In biology, they don't teach evolution! They really do not seem to teach how to think rather what to think and the absence of critical thinking shows, as many of the teachers and administrators are graduates. The administration is dismissive when issues arise. I went to the administration when some bullying got out of hand and it was dismissed--the administration seemed to blame the victim, my daughter! "Mean girls" are a problem there. We used outside resources to help my daughter and she handled the situation maturely, but the school was no help, and there were no consequences for the bullies. This school is too small, too small minded, and they did not go out of their way to welcome us or help us when we needed it. In my opinion, many at the school give Christians a bad name. On a positive note, the graduation ceremony was beautiful and well organized, and the campus is very nice from an aesthetic point of view.
My son attends GAC's middle school, and we LOVE it! The teachers and administration are very supportive and go above and beyond for the children. I am thrilled that on any given day, the administrators & teachers know each child by first name, as well as their parents. This is a great school if you want your children to be challenged more academically, and unlike most private schools, have a lot of options for extracurricular activities. I think that almost all of my son's teachers are very experienced (10+ yrs teaching experience plus all hold Master's degrees!). Fabulous school with 100% college bound graduation rate for high school students. Thank you so much GAC!
I hope to travel America and complete educational secondary and get to the highest certificates
My daughter just completed her first year at GAC as a first grader. She LOVES her school. She is receiving a stellar education while being groomed to be a well-rounded person and growing in Christ! We're a Happy GAC Family!
I'm a former GAC student -- attended the school for 14 years. I thought that I received a fantastic education, despite the occasional sub-par teacher (I think that's likely at any school, though). There is more than enough opportunity to grow and participate in different activities. Students must take some initiative. If they choose to play on their computers and iPod Touches through lectures, then they are responsible for any missed opportunities in the classroom, and I think it's fairly ridiculous to blame teachers. The amount of work assigned to students helped prepare me for the honors program at the University of Georgia. There is an emphasis lately, unfortunately, on status and money, but no institution is perfect, and I still believe this is a great school. At least tour the place or shadow for a day. Not a match for everyone, but I wouldn't take back a day.
My child started GAC in the 6th grade and is now a freshman. I feel she is getting a much better education than the public school. She has participated in several sports programs and is in all honors classes which I believe will ensure her college success. I really like the fact that they have a chapel every Thursday and are taught about the real world (drugs, alcohol, peer pressure, etc) so they will realize that they can stand up to these pressures when they graduate from here. Excellent grades are one thing, but learning how to act in life is far more important for our childrens futures.
I have had a child at GAC for over 11 years. It is a great school, but it is not a good fit for eveyone. It is academically fast paced, and confident children seem to thrive there. The school is innovative and visionary. Each year (in my memory) their senior class has been 100% college bound, and their students have attended some of the best colleges and universities in the nation. We love the fact that the high school students are encouraged to be involved in missions where they minister to others either in their own communities or in other countries. The students I have interacted with have been polite, poised and friendly young men and women. My daughter has a wide circle of friends who are all strong students, goal oriented, and involved in athletics or academic clubs. We are thankful our daughter has had the opportunity to attend GAC. It has been a financial sacrifice, but well worth it. She has benefitted educationally, socially, athletically and spiritually.
I went to GACS for high school. And while I agree with most of the reviewers (the technology is not used in an innovate or helpful way, the classes are too easy) I would like to say that you can get an adequate education here. I went to the University of Chicago on an academic scholarship. GACS is what you make of it. If you study hard and take the opportunities, it will get you places. But if you expect them to hand you anything on a silver platter, you re out of luck. Also, to answer a previous reviewer, sports are not the biggest extra-curriculars. GACS has nationally ranked math, debate, speech, quiz bowl and chess teams.
I'm a former parent. Our child attended GACS from K3 through middle school. Our experience in the Village and the Elementary school was exceptional. Things changed beginning in middle school. The focus seems to be more on how much money you can contribute to the school. Although technology is pushed, it seems to be more for the spotlight and not for the educational benefit. Parent input was encouraged but I don't believe that the input was even considered. Discipline is a problem in middle school and unless you are are part of the social elite, your child may or may not survive the bullying. Although discipline was handled appropriately in the elementary school, middle school is different. Serious bullying is only addressed with slight reprimands. We supported GAC financially and by volunteer work for all the years were there but we didn't feel like GAC supported us when we needed them. The majority of the staff and some of the families seem to turly care and support the students. We've decided to move to a covenant Christian school that supports the whole child and familly in education, spiritual growth which is a better fit for our family.
GACS has been a positive and well balanced experience for our family (9th and 6th grade rising students). Aside from articulating their evolving vision, the leadership achieves it and then reaches further. They are successful because they are intentional and strategic about getting there in everything they do (from designing innovative curriculum, tackling new construction, to mentoring our children who are emerging leaders themselves). Specifically we have found the President, teachers and administration to be excellent stewards of the resources and trust imparted to them. They are responsive to parental input and concerns without sacrificing the integrity of proven leadership and educational principles. We especially like the warm, loving/friendly and diverse community (social economic status, ethnic/racial, cultural and spiritual). The education is top notch, relevant, comprehensive and integrated; academics, sports, dramatic/visual arts, faith and service are woven together seamlessly. As a result, our children are living out the GACS mission statement by growing in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man .
I attended GAC for one year (Ninth Grade). At first, it was dreadful. My classmates' attitudes were unexpected in the least. Toward the end of the year however, I found myself enjoying school. The good thing about GAC is that you're not being exposed all the junk you see in public school. But the education I recieved there was less efficient than the education I am receiving now in a larger public school. The technology used there was unnecessary. I found myself doing bland powerpoints every day in every class using nothing more than Google. The worst was the technology used in math class. That is one class in which the macs were completely unneeded in the least. It was difficult having to type numbers onto a webpage then click around to solve problems. Everything done on macs could have been done with a simple sheet of notebook paper and a yellow pencil. When I heard that GAC would be completely switching over to the mac system, I wanted to leave. Now I am receiving a quality education and am being challenged day-to-day. I loved the atmosphere of GAC and the friends I made while attending there, but I don't think the education is worth the money.
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