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PK-12
Private
West Columbia, SC
Students enrolled: 247

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416 Denham Avenue
West Columbia, SC 29169

(803) 794-8996
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November 17, 2013
Terrible school. Never send your children here. The teachers are awful, the principal is worse and the curriculum is a joke. STAY AWAY!

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2013
Sorry for the others but I do attend church and know many of the members! The school is a great learning atmosphere and as a parent I was also very involved with any issues my daughter had. And the principle is a sweet heart who has helped my family I also love his wife she's awesome. May God bring peace to your hearts former student that attended. May God root out the anger y'all are still carrying inside. Thank you to Grace and to my Pastor you guys mean so much and I love you all!!

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
As a now ex student from this school, I can honestly say that Grace made the years I spent there a nightmare. The environment is toxic and superficial. The staff do not seem to care about you, only how you present yourself. If you do not agree with everything they say, then you will be blacklisted. (I witnessed a peer being ostracized simply because she did not share the same political views.) In my ninth grade health class, I was made to feel as though if you had a mental illness (such as depression or anxiety) then it was your own fault. There are many problems with unfair discipline and favoritism among the staff. The only thing decent about the school is the cirriculum and even that is made mediocre by terrible teachers. (The current math teacher has absolutely no idea what he is doing.) The only students I knew at the school who didn't feel attacked or mistreated in some way were staff kids and attendants of the church. Do yourself a favor and don't send your kids here. They will thank you.

- submitted by a community member
June 16, 2013
Being an ex-student of this school, i'm going to be honest. I hated every living minute of the place. For one thing, the "staff children" are treated better than the children who aren't and/or go to a different church. A personal story from me is that one day the principal found out something VERY personal about, called my parents, and DEMAND i take action and "correct myself." I now attend a public school and i feel safer and more aware of everyday life of the REAL WORLD. Grace is built inside a bubble. So unless you want your children to be taught to ignore the true facts about the world (drugs, sex, jobs, how to live in the world, opinions, etc) then sign right up. Your child is not safe, take it from a student who literally had panic attacks thanks to that place. -M

- submitted by a community member
February 18, 2013
Very poor atmosphere. Children whose parent that don't attend the sponsoring church or believe as they do are treated very differently. Discipline is very inconsistent where certain students receive preferential treatment. The principal seems nice but is actually just concerned with himself and how he is perceived. The education is decent not worth paying for though. Overall it's a very close minded overly conservative place that tries to control every aspect of your children's lives including what they do at home. Avoid at all costs

- submitted by a community member
August 17, 2012
My daughter is in her second year and learning piano & violin and we are members at Grace I love the school, pastor and many more. They are very caring and understanding. Not everyone will have the same opinion but to slander them may God have mercy on you to write those things and you proclaim to be a christian wow its really sad to see people so bitter but all we can do is pray for them. Love GBC & GCS

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2011
I attended Grace for 13 years. Things haven't changed apparently as my experience mirrors the other low reviews. What many fail to bring out is that Grace is a conservative, independent fundamentalist baptist "world view" school. The doctrine and (Baptist) theology they go into during Jr & Sr high years will make or break your interest in this school. If you do not attend Grace, your child will be looked down upon as an outcast and will be subtly led to believe all family members and parents are hell bound because they do not believe the "true" doctrines they teach. Highlights of what they believe - The universe was created 6000 years ago, women may only wear loose fitting past-the-knee skirts / dresses (to wear pants/shorts will deem you backslidden), all non-creationist scientists are evil, "Mother Theresa is in hell & Billy Graham is headed there" (Direct quote from a bible teacher, "because she was Catholic"). Outward appearances are paramount regardless of spirit. True teenage struggles are NOT dealt with and you are made to feel as if you are backslidden and just need to pray "more". I was woefully ill-prepared for life outside of the baptist-conservative "bubble".

- submitted by a community member
March 09, 2010
I was a teacher and a parent at this school. It is one on the poorest school you ever could imagine. The high school adminstrator has no understanding of the students let alone the teachers. The new pastor is even worse. STAY AWAY !!!!

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2010
I attended Grace for 14 yrs k - 12th. The education I recieved there was excellent, however, I feel that I would have had more opportunities had i gone to a public school. Many of the disciplinary actions that took place at the school were double standard, and lacked consistency. They are very narrow minded in thier views on spirituality, and often make students who are not of the 'independent baptist' denomination feel inferior, or isolated. They also try to make it seem like public schools are bad and if you go to one you will be involved with sex drugs... etc. At Grace you are not introduced to any of this, or told how to handle a situation where those things are present. If you are a parent who wishes for your child to live a sheltered life then by all means grace is the place for you...

- submitted by a student
May 09, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2009
I am a parent of a child that has been at Grace for several years and I can honestly say that Grace is the only place that I would put my child for their education. Grace offers a wide variety of extracuricular activites for the students, many fine arts opportunities as well as numerous athletic programs. They provide a loving and safe environment in which the children can learn effectively. It is disappointing to read such negative reviews but please understand that these are the minority not the majority. In a time of economic struggles Grace provides a great education for your money.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2009
I am a former student of this school. I enjoyed grades 1-6 but hated every minute of Jr. high and high school. I was on the honor roll most years but I am now taking classes that I should have taken in high school at college. The principle is biggest problem. He continues ruin the school and the school board does nothing. Many parents are upset but are afraid to say anything because fear of retaliation towards their children. My younger sister recently has been taken out of the school is doing much better in public school where they treat her very kind. Stay away from this school.

- submitted by a student
November 24, 2008
I attended grace from kindergarten through high school graduation. I loved my experience there, and overall am thankful I attended, but there are some things I didn't like throughout the years. The school is very legalistic, implying (but not directly saying) that you're not a Christian if you a) attend a different denominational church, b) wear pants if you're a girl, c) don't adhere to all of their rules (which they in turn are able to profess that all such rules come directly from the Bible (their interpretation of it). If you do not attend their church, you (as a student) will feel very left out and looked down upon as GBC students are given preference in many things (although no one would ever admit to this - i watched it first hand for over 13 years). Just be wary of their strict rules and condescending outlook on all things

- submitted by a student
October 16, 2008
I think grace is too strict and they want to control every aspect of your life.The teachers are careing but the administration is not.I would not send my kids here.

- submitted by a student
July 29, 2008
Having had two children graduate from GCS I can say that I have been pleased with educational, social and spiritual training my children have received. Their transition into college was smooth and their academic background made the transition much better. No school is perfect but I selected a school that would best mirror our world view and help us in the training of our children. Grace did that and more. My wife and I highly recommend GCS for your educational needs.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2008
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June 19, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2007
I am pleased how this school year is going so far. My children enjoy going, but mind you it is still the first few weeks of school. The administration seems to be friendlier this year, which is a breath of fresh air. The teachers seem to be more open to suggestions and less moody.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2007
I just came informed of this website, and I am a little disturbed. I have been involved with this School for many years and have had few problems. I think you should take everything with a grain of salt and come to see Grace for yourself. The school is structured and loving. The teachers and administration are willing to help. Every school has problems, but I have never had a problem or concern which was not handled quickly. I would recommend this school to anyone looking for an upscale private Christian School with wonderful, loving and compassionate teachers and staff. You feel the love for God and knowing that your children are not acceptable to drugs, profanity and overall worldliness is a big relief.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 19, 2007
I have a child still at Grace and one who has graduated. I have been involved with this Christian School for 15 years and can say there have been some rough times, but mostly the school is a good one. The teachers are human and have had some problems, but overall they are compassionate to the students and the parents. The school is built on biblical views and that is reflected in the teaching of the students. They are ready for college and seem to get a really good education. I do think they should offer more electives in the high school, not just music and choir.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2007
With a new Pastor in charge,maybe now the direction of the school will be more straight forward. The school has had some hard changes the last year, and the teachers and staff seem lost. I know that ANY school you send your children to this day will have problems, but knowing that I will have a say in how my child is taught and not taught is a great comfort. I just hope that the students will along with their parents not abandon Grace.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2007
As a parent of 2 Grace graduates I have to say I would not recommend this school. The administration is more concerned about the 'outward appearance' of the students than the inward condition of their heart. It's all about looking good on the outside regardless of the struggles teenagers go through in their daily lives. There is not much grace at Grace. Some academic departments are outstanding: HS Math and Music. The HS English department is lacking in teaching how to write papers. Literature takes precedence. They teach the Bible but don't apply much love and compassion. Too judgmental and inconsistent in their discipline. Overall it was a very distasteful and hurtful experience for my children

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 08, 2007
I have my children at Grace and we are looking forward to this comming school year. Each year is new changeles, but with the help of the teachers and staff I am sure things will go well for our daughter. I would not send her anywhere else. The friendships she has made are great and knowing that teachers can keep the problems to a minimun makes one less concern I have to deal with. Until Grace goes off the the deep end with their beliefs or policies we will continue to seen our child to this school

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2007
As a parent, I have found that Grace is a wonderful place of education based upon Biblical principles. I really appreciate their stand in a lost and dying world. When other schools conform to the ways of a humanistic society, Grace holds to the standards that have worked and will continue to work with the support of the parents. My child has recieved a great education at Grace. Unfortunately, there are problems in every school, what should matter is how we as parent's handle dealing with them. The teachers show a great deal of concern for the students and as a parent I feel as though I am involved in many different aspects of the educational process. I have seen too many parents fall prey to the desires of their child and pull them out instead of taking a stand and doing what is right in God's eyes.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 08, 2007
I have had four children attend and graduate from this school. All were accepted at four year colleges and did well. I think Grace has a strong academic program and is a good school. Standards are pretty high, may be a problem for some.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2007
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- submitted by a teacher
no rating July 05, 2007
Good school overall. There are some problems and concerns I as a parent have, but the love and dedication most of the teachers show is appreciated. Some improvements could be made as with any school, but for the most part we have been satisfied.

- submitted by a parent
July 04, 2007
I have my children at Grace and even though there are problems at times, I would not send them anywhere else. I do feel they need more electives in the jr/Sr high, but they are working on that. They have improved in the sports and now offer girls softball again. If you are involved with your child and keep up with what is going on then things go smooth. I feel that I am well informed when it comes to the teachers and I can ask any questions or concerns that I may have. There are not a lot of turn around in the teachers which should tell you how much they are dedicated to the school and the children. My child will stay at Grace as long as the Lord will provide.

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2007
As a former student,I loved the elementary part of the school. Mr.J was great and so were all of my teachers. The love I was shown is well remembered. I started to have a lot of problems in the Jr/Sr High part of the school in my 7th grade year. The sarcasm from the teachers was almost unbearable. If you did not go to church at Grace Baptist then you were an outcast. The Principal Mr. Stevens was very distant and unapproachable. I had great grades and did well in all of my classes,but if you did not conform to rules outside of school you were 'blackballed'. The love I felt in elementary school was not shown in the Jr/Sr High school and made me wonder, if this is what Christ is all about I do not want any part of it. I would not send my child to the High School.

- submitted by a former student
June 28, 2007
As an employee of Grace, I have had doubts about returning to the school. I have noticed that the whole school is suffering in the discipline department. I can see how parents and students get frustrated when rules do not apply to all. Our Principle over the Jr/Sr High is not a people person and shows two different sides of himself. He is not interested in the personal lives of the students or staff unless it will benefit him. A large number of students have been pulled out of Grace this year and unless the new Pastor steps in and makes some much needed changes in the leadership of the school, it will get even more worse. Our students are not seeing the Christian love needed to survive, and if the school doesn't get back on tract we will lose even more of the kids to the world.

- submitted by a staff
June 27, 2007
After many years at Grace, the last few have been awful. The leadership in this school has been going downhill for the last 3 years. Many students have exited this year making you wonder what is the problem. The staff do not seem unified and the administration lacks consistently. Maybe a new man in the leadership position who can run a school fairly and with compassion would help.We will not return to this one time great school until changes are made.

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2007
I have had 2 kids to attend K-4 thru 12th. They received a good educ./prepared for college.BUT,as far as the RULES, they are to legaliast.What a child does away from school is the PARENTS choice. This school wants to control every aspect of your child's life. The present HS administrator is not in touch w/the students. There is not a lot of 'Grace' shown at Grace Christian School. I am not saying this because my kids got in trouble there, they did'nt. I have observed this over the years.If I had to do it over again I would put my kids somewhere else for Jr/High and HS.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 27, 2007
Our family has been aquainted with this school for many years. It is not the school is used to be, and we are concerned about it's downward turn. We are considering pullingout.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2007
Having a child who has been at Grace since the daycare, I have to say the last two years have been hard on her. She is in the elementary part of the school now, and I have noticed an attitude change in her teachers. The patience once shown is very limited. The supervisor in the elementary department is very willing to help, though the teachers often do what they fell is right, even when they were told not to do it. My child felt as though she could do nothing right in her teachers eyes. When you see a lack of compassion and love for the students, it makes you wonder where is Christ in this. Check the school out and ask a lot of questions.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2007
I think the school is good overall. Kids who apply themselves are for the most part ready for college life upon graduation. Not very many choices in elective classes for jr/sr high unless your child is involved in music. This is an area that the school needs to reconsider. Music and study halls are just about all the choices the students have, esp in jr high. Teachers are for the most part caring and devoted. Administration comes across as cold and uncaring at times and at times does not want to talk with parents concerning issues their child may be having. Costs per year seems a bit high considering what is offerd, but we are limited to Christian School choices in the area. Overall I would recommend the school. I felt this was a safe invironment for my child.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2007
I have a child in the elementary part of Grace. I have notice that most of the teachers in this department have a love for the children and will help in any areas needed.I have questioned the teacher that my child has, and have been made to feel as though I have not had the right to do so. I have gone above to the administrator and have had luck in resolving the problems.This is a strict school setting and if you are not prepared to conform to Grace standards you are at times look down at. You will have at least two to three hours of work four days a week and that can be overwhelming to a fifth grader. The bible is thought and if you are wanting this for your child, then Grace is good. You have to be involved with your child for them to excel.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2007
As a parent of two who have and are at Grace I have noticed a downward decline. The K-3 to K5 programs are pretty much the same. The main concern I see here are, lack of a supervisor who is available at all times.Other than that it is about the normal for a church kindergarten program. The elementary department is super, I would recommend it highly. I have some great concerns as to the 7th thru 12th grades. As my child was going thru Grace there was a lack in communication with the administration. The handbook, though intended to help, was mostly not followed. Requirements and rules were largely bents in the favor of the school and regulations were at times not followed. Respect for the family was questioned and the administration often tried to enforce school rules into the home life. I would pray hard about sending my child.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2006
Grace is a good school. The principal and teachers seem to be sincere for the most part. In the high school at least, there does seem to be some rigidity among the faculty and an unwillingness to change or bend. Overall however, I think the academic standard is pretty high.

- submitted by a parent
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Grace Christian School
416 Denham Avenue, West Columbia, SC  29169
(803) 794-8996
Last modified Grace Christian School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Grace Christian School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top