Lanier Christian Academy is distinctly different. In the fall of 2016, North Georgia Christian School and Heritage Academy unified to become Lanier Christian Academy. Heritage Academy had been in operation for more than 30 years implementing the University Model. Their students would come to school 3 days per week and work from home during the other 2. North Georgia Christian School had been in operation for over 30 years as well. NGCS was started by the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Gainesville, GA and originally named Westminster Christian School. In 2008, WCS became North Georgia Christian School and began operating independently from Westminster Presbyterian Church.
In 2015, the leaders of each school began to meet and prayerfully consider coming together. Each school on its own was seeing success and graduating excellent students. We were close in proximity, but had different educational approaches. Some families had individual children in each school because of the natural fit for each student. It became clear that bringing the schools together would take an act of God. God indeed moved and Lanier Christian Academy became 1 of only 2 schools in the United States that offers a traditional and university model on one campus. Parents have the choice to give their students a Biblical Worldview education that best fits their learning style, their family situation, their schedule, and their home. The academic models both take place in the same space but with different schedules and approaches. Both models attend chapel services and discipleship groups. Families in Northeast Georgia now have an educational choice centered in a Biblical Worldview, with an instructional approach that can be the best fit for each individual student.
Throughout the entire unification process we could see that the Lord was guiding our steps. Bringing both schools together on one campus was quite the undertaking. We were able to eliminate the costs associated with renting two different facilities and find economies of scale by occupying Chestnut Mountain Church. CMC was very flexible with us when we needed to make renovations to their facility in order to accommodate the size of our school. It was incredible to see the unity between the employees of both schools as we sat down to clarify the vision of what LCA was to become. God’s purpose for our students was always the priority of our people. We believe the Lord has been preparing LCA over these past three years in order to fulfill His plans for His school.
In the 7 years that Lanier Christian Academy has been providing top notch Biblical Worldview Education to its families we have served over 500 families with over 800 students, and launched 121 graduates into colleges all over the country. We have a vision for these families and students to be equipped to impact this world for Christ. By offering two models of education we are able to best serve the diverse academic needs of our families and community.