coram Deo: Before the Face of God
GCS has worked diligently over the years to refine our emphasis on Biblical worldview integration in all aspects of our educational program. Our desire is to teach our students to live their lives "coram Deo"; in the presence of God, under the authority of God, and to the glory of God.
At a Glance
Our mission is to assist Christian parents by providing a sound academic education in a Christ-centered environment designed to prepare our young people to know God and to live in obedience to His will for their lives.
Since it was established in 1980, Grace Christian School aims to see successive generations of its students living their lives in Christ for the glory of God.
Offering preschool through 12th grade, we have around 325 students enrolled and over 500 alumni.
In today's world of accountability in schooling, accreditation serves as a critical benchmark of a school's effectiveness and ability to provide successful schooling for its students. By achieving accreditation, Grace Christian School has demonstrated a commitment to a process that requires the school to meet a set of rigorous, research based criteria, engaging in a program of continuous improvement, and demonstrating quality assurance to its attending families.
Grace Christian School is fully accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and AdvancED/Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Accreditation through these two organizations is in conjunction with the Virginia Council for Private Education (VCPE).
Grace Christian School admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of the educational policies, scholarship programs, admission policies, athletics or other school administered programs.
Our Core Values
Our highest priority, in all grades, is that of encouraging faith in Jesus Christ and imparting the knowledge and critical thinking skills so vital in preparing our young people to be able to stand for Christ as salt and light in our humanistic culture. We do not recognize the so-called divide between the “sacred and secular.” Therefore, we seek to integrate learning into the “wholistic” context that all of life is to be lived “as unto the Lord.”
As a fundamental value of our Christian faith, we believe our students should be given a solid grounding in a core curriculum of language arts, mathematics, the natural sciences and the social sciences. We believe those students who are best prepared for higher education and various vocational callings are those who have this fundamental and thorough grounding in these core academic areas.
While we emphasize the development of intellectual capacity and academic skills, we believe a higher goal of Christian education is the cultivation of Christ-like character. The school formulates all policies with the goal of teaching godly respect and honor for staff and fellow students, healthy self-control, personal integrity, and an overall appreciation for the need to live with others in Christian love by preferring others above self.
In the context of rapidly increasing cultural pressures that are aggressively coming to bear against our Christian faith and values, we emphasize the priority of Christian community among parents, school, staff, and the larger Christian community, as vital in achieving our essential mission as a school.