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ADMISSIONS PROCEDURES

Admission to GCA is determined pursuant to the receipt of a completed online application packet, admission testing, review of previous academic history and discipline record, and a family interview with the divisional administrator.

Families are encouraged to submit online applications and all information requested to the Admissions Office by April 30th.

How to Apply

Applying is easy using our Online Application. Applying online simplifies submission and provides parents a tool for tracking online the status of their admission after the application has been submitted. CLICK HERE to begin your application now!

Create an Online Application

Use the link on our website under Admissions—Admissions Application to begin the Online Application process, Create an Account. Then log in to your account and Create a New Student Application for your child. You will then have the flexibility to log in and out of your account and access your open application.

Submit Online Application

After you have completed the online application, the Submit Application and Make Payment form will appear. The required non-refundable application/testing fee: $245 per student grades 1-12; $200 per student for P2/P3/P4 and kindergarten is due upon submission of the Online Application. As a benefit to your family, early application fees are as follows for all grade levels: January 23-31—$145, February 1-15—$195. Regular fees apply after February 15th. After submitting the application, you will be able to track your admissions status at the school by logging in to your account. There you will be able to print the completed applications, monitor when the school receives supplemental application forms, and, if necessary, reprint the supplemental forms.

Additional Application Information

To complete the application process, please upload or submit a copy of the items listed below. Additionally, a pastoral reference for your family confirming regular church attendance may be requested by Greenbrier Christian Academy.

___ Health records (Virginia Health Form and/or Athletic Physical; must include immunizations)

___ Original birth certificate & social security card (To be presented to staff)

___ Notarized copy of custody documentation (if applicable)

___ Copy of high school transcript or report cards from the past year (Homeschooled students must submit official documentation from an approved homeschool organization and letter filed with local school system.)

___ Copy of standardized testing results (if available)

___ IEP or Educational Evaluation (if applicable)

 

Supplemental Application Forms:

___ Parent and Guardian Permit

___ Record Release (Grades 1-12)

___ Financial Aid Request (if applicable)

 


Evaluation

Each new kindergarten through twelfth grade student is required to take an entrance examination which measures verbal and non-verbal abilities. Additional testing may be requested for classroom placement in math, grammar, and foreign language.

If testing results suggest questions concerning academic success or progress of a student, the application and test results are reviewed by the STEP Coordinator and Admissions Committee to determine placement, intervention possibilities, and final determination in relation to student acceptance.

Acceptance

An interview is conducted with all families applying for admission. Preschool through sixth grade students are not required to attend the interview.

After review of each application and interview, parents will be notified of the Admission Committee's decision regarding admittance.

At least one parent is required to attend the Back to School Orientation held in August. All necessary communication such as classroom assignment, athletic calendars, etc. will be provided online or by mail prior to the beginning of school.

 Greenbrier Christian Academy admits students of any race, color, nationality, or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities of enrollment. Greenbrier Christian Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, nationality, or ethnic origin in administration of educational policies, scholarship programs, athletics, or other school-administered programs.

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TUITION 2017-2018

A tuition rate has been calculated for the purpose of consolidating most of the miscellaneous charges throughout the year. The tuition rate includes the yearbook for grades K-12 and field trips costs for grades K-6.

Beginnings Academy -P2/P3/P4 and Kindergarten

Yearly
►Three Half-Days per Week (8:30am-11:45am) - Monday, Wednesday & Friday $ 2,600
►Five Half-Days per Week (8:30am-11:45am) $ 4,100
   
►Three Full Days per Week (7:30am-3:05pm) - Monday, Wednesday & Friday $ 4,100
►Five Full Days per Week (7:30am-3:05pm) $ 6,200
   
►Half-Day Kindergarten $ 4,600
►Full-Day Kindergarten $ 6,700
   
  Monthly 
►Three Day Extended Care - Monday, Wednesday & Friday (Morning OR Afternoon) $ 85
►Five Day Extended Care (Morning OR Afternoon) $ 135
►Five Day Extended Care - Morning AND Afternoon $ 260

P2/P3/P4 classes: payments made on a 9 month schedule, August-April
Kindergarten Classes: monthly payments based on an eleven month tuition schedule, July-May
Application fee - $175/student for Beginnings Academy
Textbook fee - $250/student—Kindergarten only

 

  Yearly

Foundations Academy - Grades 1-3

$ 8,300
   

Bridge Academy - Grades 4-6

$ 8,700
   

Collegiate Academy - Grades 7-12

$ 9,500

  Monthly payments based on an eleven month tuition schedule July-May
Early Application/Testing fee - *$145/student through January 31 - *$195 February 1-15
Late Application/Testing fee - *$245/student
Textbook fee is $250/student.
AP or Dual Credit College level classes carry additional fees.

*includes a non-refundable 3rd party processing fee

 


Financial Aid and Payment Plans

Tuition Collection

Greenbrier Christian Academy uses the FACTS Management Company for those choosing to pay on a nine-month, August–April, (P2/P3/P4) or an eleven-month, July-May (grades K-12), plan (July tuition installment is non-refundable). This option involves the use of electronic fund transfers with the family's specified bank account. Families may either pay their total tuition in advance to Greenbrier Christian Academy or enroll in the plans offered through FACTS. A brochure explaining the FACTS program is available.

Once enrolled and accepted, students who withdraw after school begins and prior to the last day of the school year will have their tuition prorated based on the actual number of days they are enrolled plus a withdrawal fee of $500 per student (Not applicable to P2/P3/P4 ).

Discounts

A 2% discount is given for paying full tuition by July 1st. Discounts are provided to families enrolling more than one child. A 5% discount begins with the second child enrolled and an additional 5% per child is granted for additional children. The maximum discount is 25% with discounts being first applied with the second highest grade level enrolled. Special discounts are available to pastors, missionaries and others in full-time ministry positions. There is a 25% discount to the children of GCA alumni after 2008. Children of GCA alumni before 2008 will remain at 35%. Please inquire in the Business Office regarding discounts (Restrictions apply to multiple discounts.). No family may exceed $26,500 yearly in regular tuition charges. Discounts are available to S.T.E.P. Center students who may be involved in the regular classroom, therapy, and/or resource classes.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for families demonstrating need. While we strive to provide Christian education to as many families as possible, finances may not always be available to help every family who demonstrates a need. Please note Greenbrier Christian Academy does not provide 100% paid tuition for any student. Under financial aid guidelines, the highest percent awarded is 50% of the tuition. In most cases, financial aid falls in the 10 - 30% range.

Application for financial aid is available through the FACTS website HERE. There is a $30 application fee due upon submission of the financial aid application and NO application will be reviewed until it is complete. Families receiving financial aid may not receive additional "special" discounts.

Please Note: In the Beginnings Academy (P2 to K5), students must be enrolling in the 5 FULL day program to be eligible for any financial assistance.

May 1st of the present school year is the deadline for financial aid applications for all returning families. New families that are applying must submit no later than June 30th of the year prior to admission to the Academy. New families may apply at any time, but will not be awarded any financial aid until after the May 1st deadline for returning families has past. Please allow a minimum of three weeks for processing and determination to be made.

Financial aid must be secured for each individual school year. Families presently receiving financial aid will not automatically receive aid each year. A complete Financial Aid Request must be filed each year demonstrating continued need for support, along with the appropriate enrollment fee.



After School Programs

After School Programs

Extended Care

Before and after-school care is available for students in Preschool through the sixth grade. Extended care facilities will be open from 6:30am to 8:00am and from 3:00 pm to 6:00pm each day. The after-school program will operate on the same yearly schedule as Greenbrier Christian Academy.

Extended care students will enjoy a time of sharing in God's word, snack, quiet time to work on homework, playground time, and indoor activities.

Fees are assessed on a monthly basis only during the school year. If a student attends any part of a month, the parents are responsible for that month's extended care charges. Occasional uses are permitted at a per-use rate. The charges for extended care are as follows:

Morning and Afternoon Care
$260.00 per month

Morning or Afternoon Care
$135.00 per month
Includes afternoon snack

Study and Go

Study and Go is designed as an after-school homework session with professional instructors. Students will attempt to complete all written homework. However, study time, class projects and compositions will require additional planning and time. Time management ideas will be generated for students. No sessions will be held on half day or holiday dismissals. Discipline matters, such as detentions, that would conflict have priority. Students in grades 7-12 may register for the program by semester or for the year.

Study and Go $975.00 per semester

 


Successful Techniques for Educational Progress

S.T.E.P. Center for Learning Differences

Language Therapy

Individualized language training will be provided for students enrolled in the therapy program. Each session will be 45 minutes in length and will occur daily during the regularly scheduled school calendar. The transition program will provide academic language therapy support for students beginning to finalize the three phases of therapy. Transition may contain no more than three (3) students per instructor. Therapy will begin one week after school opens and terminate one week before the last day of school. Therapy is conducted by Academic Language Therapists who seek to strengthen deficit areas and enhance learning strengths. Because therapy is individualized, the instructor may address needed classroom skills during the teaching time. Therapists will provide multi-sensory instruction, individualized to meet your student's particular learning style.

Language Therapy $4,150 yearly*
Language Therapy Transition $2,575 yearly*
Language Therapy Tutorial $2,575 yearly*

*Price is in addition to regular tuition     **Price includes regular tuition

Resource

Resource classes are held daily for students with deficits of one year or more in core subject areas. They are also available for students who are able to accomplish grade level work, but may have difficulty keeping the pace of the regular classroom. Resource classes are designed to be self-contained in grades 1 – 6. Students will participate in all specialty areas and P.E. with all of the grade level classes. The contained class provides individualized instruction, strengthens learning deficits and encourages the student to reach full potential. Resource classes may contain no more than six (6) students per instructor. In grades 7 and 8, Resource classes will be offered as needed for core content areas. Resource is available for some courses in grades 9-12. In the event the student can master grade level material at the regular classroom pace, he will be recommended for mainstreaming in the regular class for the next school year.

Full-time Resource (1st-3rd) $ 9,990 yearly**
Full-time Resource (4th-6th) $ 10,250 yearly**
Full-time Resource (7th-12th) $ 10,950 yearly**
Subject Resource   $ 2,060 per subject*

 *Price is in addition to regular tuition     **Price includes regular tuition

Accountability

Accountability classes are offered to students who need additional assistance in organization, study skills, and preparation for assignments and projects. Accountability meets every day during a regularly scheduled class period. There will be no more than six students to one instructor. Accountability can be very helpful to students who struggle with getting everything accomplished on time and to those who fail to study sufficiently for tests. Accountability partners with teachers, parents, and students for successful achievement.

Accountability $2,100 yearly*

 *Price is in addition to regular tuition

Tutoring

Individualized Tutoring $40 per hour

 


CURRICULUM AND FACULTY

GCA seeks to minister to two-and-a-half-year-old students through the 12th grade in a distinctly Christian environment.

The Beginnings Academy believes that children are a gift from God and should be educated in a safe, healthy, and nurturing environment according to scriptural precepts. Early childhood education is a critical time in the development of a child's perception of self, others, the world, and God. The emphasis of the curriculum is to stimulate the child's physical, mental, emotional, and social development while maintaining a strong spiritual emphasis. Our facility was specifically designed for this age group and includes two large indoor playgrounds. Instructors hold ACSI Early Childhood Certificates or ACSI Teacher Certificates.

The academic programs for the Foundations Academy, Bridge Academy, and Collegiate Academy are biblically-integrated and designed to prepare the student to perform well in subsequent educational settings, to equip them to be productive members of society, to fulfill God's will for their lives, and to do so with a well-established biblical worldview. Diverse resources and materials are used to accomplish advanced objectives in each discipline of study.

STEP (Successful Techniques for Educational Progress) is a specialized learning program designed to meet the needs of students with educational differences. Language therapy, resource instruction, individualized tutoring, or accountability classes are available.

The faculty and staff of Greenbrier Christian Academy represent a variety of personal and professional backgrounds. All have professed their faith in Jesus Christ and have demonstrated a lifestyle in harmony with the Bible. All of the faculty members are degreed; many hold master's degrees or higher credentialing. The entire faculty is certified by ACSI, and many hold additional state licensure from Virginia or other states.

 


Beginnings Academy

(Preschool ages 2.5 to 5 and Kindergarten)

The Beginnings Academy works to encourage each child's physical, mental, emotional and social development, while planting the seeds of God's word into their hearts during this critical time in their development.

"So shall My word by that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void,
but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the
thing for which I sent it." Isaiah 55:11

Beginnings Academy

Teachers and Staff

Each parent is greeted by our receptionists as he/she drops off and picks up their child, giving assistance as needed. Our experienced teachers take our theme verse to heart in their lesson planning and teaching technique, love their students and share the love of God with each child in their care. Each teacher carefully and creatively plans and implements learning activities that not only teach to our objectives but also spark curiosity and inspire an interest in learning. Teachers are CPR and First Aid certified and are provided with yearly professional development.

We have a school nurse on staff that maintains a clinic area to care for students and keeps parents and teachers informed about how to keep our little ones safe and healthy.

Facility

Our safe and secure facility includes: large classrooms which each include a child-size restroom and a sink, two large indoor playrooms and a large common area between the preschool classrooms where kindergarteners and preschoolers can have lunch. We also have a large shaded outdoor playground with age appropriate play equipment as well as access to the school's gymnasium, athletic building, and outdoor track.

Instruction

Instruction is provided in the following areas: Bible and spiritual development, language arts, math, science, social studies, personal and social emotional development, and physical and motor development. A Biblical worldview is incorporated throughout instruction.

Specialty Classes

Students enjoy weekly specialized classes such as physical education, music, library and art.

Chapel

Students come together weekly for Chapel in our auditorium to enjoy a time of singing, prayer and engaging Bible lessons.

Special Events/Field Trips

Students are provided with additional special activities to further enrich the learning environment. For preschool, onsite enrichment activities include visits from various local community helpers and professionals, Farm Day, celebrations for holidays, a visit from the zoo, a Grandparent's Day performance, Daddy's Kite Day, Mother's Tea, and field day. Kindergarten students experience most of these activities as well as a few field trips and a kindergarten graduation.

 


Foundations Academy

(Grades 1-3)

The Foundations Academy strives to develop a lifetime of love learning by providing a firm foundation spiritually, academically, emotionally, and socially from which students can confidently impact their world for Christ.

"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6

Foundations Academy

Core Curriculum

Bible
Students receive daily Bible instruction where they learn to study, evaluate and apply God's word. Students participate in a weekly chapel service.

Language Arts
Phonics instruction is the foundation to our Language instruction. Students receive daily instruction in reading, spelling, and grammar. As part of their reading instruction, students learn how to use graphic organizers to comprehend and analyze text.

Mathematics
Math includes daily drills, whole group instruction, manipulatives, independent and group centers, and written assessments.

Science
Science is hands-on and engaging using the scientific method as a basis to guide students in analyzing and synthesizing information.

Social Studies
Students are taught local, state, American and world history based on the foundation that God has a plan for all people of all nations.

Specialty Instruction

Foreign Language
Students receive weekly instruction in Spanish. Basic vocabulary, including greetings, colors, numbers, etc., is taught.

Physical Education
Students participate in two PE class each week. Motor skills are emphasized in the younger grades and the concept of team sports is also introduced.

Enrichment - Lego Robotics
The Lego Robotics program creates a cross-curricular challenge for students in technology, science, math, and literacy. Students must meet certain requirements to participate in the school year program.

Computer Technology
Beginning with the third grade, students are taught computer skills of keyboarding, word processing, spreadsheets, desktop publishing, and slide presentations in a weekly class.

Music
Students learn about steady beat, rhythm, melody, tone, composition and more through interactive weekly music classes. Students also have the opportunity to enroll in private instrument lessons.

Art
Students complete projects using the elements of art (texture, form, space, line, color, value, and shape) and a wide variety of mediums and techniques during weekly art class. Students' art is displayed in our annual Art Exhibition.

 


Bridge Academy

(Grades 4-6)

The Bridge Academy exists to help students develop responsibility and independence in their work, build healthy relationships with others, and understand their identity in Christ and how they can be involved in His work.

"Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity." I Timothy 4:12

Bridge Academy

Core Curriculum

Bible
Students receive daily Bible instruction where they learn to study, evaluate and apply God's word. Students participate in a weekly chapel service.

Language Arts
Students receive daily instruction in reading, spelling and grammar. Reading instruction encourages higher-level thinking skills as students create graphic organizers which allow them to not only comprehend but also analyze the text.

Mathematics
Math instruction includes daily drills, whole group instruction, independent practice of skills, and written assessments.

Science
Science instruction is hands-on and engaging by using the scientific method as a basis to guide students in analyzing and synthesizing information.

Social Studies
Students are taught local, state, American and world history based on the foundation that God has a plan for all people of all nations.

Specialty Instruction

Fourth Grade
Students participate in one art, music and computer class and two PE classes each week. They also have 20 minutes of Spanish instruction and library time each week. ( See the Foundations Academy page for more information.)

Fifth Grade
Students have the option of joining band or choir, which meets four days each week. Fifth grade students participate in quarterly electives that include art, computer and PE (2 quarters).

Sixth Grade
Students enroll in band, choir, art or PE electives, which meet four days each week. They also participate in quarterly electives that include STEM, Study Skills, Teen Living and Computer.

Enrichment - Lego Robotics
The Lego Robotics program creates a cross-curricular challenge for students in technology, science, math, and literacy and is available for students in fourth and fifth grades. Students must meet certain requirements to participate in the school year program.

 


Collegiate Academy

(Grades 7-12)

The Collegiate Academy seeks to provide students spiritual, academic and social opportunities that emphasize their participation in God's kingdom by using the gifts and talents God has invested in them.

"It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the son of God and become mature attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ" Ephesians 4:11-13

Collegiate Academy

Curriculum Information

Bible Department
Students are required to take Bible each year.

Elective: Biblical Greek

English Department
All students are required to take six years of study.

Advanced electives: AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & Composition, Writers Workshop

Mathematics Department
Students complete this sequence of core courses:
Math 7 or Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II.

Advanced electives: Trigonometry/Statistics, Honors Trigonometry/Pre-Calc, AP Calculus AB, Adv Applied/Capstone Mathematics

Social Sciences Department
Students complete this sequence of core courses:
Civics, Geography, World Studies I & II, United States History, United States Government.

Electives: Psychology, Communication & Leadership
Advanced electives: AP United States History, AP United States Government, Contemporary U.S. History

Science Department
Students complete this sequence of core courses:
Life Science, Physical Science, Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry.

Electives: Physics, Oceanography, Astronomy
Advanced electives: Anatomy & Physiology, AP Biology,
AP Chemistry, Lab Internship

Foreign Language Department
Three years of study is required for a college preparatory diploma.

Electives: Spanish 1-5, Intro to Latin, other languages available via independent study

Fine Arts Department
All students are required to take a fine arts course before graduation.

Electives: Art I-IV, Art Independent Study, Pottery & Sculpture, Theater, Actor's Craft, Collegiate Band, Academy Singers, Choral Ambassadors (Auditioned)

Practical & Professional Arts Department
senior year.

Electives: Speech, Yearbook, Early Childhood Internship, Intro to Business, Intro to Accounting, Professional Office Technology, Office/Teacher Aide (not for credit)

Health and Physical Education Department
Two years of study is required for P.E. and Health.

Elective: Advanced P.E./Conditioning

 

Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT)  Mean Scores 2016

  GCA State National
Critical Reading 620 518 495
Math 583 516 511
Writing 596 499 484

GCA scores represent average of top quartile of graduating seniors (2005-2016).
State and national averages released by College Board from 2015 testing.
New scoring from College Board as of March 2016.

Due to unforeseen changes in enrollment, staffing, and course availability,
Greenbrier Christian Academy reserves the right to change or modify elective course offerings as is necessary.
Select high school credited courses are available to students within the 7th and 8th grade.

 


Grading Scale - Grades 2-12

In keeping with the regional trend in local and statewide school districts, GCA has adopted a ten point grading scale and corresponding quality points:

A (93.00-100.00) 4.0   C+ (77.00-79.99) 2.3
A- (90.00-92.99) 3.7   C (73.00-76.99) 2.0
B+ (87.00-89.99) 3.3   C- (70.00-72.99) 1.7
B (83.00-86.99) 3.0   D+ (67.00-69.99) 1.3
B- (80.00-82.99) 2.7   D (64.00-66.99) 1.0
      F (63.99 and below) 0.0

Student grade point averages

Individual student grade point averages are calculated on a 4.0 scale and are updated on a semester basis. The overall GPA is computed with weighted credits and includes all courses with the exception of Office/Teacher Aide and Resource Accountability.

Class rank

Class rank is determined at the conclusion of the first semester of study for 12th grade students. Class standings are not finalized until the conclusion of study for each school year.

Graduation Requirements

In accordance with established guidelines in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the school Board of Greenbrier Christian Academy, a student is required to complete a minimum of 22 credited courses. The majority of GCA students earn a college preparatory endorsement by completing additional credits in math, science, and foreign language in the context of elective courses. Each student must complete 24 hours of approved community service for each year they are enrolled (grades 9-12). All students must take the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) or comparable test prior to graduation. Additionally each student must take the SAT or ACT before receiving a diploma, regardless of his or her plans for college. Senior students must participate in a cumulative Worldview Panel experience with senior teachers and senior administration, including a comprehensive written component reflecting on the student's worldview perspective. All students are required to maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 ( numeric average—73) on a 4.0 scale to qualify for graduation.

 


Advanced Diploma Course Requirements

Subject Area Credits
English 4
Mathematics 4
(Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, adv. math elective)
Laboratory Sciences 4
(Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, additional credit)
Social Studies 4
(Geography, World Studies, US Hist., US Gov't.)
Health & Physical Ed 2
Economics/Personal Finance 1
Electives 7
(Including Bible 11 and 12, three credits in foreign
language, and one in Fine or Practical Arts)

Weighted Credits

Honors: Students in grades 8-12 are eligible to receive weighted credits for honors level work in core subject areas. A student may elect to pursue honors for a particular class with faculty approval. In order to receive the honors credit, the student must complete separate requirements for honors level work in lieu of standard assignment expectations. An overall average of C (73%) must be maintained in the course. After successful completion of the course, the student's grade (quality) points for the course are increased by 0.5 point, and the transcript is modified to reflect the honors credit.

Advanced Placement Program: Advanced Placement courses are offered at the Academy in accordance with the curriculum and standards set by the College Board Advanced Placement Program. AP classes are considered comparable to college level courses and therefore, carry one additional quality point in the GPA. Minimum GPA criteria, academic performance, and faculty recommendation are all considerations for admission to an AP course. Summer preparatory assignments are required. Due to the academic rigor of the advanced placement classes, administrative approval must be granted for any student desiring to take more than two AP courses simultaneously. All students enrolled in an AP course are required to take the corresponding AP exam in May of the school year.

The following Advanced Placement courses are offered as student interest and staffing permits: AP English Literature and Composition, AP English Language and Composition, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Calculus AB, AP U.S. History, and AP U.S. Government.

Greenbrier Christian Academy is proud to have had many AP Scholars (20), AP Scholars with Honor (5), and AP Scholars with Distinction (4) from among its student population. These distinctions are awarded by the College Board to recognize outstanding performance on multiple national Advanced Placement examinations.

Dual College Credit Program: Senior students who meet minimum academic criteria may be eligible for enrollment in college credited classes through the Academy's association with various colleges and universities. On-campus dual credit offerings are available as student interest and staffing permits. Online courses may be approved for dual credit with advanced review by the Student Services Office. Additional information is available through the Student Services Office.

Some of the schools attended by GCA alumni are listed below. This list is not exhaustive.

 

Asbury College
Auburn University
Bob Jones University
Brevard College
Bridgewater College
Bryn Mawr College
Campbell University
Cedarville University
Christopher Newport University
Cornell University
Chowan University
Clearwater Christian College
Clemson University
Coastal Carolina University
Columbia University
Covenant College
Duke University
East Carolina University
Eastern Mennonite College
Ferrum College
Florida Institute of Technology
Gardner-Webb University
Georgia Institute of Technology
George Mason University
Howard University
Indiana State University
James Madison University
Lee University
Liberty University
Longwood University
Mars Hill College
Mary Washington College
Messiah College
NASCAR Technical Institute
Norfolk State University
North Carolina State University
Ohio State University
Old Dominion University
Oral Roberts University
Radford University
Randolph Macon College
Samford University
Savananah College of Art & Design
Seton Hall University
Texas A & M University
The College of William & Mary
The King's College
University of Alabama
University of Chicago
University of Georgia
University of Kentucky
University of North Carolina
University of Richmond
University of Virginia
U.S. Air Force Academy
Vanderbilt University
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Military Institute
Virginia Tech
Virginia Wesleyan College
West Virginia University
Yale University

Academic Endorsements

Greenbrier Christian Academy believes that students are gifted in different ways and should be recognized for their various strengths within the academic, spiritual, and social realms. Students may elect to demonstrate their areas of interest by working toward additional recognitions to be associated with their high school diploma. Students may earn a high school diploma with a Distinguished Scholar Endorsement and/or a College Preparatory Diploma with Subject Distinction. Interested students should inquire in the Student Services Office.

 


Collegiate Academy Extracurricular Activities

Extra-Curricular Activities

Technology

Computer skills are used in and outside the classroom to complete assigned projects coordinated by the teacher or faculty advisor.

Visual and Performing Arts

  • Theater Productions
  • Art Exhibition
  • Choir and Band Performances
  • Instrumental Recital & Private Lessons

Community Service

A community service program exists in support of our mission statement and to foster a servant's heart in students while encouraging outreach and an attitude of giving. Students learn to focus their attention on the needs of those outside their immediate circle in their community. Students in grades 9-12 are required to complete a minimum of 24 hours of community service each year while in attendance at GCA as a pre-requisite for graduation.

Student Leadership Council

Modeling leadership is at the core of our Student Leadership Council program. Members demonstrate a high level of participation in planning student body activities and serve as a conduit for communication to-and-from the administration. Active discussion occurs in bi-weekly meetings.

Academic Societies

  • National Beta Club (grades 9-12)
  • Jr. Beta Club (grades 7-8)

Praise & Worship Teams

Our chapel praise teams consist of students who are eager to use their God-given musical abilities, both vocal and instrumental, to lead the student body in worship each week. This same group meets weekly for a time of Bible study with faculty advisors.

Extra-Curricular Activities

 


GATOR ATHLETICS

Athletic Purpose Statement

The philosophy of athletics at Greenbrier Christian Academy is founded solely on the teachings and principles of God's Word. Greenbrier Christian Academy's athletic program is a ministry extension of overall philosophy of the school. It is the goal of the athletic program to provide our school community and the surrounding community with a strong Christ-like example through our attitudes, actions, communication, and effort in competition.

Greenbrier Christian Academy believes that team and individual competition contribute significantly to the development of Christian character and school spirit. Sportsmanship and fair play are important parts of this experience. It is our desire and goal that we develop and practice the highest standards of Christian character, which include discipline, courtesy, and good sportsmanship.

"And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through Him"
Colossians 3:17

Athletics

GATOR Athletics (Grades 6-12)

Boys' Sports

Fall Winter Spring
Cross Country Basketball Baseball
Football Swimming Golf
  Wrestling Track & Field
    Soccer

Girls' Sports

Fall Winter Spring
Cheering Basketball Soccer
Cross Country Cheering Softball
Volleyball Swimming Golf
    Track & Field

Greenbrier Christian Academy is a member of the TCIS (Tidewater Conference of Independent Schools) and VISAA (Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association).

 

Little Gator Athletics (Grades 3-6)

The Little Gators athletic program was developed to introduce our younger students to a variety of sports and competitive team play that support GCA's overall sport's philosophy and program. Students are coached by GCA coaches, athletes and parent volunteers. Students participate in weekly practices and culminate their season with a special night of competitive play.

Little Gators
Little Gator Sports
Special Night
Flag Football (boys) Little Gators Under the Lights
Volleyball (girls) Little Gators Spike It Night
Basketball (boys and girls) Little Gators on the Court
Cheering (girls) Little Gators on the Court
Taekwondo (co-ed) (none)
Baseball/Softball (co-ed) Little Gators on the Field

 

Athletic Facilities

Our athletic facilities are known as one of the top high school athletic facilities in the Hampton Roads. The athletic fields have been highlighted by the Virginian Pilot due to the collegiate level care of our fields. Our Main Gym provides a great atmosphere for volleyball and basketball games, while the newly renovated Athletic Building provides a multi-purpose facility to be used for a variety of sports and activities.

Athletic Facilities

 


GCA Mission Statement

With the Word of God as our foundation, Greenbrier Christian Academy exists in support of the local church to partner with parents to provide a Christ-centered education that:

  • Gives the student the opportunity to know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord (Romans 10:9-10)
  • Challenges them to excel academically (Proverbs 1:7)
  • Provides programs that disciple them to increase in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man (Luke 2:52)

 Statement of Philosopy

Greenbrier Christian Academy is dedicated to the philosophy that Christian education is the only true education. This view holds that God is central, and that everything else exists in relation to Him. The Bible says that the "fear of God is the beginning of knowledge" (Proverbs 1:7) therefore, any valid education must have this reverence of God as its starting point and doing the will of God as its goal.
 
The Bible teaches us that children are a gift from God and stewarding this gift is a serious responsibility. Christian education recognizes that children are a unity of spiritual, mental, social and physical parts. This is important to recognize if the whole child is to be trained. An education that includes the spiritual nature must be provided, or else the child will grow up never knowing the true purpose for living -- indeed, without ever fully living! (John 10:10)
 
In the world, "secular" and "sacred" are divided. Christian education recognizes no such split. Everything is to be done for the glory of God, and every truth learned is from God, whether it be scientific, historical, or "sacred." Christian education seeks to teach its full curriculum in this light.  Only teachers acting as ministers of God’s Word coupled with completely God-centered worldviews can communicate the concept that God is the God of the Christian's everyday life, and that He must be the master of that life.
 
Greenbrier Christian Academy adheres to the historical Christian view of life as presented in the Bible. Since God created and sustains everything through His Son, Jesus Christ, the world and all life are God-created and should glorify Him. Man is by nature a sinner and is separated from God.  Man can only be  restored to fellowship with God through the acceptance of the death of Jesus Christ on the cross as the complete payment for the sin of mankind. (John 14:6)
 
Therefore, the total process of education must seek to guide each individual to this restoration in Christ by developing the whole person, spiritually, mentally, socially, and physically. It must present all truth as God's truth and integrate it with God's Word.
 
Greenbrier Christian Academy's philosophy of education results in subject matter being interpreted from a biblical perspective. The students are instructed to view life from God's perspective rather than from a humanistic persuasion that is presented in the world today.
 
Although the facts of science, math, literature and history are the same no matter where they are taught, it is the Christian teacher's interpretation of those facts from a biblical viewpoint that makes the difference.  A biblical philosophy of education requires one to filter everything in life through God's Word, including textbooks; if the textbook does not agree with the teachings found in God's Word, then the book is wrong.  God's Word represents absolute truth and is always factual and correct. (II Timothy 3:16)
 
A biblical philosophy of education is based upon God's absolutes provided through His Holy Word, the Bible.  The word of God forms the basis of our philosophy of life.

GCA Statement of Faith

The basis of Greenbrier Christian Academy shall be the Word of God.  The following statement of faith is derived there of:

1. We believe the Bible to be the inspired and only infallible, authoritative Word of God.

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.  II Timothy 3:16-17 (Also II Peter 1:19-21)

2. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

I am the LORD, and there is no other; there is no God besides Me.  Isaiah 45:5 (Also Matthew 28:19; Acts 5:3, 4; Colossians 2:9)

3. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, His teachings, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God... And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:1, 14 (Also Acts 1:11; Philippians 2:6-11)

4. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit: to convict and regenerate the lost and to indwell the Christian, enabling him to live a godly life.

And I will pray to the Father; and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever; the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. John 14:16-17 (Also John 6:8, 13)

5. We believe that salvation for lost and sinful man comes only by God's grace through faith in the death of Jesus Christ on the cross, his burial and his resurrection from the grave thereby conquering death and providing eternal life for believers.

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of  yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 (Also Romans 3:21-28; Titus 3:5-7; Acts 16:31)

6. We believe in the resurrection from the dead of both the saved and the lost: the saved unto the resurrection of life with Christ; and the lost unto the resurrection of eternal judgment apart from Christ.

Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth; those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation. John 5:28-29 (Also Matthew 25:41-46; Revelation 21:1-8)

7. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ through the practice of consistent worship in a local church.

And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together; as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25 (Also Ephesians 5:23-32; I Corinthians 12:12-27)

8. We believe that God has ordained marriage between a man and a woman as our basic unit of social order. According to scripture, marriage is defined only with one meaning: The uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in God's word, the Bible. (Genesis 2:18-25). We believe that God intends the gift of sexual intimacy to only occur between a man and woman who are married to each other. (1 Corinthians 6:18, 7: 2-5 and Hebrews 13:4). We believe that God's command is that there be no sexual intimacy outside of or apart from marriage between man and a woman.

9. We believe that God wonderfully foreordained and immutably created each person as either male or female in conformity with their biological sex. These two distinct yet complimentary genders together reflect the true image and nature of God. (Genesis 1:26-27)

Our Statement of Faith is not exhaustive of all of our beliefs. The Bible, as the inspired and infallible Word of God, speaks with absolute authority regarding the proper conduct of mankind and is the unchanging foundation for all belief and behavior. The Board of Directors of Greenbrier Christian Academy holds the final authority on biblical meaning and application with regard to faith, doctrine, policy, practice and discipline.


PARENT AND SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP COMMITMENT

The philosophy of Greenbrier Christian Academy has been established upon the biblical principle that God has given parents the primary responsibility for educating their children.  The Academy enters into a partnership with parents to care for students and teach them academics integrated with biblical values.

The Bible is the guide for how Christians ought to live.  Its principles for living will be taught to our students daily during all classes, and students will be encouraged by their teachers to put these principles into practice.   It is the role of the Academy to support and complement the biblical principles taught at home and church.

We are a school whose board and staff are Christian and thus serve God and our families in an open and honest manner.  It is our hope that all our students and families have or will have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

Understanding the philosophy of GCA, we the undersigned agree and commit to the following items:

  • We will support the pursuit of academic excellence and the development of Christ-like character at Greenbrier Christian Academy, by being actively involved with our child’s educational process.
  • We will adhere to the Academy’s standard of conduct and Statement of Faith.
  • Attending Greenbrier Christian Academy is a privilege that may be withdrawn upon sufficient cause as determined by the administration.
  • We will faithfully support the Academy through prayers, finances, voluntary service, and positive attitude.  Should concerns or problems arise, we agree to work them out with the teacher or administration.
  • We understand the importance of regular involvement in and support of the local church.  Our family commits to making regular church attendance a priority.
  • If our child(ren) is/are participating in or in any way promoting the use of illegal drugs, alcohol, tobacco, tobacco substitutes, or other intoxicants, or participating in premarital sexual intimacy, or any form of homosexuality or transgender activity, he or she will be subject to the consequences set forth by the school board of directors.  As a family, we will seek ways for the Academy to help us in working through such difficulties with our child.
  • We understand that students may be subject to drug testing in accordance with established policy.
  • We will be proactive when dealing with issues of academic, moral, spiritual and social growth of our child(ren) at school and off campus.  If a problem or concern should arise, we will take our concern directly to the person involved, in keeping with the Matthew 18 principle.  We understand that in all areas of conflict the Academy invites and welcomes the involvement of each family’s pastor.
  • When a disagreement between the school and the family cannot be solved through the Academy’s normal disciplinary process, we will agree to use the following procedure:

The parties to this agreement believe that the Bible commands them to make every effort to live at peace and to resolve disputes with each other in private or within the Christian church (see Matthew 18:15-20; I Corinthians 6:1-8).  Therefore, the parties agree that any claim or dispute arising from or related to this agreement shall be settled by biblically based mediation.  If necessary, legally binding arbitration will be used in accordance with the Rules of Procedures for Christian Conciliation, as published by the Institute for Christian Conciliation, a division of Peacemakers Ministries.  Judgment upon an arbitration decision may be entered into any court otherwise having jurisdiction.  The parties understand that these methods shall be the sole remedy for any controversy or claim arising out of this agreement.  Costs of this conciliation process will be shared equally between the family and the Academy.


 


DRESS CODE

For complete guidelines concerning school wardrobe, a dress code policy is published and provided to families at the beginning of each school year. This policy may be viewed online at www.gcagators.org. Look under the appropriate Academy "forms" link.

STUDENT HANDBOOKS

Our complete student handbook for each division is available on our website at www.gcagators.org under the Parent Resources link. The Beginnings handbook can be found on the Beginnings Academy page.

As a benefit to your family, early application fees are as follows for all grade levels:  January 23-31—$145, February 1-15—$195.  Regular fees apply after February 15th.

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