Eagle's Landing Christian Academy
|Eagle's Landing Christian Academy|
|2400 Hwy 42 North
McDonough, Georgia, 30253
|Type||Private, Christian, Coeducational|
|Motto||"Education for Now and Eternity"|
|Denomination||Southern Baptist Convention|
|Principal||Edd Tucker, Elementary Principal
Eric W. Johnson, MS Principal
Richard Allen, HS Principal
|Headmaster||Kyle Hardy, Head Master|
|Number of students||1,300|
|Average class size||20|
|Hours in school day||7|
|Color(s)||Blue, Gold, White|
|Website||Eagle's Landing Christian Academy|
Eagle's Landing Christian Academy is a large private Christian school about 25 miles south of Atlanta in McDonough, Georgia, United States. Eagle's Landing Christian Academy ranks sixth in the Atlanta Business Chronicle of Atlanta's 75 Largest Private Schools.
History of the Academy
Eagle's Landing Christian Academy was founded originally as McDonough Christian Academy in 1970. The school had its first graduating class in 1973, with nine students. The school was later renamed Meadow Creek Christian Academy and then Greater Atlanta Christian School – Meadow Creek Campus. The heads of the school then changed its name to Meadow Creek Christian Academy before finally deciding on the current Eagle's Landing Christian Academy.
Eagle's Landing Christian Academy
In 1994, the academy became a part of Eagle's Landing First Baptist Church. In 2000, the school and church moved to a new campus. In 2006, the school and church went through a massive multi-million dollar building project – adding a new gym, church offices, and cafeteria. As a part of the new cafeteria, the school began using the SAGE lunch program.
ELCA Virtual Academy
Eagle's Landing Christian Academy launched an online academy to allow students to attend the school, participate in sports, and learn from home. This new way of teaching allows home schooled students to participate in Eagle's Landing Christian Academy athletics. Eagle's Landing Christian Academy offered virtual online classes for Summer credit recovery.
On May 4, 2009 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed that a 14 year old student, Jesse, had H1N1 virus, also known as Swine Flu. This was the first reported case of H1N1 of a Georgia resident. The school was forced to close for fourteen days according to the Federal guidelines. All school events – athletic, educational, and fine arts – were canceled until further notice. The CDC changed their policy on school closures on May 5, and ELCA began to prepare to re-open on May 7. On May 6, the school had its second case of Swine Flu. In response to the infestation, the School entered a cleaning effort. School administrator Chuck Gilliam stated:
"We are cleaning light switches, door handles, and other places students come in contact with…"
On May 7, the school reopened. The students returned to class as normal, but new safety regulations to prevent students from receiving the swine flu from student to student contact. The school's reaction to the outbreak was viewed by parents and students as an example for future administrations.
Eagle's Landing Christian Academy offers Honors and Advanced Placement classes, as well as College English courses from Brewton-Parker College. Completion of the courses will give the students college credits in addition to high school credits. Dr. David Balty is the professor in College English at Eagle's Landing Christian Academy.
The middle school also offers Honors courses.
Eagle's Landing Christian Academy joined the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) in 2006, in region 5-A. Eagle's Landing Christian Academy has an excellent GHSA program with ten GHSA Class A State Championships, the most recent of which took place with the Chargers baseball program winning its second championship against Mt. Paran Christian Academy on May 18, 2013.
- Baseball - 2006, 2013
- Softball - 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009,2013
- Volleyball - 2011
- Football - 2012
- Track & Field
(Men's 4x100 Relay) - 2012, 2013
Eagles Landing Christian Academy does have a well known fine arts program, but it has been growing due to the SACS requirements for schools. Drama team won regions in 2012 with their award winning show A Few Good Men. Eagles Landing Christian Academy has also been performing spectacular shows such as Pocahontas, The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz, and Annie.
Bible Quiz Team
A unique fine art that is offered at Eagles Landing Christian Academy is Bible Quiz Team. The ELCA Bible Quiz team competes in the Florida Quizzing Association, I-85 division. The elementary and middle school bible quiz teams have seen great success in there year,[when?] winning several state and division titles. The ELCA High School Bible Quiz team recently[when?] moved from RAMS (or Rookie and Middle School) League to VETS League.