Eagle's Landing Christian Academy

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Eagle's Landing Christian Academy
Address
2400 Hwy 42 North

,
30253

Coordinates33°30′21″N 84°11′03″W / 33.505737°N 84.184136°W / 33.505737; -84.184136Coordinates: 33°30′21″N 84°11′03″W / 33.505737°N 84.184136°W / 33.505737; -84.184136
Information
TypePrivate, Christian, coeducational
Motto"Empowering Students to Impact the World since 1970"
Religious affiliation(s)Christian
DenominationSouthern Baptist Convention
Established1970
PresidentDr. Tim Dowdy
PrincipalEdd Tucker, Elementary Principal
Eric W. Johnson, MS Principal
Doug Campbell, HS Principal
Head of schoolChuck Gilliam
Faculty150
Number of students1,300
Average class size20
Hours in school day7
CampusSuburban
Color(s)             Blue, gold, and white
MascotCharger
AccreditationsSACS, GAC
Website

Eagle's Landing Christian Academy (ELCA) is a large private Christian school about 25 miles south of Atlanta in McDonough, Georgia, United States. It ranks sixth in the Atlanta Business Chronicle of Atlanta's 75 largest private schools. It controlled by local megachurch, Eagle's Landing First Baptist.

History[edit]

Eagle's Landing Christian Academy was founded as McDonough Christian Academy in 1970. The school had its first graduating class in 1973, with nine students. It was renamed Meadow Creek Christian Academy before becoming Greater Atlanta Christian School – Meadow Creek Campus. In 1994, Eagle's Landing First Baptist Church assumed control of the school, naming it Eagle's Landing Christian Academy.[1]

Eagle's Landing Christian Academy[edit]

In 1994, the academy became a ministry of Eagle's Landing First Baptist Church. In 2000, the school and church moved to the current location. In 2006, the school and church went through a multimillion-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.

Swine flu[edit]

On May 4, 2009 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed that a 14-year-old student had H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu.[2] This was the first reported case of H1N1 of a Georgia resident. The school was forced to close for fourteen days according to federal guidelines. All school events – athletic, educational, and fine arts – were canceled until further notice. The CDC changed its policy on school closures on May 5, and ELCA began to prepare to reopen on May 7. On May 6, the school had its second case of swine flu.[3] In response, the school began a cleaning effort. School administrator Chuck Gilliam stated,[4] "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 were put in place to prevent transmission of swine flu by student-to-student contact. The school's reaction to the outbreak was viewed by parents and students as an example for future administrations.[5]

Academics[edit]

High school[edit]

Eagle's Landing Christian Academy offers several honors and 19 Advanced Placement classes.

Middle school[edit]

The middle school offers seven honors courses.

Student council[edit]

Each high school grade selects class officers for each school year. The positions include president, vice president, secretary, and chaplain.

Extra-curricular activities[edit]

Athletics[edit]

Eagle's Landing Christian Academy joined the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) in 2006, in region 5-A Private. ELCA has an excellent GHSA program, with twelve GHSA Class A State Championships.

State championships[edit]

  • Baseball - 2006, 2013
  • Softball - 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Volleyball - 2011
  • Football - 1996, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Track & field
    • Boys' 4x100 relay - 2012, 2013
    • Girls' team - 2014

Fine arts[edit]

Eagles Landing Christian Academy has a fine arts program including Art, Band (Marching, Praise, Symphonic), Chorus, Drama and Guitar.

Drama team won regions in 2012 with their show A Few Good Men.

Eagles Landing Christian Academy has performed shows including Pocahontas, The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz, Annie, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and the 2015 spring musical Oliver.

Notable alumni[edit]

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