Eagle's Landing Christian Academy
|Eagle's Landing Christian Academy|
2400 Hwy 42 North
|Type||Private, Christian, coeducational|
|Motto||"Empowering Students to Impact the World since 1970"|
|Denomination||Southern Baptist Convention|
|President||Dr. Tim Dowdy|
|Principal||Edd Tucker, Elementary Principal|
Eric W. Johnson, MS Principal
Doug Campbell, HS Principal
|Head of school||Chuck Gilliam|
|Number of students||1,300|
|Average class size||20|
|Hours in school day||7|
|Color(s)||Blue, gold, and white|
|Website||Eagle's Landing Christian Academy|
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.
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.
Eagle's Landing Christian Academy
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.
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. 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. In response, the school began 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 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.
Eagle's Landing Christian Academy offers several honors and 19 Advanced Placement classes.
The middle school offers seven honors courses.
Each high school grade selects class officers for each school year. The positions include president, vice president, secretary, and chaplain.
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.
- 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
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.
- Isaac Rochell, NFL defensive lineman for the Los Angeles Chargers
- Daz Cameron, American professional baseball outfielder for the Detroit Tigers' organization