First Assembly Christian School
|First Assembly Christian School|
8650 Walnut Grove Road
|Motto||Training Minds, Shaping Lives for the Savior's Glory|
|Color(s)||Green & Gold|
|Tuition||$5000 – $7500|
First Assembly Christian school (FACS) is a private, college preparatory Christian school located in the Cordova section of Memphis, Tennessee. FACS was founded in 1972; programs for kindergarten through Grade 8 began in 1972 and grades 9-12 were added in 1975. The school is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. First Assembly is also a member of the Association of Christian Schools International, Southern Association of Independent Schools, Tennessee Association of Independent Schools, Memphis Association of Independent Schools, and the College Board. Though strongly supported by First Assembly of God Church, of the Assemblies of God, the school's website identifies itself as Non-denominational Christian.
According to the historian Marcus Pohlmann, FACS was established in 1970 as part of a wave of private schools formed by white parents seeking to avoid sending their children to racially integrated public schools.
Originally located in East Memphis, the 20 acres (8.1 ha) campus contained classrooms, a gymnasium and a sanctuary, which was also used for chapel services, theatre productions, graduations and assemblies. This campus was sold and now is the home of Crichton College.
In 1999, the school, and host church, relocated to the Cordova, Tennessee, area in Eastern Shelby County. The campus contains facilities for grades pre-K through 12, and in addition a complete sportsplex. The building contains approximately 50,000 square feet (4,600 m2) of instructional and support space for students and a mobile computer lab which has wireless internet access. The building also contains twenty-five regular classrooms, a computer lab, two science labs, a science lecture lab, a library/media center, a cafeteria, a multi-purpose room, and an area of the school designed specifically for the fine arts. The gymnasium contains locker rooms, a fully furnished weight room, and a wrestling area. The sportsplex contains a football stadium, baseball stadium, and softball stadium. In addition the stadium contains a field house and a concessions building. The junior high will be moving into a recently finished building on the FACS campus on March 16, 2009. The new building includes offices, a lobby, six junior high classrooms, a band room, a choir room, a gymnasium with a mezzanine, a cafeteria, two sets of locker rooms, and several band and choir practice rooms. The classroom space in the new building is around 12,000 square feet (1,100 m2), which includes a science lab. The new gymnasium, which is several thousand square feet in size, will be used by the junior high and high school teams.
The junior high moved into a new building on the main campus on Monday, March 30, 2009. There are monthly junior high chapels along with CONNECT groups. As of February 13, 2009, there have been two editions of the new junior high newspaper, the Sader Paper, which is run by students.
First Assembly Christian School has fielded varsity sports teams since the mid-1970s. The school's team name is the Crusaders. FACS competes in Division 2, the private school division, in the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association.
First Assembly Christian School competes in Division 2, Region A of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA).
The Fine Arts department lists accomplishments including: artists placing in various competitions, the honors band talent winner performance, the choir, and the theater's productions. There are plans to possibly build a fine arts theater in or near the new campus building.