Our story began in 1983 when Grace Brethren Church of Marietta discontinued its educational ministry, Grace Christian School. Desperate for an alternative from public education, four families re-chartered the school as North Cobb Christian School. In 1984, Internal Revenue Service approved us as a non-profit corporation making it official. We elected our first Board of Directors from among the school families and became a member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).
We continued to rent the Grace Brethren Church classroom building until permanent facilities could be obtained. After a two-year search, we purchased ten acres of land on the edge of Acworth and Kennesaw. In the fall of 1987, construction began on the new property. By February, the building, which seemed to have endless space for future growth, was finished and the modular classrooms were hauled away.
In the May 1989, we graduated our first eighth grade class, but had no immediate plans for a high school. Enrollment grew steadily over the next several years until it exploded in the spring of 1995. The fall semester of 1995 started with 300 students and a major need for space. October 1996 saw the kickoff of a capital campaign to finance an addition that would add thirty classrooms, a gymnasium, science lab, media center, two cafeterias and additional office space. Because of the Lord's rich blessings, construction began in June 1997. Construction was completed in August 1998, just two weeks before the beginning of the school year.
Also in 1997, we opened our doors to high school students, one grade at a time, with applications accepted for the ninth grade. We celebrated our first senior class in May 2000 with six graduates out of a total school enrollment of 910.
In 2000, we joined the Georgia Independent School Association. Our first year with the association, we were named overall champion in the 4AA region for competition in athletics and fine arts. Fall of 2002, we moved up to AAA competition and ranked as the eighth largest private school in the metro Atlanta area. In 2003 the North Atlanta School of the Arts (NASOTA) was added as a school-within-the-school, providing intensive study in a chosen field every afternoon while the student completed a college prep program on our campus in the mornings. NASOTA offered Dance, Theatre, Vocal, Instrumental, and Visual Arts.
Todd Clingman, our current Head of School, joined us in 2007 and as planned, transitioned into the role of Head of School in 2008. He instituted a review of our philosophy, programs, people and places. The result has been a renewed focus on the mission of our school, enhanced school programs, a more clearly defined family demographic target and the development of the school's Master Site Plan.
Key program changes occurred in 2008 by adding two schools-within-the-school. We launched The Academy of Business and The Academy of Counseling, Ministry and Education while NASOTA changed to The Academy of the Arts. Our fourth Academy--The Academy of Math, Science and Technology-- launched in August 2009. Each Academy is a rigorous curriculum designed to better prepare students for careers and collegiate study in their chosen field of interest.
As co-curricular programs grew to enhance student life, football became the newest addition to the school's roster of over forty Middle School and Upper School competitive sports. Property adjacent to the school was purchased and a portion was converted to a practice football field. The success of key athletic programs during the early and mid- 2000s led to a jump to the Georgia High School Association in 2008, providing greater exposure and credibility outside our initial ten-mile radius.
Planning for future growth, we embarked on a Campus Master Plan in 2009 that included the Fine Arts Building, Upper School Building with Math and Science labs, the Athletic Stadium, and expanded Dining Area and other facility upgrades. In 2010, two modular spaces were added that included band and orchestra rooms, two science labs and twelve classrooms. Additionally, space was renovated for the Upper School Student Life Center and a Field House was completed for athletics and physical education classes. In May 2012, additional property was acquired, expanding the campus from sixteen acres to over forty acres fulfilling the needs of the future Campus Master Plan. Additionally, NCCS purchased a church property that was adjacent to the NCCS property and transformed it into a Fine Arts Building that was first used in the 2013-2014 school year, and also purchased property at the corner of Old 41 and Nance Road for future campus expansion.
We look back at the last thirty years with amazement and thanksgiving for what God has provided and accomplished and we look forward with anticipation to His plans for the future of NCCS!