North Cobb Christian School Breaks Ground on 35,000-square-foot Addition, Doubling High School Facility
Clouds hung low on the morning of June 15, but spirits could not have been higher as a crowd of faculty, parents, students, and alumni gathered under a balloon-adorned tent to celebrate the groundbreaking of the second phase of North Cobb Christian School’s upper school facility. With many donors and school supporters in attendance, the ceremony was led by the chairman of the NCCS board of directors, Todd Rainwater; capital campaign chair, Dan Garcia; and NCCS head of school, Todd Clingman.
“Here’s the message you need to hear today: We did it!” said Rainwater during the ceremony, receiving cheers from attendees. “Forty years ago, a handful of families gathered around a vision of faith and made great sacrifices, and North Cobb Christian school began. And likewise, today, by faith, we grab hold of what’s next. We’ve made sacrifices, and the dream and the vision move on. Today, I’m thankful to the Lord and I’m thankful for the generosity of this North Cobb Christian School community. Today, phase two is no longer a dream; it is no longer just a hope. Today, it becomes a reality!”
The His Plan | Our Time 2 Capital Campaign for phase two of the upper school building was launched in November 2021. Through the generosity of 375 donors, which includes NCCS board members, faculty and staff, current parents, grandparents, alumni, alumni parents, foundations, and friends of NCCS, the $12 million campaign goal was reached at the end of May of 2023, enabling the second phase to be constructed debt free.
“This phase will add 35,000 square feet to the existing upper school building, which was built in 2020. The first phase was 40,000-square-feet and includes 24 bright and modern classrooms, a cutting-edge STEM center with SOAR Lab and Makeshop, and administrative and counseling offices,” says NCCS Director of Development Tara Dorsey, who is also an alumnae, graduating in 2000 from the school’s first graduating class. “By God’s grace and with the help of over 350 generous donors, the $10 million phase one facility was built completely debt free, and now we are once again launching a major campus addition debt free.”
The second phase will include a large dining hall and serving area, commercial kitchen, student-run coffee shop, expansive outdoor dining area, student recreational area, four life sciences labs, and an upper school Moving Forward Program center.
“As we go into the celebration of our 40th year, two themes we are celebrating this year are God’s faithfulness and our gratitude,” said Head of School Todd Clingman during the groundbreaking. “We want to demonstrate to our kids that God has been faithful to this school for 40 years, and we are grateful. We’re going to see concrete poured and steel erected and furniture moved in, but we’re not going to forget the fact that what goes on in the building is why the building is important. We’re about the people. We know life is brief, we know we’re not guaranteed tomorrow, and we know that the gospel is really what matters. God has provided for this project, he has provided our every need for over 40 years, and we believe that the best is still yet to come.”
Construction is underway and the school anticipates opening the new building in time for the start of the 2024/25 school year.
About North Cobb Christian School | North Cobb Christian School is a coeducational private Christian school in Kennesaw, Georgia, which currently serves 1,200 students in preschool K3 through 12th grade. Website: ncchristian.org