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Open houses underway for new Lanier Christian Academy
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Lanier Christian Academy Open House

When: 2-4 p.m. Jan. 31
Where: North Georgia Christian School, 5285 Strickland Road, Flowery Branch
More info: 678-630-1678 for admissions or 678-828-8350 for the front office

With new uniforms, new mascots and plans for a new campus underway, Lanier Christian Academy is ready to accept students for the 2016-2017 school year.

The newly formed private South Hall school, soon to become one of the largest Christian K-12 college preparatory schools in the area, is inviting interested new families to open houses, the next of which will be from 2-4 p.m. Jan. 31.

The school is the product of the unified North Georgia Christian School in Flowery Branch and Heritage Academy in Braselton. The unification became official Jan. 1, and Lanier Christian Academy is accepting applications for next school year.

“The first thing we want to share with families is what brought together the two schools, and why we think it’s an important move for the families in North Georgia right now,” said Debbie Lee, director of institutional advancement at North Georgia Christian. “We want them to know, by the unification of these two schools, what more we can offer.”

The new school will combine and offer the two teaching models previously offered at the other schools: North Georgia Christian’s traditional five-day model and Heritage’s three-day university model.

The three-day model allows two days of independent home schooling. The school plans for a third online learning option as well.

Until the new campus is built on Poplar Springs Road, all classes will be held at the current North Georgia Christian School campus at Chestnut Mountain Church in South Hall. This is the campus that will host open houses.

Lee said the school will have additional open houses each month, including one Feb. 23, another March 22 and a final open house April 14. Times will vary.

“We’re also offering what we call ‘Welcome Wednesdays,’” Lee said. “Even if a parent does not have an appointment or has not been to an open house, we invite them to just drop in that day. We’ll stop what we’re doing to tour the campus with them and answer their questions.”

Lee said the school expects enrollment to increase to more than 400, based on early interest. Currently, North Georgia Christian has about 200 students and Heritage has about 165.

“We’ve been really excited by the reception we’ve received from families,” Lee said. “Open houses have been well-attended by families with great questions, interested in both models of education.”

Families at the school have complete flexibility in choosing an education model.

“It’s very interesting, because it allows a family to choose what will work best, not just for their family, but perhaps for an individual child within their family,” Lee said. “We actually have families, right now today, who have a student in Heritage Academy and a student in North Georgia Christian School. So it meets the needs of their individual children, and that’s what we’re excited about.”

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