Grace Christian School

2601 Jefferson Davis Highway, Sanford, NC 27332

ACSI & Cognia (NCA CASI, SACS CASI) Accredited

Stuart Shumway, Head of School

Kevyn Brown, Upper School Principal

Timothy Rhine, Lower School Principal

College Board Code: 343516

— Our Mission —

To equip students from a Christian worldview to reach their God-given potential through excellence in academics, athletics, fine arts and technology.

Proficiency-Based Grading System

GCS has a detailed program of assessment designed to measure the student’s abilities and progress.

B(Above Average)89-80
D(Below Average)69-60
E(Failing)59-0 and below

Additional Elementary Grading Symbols

NNeeds Improvement

Academic Programs

Dual enrollment is a college class taught by GCS teachers. These classes give high school students the ability to earn college credits before graduation while receiving instruction that upholds the values and beliefs here at Grace.

The Career & College Promise program allows eligible High School students the opportunity to take college coursework while enrolled at GCS in their Junior and Senior years. The two pathways provided are the College Transfer Pathway, leading to transferable credits, and the Career and Technical Education Pathway that leads to job-ready skills towards a CCCC certification, diploma, and/or degree.

An Honors Option exists for those students in grades 9-12 for students seeking to explore the course concepts and skills in greater depth. Students who earn the honors distinction and credit are expected to meet and exceed the expectations for the standard curriculum in the course, and they must show evidence of extended learning in the subject matter. Honors will be offered in some core courses including math, science,English, and social studies. Teacher recommendation and a grade of 85 or above is required for qualifying for an Honors course.

Our Learning Support Program (LSP) is to meet the needs of students with learning challenges. Students receive instruction through a research-basedHill Center curriculum. This multi-sensory, small group instruction is rooted in Orton-Gillingham and meets the student at their present level, strengthening and filling in the areas of weakness. Parents can expect real-time feedback on their student’s progress throughout the program.

Co-Curricular Activities


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Chess
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Shooting
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball


  • STEM
  • Student Worship Team
  • Drama & Theatre
  • Visual Arts
  • Yearbook
  • National Honor Society (NHS)
  • Future Farmers of America (FFA)
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)

GCS Statistics

As of August 1, 2022

K-12 Students890
Graduation Rate99%
Graduating Classes36
NHS HS Students30%
Average Kindergarten Class Size18
Average Elementary Class Size20-22
Average Middle School Class Size20-24
Average High School Class Size18-25
Doctoral or Masters Degree Faculty50%
Learning Support Specialists Servicing IEP's & AIG Students9
Student to Device Ratio1:1
Number of Classrooms43
Dual Enrollment College Credit Courses10
Weighted Honors Courses18
Sports Teams30
Afterschool Camps15+

Our goal is to provide the highest quality Christian education while guiding students to develop Christlike character and life goals pleasing to God.