In 1971, Lavon Drive Baptist Church voted to begin an experiment. That experiment was to add to its ministries a Christian school. The leadership and congregation of Lavon Drive believed then, and still believe, that a dedicated, separated, private Christian school could provide an effective, Christ-centered alternative to the secular education offered in public schools.
In August of 1972, with 136 students and 12 faculty members, the school opened its door to students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Little did anyone know at this time that within a few years the school would become part of the DNA of Lavon Drive Baptist Church. Rapid growth was experienced by the school. In the second year of operation, grades seven through eleven were added. The following year the twelfth grade was added. Excitement about the school's growth ran throughout the church membership. Most of the students in those early years came from the church family
Within a few years, Lavon Drive Baptist Church and Garland Christian Academy had become synonymous. The school had become and continues to this day to be a vital part of the ministry of the church. GCA has provided a Christian educational environment for the children of LDBC and has provided employment opportunities for many members who have desired to be involved in Christian ministry as teachers and support staff. Hundreds of students have come to know Christ as their personal Savior and God only knows how many young people have been protected from negative influences that would have ruined their lives had they not attended GCA.
Today, GCA serves students from Pre-K3 through the12th grade, offers honors courses and dual credit for the high school, as well as providing numerous extracurricular programs including all major sports, band, art, and choir. GCA has a godly heritage, and we are excited to see what God has in store for the future of Garland Christian Academy.