School Days: 10 Tuition-based schools across the county
Summer is winding down and the shelves of local retailers are filling with crayons, colored pencils and the requisite folders and lunch boxes that signal to us all that back-to-school is upon us. After the digital learning and subsequent changes that were spurred by the pandemic, many parents are taking the 2021-2022 school year to evaluate the school options available to their students. With around ten percent of the student population in Gaston county attending private schools, it’s worth taking a closer look at what they have to offer.
Address: 616 Athenia Pl., Bessemer City
Tuition: $3,250 for Kindergarten through 8th grade
Student population: 190
This school has two campuses, one in Dallas and their main building in Bessemer City. They have a faith-based curriculum and support extracurriculars, including Glee Club, Beta Club, Chess Club and Sign Language Club. Their athletic program includes volleyball, soccer, softball, basketball and baseball. Additionally, they offer students volunteer opportunities throughout the school from tutoring to helping with food preparation.
Address: 426 Woodlawn Ave., Cramerton
Tuition: $5,722 for elementary; $6300 for middle and high school, plus various fees
Student population: 375 students
Grades: Age 2 - 12th grade
Founded in 1977, Cramerton Christian Academy uses two Christian-based curriculums to provide instruction, along with online support from Edgenuity. Additionally, they offer private lessons in piano, violin or voice. Their athletic program includes volleyball, soccer, cross-country, basketball, golf and cheerleading teams. They boast a 100% graduation rate with an average class size of twenty students.
Address: 208 South Church St., Gastonia
Tuition: $4,725 for elementary; $4,925 for middle, plus various fees
Student population: Approximately 300
Grades: Age 2 - 8th grade
First Wesleyan Christian School maintains associations with the Wesleyan church, the Association of Christian Schools International and the Greater Charlotte Association of Christian Schools.In addition to core subjects, students have weekly classes in P.E., art, music, Spanish and computer. They offer Drama Club, Speech Club, Science Club, as well as basketball and volleyball as enrichment activities.
Address: 1625 Lowell Bethesda Rd., Gastonia
Tuition: $6,600 for elementary; $8,292 for middle; $8,940 for high school, plus various fees
Student Population: 933 students
Gaston Christian (which holds a 5-star review on Private School Review's website) is a well-established school in Gaston County, with graduates who have gone on to over 200 different colleges and universities. The elementary school uses A Beka, Bob Jones, and Purposeful Design curriculums. The high school offers AP classes and concurrent enrollment to earn college credit. GCS also has a well-rounded athletic program.
Address: 2001 Gaston Day School Rd., Gastonia
Tuition: Income-based tuition
Student Population: around 500 students
With a 10:1 student-teacher ratio, Gaston Day guarantees individualized attention for students.They have sports available in grades six through 12, offer online classes and have a 100% college acceptance rate for graduates. Gaston Day has moved to a indexed tuition model, offering the opportunity for those in various socio-economic statuses to attend.
Address: 208 N. Pryor St., Gastonia
Tuition: Sliding Scale from $220/month-$360/month
Student Population: 12-20 students
Gastonia Freedom School is based on the Agile Learning Center model with students engaging in self-directed activities. Providing a space for both neurodivergent and neurotypical children to interact with one another and engage in a variety of learning offerings, such as 3-D printing, cooking and coding, homeschool learners have space to connect and learn in an inclusive environment. Students with disabilities have the opportunity to attend a full-day program focusing on child-centered learning chosen by facilitators in a home-like environment.
Address: 420 Branch St, Kings Mountain
Tuition: $4,800 with various fees plus 20% sibling discounts; preschool between $90-$140 monthly
Student Population: 144 students
Located in Kings Mountain, Grace Christian Academy follows the A Beka Curriculum while working with Cleveland Community College's College and Career Promise Program allowing junior and senior students who test in to complete core subjects for college credit.
Address: 299 S. Peterson St., Stanley
Tuition: $4200 for Kindergarten through 8th grade, plus various fees
Student Population: 38 students
Formerly Stanley Christian Academy, Judah Christian Academy follows the A Beka curriculum and students attend chapel each Wednesday. Basketball and volleyball are offered for extracurriculars.
Address: 704 Saint Michael’s Ln., Gastonia
Tuition: $6,216 for Kindergarten through 8th grade
Student Population: 110 students
Students at St. Michael’s follow an educational curriculum developed and supported by the Charlotte Diocese Education Office. Additionally, they take courses in P.E., Spanish, art, music and computers.Students participate in a variety of faith-based service opportunities and have the opportunity to participate in a range of clubs from drama to robotics. They also have a diverse student population, with 31% minority enrollment.
Address: 310 Carolina Ave, Gastonia
Student Population: 172 Students
Victory Christian Academy uses the A Beka Curriculum with a focus on arts for the younger students with a focus on technology for upper grades, ensuring graduates have the skills needed post-graduation. VCA offers basketball and volleyball as well as music and other electives.