Evans Christian Academy (ECA) is a non-profit, educational institution whose skilled instructors focus on providing students in the surrounding area with excellent academic opportunities in a nurturing Christian environment. It is our mission for each student to expand his unique and varied talents in order to achieve his full potential as a well-rounded citizen in our ever changing community. In support of this mission we seek to provide a professional workplace of integrity and excellence for our faculty and staff as well as a learning environment for our students that is enriched by the collaborative efforts of parents, faculty, and administration.
The comprehensive purpose of Evans Christian Academy (ECA) is to provide a non-discriminating Christian education for grades 6th-12th with a positive environment based on a college semester system. By blending conventional school curriculum with scheduling flexibility, students may enroll for one or more courses based on their educational level and goals. ECA provides complete academic programs including lab sciences, Honors classes and advanced placement classes as well as fine arts electives and club opportunities for full-time students and part-time home schooled students. ECA nurtures students to become young adults able to compete for the college of their choice.
ECA is accredited through the Georgia Accrediting Commission (GAC). GAC is recognized by the Chancellor's Office of the University System of Georgia, the Technical College system of Georgia, and by HOPE scholarship officials. Graduating seniors who meet the HOPE requirements may be eligible for the HOPE Scholarship and/or the Zell Miller Scholarship. The Georgia Student Finance Commission, now called Georgia Futures will determine HOPE eligibility.
To be eligible for the Hope Scholarship, a student must have a 3.0 GPA with at least 4 of the credits in course of Rigor. The Zell Miller Scholarship requires a 3.7 GPA with at least 4 credits of Rigor and an SAT score of 1200 or more. On the ACT, a score of 26 or more is necessary. Courses of Rigor can be AP classes, math classes beyond Algebra 2, science classes beyond Biology, or any foreign language class beyond the first year.
ECA is an independent school, owned and operated by the Evans Christian Academy, Inc. The Advisory School Board is selected from among qualified candidates whose names are submitted by parents and other Board members. Among the primary duties of the Board is setting the governance polices of the Academy, direction and planning, financial stability of the institution, and defining the role of the Board and its committees.
The Director of Admissions, Mrs. Freida Lachman, founded Lachman Institute in 1991 when she started home-schooling and later began holding educational classes and workshops. In 1996 the Lachman Institute expanded to In Focus Church, with the use of one classroom. In July 2001, the Lachman Institute was incorporated and renamed as Evans Christian Academy, Inc. ECA expanded to use all available classrooms at In Focus Church, including the use of the fellowship hall and the nursery. In 2008, ECA moved to Crossbridge Baptist Church. When the opportunity came to purchase Bereau Baptist Church in 2010, the school once again moved to a larger facility. In 2019, after much prayer, the board decided to sell the Grovetown Building on Old South Belair Road and rent to prepare the way for the future new building of Evans Christian Academy in Grovetown on 14 acres across from Grovetown High School.
Evans Christian Academy offers a full curriculum of courses to students in the Middle School and High School grades. The student population has changed to the extent that nearly eighty percent of the student body is comprised of students coming from private or public schools.