WE ARE FAMILY. WE ARE NCCS.
Have you ever wondered if there’s a better way to do school? A way to educate that puts children’s cognitive, emotional, social, and spiritual needs at the forefront? A way that challenges students academically, fosters them spiritually, and guides them to discover their God-given purpose and abilities? Well, almost four decades ago, four families wondered the same thing — and North Cobb Christian School was born.
Located in Kennesaw, Georgia, NCCS combines academic excellence with an authentic Christian education for students in preschool K3 through 12th grade, with the goal of helping children grow into their full potential in Christ. This is school … the way it should be.
Why choose North Cobb Christian School?
To answer this, we gathered feedback from our very own parents, students, faculty and staff. Here are their answers, synthesized into “The Great 8” — the eight distinctives that provide the unique DNA of NCCS.
Click below to read about each one.
FACTS + FIGURES
NCCS is an independent, interdenominational, college preparatory Christian school serving grades PK3 through 12th.
Accreditation + Associations
Accreditation | AdvancEd (formerly SACS) + Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
Athletics | Varsity + JV: Georgia High School Association. Middle School: Metro 10 League.
Arts | Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC)
The NCCS student body, faculty, and staff consists of members from over 120 local churches, representing more than 20 denominations.
Student + Faculty Stats
11:1 student-to-teacher average ratio across the school.
Over 900 students with 27% ethnic diversity across the student body and 10% of recent graduating classes being comprised of international students.
95 percent teacher retention rate (five-year average)
For full details on standardized test scores, AP and Honors courses, graduate distinctives, Upper School program details, and diplomas offered, please see our School Profile.
The Academies | Upper School
NCCS offers five distinctive Academy tracks, similar to magnet programs, for Upper School students seeking an emphasis in a particular area of interest. Academy acceptance is based on application and/or audition.
- Academy of the Arts (Theatre, Visual, or Vocal)
- Academy of Business
- Academy of Counseling, Ministry, and Education
- Academy of Exercise and Sport Science
- STEM Academy
K5 – 4th Grade – Spanish
5th & 6th Grade – Spanish
7th Grade – Foundations of Language, French, Spanish
8th Grade – French and Spanish
9th – 12th Grade – Spanish and French
Programs for Advancement + Support
In addition to the NCCS Academies and extensive AP courses, Honors classes and Dual Enrollment options in Upper School, NCCS offers:
2nd – 4th Grade: RISE (Research, Investigate, Study, Evaluate) Gifted Program
6th – 8th Grade: Advanced Math
8th Grade: Advanced Language, Advanced History, High School Algebra 1
The Moving Forward Program offers tutoring, academic coaching, early literacy, educational cognitive therapy, FIE and more to support all learners.
To encourage our students to be the hands and feet of Jesus, NCCS provides community service opportunities at every level, from K3 through 12th grade. Opportunities range from serving our own community to going on international mission trips through Spring Term in Upper School. A minimum of 46 hours of community service is required during Upper School for graduation.
Early + After School Care
NCCS opens at 7:00 a.m. each morning and offers free childcare until classes begin. Breakfast is also available for purchase.
Flipside, the NCCS after school program, is available for students in K3 – 6th grade until 6:30 p.m. each day (separate fee). Special enrichment activities called Sidekicks are also offered through Flipside throughout the year.
Guidance, Counseling, and College Planning
Individual and in-class guidance services support all students in Lower, Middle, and Upper School. A designated school counselor for each division provides emotional, social and academic support and resources. The Pathways Program in Middle School helps students define their purpose and discover their gifts through a personal portfolio maintained by each student. Upper School students benefit from a designated Student Life department that focuses on spiritual growth, as well as a top-notch College Counseling department that guides students through career counseling, scholarship applications, and college selection and admissions processes.
Lower School students and Middle School students are required to wear uniforms. Upper School students adhere to Personal Appearance Standards. Uniforms are optional for Preschool K3 and K4 students.
in Arts + Athletics
recent graduating classes
Acworth and Kennesaw
Graduates earn a 4.0 or higher
FAMILY | NCCS isn’t just a school. It’s home.
The number one comment we receive from students and parents is that NCCS just “feels different” — that it “feels like home.” This isn’t accidental, however. It results from intentionally cultivating a culture of faith, respect, support, and love. This is achieved through small class sizes where students are seen and known; through many programs and opportunities where students can discover their unique genius; and through countless opportunities for students to bond and grow together — from weekly chapel to retreats, and from peer mentoring to Spring Term trips. The bottomline: we are more than a school. We are a family.
“After coming to NCCS my junior year, I felt myself become a different kid. I was able to stay more focused in the classroom because everyone here wants the best for you. At NCCS we are a family … and coming here was the best decision I’ve ever made.” — Student
“Before coming to NCCS, our middle-school daughter had lost her smile. Now, she smiles every single day.” — Parent
“It’s amazing how the students love each other, with older students supporting the younger ones. It’s a true family.” — Parent
IDENTITY | Students’ unique gifts are discovered, explored, and celebrated.
We believe that if students are encouraged to discover their gifts and interests, they develop a strong sense of who God made them to be. And with this sense of identity comes a great advantage: Our students know who they are … they know Whose they are … and they are empowered to live with purpose.
“In Lower School, we celebrate students’ unique gifts in many ways, from Sidekicks after school activities to arts rotations to weekly chapel. Our faculty is also incredibly in-tune with drawing out students’ unique gifts and talents in the classroom every single day.” — Lower School Principal Wendy Titus
“In Middle School, our focus is to help students develop their GIFTS, an acronym that stands for Grit, Identity, Fitness, Talent discovery, and Spiritual formation. Our students participate in weekly chapel, Timothy Program peer mentoring, weekly in-school clubs, monthly faculty-and-peer advisory groups, athletics and arts programs, and Pathways — an in-depth program that guides students to explore and reflect upon their spiritual growth and giftings.” — Middle School Principal Craig Konchak
“Our goal in Upper School is to help students understand their gifts and abilities. We believe the collision of talent and passion is a place known as ‘calling.’ One of the best distinctives in Upper School is our Academies, which allow students to select a customized electives track that aligns with their gifts and interests, including STEM, Business, Ministry, or the Arts. We help our students discover who God created them to be — for the sake of the Kingdom and the good of others.” — Upper School Principal Megan Strange
FACULTY | Our teachers are top-notch. Period.
Ask our graduates what impacted them most at NCCS, and they always begin with a story about one of their teachers. Our teachers don’t just teach; they invest. They truly pour themselves into our students, molding who they are and who they will become.
“The constant support from teachers, administrators, and fellow students helped me to strive and become the best student and athlete I could be.” — Alumni, class of 2019
“The best thing about this school is the teachers that have poured their lives into ours and helped us reach our full potential.” — Student
“Our children aren’t just taught — they’re loved. We couldn’t ask for our kids to be surrounded by better mentors.” — Parent
FOUR BUCKETS | Our students become well-rounded leaders through a four-bucket approach that balances academics, athletics, arts, and student life opportunities.
It’s not uncommon to see an Eagle linebacker carrying a cello into the orchestra room, or our volleyball captain leading worship during chapel. God has created each of our students with unique abilities, and our programs reflect and celebrate this truth. Here, you don’t have to be a centerfielder or a cellist; you don’t have to pick the stage or the softball field. Here, you can be whoever God has created you to be.
“You can’t find many schools that encourage athletes to stay focused on academics as much as athletics. Being an athlete at this school, I am able to grow closer to God and to glorify him on the field and also in the classroom.” — Student
“What sets NCCS apart is the balance between academics, athletics and the arts. Our senior plays cello for the orchestra and is a member of multiple honor societies, and our other four children are involved in a variety of arts and academic programs.” — Parent
“NCCS set us up for success by allowing us to be part of many different activities and pursuits. I was able to be part of chorus, be a successful student, and be a multiple-sport athlete.” — Alumni, class of 2019
SAFE CAMPUS | NCCS has implemented 21st century security measures, with an emphasis on prevention.
North Cobb Christian School has partnered with Critical Intervention Services (CIS), an industry leader in developing and instituting innovative security solutions. On our campus, they are aiding to implement the Guardian SafeSchool Program® — a nationally-acclaimed school security and protection plan tailored to meet the specific needs of our unique school environment. From perimeter fencing and extensive security cameras to an on-campus security team and cutting edge protocols, NCCS utilizes policies and procedures that balance protection with proactive community interaction and prevention.
“Our children are our most precious gifts, and the security enhancements put into place at NCCS just solidify to us that this is the right school for our son.” — Parent
“When I pull away from NCCS each morning, I am at peace. I know my children are in the right place, and that the people I’m entrusting are doing everything in their power to keep them safe. As a mom, that means everything.” — Parent
COLLEGE COUNSELING | NCCS students are given a solid foundation that leads to a boundless future, as they are guided to build their lives on rock, not sand (Matthew 7:24-27).
With roots firmly planted in Jesus, our students are encouraged to grow in their unique gifts and are guided toward futures filled with God-given purpose. As our students mature, NCCS’s robust college counseling department provides opportunities and support to connect students with the next phase of their journey. Our amazing alumni are a testimony to the success of this approach, as they thrive beyond NCCS.
In the class of 2019, our 95 graduates garnered 307 college acceptances and earned over $9,212,797 in scholarship money. Eighty-seven percent of eligible students also earned the HOPE Scholarship and 37 percent earned the Zell Miller Scholarship, which requires a HOPE GPA of 3.7 or higher, plus an ACT of 26 or higher or SAT of 1200 or higher. Through our robust Dual Enrollment program, our most recent senior class completed 262 total Dual Enrollment courses, acquiring college credit largely on our own campus through our own dual-certified teachers. Our graduates have been accepted into Harvard, Emory, Brown, Clemson, Georgia Tech, University of Georgia, Pepperdine, Liberty, Auburn, and many more. The bottom line: NCCS graduates are incredibly well prepared for the next chapter — and beyond.
“NCCS students are incredibly well prepared for their futures through strong technology programs, dual-enrollment options, and AP course offerings — plus a college counseling department that cannot be beat. Our oldest graduated in 2017 and is absolutely thriving at college.” – Parent
“My daughter (class of 2018) met with her Cultural Perspectives professor [at Samford] to review for the final essay. He said he has never seen a student more prepared in their writing skills and presentation than she is, and that she was the first student to ever earn a 100 on a paper in his class. I appreciate the strong foundation that North Cobb Christian has provided. She was more than prepared for college.” – Parent
GLOBAL IMPACT | We value cultural experiences, giving our students a global classroom.
At NCCS, we send our students out, and we invite the world in. Our students express an appreciation for diverse cultures and thrive through opportunities to connect with others around the world. In middle and upper school, students participate in Fall and Spring Term – a week of missions and service experiences, locally and around the globe. NCCS also houses a robust International Student Program, hosting dozens of students from around the globe each year. In fact, over 10 percent of our recent graduating classes were comprised of international students. The best part: our students view the world through a lens of service. Our recent graduating class compiled a total of 6,634 hours serving others in the name of Christ.
“We have had opportunities to welcome students from so many parts of the globe. I love coming into the cafeteria and seeing a Chinese student sitting with Korean, Brazilian, and American students and watching them laugh with each other.” — Faculty
“My daughter’s third-grade class hosted a student from China in the fall, and we have kept up through Skype. They recently shared photos of the Dragon Boat Festival in Beijing!” — Parent
FAITH | Our Christian faith is authentic. We are “the real deal.”
At NCCS, Jesus is the center, and that makes all the difference. NCCS is unapologetically Bible-based and authentically Christian. Jesus isn’t just in our mission statement; he’s in our very DNA. We aren’t perfect; we’re redeemed. And we exist to lead students down the same path towards grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
“We are always struck by the authenticity of the faculty and staff, as well as the families at NCCS. There is a spiritual genuineness from teachers, and even from other students and parents, that’s hard to find these days.” — Parent
“I have taught in both public and private schools, but the reason I choose to teach at NCCS is because here I have the opportunity to openly share my personal testimony and love for Jesus with my students.” — Faculty