Christian Heritage School was founded in 1986 with 35 students. As interest in Christian education grew in our area, so did CHS. In 1994, two community leaders donated an eleven-acre site to the school. A significant matching grant led to the establishment of the CHS Endowment Fund. The school was built debt free. In 1997, CHS opened the doors of its beautiful new facility, located inside the city limits of Dalton. By this time, CHS had grown to include 218 students and a staff of 31. Currently, CHS serves approximately 460 students and their families with a staff of 63.
CHS is fully accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Today, Christian Heritage is the largest interdenominational, parent-led Christian school in Northwest Georgia, known for its solid biblical foundation, high quality academics, and notable arts and athletic programs. The school is overseen by an elected Board and supported by an active Parent-Teacher-Student Fellowship (PTSF).
A Partnership in Christ
The authority for governing a school reveals much about the school’s educational philosophy. For instance, a public school is controlled by the government; an elite private school by the wealthy and influential; and a church school by the denomination. The CHS “parent friendly” model derives its authority from the Scriptures and is implemented through a Partnership of Excellence: Church, Home and School working together rather than at cross-purposes. The church inspires faith, the home instills values, and the school imparts knowledge.
Our understanding of the school's role is informed by the Biblical mandate (Deuteronomy 6:4-8; Proverbs 22:6; Ephesians 6:1-4) giving parents the authority and the responsibility to educate their children. Parents may delegate their authority to a school, but not their responsibility. Therefore, CHS encourages parental involvement at every level of school life. We seek deeply committed Christians to serve on the Board of Trustees. It is the Board’s sacred trust to preserve the founders’ intentions in matters of faith and finance, through the adoption of policies and the hiring of a Headmaster to implement our school program.
“Educating children from Christian families to develop within them the character, knowledge, and skills necessary to serve Christ effectively in their day”