Gardere Community Christian School
8538 GSRI Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA 70810
From the School - Sponsored
Gardere Community Christian School began in 2009 as a tutoring program, expanding in 2011 to a full day elementary school of about 30 students. Now, GCCS is a PreK3 through 5th grade school, serving 150 students, committed to relationship building, academic excellence, and community involvement. The mission of Gardere Community Christian School is to provide a firm Christian foundation in the educational and spiritual life of children in the Gardere neighborhood, encouraging them to grow into and become the person God created them to be. We provide a valuable education for all children thanks to our generous individual supporters and partners, contributing up to 97% tuition assistance. We are also part of the state scholarship program, allowing us to provide rich programs to all students, no matter their financial standing.
Over the years, we continue to build a strong presence in the community. Our buildings provide community programs on weekends, afterschool, and summer programs, serving an additional 40 students. In the 2023-2024 school year, we look forward to opening doors to our new multi-purpose building, providing larger spaces for art, music, and enrichments for our students and community.
We believe a strong Early Childhood Program in the community is vital to student success. In 2018, we launched our Early Childhood program. Today, we serve 13 three-year-olds and 26 four-year-olds, providing one of a few academically enriched preschool programs in the Gardere community and one recognized by the EBR Parish School Board as Highly Proficient.
At our core, we value the importance of spiritual and character development, we establish lasting personal relationships and support families through faith in Christ. We believe in holding each student to high academic standards while encouraging exploration and creativity, serving each student as a unique learner. Our rich curriculum is based on the science of reading, supported by research enriched practices and encourage individualized support.
Lessons are hands-on and driven by students’ needs. Art, drama, Bible and music programs are valuable parts of learning. On- campus counseling supports parents, students and teachers. With intentional planning, our students thrive both academically and socially. Each year, GCCS LEAP scores outshine both state and local scores.
Additional services further support academic and emotional needs. Volunteers log over 2,500 hours per year. These volunteers serve as reading buddies, small group leaders, and tutors. Kids Hope Ministries provide mentorship for students, ensuring that behavioral and emotional needs are met. EBR Title Services provide interventional support focusing on Early Childhood Development and Reading. We experience the benefits of being supported by others, and see the importance in our students serving.
Through community involvement, we teach our students the importance of serving others and contributing as compassionate citizens. Partnerships with different organizations provide opportunities for our students serve. Serving students in their neighborhood gives them the chance to build strong families. Strong families lead to strong communities. From our first group of students to families now served, we continue to see the lives of our students and families changed for the better.
- On-staff Spanish translator
- 13:1 ratio
- Daily Mentorship.