Lanier Christian Academy is the unification of two local Christian schools, North Georgia Christian School that began in 1984 under the name Westminster Christian School and Heritage Academy that began in 1996. North Georgia Christian School began as a ministry of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Gainesville; Heritage Academy began as the result of several families coming together to start a new school that would integrate home and family in producing disciples of Christ while providing excellence in academics. The then-new University Model® provided the structure for achieving these goals, and Heritage Academy became the second UM® school in the nation.
Both NGC and Heritage have had several moves during their combined 53 years of service to the community’s Christian families. Of significance is the fact that NGC became independent of its parent church in 2008, changing its name from Westminster Christian School to North Georgia Christian School. It has graduated ten senior classes. Heritage began as a high school and has graduated nineteen senior classes and added an elementary school in recent years.
On September 1, 2015, after thirteen months of prayer and seeking the Lord’s direction, the announcement was made that the two schools would unify in the fall of 2016. The name Lanier Christian Academy was chosen for the school reflecting the region where the school is located. LCA continues to offer the two models of education. The Traditional Model offered previously by North Georgia Christian School and the University Model that has been in place at Heritage will afford families a choice as to how their children are educated. As part of the ongoing expansion of the school, and after seeking wisdom and guidance from God, plans exist to offer an on-line model, develop a Leadership Institute, and continue to develop the Lanier Connections Learning Center which began in the spring of 2017.