The mission of Gaston Christian School is Prepare People, Teach Truth, Glorify God. Founded in 1980, GCS is the largest, non-denominational private school in Gaston Co. Every day approximately 1,000 students in Preschool - 12th grade come to our 66 acre campus in Gastonia, NC, or to our Shelby, NC campus for a college preparatory academic program taught from a distintively biblical worldview.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked NC School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-12
  • Enrollment: 847 students
  • Acceptance rate: 95%
  • Average class size: 20 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Gaston Christian School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in North Carolina for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
847 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 22%
Students by Grade
Gaston Christian School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
80 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
20 students
Number of AP Courses
7 courses
Advanced Courses
AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP English Lang. and Comp., AP Statistics, AP US History
Average SAT score
Average ACT score
Average Percentile SSAT
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Tuition Notes
3168 - 8940 P/S - 12th grade
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Lane Rice



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
19 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Chess Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Interact, International Club, International Thespian Society, Junior Heart Board, Mock Trial, National Beta Club, National Honor Society, Praise Band, Quiz Bowl, Spirit Club, Student Gov. Association

Arts and Music Programs:
Art Club, Band, Chorus, Costuming, Drama, Technical Drama

School Notes

  • Gaston Christian School, founded in 1980, is a nondenominational, college-preparatory school serving students in grades Preschool-12th grade. Gaston Christian School is located on a 66 acre college-like campus, including a newly constructed Fine Arts Center, six tennis courts, and an eight lane track around the lighted soccer complex. Gaston Christian School is recognized as one of the finest facilities in this region.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the acceptance rate of Gaston Christian School?

The acceptance rate of Gaston Christian School is 95%, which is higher than the national average of 87%.

What sports does Gaston Christian School offer?

Gaston Christian School offers 14 interscholastic sports: Ballet, Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Dance, Golf, Riflery, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field and Volleyball. Gaston Christian School is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in North Carolina for most sports offered.

What is Gaston Christian School's ranking?

Gaston Christian School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in North Carolina for: Highest average SAT score, Highest average ACT score, Largest student body, Most sports offered and Most extracurriculars offered.

When is the application deadline for Gaston Christian School?

The application deadline for Gaston Christian School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
Gaston Christian School is an excellent place to send your child if you desire for them to have a well rounded christian education. The administration and staff are very attentive to your child's needs. Gaston Christian has a wide selection of fine arts classes for your child from art to wood-shop, choir to theater, band to costuming, as well as athletic opportunities in several sports and cheer-leading. The academic opportunities for your child at Gaston Christian are exceptional as well. Gaston Christian offers many classes, especially for college credit. When your child graduates from Gaston Christian they will have the necessary tools to be a well-rounded individual and be able to defend their faith in a secular world.
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I have three kids at the school and each with varying degrees of attributes and talents. Gaston Christian has met each one of them at their level and made them a better student, a better citizen, and a better person. The people there believe that through God's Word people can be made whole. Thank you, Gaston Christian for being a light in a dark world!
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I am thrilled with the academics my child receives along with the Biblical principles! The sports, clubs, and after school activities make for a well rounded child! Thanks GCS!
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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked NC School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-12
  • Enrollment: 847 students
  • Acceptance rate: 95%
  • Average class size: 20 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in North Carolina is $9,061 for elementary schools and $10,042 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in North Carolina is 87% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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