About Our School
Believing it is God's will that children be taught the content and practical application of His Word in every aspect of life (Deuteronomy 6:4-9), Altamonte Christian School, a ministry of Palm Springs Drive Baptist Church, exists to challenge students to become well-balanced, Christ-like persons who are academically, spiritually, and socially prepared to serve Christ and others.
- To provide a college prep curriculum that is Christ centered
- To lead children, under the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit, to be "born again" (John 3) through a personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ
- To provide an atmosphere that teaches a daily dependence on Christ
- To provide a dedicated, qualified staff who are Christian role models
- To help students strive to do all things th the best of their God-given abilities
- To provide a "family atmosphere" which is naturing and encourages students to be productive members of our community
Believing it is God's will that children be taught the content and practical application of His word in every aspect of life (Deuteronomy 6:4-9), Altamonte Christian School, a ministry of Palm Springs Drive Baptist Church, exists to challenge students to become well-balanced, Christ-like persons who are academically, spiritually, and socially prepared to serve Christ and others. Pastor L. W. Carlson is the founder of Altamonte Christian School. Upon accepting the pastorate of the Palm Springs Drive Baptist Church in 1966, he established the school with a five-year old kindergarten program. He was its first teacher, displaying from the beginning his strong conviction for the need of providing Godly, Biblical Christian education for Christian families. In 1971, the school was expanded to K4 through grade three, using the single church building on the south side of the property, which today houses the administrative offices, library, church nursery, and after care room. The 1972-73 school year marked the beginning of a major expansion effort when the second building was erected which provided for the addition of grades four through nine. A full-time principal was hired at this time, Mr. Don Epps, who served for a total of eight years.
By the fall of 1973, the gymnasium was completed to provide, not only for physical education and an athletic program, but also for the addition of grade ten and the separation of grades seven through ten into a traditional departmentalized secondary school. Today it contains eight classrooms, a high school science lab, a kitchen, and boys’ and girls’ locker rooms in addition to the gym itself. By 1974 the church auditorium was completed which accommodated elementary and secondary chapels. Grade eleven was added this year. Finally, with the 1975-76 year, the high school was completed and witnessed its first graduating class.
With the 1988-89 school year, came the beginning of a major remodeling project that began with the gym building and included carpeting in all classrooms and a beautiful new hardwood parquet gym floor. Improvements have continued each year including new student lockers, A/C and heating for the gym, relocation of the elementary playground to a shaded area with the addition of new equipment and outside basketball courts, and landscaping. With the 2007 school year came the addition of a facilities fee to be used toward capital improvements. The first project undertaken was the restrooms in the gym building. They were completely gutted, the area redesigned, new fixtures, tile, and showers added making a beautiful facility the end result.
In the fall of 1998 we increased the number of computer workstations to 25, and internet access was introduced to students to make online research possible. In the summer of 2000, the computer room was moved to a newly designed lab in the elementary building. Computer classes were added for the elementary grades in the fall of 2000. By January, 2015, ten of the classrooms were equipped with interactive Star Boards, and several others with document cameras. Additional technology continues to be integrated by our faculty. The PTF was able to purchase a classroom set of computers and a portable charging station which allows for the teachers to have computers for each student when working on class projects. High school students now have the option of using e-textbooks.
A Parent-Teacher Fellowship was established in August of 2009. The purpose of this organization is to work hand-in-hand with the administration and faculty to improve the overall program of ACS. All parents are encouraged to be involved with the PTF. Some projects the PTF has accomplished include upgrading our school busses, adding EdLine which enables our parents to access student grades from home, purchasing new library software, replacing chalkboards with magnetic white boards in every classroom, sponsoring the faculty and staff Christmas party, and giving teachers a monetary allowance to be used in the classrooms. This organization is a blessing to our school.