CHRISTIAN SCHOOL: Christian School to take next stride in growth with expansion of campus [#SandhillsClassicalChristianSchool] 06/05

CHRISTIAN SCHOOL: Christian School to take next stride in growth with expansion of campus [#SandhillsClassicalChristianSchool] 06/05

Sandhills Classical Christian School is poised to take the next stride in its growth with the expansion of its Whispering Pines campus this fall.

From where it started with a single kindergarten class in 1999, Sandhills Classical Christian School has grown to serve around 350 students in grades K-12.

It is now one of 3 North Carolina schools accredited by the Association of Classical Christian Schools.

Sandhills Classical Christian School bought 58 acres on Rays Bridge Road just outside of Whispering Pines in early 2017, began construction that summer and moved its lower school students there in the fall of 2018.

On Wednesday afternoon, the SCCS board of directors will break ground on a second academic building for the upper school.

Sandhills Classical Christian School is planning for a quad-style brick campus in the long-term, so the new building will be situated across a central courtyard from the existing one.

Future phases of development involve closing off the quad with an administrative building as well as an arts center and gymnasium.

Gene Liechty, who came on board as the school’s development director last year, envisions a campus that ultimately serves around 500 K-12 students, plus up to 100 preschoolers.

Gene Liechty, as well as Sandhills Classical Christian’s new Head of School Dell Cook, previously led Cary Christian in its growth to 800 students.

Gene Liechty announced at SCCS’ February Bowtie Ball fundraiser that the school had met its fundraising target to construct a second building.

“The support from the community has actually caught me off guard. We never even did a public campaign.”
– Gene Liechty

Rhetson Companies, based in West End, built SCCS’ lower school and has been brought back on to construct the 12,000-square-foot addition to the campus.

The upper school building will include 10 classrooms, science and computer labs and an arts suite, as well as office space.

It is slated to be finished by late fall, and the school is tentatively planning to move its sixth-through-12th-grade students there over the winter break.

Until then, those students will remain in space that SCCS rents at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Southern Pines.

“We love being in Southern Pines. It’s such a wonderful town and community with access to everything that’s going on.”
– Gene Liechty

“We’re losing that by coming out here, but we gain in being on one campus together. Parents don’t have two drop-offs anymore, it’s great for the younger students to be able to look to the older students and take cues from them and see the character that gets developed through a classical Christian school.”
– Gene Liechty

Eventually, SCCS will move some of its preschool students to Whispering Pines for the convenience of parents with older children.

But the school plans to maintain satellite preschool centers indefinitely.

A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled at 5 p.m. on Wednesday on the Sandhills Classical Christian School’s campus at 1487 Rays Bridge Road.

Due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions, attendance will be limited, but the ceremony will be live streamed online.

Sandhills Classical Christian to Begin Upper School Construction:
Southern Pines Pilot

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