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Welcome To Arlington!

2023 Summer Office Hours | Mon - Thur, 9am - 1pm.  Closed Fridays

"Helping children grow, as Jesus did,
in wisdom and stature, in favor with God and man." Est. 1959.

2023-24 Open Enrollment for
PreK-12th Grade Students

For enrollment info, please visit our website page and contact our
ACS Recruitment Specialist
, Mrs. Sheila Williams at

Arlington highly encourages Parents & Local Businesses to support our GA Goal Student Scholarships & receive tax benefits! 

--Watch the GA Goal informational video here for more info and how to participate!
--Applications for the 2024-25 school year will open in Summer!
--View or contact Aliyah Walker,          
   ACS Business 
Office Business Office;

Discover Arlington!

The Arlington Story - Learn more about who we are!

Founded in 1959, Arlington Christian School (ACS) is a private institution that is accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), now known as AdvanceEd. The School is also accredited through the Georgia Accrediting Commission (GAC).
It is the mission of ACS to help children grow as Jesus did “in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man,”

According to Luke 2:52. since its inception, ACS has graduated exceptional scholars who perpetuate the Arlington legacy all across the nation as an institution that provides quality education in a Christian environment. ACS is registered with the IRS as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. The school is housed on nearly 40 acres of land that includes football, softball, baseball and soccer fields, tennis courts, a running track, walking trails, and a lake. 

Birthed Out of a Need
The earliest roots of Arlington Christian School are traced to 1958 when concerned parents met and voiced the need for a college preparatory school in the area. Arlington Schools opened on September 14, 1959 with a staff of twelve. This early school building was a refurbished prison in the Ben Hill area of Atlanta. With 140 students, the growing began. The school moved in September 1976 to donated land in South Fulton where the present facilities are still developing. With the present faculty and staff numbering about 34, and student enrollment near 150, the growing continues.

A Strength That Endures
As with any viable organization, challenges are inevitable. Yet, Arlington has stood many tests of time. In 1986, Arlington and Greater Atlanta Christian School (GACS) combined their strengths as Greater Atlanta Christian School at Arlington. For the continued strengthening of the school’s program, the need was recognized for greater local control and direction. As a result, in the summer of 1994, Arlington Christian School, Inc. was formed as an independent operation continuing the challenge of providing “Quality Education in a Christian Environment.”



Our Commitments
We remain committed to our motto of providing “quality education in a Christian environment.” As such, we make a conscious effort to:

• Attend to the development of each child’s unique abilities;
• Honor our Creator and His son by striving to have the message and principles of the Bible permeate our daily routine;
• Guide each scholar toward physical, academic, social, emotional and spiritual maturity;
• Provide a broad curriculum with a college preparatory emphasis; and
• Exemplify an appreciation for our spiritual, cultural and democratic heritage.

Arlington is pleased to add to its credit the following offerings:
• Abeka curriculum
• Bob Jones University curriculum
• Performing Arts
• Active Parent Teacher Fellowship
• Supportive Booster Club
• Educational field trips (local, domestic, missions, and international) TBD due to Covid.
• Exposure to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) opportunities
• Leadership Development
• Basketball, volleyball, track, soccer, baseball, and cheerleading.


Empowered Scholars
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CONGRATULATIONS Arlington Class of 2023!

Empowering Scholars for Excellence

Elementary School

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Middle School

Interested Student

High School

College Student

Arlington is one of the best private, Christian schools in South Fulton!

Meet Arlington New Head of School
Pastor Derrick Lockwood


Spring 2023


Greetings Parents of Arlington Scholars:

As Head of School, I am excited to join the Arlington Family as we endeavor to “Finish Strong, Finish Well” for the remainder of the 2022-2023 school year! 

My educational background is rooted in Atlanta having grown up in the West End and the Decatur areas. I have taught and led schools in both public, private, charter and Christian environments. No matter the school, some things remain the same in all settings. Students are successful when expectations are high and consistent follow-through is given. Academic Challenge and Spiritual compassion work hand in hand to bring an expected result.  

As we approach March, April, and May to close out the year, I need your assistance. 

For us to achieve our goal, we need four major things from YOU!

  • WE need our scholars in attendance and on time every day that school is in session. 

  • WE need our scholars prepared for instruction. 

  • WE need our scholars in uniform every day except for approved out of uniform days.

  • WE need our scholars to continue to show respect for themselves and others.


I have asked our Dean’s (Mr. Flowers, Ms. Miller and Ms. Lomax) to reinforce and refocus their divisions on the above-mentioned items. This may result in some students who are not in compliance with expectations receiving disciplinary consequences. It is my hope that when disciplinary action is taken, you remain supportive of ACS…knowing that we have the best interest of your child in mind. 

As I have recently shared, ACS has “good bones.” We are built on a solid foundation of Christ, Academics, Athletics and Service. I hope to strengthen each of these areas in the coming days, weeks, and months. But I cannot do it without your help and cooperation. 

Please join me in praying for our faculty and staff, students, board, and community. It is certainly in Him, that we move and have our being. 

Please stop in and say hello when your schedule allows. I look forward to meeting each of you as we close out 2023 and look to the 2023-2024 school year at ACS! 

Kind regards,

Pastor Derrick B. Lockwood

Head of School

Board of Trustees Welcomes a Stellar Head of School for Arlington!

Derrick B. Lockwood is a native of North Georgia and was raised in the inner city of Atlanta.  He attended Troy State University where he earned his undergraduate degree with a major in History and minor in Religious studies. He later received his Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision from Troy State University. As an educator for the past 34 years, Rev. Lockwood has served in a variety of youth and mentoring capacities in the Atlanta community.


During the 2000 school year, he was one of four individuals selected in a national search to participate as a Fisher Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley.  He completed the internship program serving in both California and New York. He has served as an Assistant Principal of Charles R. Drew Charter School, Dean of Atlanta Youth Academy: a Pre-k thru 8th grade Christ- centered college preparatory school devoted to low-income families in the Atlanta area. His students have earned over 4.7 million dollars in scholarship and financial aid awards.


He formerly served as Head of School for New City Christian School in Asheville, NC.  He has served on various Boards of Directors such as: KIPP: Achieve Preparatory Academy, The Andre P. Stewart Center and the Odyssey Board of Advisors at The Westminster Schools of Atlanta. He also served as a National Program Committee Board member for A Better Chance. A national organization that identifies talented students of color and helps transform their lives through education. He served as Board Chair Emeritus of PAWkids, an inner city after school program for at-risk youth He is the co-founder of the Hopeful, Honest Initiative on Race and Understanding that focuses on race, equity and inclusion programs locally and regionally.

In 2021, he founded Lockwood Arms Enterprises, LLC, an umbrella company that covers all its subsidiaries' creative and legal entities. Rev. Lockwood has been an active member of the Leadership of Atlanta (2009) and Leadership of DeKalb (2003).  Rev. Lockwood is the Founder and CEO of Connecting Local Resources with Global Needs which is a non-profit ministry that specializes in leveraging local resources to meet global needs. He is also the founder and president of Derrick B. LockwoodMinistries where he is committed to seeing souls won to Jesus Christ. He has ministered throughout the African continent, Caribbean and the United States and Canada.

In August 2017, Rev. Lockwood became the Senior Pastor of Powerful Truth Sanctuary Global International Church in Macon, Georgia. He is married to the former Crystal Earlinda Credle. They have two children, Andrea, Isaiah and a host of God children.

The Board is confident that Mr. Lockwood will be a highly competent and confident steward of Arlington's success.  Transition is concurrently taking place and we have two exceptional leaders working together with our senior leadership to ensure we start Mr. Lockwood off to a great start.  


Parents, we thank you in advance for staying involved in  the success of your students' education, for supporting our teachers, staff, school activities and fundraisers to ensure Arlington successfully thrives and that in all you say and do, it remains supportive to ensure that together, we empower our students to succeed.  

In Him,

Arlington Board of Trustees

Dr. Leo Wheat, Chair

Yalonda Davis

Pastor Chris Waller

Herb Bush

Amy Wright

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Thank You


Arlington Christian School is proud to salute Cam Newton for hosting such a phenomenal 

2020 Enrichment One Summer Camp on our campus for South Fulton County students here at Arlington!

We applaud the great work you accomplished and look forward to continued endeavors to positively empower and encourage our scholars and community!

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