History


From its inception in 1961, Calvary Day School has been dedicated to remaining a deliberately Christian school where academic excellence is rigorously pursued. Dr. John Tippett, along with several involved parents, began the process in 1959 of planning for the creation of a Christian school founded on the developmental principles of Luke 2:52 where Jesus grew intellectually, physically, socially, and spiritually. Originally named Calvary Baptist Day School, Calvary enrolled thirteen kindergarten students that first year. The academic reputation of the school continued to grow along with the need for a distinctly Christian education. Each year a grade was strategically added until the 1973-1974 school year when Calvary enrolled its first senior class. The students, parents, and faculty of the Calvary Day School family continue to enjoy God’s rich blessings after more than fifty years of faithful educational ministry.

Calvary Day School now enrolls approximately 650 students in Pre-K through 12th grade. As a non-denominational Christian school, Calvary’s student body represents more than 100 churches in the Savannah area. In keeping with our historical past, Calvary faithfully pursues a deliberate and intentional Christian education where God’s truth is enmeshed in all learning activities. Through our weekly Chapel program and the myriad community service opportunities available, our students experience a genuine and applied faith. Calvary offers a challenging college preparatory education where over 97% of our students pursue higher education. We currently have students studying at a multitude of colleges and universities including Christian colleges, Ivy League institutions, and technical colleges. Calvary Day School offers college preparatory classes, honors classes, and a full battery of Advanced Placement (AP) courses to prepare our students for their future.

Over the years, our school has enjoyed tremendous athletic and non-athletic team success. In recent years we have finished as region champions in football, girls basketball, baseball, and softball. We won state championships in baseball in 2005 and 2007, and girls basketball in 2008. In 2013 our football team was state runner-up, and in 2014 our boys basketball team made it to the state Final Four. In preparation for this level of athletic success, our Lower School now offers volleyball, basketball, football, softball, wrestling, and cheerleading. Calvary continues to add athletic teams; the most recent varsity additions are equestrian and wrestling. In non-athletic competition, our One Act Play cast, vocalists, musicians and literary team routinely enjoy individual and team success at the region and state levels. It is truly humbling to see how much God has blessed our school.

When speaking with any student, parent, faculty member, or graduate of Calvary Day School you will usually hear the school constituency referred to as a “family.” This is an attribute of our school you distinctly feel the first time you visit campus. We are a close-knit community where your child will develop as an individual, and where we strive to be an extension of your home. As evidence of this commitment, we provide an online support program where students’ grades and teachers’ lesson plans can be accessed via the Internet. We have developed state-of-the-art technology and science labs where students are thoroughly prepared for their future. Teachers make themselves available for daily tutoring, they keep in regular contact with their students’ families, and it is the norm for teachers to spend additional time with their students ensuring the mastery of new concepts. Our very purpose is to help your child grow.

Since 1961, Calvary Day School has stood for excellence in private, Christian education. We continue that tradition today as we seek to embody the developmental principles of Luke 2:52, encouraging our students to develop intellectually, physically, socially, and spiritually. We would count it a privilege to meet with your family to discuss in person the advantages of Calvary Day School.

Written by Dr. James Taylor, Head of School