How Does This Work? Through the “released time religious education” ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court (Zorach vs. Clauson, 1952), High School students in Greene County have the opportunity to study the Bible during the school day. Students may choose to take a class for an academic elective credit applicable to their HOPE Scholarship GPA requirements by adhering to the following criteria:
The courses are taught off campus with transportation provided by Atlas Ministry
GCHS and Carson Middle School students walk with a teacher to the ATLAS Center and LOA students are picked up and taught at Lakeside Church
No public school funding is used for any part of the classes
ATLAS Ministry provides the financial support to host these classes
Parents give written consent for students to take the class
A permission form is able to be downloaded below and must be returned to attend class off campus
Currently we have CLC classes at Greene County High School, Carson Middle School, Lake Oconee Academy, Nathanael Greene Academy, and Prep Academy. Students at GCHS and LOA should print the permission form from the download tab below and see their counselor to register.
2019-20 High School CLC Course: Literature & History of the New Testament
Text: The Bible, Matthew & Paul's Letters Description: Our study will answer the following questions: How did we get the Bible? Who wrote the Scriptures? How can we answer the Bible critics? Why do we believe the Bible to be the Word of God? How can we best study it? We will meet the performance standards for this course as described in the GA Department of Education’s course description (23.02400). We will study the New Testament as a reliable historical document, a valuable work of literature, and as the inerrant Word of God. The class will discuss events of the period, the historical relevance, the connection to the New Testament, and the influences on art, music, literature, laws, and recent world events.
2019-20 Middle School CLC Course: 7 Checkpoints Our middle school CLC students will participate in a study of The 7 Checkpoints. The curriculum is based on Andy Stanley’s book that aims to help students build a firm foundation and prepare them to face life’s difficult circumstances. In the “Preface” Andy describes a bit about how he came up with the Seven Checkpoints. Here are some questions he asked his staff to take stock:
What do students need to know to be a healthy and successful adult? What is the irreducible minimum- the very basic information we would want all students to know?
When everybody else is “doing it,” what’s going to keep them from joining in?
When they are sitting in a dorm room during their freshman year contemplating their options for the evening, what principles or truths should drift through their minds in that potentially defining moment?
Carson Middle School 4th and 5th Grades More information coming soon!
What the Students are Saying
“Honestly, this class has been a blessing to me. I thought I knew a couple of things before coming here and that my knowledge had a strong foundation. This class has taught me things I never knew. We learn in here, we really do. I know I do. It’s even better that I have it every day, five times a week! Whenever I’m having a bad day, coming to this class brightens my day. It helps me focus on what’s really important. If this class was taken away from me, my school days would definitely be harder. Deciding to join this class was the best decision I’ve ever made.”
“This year I have learned very important Biblical stories. I have learned how important it is to have faith.”
“I have learned that no matter what you go through, God is always there and to never lose my faith.”
Would you like to learn more about the mission of ATLAS Ministry? Please contact us to set up a date and time where we can come and speak at your Organization, Church or Business.