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In the late 1960's, Calvary Baptist Church voted to support a preschool program that began the school known today as Calvary Baptist Day School. By 1971, a well received four and five-year-old program led Calvary Baptist Church to add 1st through 6th grades. By 1984, 7th and 8th grades were added to the program. The high school program was established in 1997. The first class had twenty students, and they were accepted to 25 colleges and universities with fourteen of the 20 students receiving academic scholarships.

In the early years, Dr. C. Mark Corts served as the chief administrator and principal for the school. In 1984, Penny Alexander was selected as the elementary principal and Cherry Bray as the part-time middle school principal. In 1987, Martha Lennon assumed responsibility as the Day School principal with supervision for the preschool through the middle school. In 1994, Thomas Keener joined the staff as the middle school principal. He became principal of the high school in 1997. John Thomasson and Brenda Lidbom joined the administrative team in the fall of 1999, providing leadership in the elementary and middle schools. Roger Wiles served as Head of School from 2008-2012. Today the vision of Dr. Corts continues under the leadership of Dr. Guy Hipp as Interim Head of School, with Kathy Sapp and John Thomasson serving as principals of our Upper and Lower School divisions respectively.

CBDS was accredited by the Association of Christian Schools (ACSI) in 1988 and received joint accreditation from both ACSI and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) in 2005. In 2011 CBDS received dual accreditation from ACSI and SACS for our entire school program, Early Education through twelfth grade. Today CBDS serves hundreds of students who attend classes and worship in the six buildings shared with Calvary Baptist Church.

As visitors come to our campus and comment on our outstanding facilities we are quick to deflect any words to the honor of God. We understand to whom much is given, much is also required.

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