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SouthLake Christian Academy

Head of School
Start Date: July 1, 2025

Coed Day School, Grades JK-12, 650 Students
13820 Hagers Ferry Road, Huntersville, NC

Mission

SouthLake Christian Academy exists for the sake of God’s glory and mission; proclaiming the gospel, educating and discipling the whole person in all aspects of God’s reality.

A Thriving Christian School in an Idyllic Setting near Charlotte

SouthLake Christian Academy was founded in 1994 as a ministry of SouthLake Presbyterian (PCA) Church. The school started with just 23 students in grades K-3, and now enrolls 650 students in junior kindergarten through 12th grade.  As the school has grown, it has broadened its program to now offer a rigorous academic program, outstanding athletics, and a deep commitment to the arts.  While it is significantly larger than it was at the time of its founding, SLCA retains a smaller-school atmosphere, where all members of the community are known by name and where the distinct academic, personal, and spiritual needs of students are supported.

SouthLake Christian provides an accelerated curriculum that prepares graduates to excel in their chosen field of study in college. The school’s 40 athletic teams offer competitive programs for middle and high school students, and the fine arts program develops students in the visual, musical and theater arts. SLCA’s missions and community service programs provide outreach opportunities for students to engage with its community, the nation, and the world.

SLCA is conveniently located in the Lake Norman area north of Charlotte on 30 acres in Huntersville, NC. The campus and facilities have grown over the years to accommodate the growth of the community. Current facilities include three academic buildings, a gymnasium, a field house (with weightlifting, classroom and training rooms), a baseball complex, a cross country course, and a turf athletic field for soccer, lacrosse and football. An additional turf field and track is currently in the design phase and a new fine arts building is expected to be completed in late 2024.

SouthLake Christian is accredited by Cognia, a K-12 division of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Additional accreditation is held by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).  It is a member of the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools.

The vision of SouthLake Christian is that Christ may be preeminent in all things. Because of this, the SLCA community sees the school as a mission, where students are taught the gospel of Jesus Christ through daily instruction in God’s Word and integration of biblical principles into every academic, artistic, athletic, service and social endeavor. It is the school’s hope that each student and family that comes to SouthLake Christian will come to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

SLCA accepts students from all backgrounds, and its population represents diverse denominations as well as non-religious backgrounds. The school’s hope is to meet their families’ immediate need by offering a challenging college-preparatory education in a Christian environment.

An Outstanding Leadership Opportunity

The SLCA Board of Trustees seeks a leader who enthusiastically embraces and champions the school’s mission of providing an outstanding academic program rooted in the Christian faith, while instilling a commitment to ethical behavior. The successful candidate will bring a professional approach distinguished by enthusiasm, transparency, and accessibility. With experience in a Christian school setting, ideal leaders will reflect:

  • A commitment to a community whose core values are respect, kindness, integrity, and joy
  • Dedication to SLCA’s Christian mission and values
  • Demonstrated expertise in supporting academic program excellence across the PK-12 continuum 
  • An appreciation of the unique connection between the school and the church and the importance of stewarding this meaningful relationship
  • Excellent communication skills and a warm, approachable demeanor 
  • The ability to build relationships quickly in both the internal and external communities
  • The capacity to provide thoughtful leadership in developing the strategic vision of SLCA that generates excitement and shared investment in the school’s future

Please see the full posting here in late May.

Application Materials Requested

Please reach out with any questions or to learn more about this opportunity. Candidates interested in this position are asked to submit the following materials by July 15th.

  • EC Summary Sheet and Disclosure Statement (Contact George Sanderson for these documents) 
  • Letter of Interest addressed to the Search Committee  
  • Current Resume  
  • Statement of Educational Leadership Philosophy  
  • A list of five or more references with contact information (name, relationship to candidate, phone and email addresses).  References will not be contacted until candidates reach the finalist stage of the search process.

Application materials should be sent electronically via email to:

George Sanderson, Partner, Educators Collaborative

gsanderson@educatorscollaborative.com

Listing Date: May 13, 2024