Savannah Christian athletics have a tradition of winning—on and off the field. The records speak for themselves proudly from the gym walls at the Upper and Middle Schools: Savannah Christian Teams routinely have won sub-region, region, area, and state titles since the 1970s. The Upper School currently competes in Region 3-A of the Georgia High School Association (GHSA). The Middle School competes in the Savannah Parochial Athletic League (SPAL).
In Upper School, to be eligible to try out/participate for any athletic team, students are required to pass classes that carry at least 2.5 Carnegie Units counting toward graduation the semester immediately preceding participation. Students must try out to become a team member.
Savannah Christian athletics have enjoyed success because the programs at Savannah Christian Preparatory School are designed to bring out the most in each child physically, socially, and morally. The Savannah Christian coaches sincerely believe that while not every child is an All-American, if each plays to peak potential, then the program will be a success, regardless of what the scoreboard may say.
The coaches at Savannah Christian Preparatory School have more than the expected physical education degrees. Several have masters. Beyond their college degrees and past coaching experiences, they have a clear goal—based on the Savannah Christian philosophy—for each player and every team: total effort and dedication. As our mission statement states, our intention is “to develop the whole person to the glory of God.”
Admittedly, there is a fine line between helping a youngster and pushing too hard; between playing hard and playing only to win at any cost; between a victory as a team and a victory just on the scoreboard. The success Savannah Christian athletics has enjoyed underscores that if a school sets as its priorities teaching its players right from wrong—teaching them that winning is not the ultimate goal and that what remains paramount is the individual effort each brings to the team—then success will take care of itself.
Yes, Savannah Christian Preparatory School is known for a winning attitude. There have been many times a Savannah Christian team has been victorious over a bigger, more talented team, simply because their desire to excel has been more intense. That intensity carries over to academics and discipline. Players understand that academics are first and last at Savannah Christian Preparatory School— they must first do well in the classroom before they are allowed on the playing field. They also learn that responsibility means more than making a tackle or hitting a home run. It also means getting to practice on time.
Effort, discipline and character: win or lose, no Savannah Christian team plays without them.