Welcome to Savannah Christian Preparatory School.
Welcome home! For years those words have been ever present, and often heard, across our campus, and I believe they still embody who we are today. Since our founding more than 70 years ago, Savannah Christian Preparatory School has served as home to countless individuals that embody Raider Nation. Today, over 1,200 students and 200 faculty and staff call Savannah Christian home. Working together, we seek to develop our students to the glory of God.
Our caring and devoted faculty are committed to partnering with our students to reach their maximum potential. They seek to foster a love of learning that will prepare our students for college and life beyond. In addition, our faculty strives to help our students develop skills not found in textbooks, such as integrity, empathy, and compassion. We want our graduates to be successful, not only in college, but in their careers, their communities, and their callings.
At SCPS we believe a school can be authentically Christ-centered while also offering excellence in academics, athletics, and the arts. We affirm each of these subject areas are not mutually exclusive, and we strive to be a Christian school that excels in every way. Families should not have to choose between excellence and Christian – at SCPS we offer both!
Head of School
Rich Tradition and
an Exciting Future
Meet the School Leadership
Jamie Bopp, Middle School Principal
Originally from Fort Wayne, IN, Mr. Bopp is a 2003 graduate of Wabash College, where he was a two-time captain of the Wabash College Football Team. Mr. Bopp has served in various roles (teacher, coach, and principal) at Merritt Island Christian School since 2005. Earning his master’s degree in educational leadership from the American College of Education in 2013, Mr. Bopp shared that “being a principal has been so rewarding. The opportunity to lead others has been inspiring.” He was honored to be named the 2017 Brevard County Breakfast of Champions Administrator of the Year.
Connie Chambers, Director of Teaching and Learning
Debbie Fairbanks, Senior Director of Advancement
Mrs. Debbie Thomas Fairbanks graduated from SCPS in 1981. After graduating from the University of Georgia in Fashion Merchandising, she returned to college at Armstrong University to receive her teaching certificate in Middle Grades. Mrs. Fairbanks began her career at SCPS in 1994 as a middle school teacher and cheer coach. She was the Director of Admissions from 2003 until 2020. Mrs. Fairbanks serves the school as Senior Director of Advancement. She has been involved with SCPS for the past 48 years as a student, an employee, a parent, and now a grandparent at SCPS.
Megan Jurick, Director of Finance
Megan grew up in Savannah and attended Savannah Christian Prep for High School, from which she graduated in 2005. From there, she attended Georgia Southern University and earned her Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Accounting (2009) and Master of Accounting (2011). After graduate school, she worked for a regional public accounting firm with a focus in financial statement audits. In 2017, she came home to SCPS and joined the administrative team.
Greg Phillips, Athletic Director
Mr. Phillips earned his undergraduate degree from Shorter College. He also holds a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Gordon College. Greg began his career as a teacher and coach, working his way up to athletics administration. For the past ten years, he has been an assistant athletic director at independent schools such as Mount Paran Christian School (Kennesaw, GA) and Christian Heritage School (Dalton, GA).
Amanda Ringham, Interim Lower School Principal
Mrs. Ringham is the Interim Principal of the Lower School at SCPS. The Lower School is the front door of the school where many of our graduates start their school careers. Mrs. Ringham has been in education in several capacities for 20 years, rising through the administrative ranks due to her strong academic leadership. Mrs. Ringham earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.
Chad Simmons, Director of Fine Arts
Mr. Simmons received a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance from Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. He then earned his Master of Arts in Theater from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. A member of the Wesleyan School faculty since 2010, Mr. Simmons has served as a classroom teacher, Technical Director, and Chapel Coordinator. Prior to this role, Mr. Simmons was an actor and director with Missoula Children’s Theater, and he also served as director of theater and choral programs at Friendship Christian School.
Beth Straight, Upper School Principal
Mrs. Straight is a native of Savannah, Georgia. She has a B.A. in Psychology from Duke University (1993), an M.S. in Educational Psychology from Florida State University (1996), and an M.Ed in Counseling Education from Georgia Southern University (2005). Since she began working at SCPS in 2005, Mrs. Straight has held multiple positions, including School Counselor, Dean of Academics, and Girls’ Golf Coach.
Leighton Upton, Director of Campus Life
Leighton Upton was born and raised in Wilmington, NC. He received a B.A. in Religion from Bob Jones University and an M.A in Christian Education and Counseling from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is currently a Doctoral candidate at the University of Tennessee with a focus in Educational Leadership. Mr. Upton has a passion for developing the next generation to become leaders in their spheres of influence and become dedicated followers of Christ. Leighton is married to Janelle Upton and together they have a son, Calvin.
Board of Trustees
Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees exists to approve plans, policies and make decisions that glorify God and best ensure the viability of the school’s mission for future generations. The Board meets monthly throughout the year.
Board of Trustees
Mr. William T. Daniel, Jr. (Bill)
Retired Vice President—Vaden Automotive Group
Mr. J. Daniel Falligant
Mrs. Kay Ford
Chairman of Advisory Board—BankSouth
Mrs. Brynn Grant
President and CEO—United Way of the Coastal Empire
Mrs. Elizabeth S. Jackson (Libby)
Retired—Educator and Administrator
Mr. Carl G. Kleeman III
Retired Vice President and District Manager—TIC – The Industrial Company
Mr. Donald Martin, Jr.—Chairman
Director of Environmental Services—Whitaker Laboratory, Inc.
Lt. Col. Joan H. McLeod (U.S. Air Force, retired)
Executive Director—5 Linx
Mr. James C. McCurry, Jr. (Jamie)
Chief Administrative Officer—Georgia Ports Authority
Mr. Paul D. Meyer, Esq.
Partner—Meyer & Sayers, LLP
Mr. Raymond B. Padgett
Retired Vice President—SunTrust Bank
Mrs. Cindy P. Robinett
Managing Director—Sterling Seacrest Pritchard, Inc.
Dr. Dan Stevenson
Presiding Elder—Savannah North District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church
Mr. Edward S. Wilson III (Eddie)
Manager—Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company
Mr. S. Elmo Weeks (Deceased)
Board Member Emeritus—Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors