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Message from the Administrator


Welcome to GCCA!

Gulf Coast Classical Academy is God’s creation, without Him, none of this would have been possible. 

“You know that the beginning is the most important part of any work....Shall we just carelessly allow children to hear any casual tales which may be devised by casual persons, and to receive into their minds ideas for the most part the very opposite of those which we should wish them to have when they are grown up?  We cannot….”

                -Plato’s Republic

The beginning, the genesis, including how and why the school was formed, lays the foundation from which it was built upon.  God is GCCA’s foundation and is the “how” it was created.  The “why” it was formed, is a story about God working through a community of people that He sent on a journey… and what an incredible journey it is.

Gulf Coast Classical Academy set out as a Full-Time K-8 Classical Latin Christian School in the spring of 2021 during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The school was incorporated under the name Gulf Coast Classical Academy, Inc as a non-profit, Florida registered private school in January 2022 and is governed by a talented school board. 

The Classical Latin Christian model naturally follows the values and principles that were once commonplace in our nation’s education.  After researching numerous private schools in the area, it was found that this full-time model did not exist in Pinellas County, FL.  This led to the formation of Gulf Coast Classical Academy, founded by Michael & Dr. Amy Mack, and Dr. Jennifer Johnson.  Many thanks go out to the founding families, founding teachers, and to all the volunteers for their contributions that helped with the development of this amazing school.  We are also blessed that Bethel Lutheran Church has supported this mission.

As a Christian school, we recognize that God governs our school, and our parents, teachers, administration, and school board help foster an environment that adopts this philosophy.  A classical education complements this philosophy as it provides our students with a thorough understanding of true history, wisdom, and virtue through the works produced in the past by great minds, thinking, and logic.  The result is something remarkable; your child will simultaneously gain an immense amount of knowledge in a tech-free small class setting while learning how to behave civilly and morally, and how to solve complex problems in a changing world.  


GCCA’s parents, teachers, administration, and school board have come together to form a dedicated community of individuals who will provide a far superior education and environment for your child.  The caliber of GCCA’s faculty is impressive by any standard.  This school was formed to spread God's word and joy, and to be enjoyable and fulfilling for all those involved; this is His school and our teachers and administration are the vessels.  Children are a gift from God; it is incredible what they can achieve in the right environment.  

-Michael Mack, Co-Founder of GCCA

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