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Head of School Welcome






    As the head of school, I welcome you to Sandhills Classical Christian School, located in Southern Pines, North Carolina, near the beautiful village of Pinehurst. Distinctively classical and thoroughly Christian, our mission is to graduate citizens of excellence for the glory of God. Children from preschool through high school develop a Christian worldview through strong academics and robust programs.

    On average, our students test two to four grade levels above the national average ( here for graph statistics), but our students do not necessarily come to the school above-average. We believe our dedication to classical Christian pedagogy takes children from wherever they are, and elevates them to be the very best students they can be.

    We also pride ourselves on training our students to be polite, courteous, and well-mannered. “Yes sir,” “Yes ma’am,” “Please,” and “Thank you" are phrases you will frequently hear from our students.   

    Currently housed in adequate facilities at two campuses, we are in the process of acquiring land for a new central campus designed to create an optimum learning environment. Our exceptional faculty and staff are dedicated to providing a classical education integrated with Christian values. The classical model relies on the trivium: Students learn and memorize important facts and rules in the grammar phase, gain an understanding of these facts and rules in the logic phase, and develop an ability to communicate their understanding in the rhetoric phase.

    Since we recognize the importance of teamwork, we are developing a strong athletic program to include soccer, basketball, baseball, cross-country, volleyball, golf, and tennis. Students also have access to several co-curricular programs such as drama, chess, christian honor society, and InterAct club.

    With a strong background in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), I am personally committed to further enhancing our existing STEM programming. Because of my education and experience in organizational leadership, I have also implemented a unique leadership-training program in which students are taught practical leadership models such as servant leadership and the inverted pyramid model.

    Thank you for taking the time to consider Sandhills Classical Christian School. We combine the academic rigor of a classical education with a strong moral foundation based on a Christ-centered worldview. Our school is in an exciting period of growth and renewal; students, teachers, and parents all feel the energy that comes from pursuing a cause greater than self. Come visit with us and see how enthusiastic we are about our mission of graduating citizens of excellence, all for the glory of God.


J. Alan Marshall, Ph.D.
Head of School

Dr. Alan Marshall

Head of School
Sandhills Classical Christian School
Southern Pines, North Carolina


Ph.D. - Organizational Leadership, Regent University, VA (2012)
MS - Applied Mathematics, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (1997)
MS - Aeronautical Sciences, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, (2000)
BS - Double Major, Astronautical Eng. & Mathematics, USAF Academy, CO (1987)
Executive Education:
Harvard Kennedy School Leadership Decision Making Course, Boston, MA (2012)

Certified Safety Professional (CSP) (2014)
Project Management Professional (PMP) Certified (2014)

Military service: (Retired, 2014)

Branch: United States Air Force, Active Duty
Commissioning Source: United States Air Force Academy, Colorado (1987)
Rank: Colonel

Professional Military Education:

Executive Level Space Operations Course, National Security Space Institute, CO (2010)
Joint Professional Military Education, Phase II, Joint Forces Staff College, (2008)
Air War College (2005)
Air Force Chief of Safety Course (2003)
Air Force Safety Investigation Board President Course (2003)
Air Command and Staff College (1999)
Squadron Officer School (1995)

Previous Teaching Experience:
Assistant Professor of Mathematics & Course Director, Department of Mathematics, United States Air Force Academy
Graduate & Undergraduate Instructor of Mathematics & Safety, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Adjunct Professor for Quantitative Methods, Doctoral Program, Regent University, School of Business and Leadership

Calculus, Pre-Calculus, Astronomy, Saxon Math Courses 1 & 2, Sandhills Classical Christian School


2013 Secretary of the Air Force Safety Award for most effective safety program (ACC)
2013 Tubbs Award for the most effective Air Force Ground Safety Program (ACC)
Mar-Com Gold Award, “Saving Superman & His Crew Chief Achilles,” (2013)
Magnum Opus Award, Best Series of Articles, “Towards a Culture of Risk Management”
Mar-Com Platinum Award, “The Greatest Flying Story Never Told,” Combat Edge, 2011
380th Air Expeditionary Wing, Daedalian Exceptional Pilot of the Year, (2006)
2005 Air Combat Command Outstanding Safety Program of Year (9th Recon. Wing)
8th Air Force Chief of Safety of the Year (2004)
8th Air Force Individual Safety Award Winner of Year (2004)
8th Air Force Special Traffic Safety Award Winner of Year (2004)
U-2 Pilot Training Distinguished Graduate (2000)