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Great Hearts Academies launches faith-based Great Hearts Christos

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Toyin Atolagbe is serving as headmaster at Great Hearts Christos. (File Photos/

Great Hearts Christos set to open fall 2023 in East Valley

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Great Hearts Academies is expanding its network to include Great Hearts Christos — private faith-based academies set to open this fall in Arizona.

The schools will include a Christ-based faith formation incorporated with the proven Great Hearts classical curriculum, and will be lead by Toyin Atolagbe, who served as headmaster of Arizona’s top performing K-8 school in 2022, Great Hearts Lincoln, according to a press release.

The mission of Christos, Great Hearts representatives say, aims to glorify God by cultivating students who are intellectually, morally, and spiritually free with the belief that a Christian Classical education uniquely integrates faith and reason to know reality.

“I am called to serve families through Great Hearts Christos schools,” said Mrs. Altolagbe. “The opportunity to help foster a deeper love for God in the hearts of children is my highest aspiration, and I am grateful for this privilege.”

Great Hearts Christos will be serving grades kindergarten through fifth grade at schools connected to Evident Life Church in Gilbert, 415 N. Gilbert Road; and Redemption Alhambra in Phoenix, 1830 W. Glenrosa Ave., with enrollment at each location expected total 100 and 200 students, respectively.

Key additions to the classical curriculum include the addition of age-appropriate scripture instruction, morning prayer with the middle school history programing placing a greater focus on Ancient Israel and the Early Church.

Families are not required to be Christian for their children to attend though children will be instructed from a Christian perspective while actively participating in faith formation practices.

Enrollment is ongoing. Great Hearts Christos will have set tuition though through the Arizona Empowerment Scholarship program, attendance will be within reach of all families. In addition, financial aid will be available for qualifying income levels.

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