Upper School

Upper School Principal Cheryl Washington's background uniquely prepares her for the demands and diverse skill set required to lead our flagship campus of more than 50 faculty and staff and nearly 400 students who hail from seven surrounding counties. Her heart for the Lord is evident within seconds of meeting her. And her passion for Christian education that inspires colleagues and transforms young people and their families is personal. Cheryl and her husband have three grandchildren enrolled at AACS.

Her degree in nursing and varied field experiences, including ten years with the U.S. Air Force, translated seamlessly to the classroom. She started teaching at a Christian school in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1989 where she was promoted to assistant principal and later head for the last 17 years of her 23-year tenure. Dr. Washington served as a board member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Board for 12 years. She holds a master's degree in education administration and earned her doctorate from Oral Roberts University in educational leadership. In 2012, she began an eight-and-a-half-year run at the University of Arkansas Medical School, first as a clinician and then in education program management. She joined the AACS leadership team in July of 2021.