Sioux Falls Christian Schools History
Sioux Falls Christian Schools as an academic institution, seeks to educate children grades preschool through grade twelve in the light of God's Word. The school had its beginnings in 1958 as an elementary school known as Calvin Christian. Classes were held for the first 21 students, grades 1-6, in a church basement as the school facility had not yet been completed.
While much has changed throughout the years, the foundation upon which our schools were built remains true. Our schools continue to operate under the premise that God's Word is our foundation. We are also committed to the educational excellence; our mission is to develop each child's academic potential in a loving community of Christian faith. Our vision is that each child lives for Christ daily and experiences the joy of lifelong service for Him.
The growth of our schools attest to the strength of our mission. Provided with an academic curriculum based upon Biblical principles and with strong spiritual role models, students leave our school with a foundation that has prepared them to be impact players for Jesus Christ and His kingdom in the community and the world.
Our Christian schools are uniquely structured to provide a transforming education for Christian families in the Sioux Falls region. Our student body represents 350 families. These families recognize three dominant themes that characterize the Sioux Falls Christian Schools: a Christ-centered education, a family focus, and a commitment to the unity of all believers.
A Passion for Christ-centered, Excellent Education
First and foremost, our schools strive to place Jesus Christ at the center of philosophy, purpose, and programs. Our academic and co-curricular programs recognize the one true God as revealed in the Scriptures.
As the foundation for all knowledge, the Bible provides the basis from which to interpret all areas of life. This understanding permeates all relationships to Him, to ourselves, to others and to the universe, which He created. Because an understanding of the creation is necessary for responsible servanthood in the Kingdom, academic excellence is a result. Our students consistently score well on the ACT College entrance exam and on various other standardized tests.
A Family Focus
Sioux Falls Christian Schools hold to the conviction that educating children is the responsibility of Christian parents. Therefore, the school's authority emanates from the Christian home. Our governing board consists of parents who profess and promote our Christian values and beliefs. Parent committees support our mission through groups such as Moms-In-Touch (a weekly prayer group) and the Sioux Falls Christian Parents Club (a group that organizes multiple fund-raisers and celebrations for the school).
A Commitment to the Unity of All Believers
Our current student body represents more than 100 churches in the Sioux Falls region. As a requirement for admission, at least one parent must claim Jesus Christ as his/her personal Savior. As a school community, we focus on the essentials of the Christian faith, seeking to include all families that desire to raise their children in the Lord.
Our school is a member of Christian Schools International. CSI is a nonprofit organization that has been serving schools in the U.S. and Canada since 1920. CSI is committed to advancing Christian education and supports schools in their task of teaching students to know God and his world and to glorify him through obedient service. CSIonline.org has many useful features: extensive curriculum catalog and downloadable sample lessons, E-store for purchasing CSI's curriculum materials, archives of Christian Home & School and Christian School Teacher magazines, convenient links to Amazon.com for purchasing books and movies reviewed in our magazines (CSI uses its sales commission to support Christian education), helpful information and forms pertaining to our pension and benefits plans, job database for advertising openings at your school and explanations of our many support services for member schools.
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