The school began in 1980 with kindergarten and first grade and added a grade each year after that. The first graduating class was in 1991. In 2015, the school celebrated its 35th anniversary. Calvary Christian Schools is an independent school in Fruitport, Michigan, with a diverse student body coming from over 40 churches. The school moved to the new campus in 1999.
Calvary Christian Schools is made up of students who represent over 40 churches in Muskegon and Ottawa counties. The school has its own Statement of Faith that includes the main tenets and doctrines of the Christian faith. The school believes that areas of theology or faith that are sometimes disputed by Christians be left primarily to the student's parents and home church.
Calvary Christian Schools is accredited by The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and AdvancED. Teachers are required to be certified by the State of Michigan after completing a professional program in teacher education at an accredited college or university.
As part of the accreditation process, the school must go through a rigorous process of self-evaluation every seven years. A visiting team of professionals from other Christian schools and officials from ACSI then comes to the school to evaluate the whole school process and makes recommendations for improvement.
Staff members are encouraged to participate in professional development activities on an ongoing basis during the summer and throughout the school year.
Parents are responsible for getting their children to school on time. A remarkable carpool system has developed which most parents take advantage of. The school office is ready to help new parents by providing a list of school families who live in the new family's geographic area.
Many of the high school age students who are legal drivers drive to school themselves. School officials have developed an effective plan that emphasizes student safety in dropping off and picking up students from school.
Soccer (Fall), Cross-Country (Fall), Basketball (Winter), Track & Field (Spring), and Golf (Spring) are available for the High School boys to participate in.
Volleyball (Fall), Cross-Country (Fall), Basketball (Winter), Track & Field (Spring) and Soccer (Spring) are available for the High School girls to participate in. In some years cheerleading has also been available as an option.
Soccer (boys in the fall, girls in the spring) and basketball (winter) are available for the Middle School students to participate in.The school is a member of the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA), as well as a member of the Alliance League which consists of 6 Class D schools.
Calvary Christian Schools has an elected school board made up of ten members who are all parents of current students or alumni. They meet every other month. The school administrator works in conjunction with the school board to implement policy, oversee the school, and hire faculty and staff.
The school does have a dress code with the basic goal being modesty and neatness. There is no uniform, but the Parent-Student Handbook outlines general guidelines as well as specific requirements regarding the dress code.
Students at Calvary Christian Schools are exposed to many different experiences in their educational program. The most important aspect of the school curriculum is that all classes and subjects are taught from a Biblical perspective or with a purposeful emphasis on the eternal truth of God's Word.
At the elementary level, students study and learn core subjects in self-contained classrooms the majority of the time. The students also get exposure to music, computers, art, and physical education on a regular basis. Daily Bible lessons are a regular part of the curriculum and students have a weekly chapel service with music and special presentations. Regularly scheduled field trips to interesting locations are also an important part of the educational program at the elementary level.
At the middle school and high school levels, students move from one class to another throughout the school day. A rigorous core program is emphasized at this level that includes English, Bible, math, science, social studies, art, physical education, and computers. Middle school students also sign up for band and choir. Numerous special events and programs are included in the middle school program to add enrichment, build school spirit, and create a sense of community for all students.
The high school program includes many challenging core classes including algebra, geometry, pre-calculus, calculus, literature, biology, chemistry, physics, Spanish, Bible, English, history, physical education, and many others. At the high school level, students have more class choices and may also participate in band, art, or choir. High school students are required to complete ten hours of community service each year.
Calvary Christian Schools has a library with over 13,000 books for children and young adults. Elementary students visit the library once a week as a regular part of the school day. During this time, students hear stories, learn library skills and have an opportunity to check out books. Middle school and high school students may use the library to check out books, conduct research, or use the library computers for school projects.
Twice a year the library hosts a Book Fair. In March the students celebrate reading month, and in October the library highlights Children's Book Week.
Each spring, students in 3rd, 5th, 6th, 8th and 10th grade take the Terra Nova test. This is a series of standardized achievement tests used to assess students in mathematics, science, social studies, reading, language arts, vocabulary and spelling. CCS students as a whole consistently score above state and national averages on this test. Parents receive a report of their student's performance, along with a student profile that shows how their student is doing academically compared to other students nationally.
In October, our juniors take the PSAT test. This test helps prepare students to take the ACT test and is used to determine National Merit Scholarships.
Calvary Christian Schools admits students of any race, color, or national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic programs, or other school-administrated programs.