Cincinnati Christian Schools: A Lasting Legacy
For 50 years, Cincinnati Christian Schools has nurtured students in academics, fine arts and athletics, all with a biblical worldview and a community of faith. The vision for the school began in two different places. In 1970, a group of pastors, Christian business leaders, and educators worked to create a Christian high school, which opened in 1971. That same year, the Tri-County Assembly of God opened a Christian elementary school. In 1975, the two schools joined, were operated by TCA, and were called Tri-County Christian Schools. Within a decade, continued increases in enrollment of the combined schools reached an apex with more than 650 students in grades K-12.
In 1993, by mutual consent of Tri-County Christian Schools and TCA, the schools became separate from the church and were incorporated as Cincinnati Christian Schools, Inc., to be governed by an independent school board. One of the primary goals of the newly independent school was to secure a larger facility to encourage and accommodate enrollment growth. The school board began planning for the purchase of property to meet the school’s needs.
Years of planning and preparation culminated in the summer of 2002 when CCS acquired the facilities of the Courts of Praise Christian Center. That facility on Morris Road became the junior and senior high campus and now serves grades 7-12. The elementary campus, at the facilities of TCA on Dixie Highway, serves grades PK-6. Today the two campuses of CCS have a combined enrollment of more than 560 students.
From its inception, and decades before it got its current name, CCS was dedicated to biblical Christianity and high academic standards. CCS continues that vision by partnering with Christian families to provide a Bible-centered, 21st-century quality educational program, equipping students to follow Christ and impact culture. The school’s curriculum focuses on preparing and motivating students to thrive and make positive and impactful differences in the continually changing world.
CCS has multiple accreditations and affiliations in the areas of academics, fine arts, athletics, and more. Numerous programs and options offer opportunities for students of all skill levels to grow, succeed and excel. The Center for Learning and Academic Support Services serves and supports students who have IEP plans. There are Advanced Placement courses and a full honors track for students who are gifted in academics. The school also participates in the College Credit Plus program so that high school students who are college-ready may earn high school and college credits at the same time. CCS is very proud of the 100% graduation rate of its students.
The school’s fine arts program is designed to give students a broad exposure to the visual and performing arts. The goal is for students to develop the skills necessary to pursue further training in the arts and to use fine arts as a way to serve others. Students may choose to participate in band, choir, theatre and visual arts. Courses are offered in clay, painting, photography, drama and more.
CCS’s athletic department seeks to develop student-athletes by enriching their spiritual lives, guiding their social and moral character and enhancing their physical skills. This is accomplished through a competitive athletic program in a caring Christian environment. A variety of sports options are offered at both campuses, including cross-country, soccer, volleyball, golf, basketball, bowling, swimming, cheerleading, baseball, softball, and track and field.
This year, CCS celebrates its 50th anniversary. The school is grateful for all of the traditions, programs, faculty, families and students that make CCS what it is today. However, there will always be room for growth in order to provide a quality educational experience. Faculty and staff will keep abreast of advancements in technology and education. The school plans to expand its preschool and continue growing the CLASS and CCP programs. CCS has a brand-new Committee for Biblical Unity appointed by the school board. The CBU will provide advice to the school’s administration and board, as well as organize events to celebrate and educate the school about the rich and growing diversity among the student body, families and faculty. The goal is to embrace the similarities and uniqueness of the CCS community, grounded in a biblical worldview.
The school plans to keep training students for many years to come. CCS will continue building on its rich history so that its legacy will truly last.
Brief Historical Timeline
1971—Greater Cincinnati Christian High School began (Grades 7—11; added Grade 12 in 1972; utilized the facilities of Springdale Baptist Church)
1971—Tri-County Christian Elementary School began (Grades K—3; added Grades 4—6 in 1973; utilized the facilities of TCA)
1975—Greater Cincinnati Christian High School and Tri-County Christian Elementary School merged; operated by TCA under the name Tri-County Christian Schools
1993—Tri-County Christian Schools became independent from TCA and was incorporated as Cincinnati Christian Schools, Inc.
2002—Grades K—5 remained at the facilities of TCA; Grades 6—12 moved to the newly acquired campus of the Courts of Praise Christian Center
2007—An early education (preschool) program was added at the Elementary Campus
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