Calvary Christian School (CCS) opened in the fall of 1979 under the leadership of Calvary Baptist Church Pastor Earl Decker and School Administrator Larry McFadden. The school began with 25 students across kindergarten through 4th grade, and a staff of three full-time and three part-time teachers. Over the first 30 years, CCS’s average enrollment was between 100 and 200 students, and expanded the grades served through 8th grade. Since the beginning, CCS has operated out of Calvary Baptist Church and benefited greatly from the kindness of the church - including having operating deficits covered by the church budget. As enrollment gradually grew, School Administrator John Taylor crafted a vision to expand into high school education to provide a full primary education experience for students. Through Administrator Paul Green and current Administrator Ryan Hyde, the school has experienced sustained enrollment growth and now forecasts a significant opportunity to increase enrollment in future years. Growth has been especially robust under the leadership of Mr. Hyde, who has guided the school through accreditation with the Ohio Department of Education (2021), managed the Covid crisis and brought the Ohio High School Athletic Association to the sports program (2022). By the 2021 school year, it became evident that Calvary Christian School had outgrown the facility capacity at Calvary Baptist Church. Enrollment had grown to 336 students, with trends showing more future growth! In partnership with Calvary Baptist Church Pastor Jeff Willetts, their Board and the Administration and Board at CCS, the decision was made to empower CCS to develop a new, state-of -the-art education complex. Calvary Baptist Church graciously gifted 40 acres of land plus some expenses for the CCS development, where their new building on County Road 9 is located. The story of CCS is that of a school that has steadily grown over decades, building a strong culture and differentiated education experience, and now is maturing into a robust institution that delivers a top-tier academic, athletic and social experience for families and students in Logan and surrounding counties.
Calvary Christian School offers a fully accredited K-12 Christ-centered academic environment along with a wide variety of clubs, athletics, and experiences for students in pre-school through 12th grade. What CCS uniquely provides in Logan County is a partnership to Christian families that want the amount of time spent in a classroom (roughly 17,000 hours) to include reinforcing biblical beliefs and values as a crucial part of the academic experience. Currently their new building on County Road 9 holds grades 1-3, but the staff at CCS is looking forward to beginning construction on Phase 2 of their "Building on the Rock Campaign," which will eventually allow the entire PreK-12 school to be housed there. This project will add 50,000 square foot of space (including a full gymnasium) and will allow the school to have a potential enrollment of 750 students. Today's enrollment is around 410 students. Their goal is to complete Phase 2 by the 2024-2025 school year. You can read more information or donate to Calvary Christian School's "Building on the Rock Campaign" here. CCS not only serves Logan County, but many surrounding counties and transportation can be provided through the local public district within 30 minutes of CCS. Scholarships are available through Ohio Ed Choice & Jon Peterson state programs. Not only is Calvary Christian a great school, but it also was recently named a "Best Christian Workplace in America" by the Best Christian Workplace Institute. CCS currently employs 52 staff members including aids, tutors, teachers, administration & more! Hiring season is coming up for Calvary and you can find their open positions here (make sure to check back as more positions may become available).
For more information, you can go to the Calvary Christian School website here or call them at (937) 599-6847. You can follow them on social media (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube) by searching for @CCSspartans.
Please join us in congratulating Calvary Christian School in being the Logan County Chamber of Commerce February 2023 Business of the Month!