About Us

Vision Statement

We are a diverse group of Christians working together to help children achieve academic excellence and grow in faith in order to answer God’s call to transform the world.

 

Mission Statement

Calvin Christian School exists to provide an excellent Christ-centered education to children of believers. In support of parents and in cooperation with Christian churches, Calvin will provide this education from a Reformed perspective. This means Calvin will teach children to see God’s creation through the perspective of God’s Word, to understand God’s redemptive and providential work throughout history, and to live lives of Christian service that exemplify love for God and for their neighbors.

 

What does it mean to be Reformed?

Reformed Christians emphasize the Bible as the foundation of all we believe and all we do. That means that we are reshaped (or re-formed, get it?) by what God’s Word says, not by someone’s opinion or by what modern society says is a good idea. The only opinion that matters is God’s, and we learn about what God says in the Bible. From that holy Book, we can learn about God, ourselves, the world, and the relationship between God, ourselves and the world.

When Reformed Christians read the Bible, they notice two awesome themes. One is that God is in control, and He is in control of our salvation. We can’t save ourselves. The other theme is the idea of covenant. Even when humans don’t uphold their end of the agreement, God is faithful. God promises to be our God and we will be His people, and He makes that promise to us and to our children.

That’s why Reformed Christians believe so strongly in Christian education. CCS partners with Christian homes and churches to work together in the important task of raising children to know and follow Christ. But Reformed Christian education is about so much more than chapel and Bible class; it’s about how the Lordship of Christ affects every area of life, every subject, every action, every recreation. Calvin Christian School emphasizes that science and history, recess and band, lunch time and basketball practice all have to do with our faith in God.

Education from a Reformed perspective often uses the idea of Kingdom – God’s Kingdom. That’s a Kingdom which is already here, but is not yet fully realized. God is still working today to redeem the world He created and loves, and He asks us to join Him in that redemptive work – to redeem all aspects of life. That opens up an exciting world of possibilities for Calvin Christian School students; God can use them in a wide variety of job in the future. Our job today is to help them learn, so that they will be ready when God calls them into service; wherever He calls them into service.

 

Objectives

  • The Holy Bible is the foundation of Calvin’s education program.

  • The primary aim of Christian parents in seeking Christian education is to equip each child to live a Christian life as a member of the Christian community in society.

  • CCS shall be a living challenge by word and deed in this community, whereby all students and teachers demonstrate that the Kingdom of God comes first in their lives.

  • The Bible is pertinent to all ages, and CCS shall teach so that the Bible becomes meaningful to the student in the time in which he/she lives and in the place God has places him/her.

  • CCS shall meet or exceed the academic standards of the state with respect to the faculty and administration and the basic curriculum.

 

History 

A small but dedicated group of Reformed Christians founded Calvin Christian School in South Holland, IL in 1912. Today, over 100 years later, Calvin still offers a competitive and progressive, Christ-honoring education to children of believers. Our goal is to graduate students who will be prepared to excel wherever God calls them, rooted in the lordship of Christ and knowledge of His world. 

43 years of CCS leadership! Years served as Principal (l-r): Harley VerBeek 1969-1989; Randy Moes 2011-current; Ryan Groen 2004-2011; Don Woo 1989-2003

 

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