The Story of Evangelical Christian School
Over forty years ago, in a Sunday school class, a troubling fact was revealed—that the children in attendance were unable to read the lessons. A visit to the nearby school uncovered a disturbing fact: the school was so overcrowded children could only attend half a day. There was not ample time to teach the children to read! A decision was made to do something about it.
After much prayer and seeking the Lord, in 1961, Evangelical Christian School began in a store front at 69th& Stewart across the street from the old Teachers College and Wilson Jr. College (Kennedy King College is now at that location).
Phonics was the foundation of the curriculum and children who were considered to be slow learners, even mentally handicapped, were transformed into bright, successful students having been brought up to and beyond grade level. An exciting quest for education, in the name of Jesus Christ, became evident. As the student body grew, God provided larger and better facilities in a church-school building at 110th& State Street. Teachers came from varied backgrounds to work together with the administrators and with the children.
Through many challenges, even predictions that the school would not survive, by the grace of God, by vision, by hard work, by over coming opposition, and by the loyal support of those who ran with the vision, Evangelical Christian School today stands as a model of a Christ-centered educational institution and as one that reaches out to the community.
Again, God provided larger and better facilities in a complete school building located at 9130 S. Vincennes Avenue where we moved in 1981 with about 200 students in attendance. Soon the public learned of a school where excellence is the standard, where discipline is firm, where the teachers and staff are Christians, and where Jesus Christ is exalted in every aspect of the school’s curriculum and activities. Also, importantly, parents have a place where childcare is available before and after the regular school day for a total of 13 hours a day. This is a ministry unprecedented in any school system. This location soon spilled over with students, so we leased mobile classrooms and when this proved to be inadequate, we were given favor to lease three buildings of the former St. Kilian School.
Today, Evangelical serves up to 1,000 students, pre-3 through 8th grade occupying three buildings. We are celebrating the construction of a new addition to the school that will have 18 classrooms. Groundbreaking is expected for the next phase on adjacent property that will house a state of the art gymnasium, kitchen and dining room. All school classrooms and functions will take place in our own buildings! Hallelujah!
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