Celebrating Nearly 30 Years ... with more years to come!
Celebrating God’s faithfulness for nearly 30 years, Ann Arbor Christian School is the fulfillment of a dream shared by many individuals who heard a calling to establish a vibrant and strong school rooted in the Good News of Jesus Christ in Ann Arbor, MI that would nurture and equip students to see the world through the eyes of God and to be transforming agents for Jesus Christ to the world. It was founded on the simple but profoundly life-changing fact that to know and love Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and the truths that come with that conviction is the greatest gift we can give children. In addition, it was envisioned as a school that would draw strength and richness from many church traditions and the core beliefs and values that unite us as the Body of Christ.
In the 1960’s, a small group of men and women attempted to start the school. While that initial attempt did not succeed, it planted the seeds for an attempt two decades later. In September 1986, after much discussion, research, and prayerful consideration, a group of Christian families formed the Christian School Association of Ann Arbor. Five years later, Ann Arbor Christian School, using space at the Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church, opened its doors with one capable, passionate, and loving teacher and four students.
But God kept unfolding His plan for us. With more than 100 students enrolled in grades K-6 by the fall 2002, it was clear we had reached the physical limits of our original facility. The steady demand for Christian education in our area encouraged us to build a new 32,000-square-foot facility at our current location and to add a middle school. To build our current facility, we turned to families, charitable foundations, members of local churches, individual churches, businesses, and alumni families. Through our capital campaign, we secured pledges of $3 million and financed the remainder of the cost with a $1 million loan ($620K remaining). Nearly 75 percent of the donations came from school parents, showing the commitment of our parents. Classes began in our current facility in February 2003. In 2004, we became a K-8 school. In the fall of 2009, we opened our preschool program. Today, we have approximately 200 students, our highest overall enrollment yet, and we have exciting growth plans underway!
In short, AACS is the unfolding of a vision. As a school community, it is our solemn joy, obligation, and duty to work along churches and families to uphold truths that are clearly revealed in the Bible, that are life-sustaining and not burdensome, that stand the test of time, and that lay a rock solid foundation on Jesus Christ. AACS aims to provide a strong faith culture and seeks to produce graduates distinguished by their faithfulness to God and their character, intelligence, and compassion. We want our students to see that there is no contradiction in providing an excellent education with a deep, courageous faith in Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Bible. This vision would be sustained in a setting where their faith and intellect could flourish side by side. Many of the founding families continue to support God’s work at AACS, and we invite each new generation of families to partner with the generations past, present, and future to sustain and advance this vision.
AACS is accredited through Christian Schools International, which offers curriculum, teacher support, leadership training, testing, and other services to nearly 500 member schools in the United States and abroad.