In 2014, CHESS began as four families dreamed of a Christian education model that enabled students to discover their unique gifting from God. Years later, CHESS leadership remains rooted in Christ-centered learning, community, affordability, discipleship, and flexibility.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
To help students discover who God created them to be as they are empowered to impact the world for Christ.
Strategically matching students’ God-given abilities with creative educational opportunities.
We believe when families who fervently follow Christ come together in community, learning is maximized. Made in the image of God and patterned after the Trinity, parents, students, and teachers are created to know others and to be known by others.
Allowing families to choose their level of participation, we believe Christian education can affordably match a family’s income without being an excessive financial burden. Rather than delivering a “one-size-fits-most” education, we are committed to providing a quality, individualized education through a creative collaboration between the school and family.
As Christ followers, we believe all learning is for the purpose of knowing God better and making Him known to a world in need, and yet we believe disciples are developed through doing. Passionate discipleship is taught and modeled in authentic community through various relationships (parent-child, teacher-student, student-student, and parent-parent).
By creating exciting, creative, and interactive learning environments, we believe students and teachers will experience contagious learning. Our educational community is committed to lifelong learning as we fulfill our God-given callings.
Providing a variety of valuable academic and elective offerings, we believe in giving families the choice for their level of participation. Flexible engagement give families the freedom to choose a level of educational and financial commitment that best meets their needs.
a. We believe there is one God, who is infinitely perfect, eternally existent in three persons—Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:26, Matthew 3:16-17; Matthew 28:19).
b. Jesus Christ is the true God and the true man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died upon the cross, the Just for the unjust, as a perfect substitutionary sacrifice, and all who believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood. He arose from the dead according to the Scriptures and will come again to establish His kingdom, righteousness and peace (Philippians 2:6-11; John 1:1; Luke 1:34-38; Hebrews 2:9; 1 Peter 3:18; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; John 11:25; Mark 16:19; Acts 1:11; Revelation 19:11).
c. We believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible, authoritative, inerrant Word of God (2 Timothy 3:15-16, 2 Peter 1:20-21).
d. We believe that salvation is the gift of God’s grace alone and is expressed in the individual’s repentance, recognition of Christ’s death as full payment for sin, and acceptance of the risen Christ as Savior. All who so trust the Savior are forgiven of their sins and born into the family of God by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit. Freedom from the penalty and power of sin is available to man only through Christ’s sacrificial death, His shed blood, and His complete and bodily resurrection from the dead. Those who do not believe in Christ are subject to everlasting punishment. Believers enjoy eternal life with God. (John 1:12; John 3:16-19; John 5:24; Romans 10:9-10; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-9; Titus 3:5).
e. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost: believers in Christ are saved unto the resurrection of life, and those who reject Jesus unto the resurrection of eternal damnation (John 5:28-29).
f. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 8:9, 1 Corinthians 12:12-13, Galatians 3:26-28).
g. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life (Romans 8:13- 14; 1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:19-20; Ephesians 4:30, 5:18).
h. We believe that man was created directly by God and in His image for the reflection of His glory. We believe that God created the heavens and the earth, including all life, by direct act in six literal 24-hour days about 6,000 years ago (Genesis 1:1; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16-17).
CHESS Christian School is committed to a doctrine which supports the infallibility of scripture, that the Bible is the ultimate authority against which all evidence is examined. The educational philosophy is Christ-centered. We believe that the Bible has unique relevance to the development of the whole person and assign priority to its instruction in all academic disciplines. Teachers profess a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. The learning environment is loving, supportive and reflects high standards of scholarship.
We believe that students should find courses of study exciting, imaginative, and disciplined; and a vital laboratory, which nurtures creativity, individuality of thought, and spiritual development. We believe that the Word of God has unique relevance to the process of educating this nation’s youth. When properly integrated into a curriculum, we believe that the Bible provides the students with competencies that are vital to the process of coping in the world today.
With the first day of school designated as August 25, 2014, the founding families had 5 weeks to prepare for the start of school. Not having so much as a folder or a paper clip, nor a location or teachers, the founding families prayed for and believed God would provide for every need to start CHESS. The needs were so enormous; it was only God who could bring the details together. As MIRACLES rolled in EVERY DAY, God was glorified and worshipped!
CHESS Christian School ended its first year with 73 students, and more than doubled in size to 163 students by its second year. Now in its 5th academic year, CHESS Christian School is blessed to serve more than 200 students, representing 125 families! As the Lord continues to provide for each need, the Faculty, Staff, Administration, and Board of Directors seek to follow God on the amazing journey of educating the next generation for Christ!