The purpose of Cedar Valley Christian School is to assist parents with their biblical responsibility to raise their children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. We attempt to provide academic excellence where fundamental subjects are taught from a biblical viewpoint.
Five guiding principles are used in the development of school programs:
- The authority of God’s Word as revealed in the Bible and recognition that people are saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
- The integration of biblical truth in all that we do. This includes academics, relationships, and discipline.
- The upholding of the parents’ responsibility for the education of their children.
- The development of sound basic skills in reading, mathematics, writing and reasoning.
- The commitment to nurturing all students in their faith in Jesus Christ and their love toward Him.
Cedar Valley Christian School is a ministry of Cedar Valley Bible Church which does not publish a doctrinal statement. However, the elders of Cedar Valley Bible Church hold to the truth that, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, reproof, correction and training in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16) We also understand that the Old and New Testaments Scriptures are to be interpreted in a historical, grammatical, literal fashion. So then, when questions arise concerning the character of God, His plan regarding judgment and salvation for man, the person and work of Jesus Christ, and the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the saints, our final authority is the Word of God.
Cedar Valley Christian School was founded in 1974 as an integral part of Cedar Valley Bible Church’s ministry. The elders of the church felt that, in order to fulfill their biblical responsibilities as parents, a school should be formed which would provide education from a Christian perspective. The school began with 34 students enrolled. Over the years the school increased in enrollment even though the high school program was pared to include only 9th grade from 1982–1989. Grades 10 – 12 were reintroduced to the program in 1990, creating a comprehensive program of preschool through 12th grade and high school graduation ceremonies resumed in 1993.
Two additions to the original building were added to facilitate both the church and school ministries. In 1978 the west addition of the building was completed, and in 1987 the gymnasium and upstairs classrooms were finished.
Today Cedar Valley Christian School serves families from over 20 churches in the Cedar Rapids area. The ministry is directed by the elders of Cedar Valley Bible Church and the School Advisory Committee (SAC) and is substantially supported by the church, both financially and through direct participation.