History of Everett Christian School
In 1920, a group of people in Everett felt the need for Christian education and a Christian school for their children. They held a meeting, and the American Christian School Society was formed. To become a member of the society, one had to feel favorably for Christian education and pay the required dues of one dollar per year. By February of 1925, the society consisted of 54 members. In 1925, land was purchased and a school named the American Christian School was built. That first year ended with 83 students and 2 teachers in grades 1-8. In 1926, school opened with 94 students and 3 teachers.
During the first few years the school was supported by faithful parents, the Christian Reformed Church, and many other individuals. The Depression years were difficult, but enrollment remained fairly constant and the school survived. In 1937 the school constitution was translated from the Dutch to the English language. In 1941 the school picnic was made into an annual event that continues to this day.
The school continued to grow, and the need for newer and larger facilities became apparent. In June 1952, the motion was passed to build a new three room school on the present property. Planning, volunteer work and financing were carried out, and in September of 1953, our new building was dedicated. Since the building was new, a new name was given to our school, “Everett Christian School”. That same year a ninth grade was added. Two more classrooms were added in 1957. Ninth grade continued until 1970. In 1973 a kindergarten class was added. An adjoining multi-purpose building, containing two more classrooms, a gym and a new kitchen, was completed in 1967.
Since the late 1960s enrollment fluctuated between 60-125 students. We have had combined classes for most of our history. They are 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, and 7-8 with Preschool (3 year olds), Pre-Kindergarten (4 year olds) and Kindergarten meeting separately. These combination classes make our school unique because they have come to be that way by design. We leverage the combination dynamics to build greater community within the school. We do many activities that involve mixed groups of students from all grades, such as reading groups and field days. Another aspect that makes Everett Christian School unique among other private Christian schools is the experience of the faculty. Most of our teachers have 10+ years of experience and are certified experts in education. This stability is what is currently keeping the school strong. Always at its present location on the corner of 23rd and Cedar St., it has grown from a two room school to its present 6 classrooms, offices, staff and a gymnasium.
Originally founded by members of the Christian Reformed Church in America, the school is associated with the Protestant traditions inspired by the Reformation. Because of these roots, the school emphasizes that all of life in every part is to be ruled by Christ. The school embraces the great historic truths of the Christian faith found in the Reformed tradition as stated in our statement of faith, but our families come from a variety of denominations, including Presbyterian, Lutheran, Baptist, Assembly of God and nondenominational.
The “Everett Christian School Society” owns and operates the school. Membership of the Society consists of those persons who subscribe to its by-laws, give financial support, and/or send children to the school. The Society annually meets to elect board members, to decide on matters pertaining to the school, such as the budget, and to receive information about the school’s operation from various board committees. Elected board members from the parents are responsible for the governance of the school. The school is designed to educate children of Christian parents. ECS is not a part of any denomination, and not governed by any specific denomination. Various auxiliary organizations, such as Booster Club, donate time to enrich the total school program.