North Valley Christian School
More than forty years ago, North Valley Christian School was founded upon the faith, prayers, and dedication of the Church of the Living Word congregation. The vision was to provide a high-quality academic program in a family-oriented environment from early childhood through high school.
The school is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. It offers a balanced spiritual, academic, and physical program that is relevant, character building, creative, collaborative, and which nurtures each student’s unique gifts and talents.
Vision and History
In the early years of Church of the Living Word, the founder, John Robert Stevens, received a promise from the Lord from the Scriptures: “All thy children shall be taught of the Lord” (Isaiah 54:13). Out of this promise, a vision was imparted to the congregation for a school that would provide quality education in an atmosphere of openness to God.
In faith, the congregation purchased lots across the street from the church to prepare the way for this future school.
Classes started in 1974 and initially consisted of students in early elementary grades. Very shortly, the school expanded to grades K–6. The original facility was housed in several small buildings on the current campus grounds—the lots that had been purchased across the street. A classroom annex to the church building was completed not long afterwards, just in time to accommodate an influx of students, including junior high and high school.
Many of the congregation, including those who did not have children in the school, volunteered their time in support of the school. In the 80s, fundraising was a focus, with activities ranging from holding holiday boutiques with handcrafted items to being paid audiences for TV shows. Parents, teachers, students, and many others participated. Besides raising funds, these activities created a family atmosphere that was full of faith for the school.
In the early 90s, the church took a step of faith, and construction began on the current school building. There were times when money was not there for the next phase of building, but through the intercession and faith of the congregation, the students, and the teachers, God provided the needed funds.
The current school building was completed in 1997, with great celebration and rejoicing. The bungalows for junior high and high school were added shortly thereafter. Over time, the campus was expanded to include a state-of-the-art play yard, an amphitheater for school assemblies, and a tot-lot for the toddler program.
In the late 70s the school was named Centers of Learning; in 2019, the name was changed to North Valley Christian School.
Church of the Living Word believes that North Valley Christian School is part of the congregation’s calling and ministry to the community. We are committed to seeing the school flourish and to supporting the school’s mission with our faith and prayers as it provides academic excellence, training children to love God and live with a biblical world view.
“Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”