Who We Are
The leadership of CHESS Christian School is unified through their heart commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord. This spiritual ministry is a calling for teachers, administrators and directors alike, and together, this team strives daily to prepare students for their own journeys in impacting the world for Christ.
CHESS Christian School is overseen by our Board of Directors, who leads the school’s strategic and sustainability priorities. These faithful servants work in partnership with the Administration team and CHESS community.
Vision & Mission
We are CHESS. As a future-facing, 21st-century school, we help students discover who God created them to be by strategically matching students’ God-given gifts with creative educational opportunities.
We are created to belong. When Christ-centered families fervently follow biblical principles and are united in community, learning is maximized. Made in the image of God, we strengthen our identity in Christ through Christian community patterned after the Trinity as we know God and are known by others.
We are made for influence. As Christ followers, relationships connect us to God and others. We experience passionate discipleship through authentic, daily interactions in addition to an intentional, structured curriculum infused with biblical integration.
We are created to learn. By designing a safe, interactive, and engaging environment, students and teachers experience contagious learning in the context of a transformative biblical worldview. As lifelong learners, we are 21st century, critically-thinking, problem-solving, Christ-centered world-changers.
We are each unique. Rather than delivering a “one-size-fits-most” education, we give families the choice for their level of engagement through creative collaboration with the school, individualized scheduling, and flexible financial options.
We are made to grow. Spiritually, educationally, relationally, and physically, we seek corporate and individual transformation as we increasingly become who God created us to be.
What We Believe
Statement of beliefs
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 a 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.
8 Great Smarts
8 Great Smarts: Discover and Nurture Your Child’s Intelligences, by Kathy Koch, complements CHESS’ Vision Statement: To help students discover who God created to be as they are empowered to impact the world for Christ. Dr. Koch presents a Christian framework of multiple intelligences that helps parents, teachers and administrators empower their students to discover the way information is most meaningful to them. “Smart is a power word. ... [I]f some children believe others are smart and they are not, they can give up. ... Multiple intelligences allow us to look beyond old “proofs” of grades and degrees to see evidence of smarts in life.” Our Core teachers design their lesson plans to frequently feature each of the eight intelligences. CHESS’s Elective Course schedule was built to offer classes that highlight each of the eight intelligence as well.