Past, Present, Future

Our History

Central Christian School began as an early childhood program in 1957. After seeing the academic value in the education their children were receiving, parents asked the school to expand its offerings. The current program, early childhood through sixth grade, was established in the 1960's, and our original school facility was expanded a decade later to accommodate a growing student body. In 2009 the Summit was added, an additional building next to our main building housing our fifth and sixth grade program.

Today

Central Christian School continues to operate as a ministry of Central Presbyterian Church and benefits from its governance and financial support.

In our 60th year, God has strengthened and broadened Central’s impact as we currently educate nearly 300 students from 45 different zip codes and 65 churches. A 2016 National Blue Ribbon School, Central is widely identified as an academic competitor and has demonstrated a commitment to providing research-validated best practices within – not in spite of – a nurturing, gospel-centered community.

We hold our accreditation through AdvancED and are also members of the Independent Schools of St. Louis (ISSL) and the Christian School Association of St. Louis (CSASL). Our Head of School, John Murray, currently serves as the president of CSASL.

While we have been thoughtful and diligent in our efforts to plant seeds of meaningful improvement in our school, we humbly recognize that God has produced the increase…including some fruit that we could not have anticipated. We are thankful to the Lord for establishing His vision for our school, growing our enrollment to 60% over the last decade, as well as our racial diversity to 36% students of color.  We believe the Lord has raised up this place to educate a uniquely diverse group of students equitably, with purposeful excellence, to prepare them to engage a changing world for Jesus Christ.

Tomorrow

We are excited to see God’s story for our school continue to unfold in years to come. We aim at Central Christian School to lay the firm foundation of our city and nation’s future thought-leaders and change-agents. Our journey is fresh, but we are motivated and inspired to see the Lord’s redemption lived out in our society—striving toward unity through our vision of being “a Gospel-driven, academically excellent community for each unique image-bearer.”