A Brief History of Gateway Christian School
Challenged to live out Proverbs 22 to “train up a child in the way he (she) should go and when he (she) is old he (she) will not depart from it”, a group of parents in 1954 had the desire to provide a distinctly Christian learning environment for their children because they believed that biblical wisdom is the heart of all learning. They wanted a school that supported what was being taught at home and at church.
In 1968 Red Deer Christian School was opened.
Made up of parents and community members, The Red Deer Society for Christian Education was formed to govern the school. The school became a part of two supportive networks of Christian schools: The Prairie Center for Christian Education (PCCE) and Christian Schools International (CSI).
In 1997 the school’s current mission statement was developed: Our mission is to provide a Christ-centered education so that students are equipped to serve God joyfully in every area of life.
In June of 1999 the Red Deer Christian School Society formulated an agreement with Red Deer Public School District # 104 whereby the Red Deer Christian School became a Christian Alternative Program under its direction and as a result its rich tradition continued.
In June 2004 Red Deer Christian Alternative Program changed its name to Gateway Christian School.
In September 2007 the K - 2 programs were moved to the Pines campus in order to accommodate the increasing student enrollment.
In September 2010 GCS partnered with LTCHS to expand its programing to include high school (Gr. 10-12). Our Gr. 9 students are going to join the LTCHS partnership in September 2016.
Today parents continue to seek schools that look beyond the classroom to the world. They will not settle for Christian schools that retreat from culture or simply add prayer and Bible reading to a public school curriculum. Nothing short of scripture guiding all of life and learning will do. Gateway Christian School seeks to be such a school within the Red Deer Public System, as an Alternative Program School.