About GCCS

GCCS is a co-educational Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 school. It is our desire to partner with Bible-believing families and their churches in educating students to be well equipped for life: academically, spiritually, and socially.

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In 1990, under the leadership of Pastor Bob Huffaker, GCCS was started as a ministry of Grove City Church of the Nazarene as part of their master plan. The plan, at the time, was to have assisted-living housing, childcare, athletic fields and a school. The school was to have their own separate building. The need to start the school was communicated by several families within the church community. It was always intended to be an outreach of GCCN and remain a part of the church. The goal was to see every student grounded in the Word and able to defend his or her beliefs.

In 1990, the first kindergarten class had 15 students, most of whom were children of church members. The school board and employees of the school were church members or an integral part of the church. It was the mission of the school board to add a grade level every year as the original class progressed. The goal was never large enrollment, but rather good Christian education for students. The school occupied the space now known as the early elementary wing.

Our Key Dates

1992 – A separate school building was built behind the existing church buildings.

1996 – The main school hallway was built connecting the school and church building.

1999 – The high school wing was added and we celebrated our first homecoming activities during the basketball season. Also at that time, Kathy Frizzell wrote the Alma Mater.

2002 – GCCS received its charter as a non-public, K-12 school from the Ohio Department of Education.

2003 – Twenty-seven students became the first high school graduates of GCCS.

2004 – First international students enrolled in GCCS.

2006 – Varsity football, football cheerleading and marching band debuted with home games at Franklin Heights HS.

2007 – Huffaker Sports Complex was dedicated on campus.

2011 – A satellite school was added to permit partial enrollment of middle school students and support our local homeschool families.

2013 – First time a child of a GCCS alum was enrolled.

2014 – Discovery kindergarten program added.

2015 – Celebrated 25 years of providing Christian education.

2018 – Became accredited with the Association of Christian Schools, International and Cognia (formerly known as Advanc-Ed/NCA).

Our CORE VALUES guide our staff, students, and families in making and carrying out decisions for everything we do and teach.


Building on the foundation of God’s word and teaching within a biblical worldview

Question: How has your time in God’s word this week made an impact on you life and the lives of others?

All Scripture is God breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

– 2 Timothy 3:16-17


Not only has God spoken to his people, we believe that God still speaks, and that he wants to also hear from us, and he wants us to seek him in all we do.

Question: In what ways have you prayed for the school, its leadership, families, and students this week?

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

– Philippians 4:6

Family Focused

Partnering with Bible-believing families to provide spiritual and academic support as they carry out the biblical mandates for raising their families.

Question: In what ways have you demonstrated the importance of family to your own family and in the families of others?

These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

– Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Transformation & Growth

Providing an environment and training where all can grow and become more Christ-like in attitude and actions.

Question: In what ways are you experiencing Christ’s transforming power in your life, and in what ways are you fostering that growth in the lives of others?

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

– Romans 12:2

Love & Compassion

Learning to love as Christ loves us, and extending that love to others.

Question: In what ways have you demonstrated the love and compassion of Christ to others?

So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.

– John 13:34


Because we serve the creator of the universe, we believe that everything we do is a reflection of the one who deserves our best.

Question: How are you actively striving to achieve excellence in your own life, in the lives of others, and in the ministry of GCCS?

Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people

– Ephesians 6:7


Using the abilities and spiritual gifts we have been given to serve others.

Question: In what ways have you been Christ to others through serving them this week?

Not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

– Philippians 2:4

Statement on Anti-Racism

We believe that racism, in all of its forms including injustice, prejudice, hatred, slander, and the like, is sin. As Christ-followers, we are called to be holy and to love one another (John 13:34-35, 1 Peter 4:8, Galatians 5:13, 1 John 3:18, 1 John 4:20).

We believe that all men are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26 & 27). As image-bearers, all men and women have the same worth and value in the eyes of God and, therefore, must have the same worth and value in our eyes.

As a Christian educational institution, we are committed to teaching our students about and upholding the biblical standard for our staff and students to love one another.

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“GCCS seeks to form the minds and hearts of students. The timeless truths of scripture are the framework through which students shape their understanding of who they are and how they fit into God’s redemptive story. We want to talk to you today about your student!”
David Arrell, Director of Education

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Statement of Faith
Grove City Christian school serves students from many denominational backgrounds. We do this by respecting the doctrinal issues of other denominations without compromising the faith and beliefs of the Nazarene Church.

We the fellowship of the Grove City Church of the Nazarene believe in one God- the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Genesis 1; Isaiah 5:16; 6:1-7; 40:18-31; Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19-20

We believe that the Old and New Testament scriptures, given by plenary inspiration, contain all truth necessary to faith and Christian living.

Luke 24:44-47; John 10:35; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 2 Timothy 3:15-17

We believe that man is born with a fallen nature, and is, therefore, inclined to evil, and that continually.

Matthew 22:36-40 (with 1 John 3:4); Romans 3:23

We believe that the finally impenitent are hopelessly and eternally lost.

Ezekiel 18:25-26; John 1:12-13; Acts 5:31; Romans 5:6-8

Education Philosophy

Biblical Foundation

The Grove City Christian School is a ministry of Grove City Church of the Nazarene. The educational philosophy of Grove City Christian School is based on a God-centered view of truth and man as presented in the Bible, which is the final authority on all matters (John 1:1, II Tim. 3:16).

The student is taught the Bible so he/she may understand God as well as the student’s own true nature and function as God’s image. The student is developed and related to God as a whole person, that is: spiritually, mentally, physically and socially (Luke 2:52). He/she is taught to see all truth as God’s truth and to integrate it with, and interpret it by, God’s Word. He/she is educated as an individual with his/her own unique abilities and personality who learns to live and work with others at home, in the church and in a changing secular society.

Biblical Worldview

Christian education is the result of all knowledge being tested against, and integrated with, a biblically based view of God and the world (Colossians 1:16, 17; John 1:3).

The entire process of education is seen as a means used by the Holy Spirit to bring the student into fellowship with God, to assist the student in developing the mind of Christ, to train the student in Christ-likeness, to teach the student to respond like God and to help the student demonstrate Christ-like character qualities so that he/she can fulfill God’s total purpose for his/her life personally and vocationally.

Family Partnership

The primary responsibility for the education of children rests with parents (Deuteronomy 6:7, 8; Genesis 17:7; Proverbs 22:6). However, the Christian school and the church provide a partnership in educating students (Deuteronomy 11:18; Psalm 78:4, 5).

The authority for such an education comes both from God’s command that children be taught to love God and place Him first in their lives and from the fact that parents/families are responsible for the total education and training of their children. As partners, parents/families must be committed, practicing Christians with a lifestyle adhering to Christian principles, as they exercise biblical supervision, influence and accountability.


The Christian teacher, empowered by the Holy Spirit, guides and nurtures students through instruction, admonition and personal example. Teachers are state certified, as well as certified by ACSI.

God has created all students with unique talents as well as particular developmental growth patterns. Therefore, the rigorous learning process is enhanced as teachers utilize varied teaching strategies and instructional methodologies to guide today’s learners to be able to defend their faith and impact the world around them (Psalm 139:13-15; Romans 12:4-8).