Who We Are
Our mission is to equip minds and hearts to LOVE, LEARN, and LEAD for Christ.
Each day we are looking for new and better ways to integrate the Christian faith into every aspect of the curriculum. At every level and in each area, your children will be challenged academically and encouraged spiritually to fulfill their God-given purpose. We are focused on building character by creating opportunities for each child to deepen their commitment to Christ through service projects, praise services, family groups and more. Scripture guides how we treat each other and know God’s world.
Statement of Faith
The mission of West Michigan Christian Schools is based on God’s infallible Word, the Bible, as explicated by the Reformed tradition; all association members subscribe to this summary:
Christian education begins with the understanding that God is at the center of every pursuit of knowledge and that all that we accomplish is done out of gratitude for what He has done for us. Muskegon Christian School challenges students to allow God to mold their hearts and minds to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ in the world. There is no greater purpose for a school than to guide students toward embracing and influencing the world in this way.
At MCS we believe that all of the subjects we teach are part of God’s kingdom and God is sovereign over all aspects of the world He created. As we study math, science, social studies, language arts and music, we are studying the truths that God has created using the tools He has supplied.
We believe that students are created in God’s image. From an education perspective, this means that students are creative and purposeful as God is creative and purposeful. Therefore, students need to be challenged to use the tools and talents God has supplied to do work that has meaning. This is what has led MCS to adopt Project Based Learning as a methodology that keys into our understanding of the basic nature of the learner. We are most effective when we are able to guide students’ learning in ways that follow His wisdom and design.
The teachers at MCS have a deep love for students and who they are as God’s children. Our Christian perspective not only influences the students’ academics, but also how teachers manage students. Our teachers encourage students to discover the awesome ways that God reveals himself to us through His creation. They work hard to motivate students and encourage them to do their part in helping to make this world more as God intended out of a sense of gratitude for what He has done for us.
Our Story: MCS History
Muskegon Christian School was founded in 1882 by a group of parents who wanted a school that would instruct students according to one of the most fundamental truths of the Christian faith: the love and sovereignty of Christ permeates every facet of each day. Throughout the past 130+ years, God has faithfully blessed that dream.
Muskegon Christian School actually began as two separate schools. In 1882, a school was temporarily quartered in First Christian Reformed Church of Muskegon until they were able to erect a small school on Hartford Street. A few years later, the Wood Ave School was formed just a few miles away. Both Hartford Street and Wood Avenue schools continued on as two separate organizations until 1923 when it was agreed that joining the schools would provide for better organization and instruction. The Muskegon Christian School Society was incorporated on November 21, 1923.
By the late 1940’s, the Hartford Street school was bulging with students, and in January 1954, construction began on our current school building. Over the next decade, enrollment soared to over 600 students and by 1963, three additions were made to the school to bring it to its current size.
One night in November, 1964, a fire broke out in the custodian’s room and a large section of the school was damaged. After hearing about the fire on the radio the next morning, volunteers showed up in force to clean and repair the school so that only one day of school was missed by students! Our community rallied to support the teachers and ensure that students would continue to experience a quality Christian education in Muskegon. Amazing how some things never change.
Although the people, the buildings, and the times have changed; the visionary perspective of acknowledging that the whole world belongs to God has not wavered. Not only do we strive for academic excellence, it is our goal that every child is touched by Christ’s love, encouraged to live a Christ-filled life, and motivated continually to do works of gratitude. We strive to make this our legacy, one that will be repeated by our children and their children.
Ultimately, we seek to provide an environment that develops original thought and teaches students how to think as opposed to just what to think. We are raising up the next generation of Christian servant – leaders. What an awesome calling!
Our Unique Learning Environment
MCS students come from Muskegon as well as Grand Haven, Whitehall, Fruitport and other outlying areas and represent a wide range of economic levels. We have a minority representation of approximately 25%, roughly the same as Muskegon County. This provides a valuable opportunity for our students to recognize the truth of the fact that Jesus died for all of us, and is pleased when we live, learn and worship together.
MCS also has approximately 60 different churches represented by its student body!
We seek to foster a diverse community in the area of student ability as well. MCS offers a range of Educational Support Services, including our Passport to Learn Program for gifted and talented students.
MCS seeks to help those who need extra assistance to make full use of their talents. We coordinate our Title I and Gifted and Talented programs through our Academic Support Office.
At Muskegon Christian School, we truly believe that education should be an adventure! Kids were never meant to sit in desks all day. They should explore, discover, build, question, and of course, play! A typical classroom at MCS includes all those things. We incorporate Project Based Learning initiatives throughout our curriculum to challenge our students to work together and problem solve. We offer a Spanish Immersion program along with our traditional English program to not only build language skills but broaden cultural awareness and sensitivity. Technology is integrated into the curriculum K- 6th. MCS is focused on preparing our students to be servant leaders, learning real life skills to become global leaders.