Grace Cascade Christian Schools was first established in 1974.
First Baptist Church of Medford’s Pastor David Croy, Pastor Rick Burns, Mr. Carl Scott, Mr. Don Minear, and several others see a need for Christian education in the Rogue Valley. As a result, Grace Christian School is established. Enrollment this first year is a total of 182 kindergarten through Grade 8 students.
The high school is now referred to as Grace Christian High School.
By adding a grade each year, enrollment is up to 321 kindergarten through 11th grade students. First Baptist Church builds a secondary three-story building and gym.
Now a full kindergarten through Grade 12 school, 18 students participate in the first commencement ceremony of Grace Christian High School. Grace Christian middle school students perform the first musical: HMS Pinafore. This tradition carries on today, with performances such as Peter Pan, Jr. (2014), Beauty & the Beast, Jr. (2013), and Fiddler on the Roof, Jr. (2012).
With a change in the economy, Grace Christian High School is spun off to a group of parents who form a new corporation.
The high school name is changed to Cascade Christian High School (CCHS).
The high school finds a new home at Cornerstone Church.
The high school moves to Joy Christian Fellowship. Grace Christian School participates in the first Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) District Spelling Bee competition. Since that time, Grace has sent several finalists to the national competition.
Coach Andy Maurer develops the CCHS Football Program, which will go on to win two state titles: 2006 (2A) and under the coaching of Jon Gettman, again in 2013 (3A). The athletic programs thrive at Grace and Cascade over the years, with several sports teams bringing home District and State Championships.
The opportunity arises to purchase the old Jacksonville Elementary School campus and CCHS finds a new home once again. Volunteers donate hours restoring the historic building, and the legacy of attending “the Jacksonville campus” begins.
Growth is also taking place on the Grace Christian School campus. The Minear Complex is purchased (now home to 1st – 6th grade students), providing a total of 32 classrooms, a library, and multi-purpose space.
Pre-Kindergarten is added to Grace Christian School.
The economy is thriving, enrollment is increasing and CCHS once again comes under the umbrella of First Baptist Church, forming the district of “Grace Christian Schools”, not to be confused with Grace Christian School. Total enrollment for pre-kindergarten through grade 12 is now at 941 students, making GCS the largest private evangelical school system in Oregon.
With the ground-breaking of a new CCHS campus located in Medford, it is apparent that God has His hand in the plans for growth of Christian Education in the greater Rogue Valley. Grace Christian Middle School brings back HMS Pinafore for their spring musical.
Grace Christian School now has a fully State-accredited early education program that also includes preschool students (age 3).
Cascade Christian High School has its 1,000th graduate cross the stage.
1,317 students have now received their diplomas from CCHS and have the unique privilege of BELONGing to those who have been trained to be the next generation of righteous leaders to their family, church, and community. Enrollment is growing again after a dip due to strenuous economic times.
Grace Christian Schools creates its own 501(c)3 non-profit corporation and a new Board of Trustees is established, comprised of three First Baptist Church members and six members of the community who share the vision of Christian education. The district name changes to Grace Cascade Christian Schools.
Grace Christian Middle School moves to its new home on the Cascade Christian campus and receives the new name of Cascade Christian Middle School. Middle school students now enjoy a brand new school with lots of natural lighting and open space and are able to share facilities with the high school, such as the gym, computer lab, and art room.
God has been faithful to provide for the needs of the schools and it is evident that future plans will continue to be orchestrated by His guiding hands.