New Christian high school opens today

A new private Christian high school will open today inside Valley Church at 2940 Interstate 70-Business Loop.

The founders of Grand Valley Christian High School say the area has many K-8 Christian schools to choose from, but the options are limited at the high school level.

A group of parents met in June to discuss the possibility of opening a new Christian high school, and the idea has come to fruition three months later.

Nine students have enrolled in the school so far.

Two of those teens are children of Jeff Brantley, who serves as acting president of the board of directors.

“My kids have been supportive and excited there’s a new school in town,” Brantley said.

The school will begin with ninth through 12th grades and offer electives such as Spanish, computer classes and a Bible class alongside the basics. The school has two full-time teachers and a handful of teachers who will conduct one or two classes each day.

Having a Bible class isn’t the only thing that makes the school Christian, Brantley said. The school will use textbooks from the Association of Christian Schools International, Bob Jones University Press and Apologia Press, all Christian publishers, and curriculum will emphasize God’s hand in everything from science to history, Brantley said.

“It’s more than praying at the beginning of class,” he said.

The school will remain in Valley Church until it needs to expand, Brantley said. Geoff Walker, pastor of the church, offered space in his building to the school and will enroll his daughter there next year.

“We’re excited about how quickly it has come together and the quality of teachers we’ve been able to recruit,” Walker said.

The school still is accepting applicants during the first week or two of class. Tuition is $3,300, spread over 10 payments. For information, call 241-4126, e-mail grand .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or visit


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