For Information about Preschool, please visit the Day Care page.
A letter from our Administrator
We began this school year with courage and a willingness to adapt to the many challenges that came before us. With God's help and provision, we continue to persevere. I am so proud of our staff's attitudes and commitment to work through all the changes that have occurred.
As the new year began, many made resolutions to be soon forgotten or tossed aside. I chose to focus on a word for the year, and my word for the year is believe. To believe is to accept something as truth. As Christians, we believe (trust) in Jesus Christ. "And without faith, it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him" (Hebrew 11:6 NIV). I continue to believe God watches over us and provides protection and guidance.
I believe that Gaarde offers a unique opportunity for families and staff to work in partnership to benefit students in their academic life and their spiritual life. Last week you received an email containing a letter detailing the benefits of choosing Gaarde for your child. I encourage you to read this letter if you have not yet had the opportunity.
For the 2021-2022 school year, we have some new and exciting opportunities. We recognize the increasing need to expand our existing Kindergarten program to include Transitional Kindergarten (TK). TK will work in conjunction with our Kindergarten program and help bridge the gap for students who are not ready for a full day of kindergarten. TK will serve students who turn five between September 2nd and December 31st and 5-year-olds not ready for all-day kindergarten. Additionally, the preschool program will now be under Gaarde Christian Day Care's (GCDC) umbrella, a ministry of Faith Journey Church. GCDC will provide the same excellence in the preschool program with which many of you are familiar. Separate enrollment for the preschool program is included in this packet.
As you re-enroll at Gaarde for the 2021-2022 school year, know that you will be a continued part of the legacy of Gaarde Christian School, a school committed to His service and design. Our commitment stands to:
· Teach students who God is and about His love for us.
· Teach students to grow in their commitment to Christ and their respect and service towards others.
· Teach students to grow academically as they are challenged to think critically about the world.
· Teach students within a Biblical worldview to be salt and light in a community that is so desperate for a Savior.
· Partner with parents in their call to shepherd students towards Christ.
Re-enrollment begins on January 26th for current families and their siblings. Below you will find the Student Enrollment form and financial information for the 2021/2022 school year, as well as daycare and preschool enrollment information. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. To ensure your student's place in the class, return the completed enrollment form and fee by February 8th, 2021. On February 9th, 2021, we will open enrollment to the community.
We look forward to a continued partnership with you and being a part of your student's journey.
In His Service,
Admission to GCS is age appropriate by September 1. New families seeking enrollment must submit a completed GCS Enrollment Form per student enrolling, along with a copy of a completed and signed Immunization Record. Elementary and middle school students must complete and submit a Student Education Records Request as part of the enrollment request.
All incoming elementary and middle school families seeking enrollment must complete an entrance interview with the school administrator. Transfer of all student academic records, including special education records if applicable, must be requested at the time of enrollment, for school administrator review. New students entering first through eighth grade may also be required to take a placement test before guaranteed grade placement. All placements are at the discretion of the administration. An official Enrollment Acceptance Letter, with the school administrator's signature of approval, will be sent upon administrator's review of entrance interview and student records.
Gaarde Christian School carefully and prayerfully creates a budget yearly to offer the very best education possible at an affordable cost. We wholeheartedly understand the sacrifice that each family has to make and the impact that the cost of tuition has on a family’s finances. Gaarde Christian School does not want tuition to hinder your child from attending.
Below is Gaarde Christian School's current tuition rates as well as the financial assistance process.
Gaarde Christian School offers tuition assistance to families on a “needs” basis. GCS partners with FACTS, a third-party private school tuition expert, to acquire the right financial information and determine individual tuition discounts. No scholarships are offered for preschool.
For more information about FACTS and how to apply, please contact:
Gaarde Christian School Registrar