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In January of 1973, North Clackamas Christian School (NCCS) was still a dream in the hearts of a few parents. They felt God directing them to establish a school where they could send their children; a school where teachers would reinforce the Christ-centered training provided in the home and the church. They also wanted a school with a strong academic program.

Planning meetings began in February, 1973. Many other parents shared the same goals, although some doubted that they could accomplish the dream of truly launching a Christian school. They chose to step out in faith and made plans to open in September, 1973, with grades K-12.

NCCS became a non-denominational school where its staff members were to base all teaching on God’s Word, the Bible. It was to be a school staffed by dedicated Christians who would set forth the discipline needed for a sound educational program. It was to be a school in which the students, parent/guardians, faculty and staff would all invest their time, skills, and financial contributions.

In June, 1973, land was purchased on top of the hill in Oregon City and ground was broken. Volunteer workers soon completed a six-room building which housed 93 students and six teachers that first year. Although it was a difficult beginning, with much learning and adjusting, the teachers and students of that first year remember it fondly.

In 1995 the school board determined that NCCS needed to become accredited and began the accreditation process through the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). In 1997 NCCS also began the accreditation process with the Northwest Accreditation Commission. The NWAC is the secular accrediting body for schools in the Northwest region of the United States and its accreditation is recognized by schools, colleges, and universities throughout the nation.  During the course of pursuing accreditation, ACSI and NWAC entered into a third-party accreditation agreement (basically a reciprocity agreement). Therefore, NCCS became fully accredited by both ACSI and NWAC. Accreditation allows the NCCS high school diploma to be recognized by colleges and universities as being equal to a high school diploma from any other accredited high school.

In 2015, NCCS added an international component to our student community. With the addition of an international student coordinator, we have established partnerships with secondary schools in China, South Korea and Japan. This has resulted in a more diverse student population, which has greatly benefited our classrooms and student population as a whole.  In 2016, NCCS signed reciprocal agreements with three ACSI schools in South Korea.

NCCS was established to provide a biblically based education to assist parents in fulfilling their God-given responsibility to bring up their children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Therefore, we endeavor to guide our students to live according to God’s Word. Each academic discipline and every activity of school life should bring honor and glory to God. Our desire is to direct the student toward a position of true knowledge, righteousness, and holiness in Christ by developing and relating the whole person to God academically, mentally, physically, socially, and spiritually. By teaching the essential doctrines of the Christian faith, we move toward the concept of 1 Timothy 1:5, which states: “The goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith” (NASB). Preparing students for their calling as a Christian believer is an overarching goal.

Sports and fine arts at NCCS give students opportunities to experience additional learning outside the classroom. Fall, winter and spring sports give students ample opportunities to participate in athletics and learn valuable lessons in discipline, respect and teamwork. NCCS is a member of the 1A - Valley 10 league in the Oregon State Activities Association (OSAA), for competitions in sports and fine arts. 

Art is taught throughout elementary grade levels and is offered as an elective in the junior high and high school program. Our students share their talents through various opportunities.

Our music program includes choral opportunities from preschool through high school, as well as band from 5th grade up through high school. Music has had many opportunities to bless our community with its dynamic program. Our choral program won the state championship at the 1A/2A level for several years and regularly places in the top three.  NCCS also has a student led worship team for our 7th-12th Chapel.

Since its beginning over 50 years ago, NCCS has continued to strive to honor God throughout. Our school mission statement clearly articulates this goal: “We equip graduates to apply Biblical truth as disciples of Christ.” Over the years, NCCS has sustained the vision of those who started the school, who physically framed the buildings and the concept of academic excellence embedded in biblical truth.

As we move forward in the 21st century, our school focus continues to provide a quality education which prepares students for the plans God has for them. Our graduates are well-prepared to meet the demands of collegiate study, the mission field, the military or any career field of their choosing.  Our core philosophy of establishing academic rigor, while providing support through a strong network of relationships with parents, church and community, is instrumental in shaping of the hearts and minds of our students in the righteousness of Christ.  NCCS continues to be a beacon on the hill for Christ within the local community and surrounding Clackamas County. 

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