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Western Michigan Christian’s mission is to educate with excellence, integrate faith with knowledge, equip students to work and serve Christ in their communities.
Our Story: WMC History
Western Michigan Christian High School was established in 1948 and is owned and operated by the parents and friends to whom it serves. The idea of a Christian high school in western Michigan was in the minds and hearts of a group of God-fearing parents as early as 1942.
WMC was founded in 1948 by parents from three area Christian elementary schools desiring Christian education through the twelfth grade. These three schools were: Fremont Christian, Grand Haven Christian, and Muskegon Christian; they were joined shortly thereafter by New Era Christian. These schools were united by a desire for Christian education from a Reformed perspective.
In 2011, WMC added a middle school to the campus. This added approximately 50 students and four staff to the school population.
Over the years, WMC has had several building projects to match both growing enrollment and athletic success:
- 1956 – A combination gym/auditorium was added, along with a commons area, kitchen facilities, and more classrooms.
- 1970s – Performance soccer field (still used today) and a track.
- 2003 – WMC moved to the Ellis Road campus.
- 2009 – Performance and practice gymnasiums added to Ellis Road facilities.
The school has a rich fine arts and athletic history. The band and choir have traveled extensively across the United States, participating in musical competitions and concerts, and many students have won numerous artistic awards. Several of our athletic programs have earned many State Championships.
School enrollment peaked in the 1970s with a student body of nearly 400. In the late 1970s, with the decline in local industry and the end of the baby boom generation, enrollment dropped significantly reaching all-time lows in the early 1980s.
WMC is governed by a 15-member board and Pastor Samuel Greer began his term as Interim Principal in June 2017.
The current makeup of our school is a result of an intentional focus on reaching out and building community. In fact, each of the past seven years we have seen an increase in enrollment, currently 355, grades 7-12.
Evidence of ‘All God’s People’ at WMC includes:
- A Freshmen Bible class that has a Buddhist student from China, including students from Spain, Korea and Brazil.
- WMC has students who belong to the Catholic, Lutheran and Baptist churches.
- A Senior service project in which international students from Korea led a children’s camp with Korean songs, games, and food.
- A chapel service led by an American professional baseball player, who is a Christian playing in Korea, who shared his testimony with our student body.
It is a blessing to have a school filled with students from many countries and to watch God work in our staff and students as they grow in Him.
Our Unique Learning Environment
Western Michigan Christian High School’s mission is to educate with excellence, integrate faith with knowledge, and equip students to work and serve Christ in their communities.
Christ is the center of everything we do at WMC:
- It’s not just prayer, chapel and bible study. It’s Christ and a Biblical perspective integrated into academics.
- It’s journaling how a character from Macbeth compares to what scripture says about our character.
- It’s seeing the order of creative design in math when studying algebraic equations.
- It’s a cheer coach, who teaches her team to put on the full armor of God in athletics and in life.
WMC is Culturally Diverse:
Located in Norton Shores, WMC is truly a school comprised of all God’s people from five countries, 36 local and international cities and 95 churches.
As a World Class School, WMC annually hosts students from several countries around the world including China, Korea South Africa, Spain, and Vietnam. Through the years this has enabled WMC to share Christ and culture across the Globe while offering our students the opportunity to enjoy a culturally diverse student body.
WMC is a 7 – 12 Model:
- At WMC we serve grades seven through twelve.
- Research and feedback indicates grade 7 and 8 students actually act in a more mature and responsible manner.
- Our High School is student-centered with excellent Safe Schools, Small Group Spiritual Development, and other programs that support social, emotional, spiritual and academic needs and we have not seen any issues with grades 7-12 in one building.
- The 7-12 model provides access for grade 7 and 8 students to specialized programs in art, music, science, technology and other specialty areas and there are reach-ahead opportunities for grade 7and 8 students.
- There are some discrete spaces for each group of students such as classrooms, washrooms, halls/wings/floors of the building and we have some differentiated timetables for start times, lunch hours, gymnasium times, and chapel times. We also have shared spaces for students including the cafeteria, library, art room, media center, hallways and gymnasiums.
- Our 7th and 8th grade students have greater access to guidance, and our Educational Support Services“ initiatives that are directed at grade 7-12 to meet the needs of students.
- Our High School students are positive role models, mentors, and tutors. We provide increased Community Service hours for high school students to support younger students.
- More opportunities exist for cross-age activities such as tutoring and older role model programs in schools with a broad span of grades levels. Our 7-12 configuration allows for more collaboration among teachers across grade levels and better alignment of curriculum across grades.
- Researchers believe that making a change in the 7th grade gives students more time to acclimate to new surroundings before credit accumulation begins.
- We offer joint activities such as multiple All-School Chapels, Spirit Week activities, and All-School Service Project
West Michigan Christian Schools (WMCS) are Better Together
Our PK-12 School Family includes:
- Fremont Christian School (PK-8)
- Grand Haven Christian School (PK-8)
- Muskegon Christian School (PK-6)
- New Era Christian School (PK-8)
- Western Michigan Christian High and Middle School (7-12)
Western Michigan Christian School is a member of WMCS, a collaborative system of five schools throughout the Lakeshore region of Western Michigan, that work together under a “Better Together” philosophy, offering a top-quality PK-12 Christian Education experience and a full scope of academic and extracurricular programs. Benefiting from close cooperation and a seamless curriculum, our schools work together to formulate strategy and execute the necessary plans to achieve, elevate, and sustain Christian Education in West Michigan.
At WMCS, everything we do is from the perspective of a Christ-centered worldview. We not only ask the question, “What would Jesus do?” we show our students “What Jesus Says” as it relates to the classroom, the athletic field and the community we serve. WMCS extends “Beyond Academics” and educates the whole child, putting Christ at the center of all we do. Academically, we perform with excellence, with top local and national standardized test scores.
West Michigan Christian Schools (WMCS) together strive to:
- Create a seamless, exemplary Christian educational experience for families in Western Michigan from preschool through high school.
- Provide excellent Christian education rooted in the gospel to all who desire it.
- Provide a model of collaboration that will serve as a roadmap for other Christian educational communities.
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:
- GOD. There is one infinite, holy, loving, personal God who speaks to us in Scripture and reveals himself to us in His acts of creation, salvation, and renewal, as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. As finite human beings created in God’s image, we declare that it is our purpose and privilege to worship, honor, serve, and obey Him.
- CREATION. The world belongs to God, who created it and faithfully sustains it by His providence. Creation is the theater of God’s glory, displaying His power and majesty. God calls us to discover creation’s resources, to receive these gifts with thanksgiving and delight, and to use them wisely as stewards and caretakers who are responsible to God and to our neighbor.
- SIN. Our ability to carry out our human calling to honor God, serve our neighbor, and care for the creation is marred by the corrosive effects of sin, which touches every part of life. When our first parents listened to Satan’s lie, questioned God’s Word, and rebelled against Him, they brought His judgment upon themselves, their posterity, and the creation. Brokenness, disease, hatred, arrogance, alienation, abuse of creation, and ultimately death are the inevitable fruits of sin in our world.
- COVENANT. However, God has not rejected or abandoned His world but has turned to it in love. He gave the rainbow sign to Noah as a pledge of his promise to care for all creatures. He made a covenant with Abraham, promising to be a faithful God to him and his children, and through them to bless all nations. Through His servant Moses, God disclosed His law for the human community, promising rich blessing as the fruit of obedience. God always keeps His promises. We acknowledge with gratitude and joy that He is our God and the God of our children; that we are His people, and that this is His world.
- REDEMPTION. As He promised, God in love sent Jesus Christ into the world to save it from sin and its consequences. The atoning death of the Son of God is the only payment for the debt of human sin, and Christ’s resurrection is the only liberation from the powers of evil and death. The victorious Lord sends the Holy Spirit to create faith, cleanse and renew hearts, and build a community of love and holiness. It is this community’s mission to proclaim and live this good news and to make disciples of nations.
- KINGDOM OF GOD. Jesus Christ is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and He reigns over all things for our good. To be a citizen of this kingdom is a privilege, a joy, and a responsibility. Led by His Spirit, we place our every thought, word, and deed in the service of Christ’s present and coming reign, and we live daily in the confident hope of His triumphant return.
All association members, including teachers, must subscribe to the following statements as accurate summaries of the Word of God about Christian education:
- COMMUNITY. Each of our West Michigan Christian Schools, as an enterprise of the entire community, enables and equips all of its children to serve the Lord, to love their fellow human beings, and to care for God’s creation. The WMCS community provides an environment of love and care within which students are nurtured. As an indispensable partner with the home and the church, each school leads children to live according to Biblical wisdom.
- STAFF. Staff members of WMC Schools, are living in joyful fellowship with God, model the love of Christ to children. Empowered by the Holy Spirit and dedicated to the highest standards of excellence and professionalism, WMCS teachers view their work as a vocation. The calling of a WMCS teacher is to pass on the wisdom of the Christian tradition to students and to help them understand and apply the transforming power of the gospel to contemporary society and culture.
- STUDENTS. Children are God’s image bearers, entrusted to parents and the Christian community as His gifts. WMC Schools encourage students to develop their gifts in response to God and in loving service to fellow human beings. Students are led to know God and to respond to Him in every dimension of the creation and in every aspect of their lives.
- CURRICULUM. The WMC Schools PK-12 curriculum is developed and organized so that children may come to know God more deeply and richly and live for Him more faithfully. Since human experience in all its rich variety is a good gift from the Creator who remains involved in his world, our curriculum explores all dimensions of creation. God’s design for the creation and His will for human society and culture must be understood and obeyed. This is the way of godly wisdom. Students are taught to recognize the brokenness that sin brings to God’s carefully designed world and are challenged to bring the healing power of Jesus Christ to a fallen world.
Students in Western Michigan Christian School will understand that knowledge is not independent of faith nor that faith is independent of knowledge. Therefore, they will understand that: In the beginning God created all things, and they were good. The world is God’s kingdom; all creation reflects God’s glory and belongs to God. God created humans in His image as whole persons, embracing the spiritual, physical, social, emotional, intellectual and aesthetic. We have a responsibility to develop all areas of our lives.
God more clearly reveals Himself in the Bible but also shows Himself through the created world, through society and through ourselves. God continues to be active in creation; when we observe and interact with the world, we are observing and interacting with what God is doing. Because humans disobeyed God, we, and our relation with all of creation, is affected by sin. Since the fall people have misused God’s world, turning themselves away from God and His purposes. God has begun to restore all of creation through Christ’s birth, death, resurrection, ascension and outpouring of the Holy Spirit; it will be fully restored when Christ comes again to rule forever. Out of thankfulness for Christ’s gift of salvation and with the power of the Holy Spirit, it is our responsibility to spread the Good News and to build God’s Kingdom by sharing His love, making disciples of all nations, practicing stewardship, enjoying His image in creation, showing mercy and working for justice.