- Average faculty tenure with RC Christian is nine years.
- 2018 – 2019 enrollment: 132 students in grades 9-12, 114 in grades 6-8
- Students are admitted on the basis of parental and personal spiritual commitment, entrance exams, and previous school record.
- Students are required to complete twenty-four units of high school credit, including one unit of Bible for every year at RCCS. See the curriculum page for details.
- Spanish I & II, American Sign Language I & II, French I, Advanced Mathematics, Consumer Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, AP Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, Botany, Biology, AP Biology, Chorus, Band, Art, Debate.
- The middle school (grades 6-8) curriculum includes Bible, English, Mathematics, Science, Geography, History, Music, Physical Eduation and Health.
Grading system is as follows:
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Grade Point Average
- Grades received during high school (grades 9-12) are included in a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) based on a five point scale. Students who take dual enrollment or AP classes are on a five point scale.
- Students take the Terra Nova in grades 6-11 and the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT) prior to applying for admission to college.
- Boys athletics: Football, Basketball, Track, Golf, Cross Country, Wrestling, Tennis, Soccer
- Girls athletics: Volleyball, Basketball, Track, Golf, Cross Country, Cheerleading, Tennis, Soccer
- Other activities: Student Council, Spring Play, One Act Play, Knowledge Bowl, Oral Interpretation, Science Bowl, National Honor Society, Debate Team, Worship Team, All-State Choir & Orchestra
RCCS HISTORY & GROWTH
In 1980, a group of dedicated parents joined together to pursue a vision for a Christian secondary school for their children. Then, in the fall of 1981, twenty-four students in grades 7-9 entered Rapid City Christian School.
The School Expands
As grades were added, the school began to grow. It moved to various facilities as more space was needed. The school granted diplomas to the first graduating class in 1986.
More Space Needed
In 1988 the school moved to Bible Fellowship Church. Steady controlled growth swelled the student body to close to the maximum number the building could handle, so the search began for a permanent location.
By God’s direction, the Board of Trustees approved the purchase of the Hart Ranch Arena in 2003. With 20 acres of land and more than 67,000 square feet of space, the building and site would provide a beautiful setting for Christian education to flourish in the Black Hills for decades and generations to come.
Development of the Hart Ranch Campus
In order for the existing building to be suitable to be used as a school, an extensive remodeling project began. In the fall of 2007, the first phase of remodeling was completed and RC Christian moved to their Hart Ranch home.
Over the course of the next 8 years, RC Christian School saw an incredible transformation. The former arena was excavated to create space for a beautiful Chapel, a large gymnasium with locker rooms, a music room, and more recently, a learning center. Several new classrooms and additional staff were added to support a continually growing number of students. Also during this time, the state of the art Kelly Duinick Memorial Field was built to support the growing RC Christian athletic program.
The Journey Continues
God has used many dedicated people over the last 35 years to continue to develop our facility, staff and curriculum. Rapid City Christian School today is a testimony of what God can do when a few committed families are obedient to His leading.
In the spring of 2015, desiring to be obedient to the vision God had entrusted to them, the Board of Trustees launched the Vision for Excellence Capital Campaign. The goals of this Campaign were to complete the middle school wing, complete the courts and commons area, create a state-of-the-art science wing, create a wellness center, expand the learning center and complete the entire arena renovation. Through God’s faithful provision, many of these goals have already become reality.
Our mission is to equip children of Christian families with a sound liberal arts education framed within a biblical understanding of God and His creation, and to help nurture them in an active commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ.
We at Rapid City Christian School are convinced that Christian education consists of much more than superficially wedging Bible classes and Bible verses into a basically secular academic curriculum. Our goal is to produce graduates whose entire schooling has been framed within a Christian worldview – a Christian lens or grid of ideas and values through which to see, evaluate, and act in all areas of life.
Since beliefs and conduct vis-a-vis, politics, history, science, medicine, law, literature, aesthetics, the nature of man, and the very limits of knowledge all flow from one’s worldview, no institution can claim to have provided truly Christian education unless its students have gained an unmistakably Christian perspective in relation to all of these areas.
That, in a nutshell, is the formidable, unique vision that sets us apart from other educational choices. Furthermore, and without apology, we thus see our task in immense terms. Ours is the participation in an endeavor almost without peer. Destinies are at stake. Events in today’s classrooms make their mark not only on the next generation’s place in history but on each individual’s place in eternity.
STATEMENT OF FAITH
We believe the Bible is the only infallible, inspired, authoritative, inerrant Word of God (II Timothy 3:15, II Peter 1:21).
We believe there is only one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:1 Matthew 28:19; John 10:30).
We believe in the creation of the heavens, the earth, and man by a direct act of God in six days. (Genesis 1:1, 1:26).
We believe in the deity of Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His power to forgive sins, in His vicarious atoning death, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory (John 10:33; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:35; Hebrews 4:15, 7:26; John 2:11; 1 Corinthians 15:3; Ephesians 1:7; Hebrews 2:9; John 11:25; 1 Corinthians 15:4; Mark 16:19; Acts 1:11; Revelation 19:11).
We believe in the absolute necessity of regeneration by the Holy Spirit for salvation because of the exceeding sinfulness of human nature, and that men are justified on the single ground of faith in the shed blood of Christ and that only by God’s grace through faith we are saved (John 3:16-19, 5:24; Romans 3:23, 5:8-9; Ephesians 2:9-10; Titus 3:5).
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life, distinct from the ways of the world (Romans 8:13-14; 1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:19-20; Ephesians 4:30, 5:18; Romans 12:1-2; Galatians 5:22-23).
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost: they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation (John 5:28-29; Revelation 20:10;John 8:44; II Corinthians 4:4).
We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Galatians 3:26-28).
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- Where is RC Christian School located?
In 2007, Rapid City Christian School moved to the Hart Ranch campus at 23757 Arena Dr. next to the Hart Ranch Camping Resort 6 miles south of Rapid City.
- Does RC Christian School provide busing to the school?
No. Many families carpool. We provide a carpool map to help connect you to other RC Christian School families in your area. Many high school students drive.
- How much is tuition?
See our tuition page for complete rates.
- Is financial aid available?
Yes. Tuition Assistance Scholarships for qualified families can provide up to 50% of tuition. Full-time pastors/missionaries receive an automatic 25% tuition discount for their children.
- What sports are offered at RC Christian School?
Football, Volleyball, Tennis, Cross Country, Basketball, Wrestling, Golf, Track, and Cheerleading.
- What other extra-curricular activities are offered at RC Christian School?
Chapel Band, Dordt Choir Trip, Oral Interp., Drama, One-Act Play, School Play, Student Council, Region VIII Solo Ensemble and Large Group competitions, Knowledge Bowl, West River Math and Science Contest, and Chadron Academic Scholastic Competition.
- How do RC Christian School students compare academically with those attending public school?
ACT average scores are higher than state and national averages; students will be well prepared for college.