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RCCS History & Growth

The Beginning

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. 

The Solution

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.


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    Rapid City Christian School
    23757 Arena Drive
    Rapid City, SD  57702
    Phone:  (605) 341-3377
    Fax:  (605) 341-2248


    Mission Statement

    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

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