Our Mission:

Through academically rigorous, Biblically-founded education

  • Partner with families to raise this generation

  • Equip students a a Biblical worldview

  • Impact the community and culture for Christ

Our Philosophy:

Three Essentials for Training up the Next Generation

  • Families: We welcome and invite families to take part

    • Communicate with teachers in person or via our online Jupiter Grades

    • Get involved in decision making by attending monthly board meetings

    • Join the Parent-Teacher-Student Association

    • Volunteer to serve around the school

    • Take part as a chaperone on retreats and field trips

  • Churches: We are interdenominational and families represent over a dozen local churches:

  • School: We are devoted to a Biblical worldview across the curricula

    • Science classes are based on a Creationist viewpoint and teach students how to respond to the claims of evolution

    • Literature classes emphasize a Biblical view of the world and teach students how to discern other messages in texts

    • Bible classes focus on the words of Scripture and our graduating seniors are equipped with apologetics strategies and responses to the world

    • History classes emphasize our national Christian heritage and the mandate to go to all nations

We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done.
— Psalm 78:4


Administrator: Wendy Tavenner

Elementary Lead Teacher: Melissa Fagan

Pre-K 3 & 4: Melissa Fagan

Kindergarten: Michele Poortinga

First & Second Grade: Brianna Johnson

Third & Fourth Grade: Vanessa Buska

Fifth & Sixth Grade: Alec Stephenson


  • Pastor Russ Nuss: Bible, History, Agricultural Science, and Guitar

  • Mr. Carson Tavenner: Math and Science

  • Mr. David Montz: Bible, Yearbook, English, and Photography

  • Mrs. Nancy Overgaard: Music, Drama, and Pottery

  • Mrs. Wendy Tavenner: English and P. E.

From our administration and front office to our faculty and support staff, we strive together in prayer, words, and actions to serve the greater school body.

Statement of Faith

(1)           The Scriptures:

We believe that the Old and New Testaments comprise the totality of verbally inspired revelation from God to man, and that the original documents were inerrant in fact and infallible in truth. The sixty-six books of the Bible thus constitute the Word of God and are the believer’s only rule for faith and living. (Isa. 40:8; John 17:17; Tim. 3:16-17)

(2)           The Godhead:

We believe in the one living and true God, who is one in essence, but eternally existent in the three persons of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each having the same nature and attributes. God is the Creator of all things, and the source of all truth. He is separate from the world and universe, yet everywhere present as the sovereign ruler and sustainer of all things. (Gen. 1:1; 26-27; Isa. 43:10, 13; Ex. 3:13; Matt. 28:19; Col. 1:17)

(3)           The Creation and Fall of Man:

We believe man was created in the image of God for the divine purpose of glorifying Him. But through Adam’s original sin, man fell from his original state of innocence and became corrupt in nature. As a consequence, man is under the wrath of God and is eternally lost apart from salvation through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. (Gen. 3:1-24; John 3:16-18; Rom. 3:23; Rom. 4:12-21; Rom. 6:23)

(4)           The Person and Work of Christ:

We believe that Jesus Christ, the second person of the Trinity, was the pre-existent, eternal son of God; that He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary; that He was fully God and man, yet without sin; that His death on the cross fully satisfied God’s divine justice and accomplished our redemption; that His bodily resurrection from the dead confirmed His deity and atoning work, and fully guaranteed the redemption of all who believe; that He is now seated at the right hand of God in Heaven, where as High Priest He serves as intercessor and advocate for all believers, that He is the only Mediator between God and man, the Head of His body (the church), and the coming universal King. (Matt. 1:18; John 1:1-3, 14; Acts 4:12; Rom. 1:4; 2 Cor. 5:21; Eph. 1:1-14, 22; Col. 1:15; Col. 2:9; 2 Tim. 2:5; Heb. 4:14; Heb. 10:18; Rev. 12:5)

(5)           The Holy Spirit:

We believe that the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, began His working with this present age at Pentecost, when He came as promised by Christ. In relation to unbelievers, He convicts of sin, righteousness, and judgment; in sanctifies, instructs, bestows gifts, empowers for service, and preserves to the day of redemption. (Matt. 28:19; John 14:26; John 16:7-15; Acts 2:1-40; Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 12:4-14; Eph. 1:13-14)

(6)           Salvation:

We believe that salvation is a gift of God’s grace, and is received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, totally apart from human merit or works. This salvation is evidence by Christ-like character, righteous living, and good works, as the believer submits to the indwelling Holy Spirit, in obedience to the Word of God. (Gal. 5:22; Eph. 2:8-9, I Tim. 1:5; 2 Tim. 1:9; James 1:21-27)

(7)           The Church:

We believe that the Church is the body of Christ, composed irrespective of denomination of organizational affiliation. Members of this spiritual body are directed in the Scripture to associate together in local assemblies. The mission of the Church is to make disciples of all people and nations, and to bring them to maturity in Christ. (Matt. 28:18-20; I Cor. 12:13; Eph. 2:11-22; Eph. 4:11-16; Col. 1:28; Heb. 10:23-25)

(8)           Satan:

We believe that Satan exists today as the enemy of God and the accuser of God’s people. He persistently seeks to counterfeit the works and truth of God. (Isa. 14:12-13; Ez. 28:12-17; Acts 26:18; Eph. 5:10-13; Rev. 12:1-17; Rev. 19:17-21)

(9)           Future Things:

We believe in the personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe in the bodily resurrection of all the dead – the saved to eternal life, dwelling forever with Christ – the unsaved to everlasting judgment and condemnation. (Matt. 24:29-30; Acts 1:11; Rev. 20:1-6)


Recognizing that the primary responsibility for education rests upon the parents to whom children are entrusted by god, and that they should seek to discharge this obligation through school associations which engage the services of Christian teachers in Christian schools, the purpose of this organization is to provide for and give to children a weekday Christ-centered education in an interdenominational structure that promotes and maintains the fundamental unity for the school and the home. It is to build upon the foundation of a Christ-centered home so that children will see that:

1.                   All truth comes from God.

2.                   God has a plan for their lives.

3.                   Their relationship with Jesus Christ can and should be an integral part of all areas of life, including education.


The school is also to maintain the highest standards of education so the students will be well prepared to enter the secular world in which they will live, to serve and minister to that world, recognize that “we are in the world, but not of the world.”

All this is from God...
— 2 Corinthians 5:18

In 1975 several local families and churches banded together to fill the need for a Christian school in Arlington.  

Years later, the school broke in two: Arlington Christian School remained at our current site and Master's Touch (which later became Highland Christian) moved to a separate campus.  

Then in 2014 after dwindling enrollment on one side and a loss of facilities on the other, God worked the miracle of rebirth in our school family.  We spent a year as Arlington Highland Christian School, but now with the bylaws merged and books settled we are returning to our roots by coming together as ARLINGTON CHRISTIAN SCHOOL.

We see this as a picture of God's work of reconciliation that begins with being made right with Him through the blood of Jesus.  From this foundation we are able to share the word of reconciliation to the world:

All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.