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Christian high school comes to Oak Harbor

Parents who want their high school children to have a Christian education will have a new option this fall.

North Whidbey Christian School is opening and will eventually offer instruction for students in grades nine through 12. The opening of the new school will help fill a hole with religious schools in the area.

“This has been a desire of many parents for a long time,” said Dawn VanDyk, one of a five-member board that is overseeing the formation of the new school. Other members of the board are Larry VanderLeest, Sherry Fakkema, Mike Nagel and Dave Smith.

The largest Christian school on Whidbey Island, Oak Harbor Christian School, offers instruction only through eighth grade. VanDyk said many families who want their children to attend high school in a similar environment often have to home school them.

“What we’re giving parents is another option,” VanDyk said.

She described the school as parent-run and interdenominational. Its mission statement says the school will “provide a Christ-centered education that will prepare students for college and/or career.”

The school is planning to have an initial enrollment of five to 10 students of freshman and sophomore age. Higher grade levels will be offered as the current students progress through high school.

VanDyk said the school is working with Christian Schools International for accreditation, but that won’t happen until all four high school grades are offered.

Meanwhile, school officials are working to get everything in order to be ready for classes this fall.

North Whidbey Christian High School doesn’t have a location yet. VanDyk said organizers are still negotiating a possible site with a building owner.

In addition to not having a space, the school doesn’t have any teachers yet.

VanDyk said certified teachers, one full-time and two to three part-time, and one administrator will soon be hired.

Once that is done, they will know how much to charge for tuition. She didn’t have a hard number on the tuition amount yet, but estimated that it could run approximately $450 per month.

For more information about North Whidbey Christian School contact VanDyk at 279-0750 or at vandykd@netzero.net.

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