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Building for Growth

In November, 1979, 22 parents met at a local church to discuss the formation of a Christian school in the Flathead Valley. Since then, God has grown the seed planted in their minds to become a powerful force for good in this region. Stillwater Christian School has graduated more than 600 students and impacted countless more through the work
of excellent teachers and coaches for the past forty years and is now the largest and fastest growing Christian
school in Montana. We hope that you are encouraged by what God is doing here and will consider making an
impact as we build for growth.

Our Vision

To develop lifelong learners who discern and apply God’s truth as they serve and lead wherever God calls.

Our Mission

To equip students with the tools for learning through a Christ-centered education.

The Impact of Our Work

Stillwater Christian School produces graduates who..

Approach life through the lens of a Biblical worldview

Think clearly and critically

Communicate effectively in writing and speech

Embrace, articulate, and exemplify the gospel of Jesus Christ

Intentionally display God's image through pursuit of creative artistic excellence

Serve others through caring, faithful presence

Lead, follow, and collaborate well as members of teams

Responsibly steward their gifts out of a sense of calling

Persevere through adversity with godly character

Our History

September, 1980

Flathead Valley Christian School opened with 57 students at Evergreen Alliance Church.

May, 1987

The first graduating class of three seniors graduated.

September, 1980

FVCS began operating at its current site, the former Flathead County nursing home.

September, 1980

FVCS became Stillwater Christian School, and the Colts became the Cougars.

Why This is So Important

According to U.S. Senator Steve Daines (Montana), “the most important work being done in our country today is being done, not in Washington D.C., but in schools like Stillwater Christian School.” This is because the students we are equipping with the tools for learning through a Christ-centered education represent our future.

Our vision is to prepare a generation of servant leaders who can be salt and light in a world badly in need of both. Many have noted the crisis of character in our nation today. In the past forty years, Stillwater has graduated men and women of character who have gone on to become difference-makers in their communities, churches, and vocations. Our experience with our graduates demonstrates what recent research by the Cardus Institute has shown: that Christian school graduates are much more likely than Christian students graduating from a public school to believe in God and the infallibility of Scripture, to say that they have an obligation to practice spiritual disciplines, and to financially support churches and charitable causes. This study also found that Christian school graduates are twice as likely as public school graduates to report that their school experience prepared them well for college and work. (2018 US Cardus Education Survey).

As the only preschool through 12th grade Christian school in the rapidly growing Flathead Valley, we have the opportunity to do something truly unique and powerful: to provide children in this community an excellent, intentional Christian education from age 3 to age 18. The classical Christian education that our students receive not only prepares them for college and work, it helps build a foundation of faith and character that makes our work genuinely “the most important work” being done in our country today.

What We Are Working Towards

Stillwater Christian School’s five-year Strategic Plan, SCS21 spells out what we are working towards as we look to grow and improve our school. Its priorities, strategies, and goals were developed by 60+ SCS community members in 2018. This dynamic plan is updated annually, building on the initial plan as it adapts to new realities.

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Several factors, to include living in the third-fastest growing micropolitan area (10K-50K people) in the United States; being the only preschool through 12 traditional private school in the Flathead valley; growing frustration among parents with public school curriculum and culture; and the increased excellence of our program, give us confidence that high enrollment demand (growth!) will continue at Stillwater. Due to that demand, Building for Growth includes facilities improvements and expansions necessary to accommodate this growth.

Building for Growth is Step 3 in a series of giving-driven, development steps. As Steps 1 and 2 demonstrate, God has been remarkably faithful to provide partners to enable the growth we’ve experienced thus far. It is our prayer that many more will step up and make an impact through their giving to the projects identified in Step 3. Thank you for considering an investment in the important, transformational work going on at Stillwater Christian School.

Step 1

Completed in 2013

Preparing the Way

$3M

New preschool facility, soccer fields, and physical education facilities

Necessary facilities renovations (roof, offices, restrooms, etc.)

Increases in teacher salaries and teacher professional development

Addition of a Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Increased financial assistance to strengthen the overall quality, affordability, and financial health of the school program for students

Step 2

Completed in 2019

Strategic Improvements

$2.25M

High school addition including six classrooms, lobby, and updated fine arts/preschool space

Middle school addition including three classrooms, restrooms, and a connector hallway

Significant funding for the SCS variable tuition program which benefits 50% of SCS students

Further increases in teacher salaries and teacher professional development

Temporary funding for an assistant head of school position for smooth leadership transition

Step 3

Target Completion Date: May 2021

Building for Growth

$1.7M

Completed

The addition of four classrooms [Cost: $425K]

Renovations in the Elementary Building [Cost: $75K]

Gymnasium and weight room refurbishments [Cost: $65K]

Reduce long-term debt of $1.2M [target amount: $300K]

In-Progress

Funding for the SCS Variable Tuition Program [target: $700K] – 50% COMPLETE

Fine arts program and facilities enhancements [estimated cost: $35K]

Construction of a right turn lane on FFA Drive to ease traffic [estimated cost: $75K]

Safety and security enhancements [estimated cost: $50K]

Learning services and enrichment program enhancements [estimated cost: $15K]

Tabitha Migwi Scholarship Fund [target: $10K]

Step 4

Anticipated 2021-2025

Broadening the Experience

$10M - $15M

In Step 4, Stillwater will seek to “broaden the experience” by providing new opportunities for students, innovative programs, and the best preparation for students in the “wherever God calls” part of our vision. Projects associated with Step 4 may include:

New fieldhouse and gymnasium.

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) and Industrial Arts Center.

Expanded fine arts facilities including dedicated space for the SCS Conservatory of Music.

Space to house a classical, university-model hybrid/homeschool program.

Expanded space for a learning center to better serve students with learning differences.

Fully retire existing long-term debt.

Funding for a robust Summer and Experiential Learning program.

Fully benchmark SCS teacher salaries to those of local public schools.

Annual funding to sustain the SCS variable tuition program.

Increase SCS endowment to $5M to support the variable tuition program.

Step 5

Anticipated 2026-2032

Maximized Potential

$10M - $15M

In Step 5, Stillwater will seek to “maximize the potential” of its facilities, programs, and financial model. Projects associated with Step 5 may include:

Full Buildout of SCS Master Site Plan to include a Performing Arts Center.

Increase SCS endowment to $10M to fully support the variable tuition program.

 
 

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