1994 architectural rendering of the Benvoulin Campus.
In 1978 a group of parents from Evangel Tabernacle started Evangel Christian Academy. In 1979, Kelowna Christian School, an interdenominational school with 36 students, was founded and leased the education wing of the Kelowna Alliance Church. Although the beginning was humble, these students today are serving the Lord in varied fields such as architecture, dentistry, medicine, business and church ministry, a tribute to God’s grace and faithfulness.
In 1982, two small schools (Evangel Christian Academy and Kelowna Christian School) amalgamated under the name of Kelowna Christian School (KCS). One hundred students were registered during the first year, which seriously strained the facilities of the old Evangel building on Bertram St. Extra space for two classrooms was procured in the basement of the Christian Reformed Church, just three blocks away.
In 1984, KCS leased the education wing of the newly constructed Evangel Tabernacle on Gordon Drive. A science lab, large gymnasium, library, administrative offices and spacious classrooms were the answers to many prayers. After moving the new facilities to Gordon Drive, the ability for KCS to serve the community grew significantly and with this came increased acceptance within the Christian community and rapid increase in student population. Facilities were expanded with a new elementary wing, two large multipurpose rooms, home economics and learning assistance rooms, computer room and new library in 1992. Another milestone was reached with the first graduates of KCS in June 1992.
To accommodate the rapid growth and success of KCS, a satellite campus was opened in September of 1994 at Trinity Baptist Church on Springfield Road. This space was home to approximately 100 grade 6 and 7 students until 1997, when the Board and Society decided a new freestanding facility was required to meet demand. Our current secondary campus on Benvoulin Road was completed in 1997 for students in grades 6-12, with further expansion of phases completed in 1998.
In 2018, Kelowna Christian School celebrates 40 years of excellence. We continue to grow and advance, while serving over 400 families and 760 students in two campuses. Preschool and Elementary schools are located in the education wing at Evangel Church on Gordon Drive, with Middle/High schools and administrative offices at the Benvoulin Rd. campus.
In the last decade we have consistently been rated by the Fraser Institute as the top academic school outside the greater Vancouver and Victoria areas. Our commitment to sports excellence was recognized in 2012-13 when we were named "School of the Year" by B.C. School Sports. At KCS, students will find a wide range of opportunities in academics, athletics, the arts and international missions.