First Coast Christian School was founded in 1981 as a ministry of the formerly known Jacksonville Baptist Temple and was located on Beaver Street in Jacksonville, Fla. In 1985, the school moved, together with the church, to our present location on Blanding Boulevard. The church’s name was changed to First Coast Baptist Church and the school was then named First Coast Christian School. In 1990, Dr. Verle Ackerman became the Administrator of the school and served in this capacity until 1997, when Mr. Morry Kemple was called to become the school’s Administrator. Under his leadership, the school saw remarkable growth and earned full accreditation through the Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools. Mr. Morry Kemple retired after many years of faithful service and Mr. Richard L. Spain, Jr. is now currently serving as the school’s Administrator. In 2001, the church called Reverend Richard Edwards as Pastor and President of the school.
The mission of FCCS is to provide a quality, Christ-centered education in a safe, Christian atmosphere, to reach the heart of each student for Jesus Christ, and to prepare our students for the future by promoting spiritual growth and developing a biblical worldview.
First Coast Christian School is accredited by the Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (FACCS), a voluntary, service providing association of Christian schools, Christian colleges and universities, homeschool groups, and homeschool families. Started in 1968, FACCS is the oldest, state-level association of Christian schools in the nation. Having met or exceeded nationally recognized standards through FACCS accreditation, First Coast Christian School has also achieved dual accreditation by Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS). MSA-CESS accredits early-childhood through post-secondary, non-degree granting public, private, faith-based educational institutions. MSA-CESS is one of the regional accrediting organizations recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a gatekeeper for eligibility for Title IV funding for post-secondary institutions.
First Coast Christian School has a current enrollment of about 585 students:
• Male -46%, Female – 54%
• Caucasian – 37%, African American – 40%, Hispanic – 11%, Asian – 6%, Other – 6%
• Membership at First Coast Baptist Church: 6.5%
There are 47 faculty members. Twenty-four have taught at First Coast Christian School for 10 years or more. The student to faculty ratio is 13:1.
Courses are available for the standard and college preparatory tracks. Advanced math courses begin in seventh grade. Additional advanced and/or honors courses in Bible, math, science and social studies begin in ninth grade. For those who meet the academic requirements, dual enrollment through Florida State College at Jacksonville are offered beginning in eleventh grade. Biblical worldview principles are integrated into every course area.
On campus, courses are taught from a distinctively Christian perspective, using Christian textbooks and e-books enhanced by the use of iPads. Each classroom is equipped with technology resources to enhance the curriculum such as computers, iPads, and Apple TVs. Our learning management system, which assists with organizing content for each course, gives students the ability to access assignments as well as tests and quizzes directly from their iPad.