|Sioux Falls Christian Schools|
|6120 S. Charger Circle
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57106
|Teaching staff||50 (as of 2007-08)|
|Enrollment||804 (as of 2007-08)|
|Student to teacher ratio||14.4 (as of 2007-08)|
Sioux Falls Christian Schools (SFC) is a private school located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The school was founded in 1958 as an elementary school named Calvin Christian. Since its inception, SFC has expanded and currently offers programs from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade and is accredited by the state of South Dakota and Christian Schools International.
The superintendent is Jay Woudstra. The elementary, middle and high school principals are Matt Covey, Jerry Vande Pol, and Jeremy Van Nieuwenhuyzen, respectively. The high school enrollment is around 225 with about 88 percent Caucasian, 11 percent Asian, and less than 1 percent African American.
Sioux Falls Christian is strong academically as the students have scored well above the state and national averages on ACT scores. SFC currently offers AP courses in physics, calculus, Government, Statistics, French, Biology and Spanish. Students can also participate in music, drama, cheerleading, dance and oral interp. Over 60% of the teachers have a master's degree in education.
In 2004, the Sioux Falls Christian Middle and High Schools moved from the old building on Sycamore Avenue to the new $10.2 million, 100,000-square-foot (9,300 m2) building on the Charger Campus near 69th Street and Cliff Avenue. In 2007, the elementary school moved from its Sneve Campus onto the same campus after a $7.5 million expansion.
Sioux Falls Christian shares their outdoor athletic facilities with the University of Sioux Falls at the (projected) $14 million Sanford Health Sports Complex. The sports complex is adjacent to the high school campus and has state-of-the-art synthetic turf football and soccer fields as well as track and field facilities.
Despite these facilities, Sioux Falls Christian insists "We're not about building buildings. We're about building the Kingdom of God... one student at a time."
SFC offers the following Men's sports: Soccer (although they exclude Middle School students from the sport), football, cross country, basketball (State Champs!), golf, and track. SFC offers the following Women's sports: soccer, volleyball (State Champs x20), cross country, basketball, golf, track, and cheer leading. The athletic teams are called the Chargers.
The athletic teams have a number of state championships. The first championship came in 1981 when the boys team won the Class B state cross country meet (and SFC alumnus Todd DeGroot was State Champion). The girls track team was Class B runner-up and champion in 1984 and '85, respectively. The boys Cross Country team also took 3rd in 2014 and Runner-Up in 2015, with runner Caleb DeWeerd taking District Champion and placing 6th at State. The girls placed 10th at State (first qualification since 1983!) in 2015.
The girls' volleyball team won the Class A state championship in 2007 and 2010-2012, and in 2014 and 2015 under head coach Darci Wassaner. They were runner-up in Class B in 1992 and '95 and runner-up in Class A in 2002 (fall) and 2003.
The football team won their first state championship in 2017 under coach Jake Pettingail. The boys' track team won the Class A state title in 2008 under coach by Brock Rops and again in 2015 under coach Bob Garry. The boys' golf team won the 2005 through 2007 Class B titles and the 2008, 2009 and 2010 Class A titles under Mike Schouten, who also led the boys basketball team to their first state championship in 2016. The boys' soccer team won state titles in 2005, 2007, and 2008 under Kim Wieking and in 2015 under Kendall Velgersdyk, and placed second in 2000, 2004, 2009 and 2014. They placed third in 2010.