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Sioux Falls Christian Schools
Sioux Falls Christian Schools
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Address
6120 S. Charger Circle
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57108
United States
Information
Established 1958
Teaching staff 50 (as of 2007-08)[1]
Grades PK-12
Enrollment 1300 (as of 2017-18)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 14.4 (as of 2007-08)[1]
Mascot Chargers
Website

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.[2] Since its inception, SFC has expanded and currently offers programs from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade[3] and is accredited by the state of South Dakota and Christian Schools International.[4]

The superintendent is Jay Woudstra. The elementary and middle/high school principals are Matt Covey[5][6] and Jeremy Van Nieuwenhuyzen, respectively. The high school enrollment is around 275 with about 88 percent Caucasian, 11 percent Asian, and less than 1 percent African American.

Academics

Sioux Falls Christian is strong academically as the students have scored well above the state and national averages on ACT scores.[4][7] SFC currently offers AP courses in physics, English, calculus, US History, Government, Statistics, Biology and Spanish.[8] Students can also participate in music, drama, cheerleading, dance and oral interp.[7] Over 60% of the teachers have a master's degree in education.[4]

Facilities

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.[9] In 2007, the elementary school moved from its Sneve Campus onto the same campus[10] after a $7.5 million expansion.[11][12]

Sioux Falls Christian shares their outdoor athletic facilities with the University of Sioux Falls[13] at the (projected) $14 million Sanford Health Sports Complex.[14] 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.[15]

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."[2]

Athletics

SFC offers the following Men's sports: Soccer, football, cross country, basketball, golf, and track. SFC offers the following Women's sports: soccer, volleyball, cross country, basketball, golf, track, and cheer leading. The athletic teams are called the Chargers.

Chargers logo

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 won again in 2016(and SFC alumnus Todd DeGroot was State Champion).[16] 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.[17]

The girls' volleyball team won the Class A state championship in 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017 under head coach Darci Wassenaar. They were runner-up in Class B in 1992 and '95 and runner-up in Class A in 2002 (fall) and 2003.[18]

The football team won their first state championship in 2017 under coach Jake Pettingill. The boys' track team won the Class A state title in 2008 under coach Brock Rops and again in 2015 under coach Bob Garry.[19] The girls' golf team won their first state championship in 2011 and were runner up in 2013, 2014, and 2018 under coach Don Garnaas. 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.[20][21] The boys' soccer team won state titles in 2005, 2007, and 2008 under Kim Wieking and in 2015 under Kendall Velgersdyk,[22] and placed second in 2000, 2004, 2009 and 2014. They placed third in 2010.[23]

References

  1. ^ a b c "School Detail for Sioux Falls Christian Schools". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 3 December 09.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. ^ a b Sioux Falls Christian Schools. "Our Background". Retrieved 2009. 
  3. ^ Sioux Falls Christian Schools. "Sioux Falls Christian Schools homepage". Retrieved 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c Sioux Falls Christian Schools. "Sioux Falls Christian Brochure" (PDF). Retrieved 2009. [dead link]
  5. ^ Sioux Falls Christian Schools. "Elementary Staff". Retrieved 2009. 
  6. ^ Sioux Falls Christian Schools. "Middle School and High School Staff". Retrieved 2009. 
  7. ^ a b Sioux Falls Christian Schools. "High School". Retrieved 2009. 
  8. ^ Sioux Falls Christian Schools. "Courses of Study". Retrieved 2009. 
  9. ^ Suzan M. Stewart (April 4, 2005). "MidAmerican Energy Company's Report on 2004 economic development activities" (PDF). South Dakota Public Utilities Commission. p. 12. Retrieved 3 December 09.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  10. ^ Jon Walker (July 25, 2008). "Christian elementary's move opens door for youth services" (PDF). Argus Leader, Cirrus Commercial. Retrieved 3 December 09.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  11. ^ Sioux Falls Development Foundation (2008). "Economic Development Progress Report" (PDF). p. 6. Retrieved 3 December 09.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  12. ^ Suzan M. Stewart (March 4, 2008). "MidAmerican Energy Company's Report on 2007 economic development activities" (PDF). South Dakota Public Utilities Commission. p. 14. Retrieved 3 December 09.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  13. ^ "A Faith-Based Community Athletic Complex". University of Sioux Falls. Retrieved 3 December 09.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  14. ^ "Total Projected Cost". University of Sioux Falls. Retrieved 3 December 09.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  15. ^ "Athletic Complex Phase 2". University of Sioux Falls. Retrieved 3 December 09.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  16. ^ South Dakota High School Activities Association (August 2009). "Boys Cross Country" (PDF). p. 20. Retrieved 2009. 
  17. ^ South Dakota High School Activities Association (August 2009). "Girls Track" (PDF). p. 78. Retrieved 2009. 
  18. ^ South Dakota High School Activities Association (August 2009). "Volleyball" (PDF). pp. 88, 89, 91. Retrieved 2009. 
  19. ^ South Dakota High School Activities Association (August 2009). "Boys Track" (PDF). p. 77. Retrieved 2009. 
  20. ^ Dave Martin (7 October 2009). "Wynia leads Riders to title". Argus Leader. Retrieved 2009. [dead link]
  21. ^ South Dakota High School Activities Association (August 2009). "Boys Golf" (PDF). pp. 38, 42. Retrieved 2009. 
  22. ^ South Dakota State Soccer Association. "Past Champions". Archived from the original on September 22, 2009. Retrieved 2009. 
  23. ^ "Boys Varsity A". Retrieved 2009. 

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