In 2009 Chad Dirkse was named school President. The campus continued to expand with the purchase of an additional 17 acres and 40,000 square feet of warehouse facility across 33rd Street from the current campus. In the fall of 2013 David Stanton Field was reopened as a multiple use stadium holding more than 3,500 spectators. The start of 2014-2015 was highlighted by the reintroduction of a PreK program, the construction of a new playground that will be used for many years to come by our PreK-5th grade students, and the addition of the Power House, a state-of-the-art strength and conditioning facility. This facility is designed to accommodate lifetime fitness-oriented physical education, and it is equipped with full locker rooms, shower facilities, public restrooms, a large stadium seating classroom, coaches offices, and a full-service concession stand.
In 2017 CCS launched the Flourish Campaign, the largest capital campaign to date with plans to raised $7.8 million over 3 years. In addition to raising funds for need-based financial aid, capital projects included a new science wing in the High School, Student Life spaces including an Open-Air Pavilion, a new Lower School building with makerspaces, a new Spirit Shop & Cafe, and renovations of the Fine Arts Center and Varsity Gym. Because of the generosity of the CCS community, the school met the campaign goal in 2 years, and in the spring of 2019, added a final year to the campaign. The Flourish Expanded Campaign will fund construction of The Learning Center, a partnership with Siskin Children’s Institute serving older students with more significant disabilities; a commercial kitchen; and an indoor athletic facility. Also in 2019, CCS launched The King School, a neighborhood micro school housed in partner church, Olivet Baptist Church.
Since 1970, the sustaining force behind the core quality of Chattanooga Christian School has been its committed faculty and staff. From the early days of the school, when 2 full-time faculty led a small group of students, to the present day, when more than 150 faculty lead over 1,320 students, God’s faithfulness has been most evident in the people he has called here to teach and disciple its students. Through their sacrificial efforts came the development of a comprehensive, biblically-integrated, Christ-centered curriculum and extraordinary curricular and co-curricular programs. Nowhere has the strength of the school been more historically evident than in the quality of relationships that are developed between the teachers and students.
In 50 years, the growth and change at CCS has been a clear testimony to God’s faithfulness and the sacrificial commitments of parents, students, faculty, staff, administration, the board, and countless CCS supporters.
The richness of our history gives us great hope for the future!