Winter Haven Christian School

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Equipping Students. Changing Lives. Impacting the Community.

At Winter Haven Christian School, we believe that educating your child goes far beyond the academic lessons learned in the classroom. We believe in developing godly character and a heart for service. When they leave WHCS, we believe our students will be equipped to change the world.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Winter Haven Christian School
1700 Buckeye Loop Road NE
Winter Haven, FL 33881


Phone: (863) 294-4135

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 592715430

CEO/President: Mr. Joseph Klein


Board size: 5


Ruling year: 1987

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2021


Winter Haven Christian School exists to assist Christian parents in leading their children to a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and promoting spiritual growth. It is also our purpose to prepare students academically, teach them to respect authority and help them develop social skills by working in harmony with teachers and fellow students.

Mission statement

The mission of Winter Haven Christian School is to assist parents in developing their children to be strong in mind, spirit, and body, using Christ as their example and teaching the principles found in God's Holy Word, the Bible.

Statement of faith

Winter Haven Christian School stands firmly in our Christian faith and emphasizes the grace and love of God in our lives.

We believe the Bible to be the inspired and infallible, authoritative Word of God.

We believe in the Trinity: The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe that Jesus is the Son of God.

We believe in His Virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His atoning death through His death on the cross, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return to power and glory.

We believe in the resurrection of the saved to eternal life in heaven and the resurrection of the lost to eternal damnation in Hell.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in Christ.

We believe that salvation is by grace through faith and belief in the Lord Jesus Christ, and not by any works.

We believe that a Christian grows in his spiritual life by praying, reading and studying the Bible, and worshiping in a fellowship of Christian believers.

We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery and pornography are sinful perversions of God's gift of sex. We believe that God disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter one's gender by surgery or appearance. (Gen 2:24; Gen 19:5, 13; Gen 26:8-9; Lev 18:1-30; Romans 1:26-29; 1 Cor. 5:1; 6:9; 1 Thess 4:1-8; Heb 13:4)

We believe that the only Scriptural marriage is the joining of one man and one woman. (Gen 2:24; Rom 7:2; 1 Cor 7:10; Eph 5:22-23).

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: K-12 Schools/Academies

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating156 of 10777 of 48
Fund acquisition rating566 of 107833 of 48
Resource allocation rating53 of 10781 of 48
Asset utilization rating235 of 107711 of 48

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$38,304$90,935$41,009$11,382$30,139
Short-term investments$140,399$138,988$130,729$118,476$96,946
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,529,319$989,276$967,842$713,635$808,093
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$2,496,343$2,601,294$2,692,333$2,675,784$2,007,235
Other long-term assets$500$500$500$500$500
Total long-term assets$2,496,843$2,601,794$2,692,833$2,676,284$2,007,735
Total assets$4,026,162$3,591,070$3,660,675$3,389,919$2,815,828
Payables and accrued expenses$240,091$211,976$227,138$200,113$170,883
Other current liabilities$203,459$279,403$228,670$176,605$187,999
Total current liabilities$443,550$491,379$455,808$376,718$358,882
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$707,663$388,582$587,083$434,313$4,313
Total liabilities$1,151,213$879,961$1,042,891$811,031$363,195
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$2,632,420$2,501,699$2,407,562$2,371,346$2,252,787
With donor restrictions$242,529$209,410$210,222$207,542$199,846
Net assets$2,874,949$2,711,109$2,617,784$2,578,888$2,452,633
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$117,277$46,924$46,867$131,505$116,309
Program service revenue$3,356,331$2,960,334$2,602,578$2,369,379$2,206,070
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$3,983$2,951$6,719$3,700$1,064
Other revenue($11,302)$50,721$26,472$35,455($566)
Total other revenue$3,349,012$3,014,006$2,635,769$2,408,534$2,206,568
Total revenue$3,466,289$3,060,930$2,682,636$2,540,039$2,322,877
Program services$2,978,734$2,731,759$2,471,463$2,213,886$2,002,555
Management and general$220,942$206,767$164,003$164,746$158,771
Total expenses$3,234,364$2,972,475$2,641,309$2,416,883$2,185,883
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$231,925$88,455$41,327$123,156$136,994
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$231,925$88,455$41,327$123,156$136,994


Joseph KleinHeadmaster$82,874

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2019

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 3/27/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


In 1965, First Baptist Christian Day School was founded with K -1st grades and 2 teachers. The school continued to grow under the leadership of Mary Brooks, and in 1986, the decision was made to change the name to Winter Haven Christian School and make it an independent, interdenominational school. A board was formed and in 1992, 15 acres of land was purchased at 1700 Buckeye Loop Road.

In 1999, ground was officially broken and the new campus began to take shape until Winter Haven Christian School was able to fully operate in its new campus in 2002. In 2008, Mary Brooks retired and the board brought in Headmaster Joseph Klein, who has served as a leader for Winter Haven Christian School. Winter Haven Christian School continued to grow so that in 2013 a new wing was built honoring Nancy Shytle for her 40+ years at Winter Haven Christian School.

Winter Haven Christian School celebrated its first graduating class of 4 students in 2015 and is now enrolling more than 450 students in grades Pre-K 4 through 12th grade.

God-willing, Winter Haven Christian School will to continue to grow, and one day include a separate high school building, a gymnasium, and additional facilities.

Time-line of progress:

1965: Founded as First Baptist Christian Day School

1986: Changed name to Winter Haven Christian School

1986: Became an independent, interdenominational school

1992: Purchased 15 acres on Buckeye Loop Road

1999: Ground was broken for new campus

2002: First year in the new facility.

2013: New wing to honor Nancy Shytle for her 40+ year at WHCS

2015: First Graduating class

2017: New addition to accommodate additional students

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