Front Range Christian School
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Front Range Christian School provides a quality education designed to raise up Christian scholars. We see our roles as partners with the Christian home to raise up kids who are ready for life in college and beyond, who are intentionally equipped to impact the world for Christ, and who are able to give an answer for their faith no matter their circumstances. We value the uniqueness of each child and work to nurture their identity in Christ along side their specific gifts and passions.
With children spending six or more hours a day at school, we do not take our role in your child's life lightly. We long to see students transformed in heart and mind, as we focus on their spiritual, intellectual, and physical development. We are administrators, teachers, spiritual directors, mentors, and care-givers who value your children and their role in our world.
Front Range Christian School
6657 W Ottawa Ave
Littleton, CO 80128
CEO/President: David Cooper
Chairman: Danny Cometto
Board size: 6
Founder: two local churches
Ruling year: 1994
Tax deductible: Yes
Fiscal year end: 06/30
Member of ECFA: Yes
Member of ECFA since: 2002
The following is adapted from a presentation given by Head of School Mr. David Cooper at an all-parent meeting at Front Range Christian School. We share it here as it communicates quite well the answer to "Why Front Range Christian School?"
Why Christian Education? To answer this question we must begin with an examination of what Christian education is - or more precisely what it is not.
Christian education is not merely a safe escape from the world. The purpose of Christian education is not to hide our children from the world, it is to prepare them for it. In the words of Professor James K.A. Smith of Calvin College:
"...Christian schools are called to be like Aslan in the Chronicles of Narnia: not safe, but good. Instead of antiseptic moral bubbles, Christian schools are moral incubators that help students not only to see the glories of God's creation but also to discern and understand the brokenness of this fallen world."
Our classrooms are to be places of discovery where understanding the complexities of God's creation is pursued. Places where the brokenness of the world is not ignored but engaged. Racism, slavery, poverty, persecution, beauty, creativity - these things and more are wrestled with and understood. Not from a foundation of secular humanism, which places man's fulfillment at its apex, but from a foundation of Truth found in Christ Jesus and supported by His Word, which places His glorification at the apex.
Scripture tells us that we are to be salt and light in the world. It also warns us that if we lose our saltiness, the vibrancy of faith that draws others to us, our value it diminished. What value is there then in sending a child, who has yet to acquire their saltiness, into the world to take on a task for which they are not yet equipped? There is no value in that - worse yet, it might even be destructive to the child. This is the position of many both inside and outside of the church.
If, as they say, education is about "preparing young people for life," then Christian education is about preparing young people to live out a Christian life. It is about making them salty. Preparing them for a battle that requires maturity and is not waged against flesh and blood but against powers and principalities.
We would never think of sending a youthful warrior off to war without first training and equipping him. My nephew recently returned from Afghanistan. He left just barely older than 19 but returned much older. It was an experience that was both horrific and strengthening for him. He found a metal inside of him that he did not realize was there...a resolve not before seen in him. But he didn't go into that challenge unprepared. Months of training, long days of drills, more training, schooling, and bonding with those he served - all of this occurred before he entered the fray. Shortly before he left he stayed at my home (I think more for the food than the company). I asked him about going to war and if he was afraid. His answer did not expose any fear, which I am certain was there somewhere; what he shared was his confidence in his training and his platoon. He even boldly stated "I am the best they have in my company." He saw death and he felt loss but he returned. He returned because he left prepared.
The battle our children will enter in this world is, thankfully, very different from the one my nephew fought. But it is a battle for which they must be prepared. A preparation that happens within the classrooms of Christian school.
It is not a preparation FRCS thinks it can, or even desires, to do alone. It is a preparation that must be accomplished in partnership with both your home and your church. Each supporting the other to achieve a common goal. Three critical entities in a child's life, each working together for the advancement of the Kingdom - not in competition but in cooperation. Each must do their part, uniquely and in balance, or the process will fall apart. It is a partnership of co-laborers - each with a different gifting within the Body for the growing of children to the glory of Jesus.
Christian education is not public education with Bible overlaid upon it. It is equipping students to think Christianly - to be Christian scholars. To give them a lens through which they can see the brokenness of the world. It is through this lens that every subject is taught. It is this teaching that will enable students to engage the world with confidence having been armed with the discernment needed to make choices rooted in Christian values. Our world is more connected and therefore more complex than ever before. The arguments used by the world, while old in content, are new and more difficult to defeat in their construction. "Sunday school" answers and understandings are no longer enough. We must sharpen our students' minds with more than knowledge; we must help them possess the mind of a Christian scholar - a mind so sharp and bright that it can no longer be ignored or marginalized in the discourse of ideas. A student so empowered will be able to hold true to their faith as they walk the halls of higher education, which are steeped in humanism, and walk out respected, influential and victorious. This is why we must integrate faith and learning so that our students will integrate faith and living.
In the book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell, presents the idea that 10,000 hours of practice within a field brings about mastery. While there is some debate about the legitimacy of Gladwell's golden rule of mastery none have argued against the impact that that extraordinary number of hours would have on one's development within the chosen field. Imagine spending eight hours a day for almost three and a half years being mentored by one of the world's greatest Chefs or pianists or athletes. What kind of an impact would that have on one's skill in that area? That concentrated amount of interaction with anyone would most certainly begin to shape more than just one's ability. The reality is that not only would one's skill increase but one's worldview would be altered. That is the impact that education has upon your child.
The average child spends between 15,000 to 20,000 hours in school during their journey from kindergarten to senior year. Those numbers don't include time outside of class doing work, team practice or rehearsals. Add those times in and the numbers soar. Those hours of impact will be given to someone. Someone who is intent on training and shaping your child. This is why Christian education is so critical. At Front Range Christian School that means raising them up to be Christian scholars who follow Christ with their whole heart. It means equipping them with the tools needed to evaluate their world through the lens of Christian values. It means building upon, not challenging or tearing down, the values and beliefs you hold in your own Christ-centered homes.
Why Christian Education?
Because 15,000 hours of influence over your children will be given to someone. Shouldn't that someone be preparing your children to serve the same Lord as you and your home?
The answer is clearly "Yes, Lord, yes!"
You have been given stewardship over one of God's most precious possessions - your children. Christian education is a part of being a good steward with that treasure.
May each of us as parents, as we stand accountable for that which we have been entrusted, hear those precious words:
"Well done good and faithful servant."
Front Range Christian School partners with the Christian home and the Church in training children for life and equipping them to impact the world for Christ.
Statement of faith
Philosophy of a Christian Education
Front Range Christian School is wholly committed to achieving excellence in every aspect of program offerings and curriculum. Our mission mandates that FRCS will provide a biblically directed education that will train and equip children to impact the world for Christ. Our standard of truth is in Scripture, which we believe to be the inspired and infallible Word of God. If teaching materials or information are in conflict with that standard, the Bible will always take precedence. FRCS desires to provide a broad range of class offerings and programs but will not do so at the expense of excellence.
What We Believe
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
We believe there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His personal return in power and glory.
We believe regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for the salvation of lost and sinful men and women.
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 resurrection of both the saved and the lost: the saved unto the resurrection of life; and the lost unto the resurrection of the damnation.
We believe in the spiritual unity of all believers in Christ.
Donor confidence score
|Does the organization have a statement of faith consistent with historic Christian creeds and is that statement of easily found on its website?||Yes||5/5|
|Does the board have no more than 2 non-independent members?||Yes||5/5|
|Does the board have at least four independent board members for every non-independent member?||Yes||5/5|
|Does the board contain between 5 and 11 members?||Yes||5/5|
|Does the organization file a Form 990 and make its Form 990 available to the public?||Yes||10/10|
|Does the organization make its audit or review (if annual revenue is less than $1-m) available on its website?||No||0/5|
|Is the organization a member of the ECFA?||Yes||10/10|
|Is the CEO/President's compensation within one standard deviation of the median compensation?||Yes||5/5|
|Did the organization operate at a net profit (revenue greater than expenses) in the most recent year?||Yes||5/5|
|Does the organization refrain from owning or leasing a private aircraft, or having fractional interest in one, that is primarily used for travel by the organization's leaders?||Yes||5/5|
|For the past five years, has the organization been free of any lawsuits or administrative actions filed against it by an employee, client, board member, vendor, donor, or other related party?||Yes||5/5|
|Are author royalties and speaking engagement fees paid to the organization, and not the individual?||Yes||5/5|
|Does the organization require its employees to affirm upon hiring the statement of faith of the organization?||Yes||5/5|
|Is the board chair an independent member of the board, and not the founder and/or CEO/President?||Yes||5/5|
|Does the board have term limits?||Yes||5/5|
|Have there been no public accusations of misdeeds against the organization, founder, CEO, senior pastor, or board members in the past five years?||Yes||5/5|
|Has the organization refrained from the use of non-disclosure agreements?||Yes||5/5|
|Does the organization have an overall financial efficiency rating of at least 2 stars?||Yes||5/5|
|Total donor confidence score||95/100|
Financial efficiency ratings
Sector: K-12 Schools/Academies
|Category||Rating||Overall rank||Sector rank|
|Overall efficiency rating||220 of 1022||11 of 40|
|Fund acquisition rating||158 of 1024||14 of 40|
|Resource allocation rating||295 of 1024||9 of 40|
|Asset utilization rating||590 of 1022||25 of 40|
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|Receivables, inventories, prepaids||$197,103||$187,671||$107,622||$96,612||$80,695|
|Other current assets||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Total current assets||$2,405,565||$1,811,991||$1,611,121||$1,556,594||$1,225,322|
|Other long-term assets||$0||$178,505||$202,779||$227,053||$23,236|
|Total long-term assets||$9,272,175||$9,369,895||$9,450,785||$9,696,538||$9,568,310|
|Payables and accrued expenses||$62,149||$84,211||$61,192||$43,813||$23,524|
|Other current liabilities||$513,418||$497,881||$474,663||$562,272||$472,517|
|Total current liabilities||$575,567||$582,092||$535,855||$606,085||$496,041|
|Due to (from) affiliates||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Other long-term liabilities||$625,400||$34,066||$32,100||$33,125||$31,525|
|Total long-term liabilities||$9,248,419||$9,165,887||$9,509,028||$9,845,276||$9,459,961|
|Without donor restrictions||$1,730,968||$1,323,442||$965,978||$752,972||$822,093|
|With donor restrictions||$122,786||$110,465||$51,045||$48,799||$15,537|
|Revenues and expenses|
|Program service revenue||$4,286,843||$4,220,399||$3,946,888||$3,967,579||$4,003,830|
|Total other revenue||$4,544,437||$4,483,337||$4,458,008||$4,402,806||$4,578,119|
|Management and general||$612,888||$607,240||$629,441||$682,418||$598,863|
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|Other changes in net assets||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Total change in net assets||$551,760||$416,884||$215,252||($35,859)||$455,378|
|David Cooper||Head of Scho||$109,650|
|Rod Ross||Dir of Opera||$47,005|
Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020
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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 3/21/2022. To update the information below, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Front Range Christian School was born out of concern by a group of people in two local churches for an independent, private Christian school that would be committed to high academic and spiritual teaching in an environment that fosters creativity, critical thinking, problem solving skills, and hands-on learning. The two groups, unknown to each other, began meeting at about the same time, working to gain support in and understanding of how a Christian school could be of value to the Christian family.
In the fall of 1993, the groups from the two churches met for the first time and decided that their philosophies were so similar that meeting together would accomplish much more and perhaps speed the process along. In January of 1994, Front Range Christian School was incorporated and the interim board selected. FRCS began its first year of operation in August of 1994 with 36 children and 3 full-time teachers. The school year concluded with 46 students. Southern Gables Church in Littleton, Colorado, stepped forward in the beginning to make it possible for FRCS to begin these classes.
The fall of 1995 saw Front Range Christian School grow to 62 students in grades K-5. The school added 6th grade in 1996, increasing its enrollment to 104 students. An administrator and two-full time teachers were added. The fall of 1997, Front Range Christian moved into its middle school era, adding 7th grade and moving them and the 6th grade to the newly constructed Outback Building at the Southern Gables Church campus. In the fall of 2000, the high school (7th-10th) grades moved into 8500 square feet of building space on Coal Mine Avenue in the Trinity Christian Center building. This dedicated space provided classroom needs for nearly 100 secondary students. From there, FRCS purchased the Pierce Street Village (PSV) property at 6637 W. Ottawa Avenue in Littleton. The school now included a gymnasium, performing arts center, science and technology labs, library, student commons, and classrooms.
Grades 7-12 moved into this new facility in December, 2002. Due to continued growth, the upper elementary campus was created in the fall of 2003, at the new facility. 2003 was also the year Front Range Christian received full accreditation and graduated our first class, in which we sent nine students out to impact the world for Christ.
Fall 2007 brought the relocation of the entire elementary school to the campus. Today, all PreK-12 students are located on the same campus.
In 2010, Front Range Christian School added a preschool to serve the needs of parents who want to help give their children a head-start in preparing for elementary school.
The second semester of 2012 witnessed the launch of Front Range Christian School's 1:1 iPad initiative, which includes school-owned iPads on carts for use in the elementary school and student owned (or leased) iPads for all junior and senior high students.
Today there are over 400 students ranging from preschool through 12th grade at Front Range Christian School in full-time, part-time, and homeschool enrichment tracks.
From the early years of Front Range Christian's history, spiritual development and formation have been integral to the educational experience, not something just added on as an additional class or program. Every part of the Front Range Christian experience - from curriculum to extra-curricular activities - is centered around developing a biblical worldview and raising kids to be adults who will have an impact on this world for the Kingdom of God and His glory.
A big part of what makes Front Range Christian School such an impactful organization is the prayer and support of our families and the surrounding community. Your prayers help keep FRCS firmly grounded in God's desires for this school, and your financial gifts and volunteer work help us keep education affordable so that we can continue to fulfill our mission.