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Geneva Christian School opened in September following closure of Faith Christian Academy

Geneva Christian School teacher Sharon Henryson goes over a lesson with fourth-graders Gabriel Hubbart (from left), Jack Smith, Weston Wagner and Micah Hermes. The school is in the space that formerly housed Faith Christian Beginner School and Faith Christian Academy.
Geneva Christian School teacher Sharon Henryson goes over a lesson with fourth-graders Gabriel Hubbart (from left), Jack Smith, Weston Wagner and Micah Hermes. The school is in the space that formerly housed Faith Christian Beginner School and Faith Christian Academy.

GENEVA – Tatiana Anderson didn’t want Geneva to be without a Christian school after the closure of Faith Christian Academy earlier this year. That school closed because of a looming deficit and declining enrollment.

Anderson’s husband is on the board for the new Geneva Christian School, which recently opened its doors following the closure of Faith Christian Academy, which had served students in second through eighth grades. Geneva Christian School serves students in preschool through fourth grade and is an outgrowth of Faith Christian Beginner School, which also closed and had served children age 3 through first grade.

Geneva Christian School is in the space it rents at Faith Lutheran Church, at 1745 Kaneville Road, which previously housed Faith Christian Academy and Faith Christian Beginner School.

“My husband and I felt very passionate about having a Christian school in Geneva after Faith Christian Academy closed,” Anderson said.

The couple had children enrolled in Faith Christian Beginner School and had hoped they would go on to Faith Christian Academy before it closed, she said. But she has hopes Geneva Christian School will meet the needs of area families, including her own.

Those parents who enroll their students at the new school will find plenty of experienced teachers, she said. They also will find small class sizes that allow for one-on-one instruction.

“Most of the teachers who teach here have been at the school [Faith Christian Academy or Faith Christian Beginner School] many years or have been educators all their life,” Anderson said. “My daughter is in second grade, and her class [has] 10 kids. She is an avid reader, and they have been able to nurture that. They have been able to provide her with more books tailored to her.”

Geneva Christian School has established itself as a nonprofit organization, and plans are to have fundraising activities for the new school to keep it financially sound, Anderson said.

“We will be reaching out to prospective donors, too,” she said.

The school started with an enrollment of about 66 students, with class sizes averaging 10 students a class, said Geneva Christian School Director Sherry Anast. She established Faith Christian Beginner School in 1979.

Because classes are small, teachers can offer more individual attention, she said.

At the same time, Anast said the school is looking to grow.

“We can handle 100 students, plus preschoolers,” she said.

In addition, the school hopes to add a grade every year, such as fifth grade next year, Anast said.

Geneva Christian School is carrying on Faith Christian Beginner School’s educational philosophy of providing education from a Christian perspective. Anast noted the majority of the school’s books are from a Christian publisher.

“God is the center of what we do,” Anast said. “God is not an add-on. We believe God is a center of all life, and school is just a part of that. That’s what Christian education is all about, keeping it all together.”

Information is available on Geneva Christian School’s website, www.genevachristian.org.

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