Mission and History

Mission Statement

In covenant with Christian families, Unity Christian School teaches students the Truth from a Christ-centered perspective for lives of discipleship.

1921 to 1924
The first classes of Fulton Excelsior Christian School were held in First Christian Reformed Church's basement in the fall of 1921. A school in South Holland, Illinois donated fifty-one desks. Tuition was fifty cents per week, per child, with the third child free.

In 1924 a two-room schoolhouse was built on the corner of 14th Avenue and 8th Street. Jacob Van Wyngarden was principal of the forty-two students. In 1924 they also joined the National Union of Christian Schools (NUCS), now called Christian Schools International (CSI)
1921 to 1924
1953 to 1979
The Society approved plans to build a four-room brick school on Tenth Street in 1953. The name of the school was changed to Community Christian School. Anthony De Groot, principal of the eighty children, led the march to the new building on March 2, 1954. The school continued to grow when a teacherage was built in 1957, a north wing was added to the Tenth Street building in 1960, and eight city lots east of the Tenth Street building were donated and deeded to the school in 1962. 1975 marked the addition of bus service to surrounding communities. The gym and multi-purpose room were added to the Tenth Street building in 1976, and in 1979 the junior high wing was dedicated.
1953 to 1979
1981 to 1985
Sixteen freshmen began classes at Unity Christian High School on August 24, 1981, sharing facilities with Community Christian School. Their teacher was Dick Zylstra. The first graduation exercises occurred on May 24, 1985.

In 1983, the Community Christian School/Unity School system purchased the Annex building at 1000 11th Avenue. K-6 students marched to the new building on August 24. John Byker was principal of the 205 K-12 students.
1981 to 1985
1992 to 1998
The entire P-12 school system became united under one name, Unity Christian School, in 1992. A bus barn was built on the Tenth Street property and the teacherage was sold in 1994.

Since 1998, Unity has developed musical talents. Participation in the Illinois Music Educators Association (IMEA) has afforded students the ability to compete with other schools in the state at music competitions. Unity's Concert choir has become well known for its annual choir tour.
1992 to 1998
2002 to 2005
In the summer of 2002 Unity leased the River City Day Care Center and achieved a goal set at the 2001 board/staff retreat. The center provides 6 am to 6 pm day care, preschool, before and after school care with a certified, Christian staff under the direction of Paula Dykstra.

Since Unity took over River City Day Care and Preschool, it has more than doubled with 55 preschoolers, 55 in after-school care, and 20 in day care. Adding 130 children to Unity's 153 K-12 students demonstrates the significance of our growing investment in children. This addition alone increases Unity's impact on children by 85%! God has graciously blessed our faith endeavor. River City Day Care and Preschool has been a consistent net provider of funds to Unity's general operations. As a result, River City Day Care and Preschool was purchased in January of 2005.
2002 to 2005