The vision for a regional Christian school in the western part of New York’s Capital District began with a small group of deacons at First Presbyterian Church of Schenectady in 1974. After much prayerful preparation, their vision became reality when Schenectady Christian School began in the fall of 1976 with three teachers and 29 students in kindergarten through fourth grade using First Presbyterian’s facilities. Envisioned as a regional non-denominational school from the beginning, other area churches quickly had representation on the Board of Directors.
Growth of the Vision
As the fledgling school grew in enrollment, lack of facilities such as a gym, cafeteria and library became a challenge. In 1979 the Board took a significant step of faith by purchasing the former Scotia Junior High School on Sacandaga Road. New facilities made possible the rapid expansion of the school’s program and enrollment, and the school saw significant growth at the Scotia campus.
We have completed the first phase of a multi-year plan to improve our facilities. That phase included the construction of an Activity Center containing a 750-seat gym and athletic facilities; it also included a new parking lot, some renovation of our main building, new sidewalks, and landscaping.