Tribune-Courier General Manager
BRIENSBURG – Students in grades K-4 at Christian Fellowship School will soon have a new facility for learning as a plan three years in the making nears completion on the school’s campus.
Christian Fellowship principal Bill Rowley said construction of the school is set for completion in November and was prompted by burgeoning enrollment growth in recent years.
Rowley said the K-12 enrollment of Christian Fellowship this year is 270 students, more than double the roll of 134 students just six years ago.
Rowley said the main area of growth for the school has been in the fourth and fifth grades, as well as the pre-school program. There is currently a waiting list for students looking to enroll in those grades.
Rowley said the school’s phenomenal growth has come from parents looking for something different, something he says can’t be found in public schools.
“Parents are usually interested in preserving something in their children that can’t be found in the secular schools. The want a school that has Christ at the center of everything we do and they want their children to love God with all their heart,” said Rowley. “We do the reading, writing and math, but Christ is central in all of it.”
Rowley said students of all religious denominations are enrolled at Christian Fellowship.
“Our school is not limited to one faith,” he said. “We have Baptists, Methodists, Pentecostals and Church of Christ followers.”
Christian Fellowship’s growth is also not limited by county lines. Rowley said daily bus routes are made to transport students from McCracken, Calloway, Graves, Livingston, Lyon and Marshall counties.
Rowley said the new school will feature larger classrooms, a more modern library and computer center and something everyone is excited about – a window in every classroom.
Open since 1984, Christian Fellowship School became fully accredited by the International Christian Accrediting Association (ICAA) in 1988.
CFS was accredited by the South Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) in December 2004, and is further certified as a fully-accredited school by the State of Kentucky through the Kentucky Non-Public School Commission.
Christian Fellowship School was honored in 1995 with two awards: School of the Year and Superintendent of the Year, based on the overall success of the school, stability, growth, program results, academics, spiritual impact and reputation in the community.
In 2003, CFS was one of three ICAA schools chosen to help develop and pilot a new ICAA School Improvement process.