High School

High School, Grades 9 – 12

Grand View Christian High School offers students the opportunity to acquire a Christ-centered education with a Biblical world view integrated in every aspect of the high school experience.  Students grow spiritually, academically and physically and are encouraged to be engaged in life enriching activities including ministry, music, drama, and sports.

Grand View Christian is one of nine College Prep status high schools in the state of Iowa.  The College Prep status allows the High School to be recognized as an accredited nonpublic private school by the Iowa Department of Education.

The High School offerings include:

  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences
  • Social Studies, and Bible

Electives include:

  • Foreign languages
  • Fine arts
  • Technology
  • Multiple honors classes and advanced placement classes

In addition to these, there is also the opportunity to take college credit classes.  A complete listing of classes may be located in the Secondary Student Handbook.

Student assessments include Iowa Assessments, Stanford Achievement, PSAT, ASPIRE, and ASVB.  Seminar classes are available for preparation for the ACT and the SAT. 

“Molding Life Long Learners and Followers of Jesus Christ”

Patrick Merrifield
High School Teacher


Patrick Merrifield

Your position:

High School Teacher

Testimony of Salvation:

I was visiting my grandparents for the summer when I was 8 years old. My grandma made me go to her church’s VBS. At the end of message, they asked if anyone wanted to be saved. I raised my hand and they took me to a room and I accepted Jesus as my personal Savior.


Cornerstone Baptist Church.

Areas where you serve in your church: 

I serve as a greeter, Treasurer, and assist in cleaning the church


BA- Elementary Education, Bethel College

Additional Training/Endorsements: 

K-8 Mathematics Endorsement

5-12 Mathematics Endorsement


My wife's name is Karen. I have 4 sons- Derek, Bryce, Nathan, and Josiah

Things you enjoy doing when you’re not teaching:

Spending time with my family. Watching movies.

How long have you been teaching? 

20 years, 9 at GV/GPBS

What is your favorite thing about your job?

When a student “gets it”.

What’s the most rewarding thing about working at Grand View?

Working with the students

Guilty pleasure? 

Pizza, Dr Pepper

Why did you choose to become a teacher?

Love to work with kids

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Sue Fisher
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Daryl Heino
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Jon Kramer
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Mark Lang
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Patrick Merrifield
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Lucas Nikkel
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Jonathan Nilius
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Grace Peterson
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Rob Seyler
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Jim Taylor
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