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”

Lucas Nikkel
High School Teacher


Lucas Nikkel

Your Position:

9-10 English & Yearbook Advisor

Testimony of Salvation:

I was born into a Christian home and my parents took us to church whenever the doors were open. When I was 10 years old, Rick Amado came to our church and what he said hit me hard. He told us that many of us were doing the religion thing but not the Jesus thing. That what we knew wasn't going to help us and wasn't going to save us. I accepted Jesus that morning and since then have been growing in Him and in my love for his heart, will and people.


Grace Church in Des Moines


BA- Secondary Education, Grand View University

Endorsements in English/all


Married to a beautiful woman named Leah with two wonderful girls. Hope is 2 and will be 3 in October and Elora is 1.

Things I Enjoy Doing When I'm not Teaching:

Playing with my children, Reading, Watching Movies and Netflix, Playing Video Games and Board Games with friends, Writing

How Long have you been in your job at Grand View:

2018 is my first year

Favorite Thing about your job:

Being able to not only teach challenging literature but teach it as a Christian and from a Christian worldview.

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