Since 1972, GPBS and GVCS have been dedicated to educating and equipping young people for Christian life and service. As a private Christian school, we are governed by an elected Board of Directors, biblically guided and advised by a pastoral counsel, and receive substantial support from people, businesses, and alumni who are passionate about reaching the next generation for Christ. Our alumni lead and serve in Christian homes and churches, in business and industry, and in our communities, our country, and around the world. They are a testimony to the solid foundation they have received at Grand View Christian School.
Grandview Park Baptist School began in 1972 as a ministry of Grandview Park Baptist Church. Located on the east side of Des Moines at 1701 E. 33rd st., the 13 acre campus served thousands of students throughout its more than 40-year history. With declining numbers and inability to remain open, alumni and concerned parents prayed about what could be done to maintain the option for quality Christian education on the east side of Des Moines. In 2014, GPBS officially announced it would not open for the 2014 – 2015 academic year. In May of 2014, the final year of operations, GPBS graduated its last class and the school ended with a final student body in the mid 250s. However, God was not done with Christian education on the East Side of Des Moines, Iowa.
In February of 2014, a dedicated group of GPBS parents and alumni formed the Board of directors that would become incorporated as Grand View Christian School Association (GVCSA), which in turn started Grand View Christian School (GVCS).
Through MUCH prayer and support, the newly reorganized GVCS opened its doors at 2905 NE 46th Ave. in Des Moines (Norwoodville campus) with 240 students for the 2014-2015 school year. By the spring of 2018, GVCS had reached capacity at the Norwoodville campus and was forced to look for additional property to accommodate its rapid growth. Grand View Christian School was able to purchase the campus and building from Grandview Park Baptist Church as they were looking to relocate and grow their church ministry. In August 2018, Grand View Christian School opened its doors to the high school, located on the E. 33rd Street campus with 150 students, and in August 2020, the middle school joined the high school at the E. 33rd Street campus. The elementary school remains at the Norwoodville campus, with more than 275 students in the 2020/2021 school year and continued growth. Current enrollment from preschool-12th grade is now over 695 students. Praise God!
With continued growth comes the need for additional renovations to our facilities.
The New View
Grand View Christian has continued to expand and update its academic and extracurricular programs through increased class options, college credit opportunities, and sports and fine arts variety at all levels of the school. Collaborative faculty initiatives and trainings keep the educational program up-to-date. In addition, small group leadership programs, mentoring opportunities, chapel and chaplain chat, personal and group Bible studies, and an increased emphasis on the application of technology to learning all continue our great tradition.
Grand View Christian continues a tradition of excellence measured not only by the exceedingly impressive academic test scores its students achieve at all levels and its 100% graduation rate, but more importantly by the faithful servant-minded Christian connections and communities found on each campus, and in the kinds of vocations to which Grand View Christian students find themselves called.