Calvary Community Church was founded in 1977 at the very southeast edge of Edmonton. The newly formed Mill Wood’s community was just beginning to sprout up and one year later, in 1978, Millwoods Christian School (MCS) was started as a ministry of the church, making it one of the oldest, original schools in Millwoods.
MCS went on to join the Edmonton Public School Board (EPSB) in 2000, under the Alternative School Program, and the MCS Society (MCSS) was formed at the same time to oversee the Christian programming and facilities for the school. MCSS also works with the principal and the EPSB Superintendent to guide the overall direction of the school.
With a foundation of Christ-centered teaching and values, MCS students have excelled in academics, athletics, fine arts and in loving and caring for others through amazing service opportunities extending from our own Mill Wood’s communities to international countries.
Back in 1978, the founders of Calvary had a vision to train young Christian leaders, and MCS has been faithful to that vision.
Today, over 1,100 people are on the site daily and thousands of graduates have gone on to be leaders in society, their families and churches. We have now even seen multiple second-generation MCS grads.
We are excited about the opportunity of working with our new principal and amazing families to continue to pursue the best that God has for our children and families!
Millwoods Christian School will operate within the framework of an interdenominational and evangelical world view. The central belief to our faith is that all are born in sin and need to accept Jesus Christ as Savior in order to be saved. All who profess Christ as Savior are to live according to principles found in the Bible.
The Millwoods Christian School (MCS) Society will work together with the Superintendent of Edmonton Public Schools to safeguard the integrity of the Vision and Mission Statement of Millwoods Christian School.
A. The spiritual foundation is the reason for the uniqueness of Millwoods Christian School. Therefore, the school will demonstrate its spiritual nature in every part of its operation, with the intent of bringing glory to God. “We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you” (2 Thess. 1:12)
The school will offer several spiritual programs (such as daily devotions, weekly chapels, and annual camps) to both staff and students to reach this goal.
B. Prayer will have a major focus at MCS. “Pray continually” (I Thess. 5:17)
Various groups associated with the school, ranging from Society members to administrators, teachers, parents, and students will all be involved in regular prayer times.
C. Knowledge of God will be promoted at every opportunity. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge… ” (Prov. 1:7)
God’s presence and peace will be demonstrated by the atmosphere of Millwoods Christian School. Individuals will demonstrate God’s love for one another, and will seek God’s direction on a daily basis.
A. MCS teachers and students will develop strong relationships between each other
B. MCS will honour students for their success academically and athletically, and for demonstrating good character.
C. MCS will provide a safe environment for all students
MCS will present a program that gives equal value to the spiritual and the academic facets that make up our school. The Alberta curriculum will be taught from a biblical perspective, regardless of the course that is taught. The goal is to produce students that have good academic skills accompanied by a strong faith in Jesus Christ.
A. MCS will offer a program that combines the spiritual with the academic
B. MCS will offer a program that recognizes student differences
C. MCS will make program revisions on a regular basis
Teaching staff and administration will be well trained academically as well as spiritually in order to carry out the program of Millwoods Christian School. It is expected that each teacher will desire to teach from an evangelical perspective.
A. Teachers will accept the philosophy of Christian education
B. Teachers will demonstrate competency within their subject areas.
All students who attend Millwoods Christian School will have the opportunity to find Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and to serve Him in a loving manner while in school and in the community. Students will not be required to attend Calvary Community Church.
A. Students will experience the invitation to accept Christ as Savior and to live for Him.
B. Academics will also be stressed at MCS, but will be taught from a Christian perspective,
C. Students will be expected to behave in accordance with school policy at all times
D. Student leadership will be developed, particularly in the Secondary grades
The MCS Society will promote healthy relationships with the parents of our school. We will practice mutual respect, effective communication, enthusiastic cooperation and commitment to this Vision and Mission Statement.
A. The MCS Society will promote the Vision and Mission of MCS
B. The MCS Society will be characterized by open communication, caring interaction, and a shared unity with parents
C. The principal and teachers of MCS will involve parents in the education of their children
D. The MCS Society will promote Christian education in the South Edmonton area