History of the School
A small group of fathers started Providence Classical Christian School. Their hope was to educate their children in the fear and admonition of the Lord, using the classical framework as the guide for instruction. Their families desired a school that would teach their children to think biblically about God and His creation, to love Him with all their minds, to imitate His commands in their actions, and to learn to be like Him in all their ways.
The first classes were held two days per week in a small church basement in Bellevue, Washington. Providence opened with 18 students and 4 teachers with classes for 3rd-4th grades, 5th-6th grades, and 7th-8th grades.
It was a small beginning, but God richly blessed the school, and enrollment continued to slowly grow as more families caught the vision and joined the Providence community.
In response to God’s blessing, Providence moved to a building in Lynnwood, which allowed for more classrooms and more space in 2001. The Lynnwood facility, a retired public elementary school building, would serve as the school’s location for the next thirteen years. Along with more space, the moved provided the budding school with sports fields and a gym for PE and after-school athletics.
Providence became a charter member of the Association of Classical Christian Schools (ACCS) in 2004 and remains an active member and participant in the ACCS. The curriculum at Providence is founded on the rich liberal arts core curriculum, including math and science. The curriculum at Providence is rich in the core liberal arts as well as math and science. Students learn to think and act biblically and pursue academic excellence in all they do as they immerse themselves in a curriculum rich in history, literature, math, science, Latin, logic, music, and rhetoric.
Along with the core curriculum, Providence offers extra-curricular activities such as drama, athletics, speech and debate, and student-led service opportunities. In 2010, the boys’ soccer team won the state championship and made Providence the first 1B school ever to win the 1B/2B state title! In recent years, the boys’ soccer team, boys’ basketball team, and girls’ volleyball team regularly compete in the district and state tournaments.
God continued to bless the growth of Providence, and in 2013, space was so tight that the pre-k class met off-site in a local church. With an enrollment of over 200 students, it was time to find a new facility to house the school. God provided a new location and facility in 2014, when the school moved from the Lynnwood location to a spacious facility in Kirkland that offered ample classrooms, administrative offices, a large gathering area, more parking than we’d ever need, and space to grow.
Providentially, in the school’s 20th year, God provided a building purchase in Bothell that Providence now calls home. This is the first time in the history of the school that Providence has owned their school building. Providence completed interior construction and opened its doors to students to begin the 2017-18 academic year.
Providence is proud to have put down roots in Bothell and to serve families from the greater Seattle area, from Bellevue to Mill Creek, Seattle to Shoreline, Redmond and Woodinville.
Providence alumni continue to return to the school as parents and faculty, affirming God’s promises to bless His children to a thousand generations (Deuteronomy 7:9).
Providence enrollment climbed to over 300 students in the 2021-22 school year, with nearly 70 faculty and staff members. Despite COVID-related challenges, except for the mandated February-June of 2020 statewide school closures, students met on campus in person throughout the pandemic. The school continues to see graduates return to the school in a variety of capacities: as teachers, parents, and board members. By the grace of God, the mission and vision continues to embody the early school vision by affirming God’s promises to bless His children to a thousand generations (Deuteronomy 7:9).
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