History / Affiliations
John Knox opened its doors in 1961 to 99 pupils, with three dedicated staff members that taught grades one through eight. Since that time it has seen numerous periods of growth and expansion, both as a facility, and in terms of the people who became involved in its strong approach to Christian education. It currently has approximately 160 students from JK to grade eight who come from a wide variety of denominational backgrounds.
John Knox is an active member of the Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools (OACS); a support organization which includes over 70 schools and serves more than 11,000 students. Regular School Quality Reviews are just one of a number of services they provide to support high quality education in schools that seek to honour God in education.
John Knox is also a member school of Christian Schools International. CSI expects its members to strive for, attain, and maintain high standards. They provide resources, products, events, and services that equip and enable member schools to carry out their mission.
Our teachers are members of Edifide, an educators association whose mission is to enlighten, equip and encourage Christian educators. They are a vibrant, stimulating community of Christian educators on the leading edge of new ideas and best practices.
Living for Jesus, Learning for Life, Serving with Gladness
We believe that the domain of education belongs to God as part of His work. Affirming our heritage of seeking excellence in schooling, we will continue to preserve and develop Christ-centred education.
We are drawn together by a common understanding of the value of Christian Education. Sharing this vision, we will develop a "community of support" - a vibrant society involving and benefiting every member.
We will vigorously promote our heritage and vision for Christ-centred education among diverse Christian fellowships, seeking to expand our community of support.
We, as a community of support, will invest our gifts of time, talent, and money to endow the next generation with a vital, Christ-centred education, shaping the lives of our youth to the glory of God and the building of His kingdom.
NACE (our board of directors)
The Niagara Association for Christian Education was formed in 1999 when the John Knox Memorial Christian School in Fruitland and Covenant Christian School in Smithville joined together to more effectively, and more stewardly, provide Christian day school education to the Christian families in the Niagara and East Hamilton areas.
Our Association has enjoyed the unique strengths and contributions of both support communities in these early years and looks forward in hope and expectation to the years to come, so that we can endow the next generation with a vital, Christ-centred education.
More on NACE and our schools' governance can be found on its website.