Flint Hills Christian School (then Living Word Christian School) was started by Living Word Church in Manhattan, Kansas, in 1983. The school began with 35 students in a K-6 program. Each year thereafter, a grade was added to accommodate the advancing students.The first senior class graduation took place in 1988 for one student. At that time, most students and faculty were members of Living Word Church, which also served as the governing body providing facilities and substantial subsidy for school operations.
By 1994, the student body had grown significantly and included many from other church bodies, diversifying our school community. The sole financial responsibility was becoming a substantial burden for one church alone to handle. At this time, the school chose to become a community Christian school operating independently of Living Word Church under the new name of Flint Hills Christian School.
As plans were being developed, the 1995/1996 school year was spent in temporary facilities split between two local churches—elementary students at University Christian Church and 7th-12th grades at Grace Baptist Church. During this time, the current facility was being completed and the new 24,500 square foot building for the 1996 fall term. There were 130 students from 30 area churches and the school was employing a staff of 16. In 1997, a pre-kindergarten class was added.
In 2012, the Catterson Family Science Building was opened, which greatly enhanced the science curriculum, offering new and expanded teaching and lab facilities. With a focus on continual improvement, facilities, curriculum, and technology have been greatly upgraded over the years.
In 2006, the community of Green (north of Manhattan) elected to use a vacant public school building to start up a sister school under the organizational umbrella of Flint Hills Christian School. This school is currently operating with students in kindergarten through 8th grades and has two full-time staff members. In 2016, Flint Hills Christian School at Green became a fully independent entity and was renamed Green Christian School.
Through many times of blessing and challenge, God has been faithful to walk with us and lead us. Because of the generosity of many donors, we have been able to operate at lower tuition costs than most comparable schools in this part of the nation. It is part of our vision to be able to continue this ministry of providing academic excellence with a biblical foundation, all with the support of Christian homes, churches, and community.