On September 7th, 1971, Northside Christian School opened its doors with 236 students, grades K- 9. In 1975, land was purchased on 62nd Avenue for the purpose of building a new upper school. This new upper school opened in 1979 on the 62nd Avenue. In 1979, Northside Christian School celebrated a very important milestone when it became accredited by the Florida Association of Christian Schools.
During the seventies, extra-curricular events became significant to NCS. The Fighting Mustang Band performed in its inaugural marching competition in 1974, our first full-scale musical, “Camelot” took the stage in 1977, and concerts and competitions showcased a thriving Fine Arts program providing numerous opportunities for Northside families to see their children perform. During this same era, Northside’s talented athletic teams began to compete including basketball, football, volleyball, baseball, softball, golf, track, tennis, soccer, cross-country, and cheerleading.
The eighties saw the school mature in its program offerings and continued steady enrollment. It was during this decade that the new elementary school was launched on the 62nd Avenue campus.
Another major milestone was reached when the high school program became accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the K-12 program received accreditation by the Association of Christian School International (ACSI) in the nineties. As the school entered the new millennium, many hours of volunteer labor allowed both campuses to be fully wired for new technology infrastructure. This allowed the campus to add a dedicated internet connection, the school’s first web site, and two additional computers labs.
In 2004, Northside moved its Kindergarten program and in 2010, its Preschool from the Northside Baptist Church facility to one new shared school campus. The High School PRAXIS program for students with different learning styles was created in 2005. Northside Baptist Church maintains a positive relationship with the school’s leadership, empowering the Head of School to grow the school and its programs.