The Niagara Association for Christian Education came about in 1999, when supporters of John Knox Christian School and Covenant Christian School believed they would be more effective in providing excellent Christian education to the West Niagara and East Hamilton areas by working together. In 2009, the Wellandport Christian School Society and NACE amalgamated our two associations, again believing we could be ‘stronger, together’. But in reality, our schools have a much older history, reaching back well over a century.
Our schools were established in a reformed tradition that places a high value on education that grows out of a Christian worldview. Their foundational principle has been – and continues to be - the acknowledgement that Jesus is Lord over all of life, and that this is true of the realm of education as well. In fact, because every system of education tries to explain to its students how the world came to be the way it is, what their place is in this world, and how the world can become a better place, teaching children from a Christian perspective is especially important in their formation. The most comprehensive study ever undertaken on the effectiveness of Christian schools, shows that the significant effort poured into establishing and growing Christian schools has been time and treasure well-spent (visit www.cardus.ca to see the full results of this study).
Nonetheless, our forerunners did not establish schools that were controlled by either the government or any particular church. NACE is an independent group of Christians who work to maintain schools that are excellent, inclusive, and integrally Christian in their approach. This is why our schools are happy to be places where Christians from over thirty different churches flesh out together what it means to serve God and each other in education. We extend the invitation to everyone who shares this vision to join us in this rewarding, multi-faceted mission!
Inspiring students to love, learn, and lead together in God's world.
To be the leaders in education by inspiring a diverse and unified student body to love, learn, and lead with God's grace, bringing Christ's love to the world.
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Our schools are active members 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.
NACE is also a member 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.
NACE schools are supported by the Christian School Foundation which pulls together experts in financial planning, tax law and estate planning to offer a range of inspiration, information and services to donors and their advisors so that gifts to the Christian school movement are received and managed in a stewardly and God-honouring way.
Our leaders are members of the Ontario Christian School Administrators Association: a body of Christian school leaders who are exceptional, flourishing, and balanced. Their mission is to cultivate competence, courage, and character in Christian school leaders.
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.