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About Illiana Christian High School

lliana Christian High School is a co-educational, private, Christian high school, located in Lansing, Ill. It is operated by a community of Reformed Christians for the benefit of their children and the children of other evangelical Christians. It was established in 1945 and continues to operate in accordance with its original mission. It is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is a recognized school in the state of Illinois.

There are 113 different course options including Advanced Placement classes in Calculus, Chemistry, English, German, Government, and Spanish. Pupil/Professional ratio is 14/1. Average class size is 21. Ninety percent of graduates continue their education after high school, with 70 percent at colleges and 20 percent at trade schools.

Source: Illiana Christian High School website, http://www.illianachristian.org/quick_facts.cfm

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Updated: April 30, 2014 6:04AM



At home in Illinois for almost 70 years, Illiana Christian High School plans to move its campus to a 37-acre parcel near St. John in the next few years.

Principal Peter Boonstra said around 2,500 people submitted in-person or absentee ballots on the question on Monday, and 70 percent favored a new campus.

The Lansing, Ill., school is eyeing a piece of land on the southwest corner of 109th Avenue and Calumet Avenue, commonly known as “Shoe Corner.”

Boonstra said the school, which has 550 students in grades 9 through 12, has discussed this possibility of relocating for about 15 years for a variety of reasons.

“Increasingly, our student body is coming from Indiana — south of the school in particular,” Boonstra said. “While that’s been going on, the inadequacy of our current facility has been in place some for a long time. It’s a nine-acre property, so there’s not a lot of room for athletic fields. We have to go off campus a lot for sports. We have wonderful track team but no track.”

Lansing resident Tracy VanDrunen lives only five blocks from the current school, so an Indiana location would be a longer drive for her two children who attend the school.

“It will be a bit inconvenient, but I do think it’s the best thing for the school,” VanDrunen said.

Illiana is a feeder school for two Illinois schools — Lansing Christian School and Calvin Christian School — and two in Indiana — Highland Christian School and Crown Point Christian School.

Boonstra said the price of constructing the school and raising the funds could determine when the school opens.

“We only have a vague timeline at this point, maybe 2 to 4 years,” Boonstra said. “We’ll need a good 18 months to build a school and a great deal depends on the success of a pretty big capital campaign. We don’t know how much exactly needed.”



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