Judah Christian School 908 N Prospect Av Champaign IL 61820 217-359-1701 http://www.judah.org/

Judah Christian School provides a uniquely Christian education to nearly 600 students from preschool through 12th grade. They seek to incorporate the message of the Bible into the classroom and the daily lives of their students. This includes not only providing the students with the best possible education, but also emphasizing volunteer work to prepare them for life after graduation.

Judah Christian School was established in 1983, springing from a concern of area parents about the lack of Christian education available for high school students in the Champaign-Urbana area. In the fall of that year Judah opened its doors, beginning with a program for grades 7–10 with the intention of adding a grade each year until it was a 7th–12th grade program. The first two years were spent in the Webber Street Church of Christ facility in Urbana. In its third year, Judah moved to its present location at 908 N. Prospect Avenue, having bought the building that had previously housed the Champaign Elementary School, Lottie Switzer.

As Judah continued to grow, an elementary program was added in May of 1986, making Judah a k–12 school. Additionally, in the fall of 1991, a preschool was added, completing the educational structure of Judah. Class sizes continued to grow and in 1996 an additional wing was added to the building for the junior high and high school programs. Classrooms and offices were added to the wing for several years following and in 1999, the school added its final wing, which housed a brand-new gymnasium for the school.

Starting about six years ago, Judah began looking into options to move the school so it could continue to grow. After exploring several options, a donor gave a 68-acre plot of land, located in Urbana north of I-74, to Judah, There was enough room to build a new school and the necessary athletic fields all on the same campus. However, the City of Urbana denied Judah the proper licensing to make this possible and the search was once again back to square one. A capital campaign has continued in order to raise the funds necessary to build a new school and athletic fields once a site is identified. In April 2011, Judah purchased 48 acres of land just north of the intersection of Kirby and Rising roads on the west side of Champaign, where they plan to relocate the school in phases over the next 10–15 years.

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