In 1977 the First Baptist Church of Saugus started a small school named Canyon Country Christian School that utilized an individualized curriculum program (PACE). In 1982, the First Baptist Church of Saugus and The Temple Baptist Church of Canyon Country merged to form Santa Clarita Baptist Church (SCBC). That same year, SCBC started a traditional elementary and high school called Santa Clarita Christian School (SCCS) as a ministry of the church.
Founded in September 1982, SCCS opened as a traditional school serving grades K-12, with 110 students and 12 faculty members.
"In the early days of SCCS we had about 125 students total and our concern was for enrollment to grow," said Mr. Dennis, chair of SCCS School Committee. "One of our elderly deacons at SCBC, Harland Working, who was also the architect on the original library/ office building, encouraged the deacons to make the SCCS enrollment a serious matter of prayer. Year after year, the Lord kept adding to the numbers and growing the ministry. Harland bathed this ministry in prayer and whenever there was a need, he simply reminded the Board to pray. Harland and his wife, Bernice, have been with the Lord in heaven for many years now, but we continue to enjoy the benefits of his faithfulness to pray for this ministry and ask the Lord to provide for the needs and to use these students, faculty, and families as they grow in the knowledge of the Lord, to be bright lights in this world."
Since its founding in 1982, SCCS has been well received by the community and families alike. SCCS has graduated approximately 700 students over the past 30 years. Graduates have attended prestigious colleges such as: Pepperdine, UCLA and USC, Cornell, to name a few. And, many of those same graduates have come back to make SCCS their place of ministry and employment.
Currently, SCCS enrolls over 500 students annually with 45 faculty members. Our mission remains the same: to partner with Christian parents of like faith to challenge students' minds and train their hearts for God through a distinctively biblical education and produce students who are prepared to make a difference in the world for God.
We are thankful for those who continue to uphold SCCS in prayer and to support it in many tangible ways. Our desire is to "excel still more."