New Steamboat Christian School prepares for opening |

New Steamboat Christian School prepares for opening

A new sign outside the Heritage Park school building lists the three school programs that will occupy the building for the 2016-17 school year.
Teresa Ristow

— The new private Steamboat Christian School has enrolled 22 students for the upcoming school year, and school leaders are continuing to accept applications.

The students will be spread across three classrooms — one kindergarten class, one first- through fifth-grade class and one sixth- through twelfth-grade class.

“We’re really excited,” said school director Katy McCombs, who will also teach kindergarten.

The school held a barbecue and open house Sunday on the west side of the Heritage Park school building to show families the classrooms and provide information about the how the new school will operate.

A new, six-member board of directors has been established to help guide the school, and school leaders have been working with other Christian schools to set up a network of support and better understand best practices for running a Christian school.

The school will help fill a void for Christian education left by the closing of Heritage Christian School in June.

Steamboat Christian School will rent three classrooms from the building owner and share cafetorium space with Heritage Park Preschool. The Mountain Village Montessori Charter School will utilize a separate entrance on the building’s east side and occupy the building’s gym.

McCombs said Sunday’s open house was a way to let families know that the school will become a reality this year.

The school will offer half-day and full-day programs, with the second portion of the day dedicated to enrichment activities, including art, music and chapel, as well as weekly field trips and a time for guest teachers to visit.

McCombs said that, while the classrooms will be multi-age, the school will have dedicated learning plans for each student to ensure they are receiving age-appropriate instruction.

“It sounds like a big spread (of ages), but there are very many successful multi-age classrooms out there.”

Tuition for the full-day program is $5,000 per student in grades kindergarten through fifth and $5,500 for students in sixth- through 12-grades.

Homeschool families can attend in the afternoon only for enrichment Monday through Thursday for $2,000 per year.

About half of the 22 registered students are previous Heritage Christian School students, McCombs said.

To learn more about Steamboat Christian School, visit

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