Dayton Christian School System

Dayton Christian School System is a private, non-denominational PreK-12th grade Christian school district located in southwestern Ohio. There are three schools in the system: Dayton Christian School, located on its Dayton campus in Miamisburg, Ohio Xenia Christian School, located on its Xenia campus in Xenia, Ohio. Dayton Christian Homeschool and LightShine Academy, the preschool program of Dayton Christian School, are located on the Dayton campus. Since 1963, the Dayton Christian School System has graduated over 5,000 students. 1,200 currently attend one of their schools.

Dayton Christian School
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9391 Washington Church Road

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United States
Religious affiliation(s)Non-denominational Christian
  • Gabe Pethtel (DCHS/JH)
  • James Holliday (DCES)
Head of schoolJohn Gredy
Colour(s)Purple and gold


In 1963, Claude "Bud" Schindler, an NCR Corporation executive, started a 14-student kindergarten class at Patterson Park Grace Brethren Church.[1] Dayton Christian High School opened in 1967. Dayton Christian Middle School opened in 1979, and in 1984 Sugar Grove Elementary was added. In 1991, Brookville Elementary was added. Two years later in 1993, Xenia Christian Elementary and Xenia Christian High School were added. In 2002, the Sugar Grove Elementary and Brookville Elementary combined to form Northwest Christian School. Northwest Christian School later closed in 2008.[2]

In 1979, the schools ended employment of Linda Hoskinson, a married elementary teacher, because she was pregnant and the school felt she should not work outside the home while her kids were young.[3] Her sex discrimination lawsuit went to the U.S. Supreme Court in Ohio Civil Rights Commission v. Dayton Christian Schools, Inc.[4] The schools subsequently changed their employment practices.

In 2005, the schools purchased the former NCR training center on Washington Church Road and converted the adult education space into its Miami Township campus.[5] The state of Ohio provided a $379,516 grant to demolish the other structures on the property.[6] On March 10, 2020, Dayton Christian School created a "coronavirus team" in case the virus spreads to the area. On March 12, 2020, Dayton Christian School suspended all classes due to COVID-19. [7]


  1. ^ Rebecca Sodergren (March 2, 2013). "Dayton Christian School System marking 50th year: Michael W. Smith concert will celebrate anniversary". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-08-14. Retrieved 2010-03-22.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Philip Hager (November 13, 1985). "Court to Decide if Job Bias Laws Apply to Church Schools". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 10, 2015.
  4. ^ William Rehnquist (27 June 1986). "OHIO CIVIL RIGHTS COMM'N v. DAYTON SCHOOLS, (1986) No. 85-488". FindLaw. Thomson Reuters. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  5. ^ Kristin McAllister (February 10, 2011). "State grant to help complete Dayton Christian's site plans". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  6. ^ Kristin McAllister (February 1, 2011). "State awards $380K for Dayton Christian project in Miami Twp". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  7. ^ "MARCH 12: SCHOOL SUSPENDED UNTIL APRIL 6". Dayton Christian Blog. Dayton Christian. Retrieved 22 October 2020.