Vision Statement

Tri-State Christian School will equip students to acquire wisdom, knowledge and a biblical worldview and to serve Christ as they integrate all of God's truth into their lives. 

Philosophy of Education

The mission and vision statements of Tri-State Christian School are based on the educational presuppositions stating that all truth is God's truth, the Christian Bible, as God's inspired Word, was given as a guide for faith and practice, and an effective Christian education integrates biblical truth and principles into all classroom teaching and all school related activities.

Core Values


  • As God’s inspired Word, the Bible speaks as the final authority on all issues of faith, life, and practice.
  • As such, Biblical truth is at the core of all our programs and guides our institutional decision-making.
  • Our primary responsibility is to provide a biblically integrated, quality education from a biblical worldview.


  • We endeavor to train the mind through a rigorous program of study designed to enhance knowledge, develop critical thinking skills, and develop life-long learners.
  • In response to the biblical injunction to do all things for the glory of God, Tri-State Christian School strives for excellence in all our programs and services


  • We seek to be a loving community in which relationships and actions are guided by godly character and consistently reflect honesty, integrity, and accountability.
  • Following Christ’s model of servant-leadership, our community seeks to be characterized by service and love for one another.


  • Recognizing that God has given the primary responsibility for raising godly children to parents, we desire to partner with them in this all-important role.
  • Since God has ordained that His kingdom be experienced and advanced through the local church, we seek to partner with local Evangelical churches in the spiritual development of student.

Statement of Faith

  • We believe in one God, Creator and Lord of the universe eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe that the Bible, both the Old and the New Testaments, is God’s authoritative, inspired word. It is without error in all its teaching, including creation, history, its own origins and salvation. It is of supreme and final authority in all matters of faith and life.
  • We believe that Jesus Christ, God’s Son, was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, died a substitutionary atoning death on the cross, rose bodily from the dead and ascended to heaven, where as truly God and truly man, He is the only mediator between God and man.
  • We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice; and that all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood. That all people are lost sinners and cannot see the Kingdom of God, except through the new birth which takes place through repentance of sin and faith toward God. Justification is by grace through faith in Christ alone.
  • We believe in the necessity of the work of the Holy Spirit for the individual’s new birth and growth to maturity and for the church’s constant renewal in truth, wisdom, faith, holiness, love, power, and wisdom. Every believer is called to live and walk in the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit so that he will bear fruit to the glory of God and not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.
  • We believe in "that blessed hope", the personal and imminent return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. That Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church which is made up of all believers everywhere in the world and locally the Church is a group of believers who are organized to do God’s will. Its calling is to worship God and witness concerning its Head, Jesus Christ, proclaiming the Gospel among all nations and demonstrating its commitment by compassionate service to the needs of human beings and by promoting righteousness and justice.
  • We believe that all people are lost sinners and cannot see the Kingdom of God, except through the new birth which takes place through repentance of sin and faith toward God. Justification is by grace through faith in Christ alone.
  • We believe that Jesus Christ will personally and visibly return in glory to raise the dead and bring salvation and judgment to completion. God will fully manifest His kingdom when He establishes a new heaven and new earth, in which He will be glorified and exclude all evil, suffering and death.

History of Tri-State Christian School

Tri-State Christian School began its foundation in 1991 with feasibility studies & parent meetings. In September 1992, we opened our doors for students with an enrollment of 25 in kindergarten through sixth grade. Two teachers and the principal taught all classes. During the first three years TSCS rented classroom space from the Galena Bible Church and also added junior high grades. In 1995 we moved to our existing building and began adding high school grades one year at a time until 1999. In August of 1998, a high school gymnasium was added to the existing building and the preschool was established in its own building adjacent to the sports field. In the year 2000, TSCS held our first high school graduation.

Currently, TSCS serves students in grades 4K through high school from Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, and around the world.