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 the Bible, both the Old and the New Testaments, as verbally inspired by God and inerrant in the original writing, and that it is of supreme and final authority in faith and life.
  • We believe in one God, eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true man.
  • We believe that man was created in the image of God; that he sinned, and thereby incurred not only physical death; but also spiritual death which is separation from God; and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature, and, in the case of those who reach moral responsibility, become sinners in thought, word and deed.
  • 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.
  • We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into Heaven, and in His present life there for us, as High Priest and Advocate.
  • We believe in "that blessed hope," the personal and imminent return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
  • We believe that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit, and thereby become the children of God.
  • We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved and the everlasting punishment of the lost.
  • We believe in the spiritual unity of all believers under the headship of Jesus Christ.
  • In accordance with the teachings of the Word of God, this Association is committed to the following fundamental principles:
  • The instruction and education of children in the School as well as in the home must conform to the Word of God.
  • The school is an institution which properly depends on and proceeds from the home, rather than the Church or the State.

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.