Calvin Christian School was established by members of First Christian Reformed Church in Minneapolis, but, convinced that Christian education was not the task of the church, they organized as a voluntary membership association of parents and other Christian education supporters. On April 27, 1956, they gathered in the first meeting of the CCS Society, as the association was called.
In the fall of 1957, five and a half acres of land near 42nd Street and France Avenue was selected as the future home of Calvin Christian School. A two-room school building was built on the site, and school opened in the fall of 1961 with one teacher and 15 students in grades 1-5. Growth was rapid, and in 1966 the first building expansion took place. Four more would follow, the last in 2008, as enrollment grew and kindergarten and middle school grades were added.
In the late 1980’s, a task force was formed to explore starting a second campus of Calvin Christian School in a northern suburb of the metro area. The task force located a former public elementary school building in Blaine that was purchased and renovated in the spring and summer of 1992. In the fall the Blaine campus opened with 33 students in grades K-3. Today enrollment is near the building’s capacity, with more than 200 students in grades K-8.
Calvin Christian launched its high school program in the fall of 2004 with four teachers and 14 freshmen, in space leased from Olivet Baptist Church in Crystal. Determining that the high school needed to be closer to one of the CCS K-8 campuses, CCHS moved to its current location in Fridley in 2008.