The people of First Baptist Church started Ohio Valley Christian School on July 24, 1977 as a chartered, nonpublic school by the State of Ohio. The school operates under a Governing Board consisting of the Pastor, Associate Pastor, Administrator, and other members who are elected by the church. The school opened on September 6, 1977 with 39 students in grades K‑6 with a staff of 7 people. Grades were added each year, so that the first senior class graduated in 1982. OVCS grew to have 259 students and 29 people on the staff in 1998. Enrollment has fluctuated since then. All classes are conducted in the facilities of First Baptist Church. In 1982, the church built a gymnasium. In 1998, a new auditorium and elementary educational building were built. OVCS began with a commitment to give students a quality Christian education through a self-contained classroom approach and extra-curricular activities. The school has maintained much higher than average scores on standardized tests. In the summer of 2009, the OVCS consolidated both the high school and elementary school in the facility at 1100 Fourth Avenue. A new multipurpose building, including a new gymnasium, was constructed in 2012. First Baptist Church and Ohio Valley Christian School seek to continue a tradition of quality, Christian education.
Our mission is to help parents educate their children Biblically so that they mature into persons who are equipped to serve humanity with a voluntary commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ and the Bible.
The Philosophy of Christian Education
OVCS exists to assist parents in fulfilling their God-given responsibility to train and develop each child to their fullest potential as a creation of God. This is achieved by producing Godly character through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, high academic standards, enhanced socialization skills, development of strong self-controlled bodies, and a deep sense of who God is and who they are in the kingdom of God. It is our goal that each child develop their full potential mentally, physically, socially, and spiritually (Luke 2:52).
With the basis that God is the center of all truth and the Creator of all, students study science as God's creation, geography as God's handiwork, history and mathematics as God's orderliness and absolute truth, music and art as God's beauty and tools for worship, reading skills as a means toward understanding God's Word, and physical education and health as a responsibility in caring for God's temple. To obtain such integrated academic standards, OVCS hires qualified Christian staff members who view teaching as a Christian ministry. The following Scriptures teach this philosophy: Proverbs 1:7, 9:10, 11:1, 22:6, 29:19; Deut. 6:4‑7; Lam. 3:27; Eccl. 9:10; Psalm 33:12; Romans 8:29; I Cor. 9:25‑27, 13, 14:40; Phil. 4:1‑9; Col. 1:12‑22; I Tim. 4:12; II Tim. 2:15; II Peter 1:5‑7.