FIRST DAY: Rejoice Christian Schools Superintendent Dr. Craig Shaw stands with high school students Miriam Arnold, second from left, Clara Cox and Christopher White on the first day of school at Rejoice Schools’ new middle and high school campus.
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On Aug. 16, middle and high school students at Rejoice Christian Schools were welcomed on their first day of school to the brand new, multi-million dollar Rejoice Christian Schools (RCS) middle and high school campus, at 13407 E. 106th St. N.
The campus sits on a total of 65 acres of land, with Rejoice’s elementary school to the west.
The 149,435-square-foot middle and high school facility features 56 middle and high school classrooms, with 15 students per class.
“To put that in perspective, in this new building, we have 22 high school classrooms,” says school Superintendent Dr. Craig Shaw. “At our previous facility (located on 86th Street North), we had 23 classrooms total, for middle school and high school combined. This is a huge difference.”
The additional classrooms will allow the school to offer additional course options.
This includes a new dual enrollment offering that allows middle and high school students to enroll in higher level courses to gain credits toward their future years in high school or college, respectively.
Rejoice has also expanded its programs to include partnerships with Ohio Christian University and Oklahoma Wesleyan University.
In addition, the campus features two gymnasiums, with one doubling as a FEMA 361 storm shelter, multiple science labs, libraries, and art and music centers. The 600-seat auditorium will give students the opportunity to showcase their acting and singing skills through drama performances and school programs. Its athletic facilities include a 2,000-seat football stadium, a baseball field, three gymnasiums, a weight room training complex and tennis courts.
Tablet-driven technology will be implemented in each classroom, providing the opportunity for teachers to instruct and interact with students through the use of advanced technology.
In October, Rejoice opened its elementary school on the property. The elementary school had previously shared space with Rejoice Church, which sits adjacent to the school’s acreage.
The school’s expansion came about due to a $50 million gift from the Eddy Gibbs Family Trust, which is the largest single gift ever given to a K-12 school in the history of the United States.
The groundbreaking was held in March 2014.
RCS was founded in 1992 by First Free Will Baptist Church of Owasso. The school system continues to experience growth, seeing an almost 12 percent increase in enrollment as compared with last year.