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Our Story


Our Story

Why South Side Christian Academy?

     The south side of Peoria, Illinois, specifically zip code 61605, suffers from high unemployment, rising teen pregnancy rates, poverty, crime, and underperforming schools. Zip Code 61605 is listed among the 100 poorest zip codes in the United States. Unemployment in 61605 is nearly 5 times what it is in the rest of Peoria.*

     Many families living in South Peoria believe as we do that Jesus Christ is the only hope for true transformation in the lives of all people. These families want a better environment for their children and welcome the idea of more Christian influence there. Our goal is to come alongside these families and help them bring Christ’s love and positive change to their neighborhoods through high-quality Christian education. Our plan is to start with Kindergarten and add a grade each year thereafter until 8th grade and possibly high school. We pray that our students will be prepared to take His love back to their community as future pastors, business owners, doctors, nurses, school teachers, lawyers, and the list goes on.
     Serving primarily students in zip code 61605, South Side Christian Academy is a fully faith-funded school, meaning that we have faith that God will provide the needed funds to educate our students through donations from generous people like you. We are eager to join God in this great work of bringing quality Christian education and Christ-centered transformation to Peoria’s south side. To do this, we will need the support and prayers of many people and organizations. Positive change is possible. God can make it happen. Will you join us in this dream to bring new hope for a brighter future to the children and families of South Peoria?

*Tarter, Steve. "Community in Neglect." Peoria Journal Star [Peoria] 16 Aug. 2015, Business sec.: F1. Print.

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What We Believe

Mission, Values, Statement of Faith

What We Believe

Mission, Values, Statement of Faith


     South Side Christian Academy is a Christ-centered school with a mission to reach and transform children and families for Christ by establishing a solid biblical worldview, confirming value and hope in Christ, and preparing each young person through a high quality education for a life of service to God and others.


Core Values:

  • Truth - All Truth is God’s Truth. We Believe that Truth is created and defined by God and is laid out in the Bible, His Infallible Word. John 8:32, 17:17
  • Knowledge - We will promote  an academic program marked by excellence, high achievement, and creativity.  Psalm 119:66
  • Compassion - We believe that a love of knowledge and learning must be accompanied by an attitude of compassion in order to benefit society and spread the message of Christ. Ephesians 4:32
  • Service - We believe that, having freely received the blessings found in Christ alone, it is critical to give back to our families, community, and world to demonstrate our love for God and others and our deep appreciation for His work in our lives. I Samuel 12:24
  • Effort - We believe that we will be blessed when we do our best in all things for the glory of God.  Col. 3:23


Statement of Faith:

    As a ministry of Lifesong for Orphans, we have adopted their statement of faith.

    1. The Bible is the inspired and infallible Word of God to man.
    2. There is one eternal God, the Creator of all things, who exists in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
    3. Jesus Christ, the Son of God was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and lived a sinless life.
    4. Man was created in God’s image, but by man’s transgression became separated from God.
    5. Man is justified by faith, by the shed blood of Jesus Christ on Calvary’s cross, His death, and His resurrection from the grave.
    6. The Holy Spirit resides in the hearts of true believers and is evidenced by a spiritual rebirth, reconciliation with God, and obedience to God’s word.
    7. Both the saved and the lost will be resurrected; the saved unto eternal life and the lost unto eternal damnation.
    8. God is the creator of all life, including the unborn; all life is precious in His sight.
    9. God designed marriage to be between a man and a woman united in a lifelong union.