Lakewood Christian Schools (LCS) welcomed its first preschool class in 1978. The elementary school opened as a ministry of First Baptist Church of Lakewood, now known as Arbor Road Church, in 1979. LCS opened its doors to 41 students grades Kindergarten through 3rd grade and, within a few years, it was a complete elementary school serving students Kindergarten through 6th grade. LCS grew at a healthy pace, even enjoying a time when families would camp outside the night before registration to ensure their child would have a spot in the school! In 2003 we added our middle school. This is something that wouldn’t have been able to happen had it not been for our Legacy Fund, which was able to cover the entire cost. Even though the economy has had several ups and downs over the last 38 years there has never been a doubt that the Lord has been faithful to our ministry and this amazing school.
For almost 40 years, Lakewood Christian Schools has been laying a foundation in young lives and has provided a steadfast, Christ-centered education emphasizing academic excellence that prepares students to stand firm in their faith in Jesus Christ and be productive, responsible citizens at home, at church and in our community. We want this momentum to continue.
According to the Long Beach Unified School District website the city of Long Beach has been seeing a steady decline in student enrollment over the last five years. On average, Long Beach schools are losing approximately 10-20 students or more each year. The National Center for Education Statistics says that private school enrollment in the United States has been declining since 2013-14 and is projected to continue to decrease through 2025-2026 (the last year for which projected data is available).
What does this mean for Lakewood Christian Schools? It means that the impact could be far greater for us. In summer of 2017 the LCS Foundation was established. It serves as long-term support to the financial health of LCS ensuring that in all economic climates the school will continue to provide academic excellence to its students. The Foundation will contribute funding for the latest academic tools providing more resources to the students and the teachers. It will provide funds for enhancing and upgrading the school’s campus and facilities and developing new school programs. The LCS Foundation is an imperative part of our schools development and will provide the funds that are needed so that LCS can continue its influential legacy. In this packet, you will find several ways to give to the LCS Foundation. Please consider being a larger part of the LCS legacy by giving our current and future students the opportunity to obtain an enriching, Christ-centered education at Lakewood Christian Schools. Lakewood schools.