Early in 1975 a group of dedicated individuals began meeting with a vision for establishing a Christian school in State College, Pennsylvania; one that would “provide a high quality education which would integrate the students’ learning experiences with scriptural principles.”
Alliance Christian School opened that fall in the basement of the State College Christian and Missionary Alliance Church. Preschool and kindergarten classes were offered, and twenty-six students attended. An additional grade was added each year until sixth grade opened in 1980. School enrollment was then more than 120 students.
The school continued to grow. In 1978, with the help of skilled volunteer labor by church members and school parents, the school moved to the church’s newly completed educational building on Norma Street. As the school grew, the name was changed to Mt Nittany Christian School in 1987 to better reflect its broad community make-up. Over the years, the school has typically served families from twenty-five to thirty area churches each year, and it continues to be the desire of the school to support churches and families throughout the Centre Region.
In 2000, both the church and school relocated to their current location on Whitehall Road. At the same time, the school shortened its name to Nittany Christian School. The elementary school became kindergarten through fifth grade, and a new middle school was created, beginning with sixth grade and then adding seventh and eighth grades in the following years.
In 2010 Nittany Christian School became a separate non-profit organization and was granted individual 501(c)3 status. This distinction has helped Nittany Christian School to be a truly community-based Christian school.
In 2016, additional needs to accommodate growth in both the school and Church has lead the leaders of both organizations to embark on a building expansion project. This project will greatly increase available space for new classrooms and include a full sized gymnasium.
From the school’s beginning, its goal has been to partner with parents to provide students with a biblically based education of the highest quality in a Christ-centered environment enabling them to live a life of faith, knowing Jesus and making Him known.