A small Christian school is undergoing a growth spurt.
Courtney Christian School is expanding its campus on the west side of Hammond into a multimillion dollar educational complex. The school will host a groundbreaking for the new addition Sept. 30 at 10 a.m.
“This will accomplish the goal of more space, be able to take more children and be able to have everyone on the campus together,” said Sue Courtney, founder and principal.
Enrollment has increased from 127 students to 320 over the past five years, she said.
Although the official groundbreaking is set for next week, workers have already started.
The new early childhood building, which will house three PreK and two kindergarten classes, will be complete in a few weeks. A middle school with 10 classrooms will soon be built to house classes for fourth through eighth grades. The main building will continue to house first through third grades. Also, a gymnasium will be constructed.
The middle school building should be complete by the end of December while the gym will take until the end of March to finish. Once complete, the school will have space for 500 students with two classes per grade. The completion will be celebrated with a ribbon cutting in the spring.
This expansion is the school’s second miracle, the founder said.
Five years ago, she felt called to start the Christian school, despite not having the money to do so. A man donated $250,000 to get the school started. A local businessman helped front some of the funds for this new endeavor, she said.
“We’d been looking for a couple years to expand our facilities because we’re exploding,” she said. “This person helped to make this dream a reality by helping us financially.”
Mrs. Courtney said she has high school on her radar, but she wants to enjoy this expansion a while first.