In late 1997, representatives from a variety of mission organizations met to begin the formal process of establishing Grace International School (GIS), a school uniquely suited to meet the educational needs of children of missionaries and Christian workers in Southeast Asia. In the following months, five organizations made financial commitments to become Founding Members and eight other organizations made commitments to become Founding Associate Members. Since then, over 100 like-minded organizations have joined as Associate Members. The board of Trustees, operating under the authority of the Grace International School Educational Foundation, also includes four additional members elected at large from the associate organizations.
When GIS opened in 1999, 176 students were enrolled in kindergarten through grade 12. Presently, over 500 students benefit from GIS programs that include not just core curriculum but also special needs services, fine arts, extra-curricular sports, and ministry opportunities. Our high school offerings have grown to include Advanced Placement courses to meet the needs of our college-bound students. GIS also offers support and assistance to home schooling families through our special Extension Services Division.
Purchased in 2001, GIS currently occupies facilities that previously housed a sports club. Having grown from 176 students to over 500 in our first decade, we have been blessed abundantly by God’s gracious provision. With our current campus full to capacity, every year it becomes harder to accommodate new students.
A legal dispute about the current property confirmed for GIS administration the need for a new, purpose-built campus. With uncertainty in earthly things but great faith in a Heavenly Father, our superintendent Don Williams states, “We’re praying that [the ruling] won’t be the ultimate judgment! But it is obvious that we must begin now to plan for new facilities. And we need them! We simply have no more room for growth.” Currently, GIS has begun the first phase of construction and is raising funds for this new campus. Read more about this project on our New Campus Development page.