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Message from the Head of School

Fort Worth Christian School Head of School Dr. Misty Overman

Welcome to Fort Worth Christian! Since 1958, we have been shaping the lives of students on our 40-acre campus in North Richland Hills. Fort Worth Christian School is one of the oldest and largest private Christian schools in the DFW area, and we are proud to offer parents and students a high-quality Christ-centered, college preparatory education.  FWC is positioned to offer this educational experience no matter what, no matter where. Whether it is in-person, in a blended environment, or transition temporarily to an online environment, your child will EXCEL at FWC!

The world is changing rapidly, and the questions we face in society are becoming increasingly complex. There is a need for bold, confident leaders to lead our communities and our world. At FWC, we strive to teach excellence in and out of the classroom and empower our students with a biblical worldview. All of this is because, we desire to prepare, equip, and empower every FWC graduate for a life of faith, service, and leadership for Christ. 

Yours in Christ, 

Dr. Misty Overman
Head of School

 

QUICK FACTS ABOUT FWC:

Founded: 1958

Mascot: Cardinals

Colors: Red & White

Grades: Preschool (3yo) through 12th Grade

Faculty: of the 110 full-time faculty, 31% have advanced degrees; the average tenure of 7 years

Accreditation: Cognia (formerly AdvancED) and National Christian Schools Association 

Membership: CESA (Council for Educational Standards and Accountability), TPSA (Texas Private School Association), and our academics, arts, and athletics are governed by TAPPS (Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools)

Academic Success: Mean SAT scores for the Class of 2019 were 1137 out of 1600— well above state and national averages. The mean ACT Composite score was 23.9. 

Graduates: Over the past five years, graduates have sat for Advanced Placement Exams in Art, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, English Literature, US Government, and Physics. They attend colleges and universities throughout the country in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Mississippi, and Texas.

Eight of our 2020 graduates will be participating in collegiate athletics in basketball, soccer, cheer, football, golf, and baseball along with several students attending college for music, theatre, and film.

Graduates have been admitted to 200 different colleges and universities and enrolled in more than 100 institutions. About one-quarter of FWC graduates chose to enroll in a Christian college. Last year, the 83 graduating seniors matriculated at colleges in 14 states. 

Scholarships:

  • the 78 graduates of the Class of 2020 (per June 2020) have earned nearly $10 million in academic and athletic scholarships (over 600 dual credit hours through Texas Wesleyan University and over 6000 hours of service hours)
  • the 83 graduates of the Class of 2019 earned over $11 million in scholarships (and well over 600 dual credit hours and over 7000 service hours)
  • the 81 graduates in the class of 2018 had over $8M in scholarships! 

Church Representation: FWC families attend over 100 different area congregations - we are a diverse faith community! Some of the largest representation includes The Hills Church, Gateway Church, White's Chapel UMC, Legacy Church of Christ, Good Shepherd Catholic Community, Keystone Church, Milestone Church, First Colleyville, Compass Church, and Hillside Community Church. 

City: North Richland Hills (*see note below)

Reach: Students come from all over Tarrant County (and some from Dallas County, too); we serve families from North Richland Hills, Southlake, Keller, Colleyville, Arlington, Hurst, Euless, Bedford, Watauga, Trophy Club, Westlake, and all over Northeast Tarrant County.

Why is Fort Worth Christian School not actually in Fort Worth? Fort Worth Christian School is located in the northeast Fort Worth suburb of North Richland Hills (NRH) on our current 40-acre campus obtained in 1956, just a few years after the City of North Richland Hills was incorporated. The 1950s were a time of enormous expansion of Tarrant County and the greater Fort Worth area following the end of WWII. This area was experiencing a booming economic future! Founding FWC families from around Fort Worth were looking for affordable land on which to establish a Christian educational institution (see history below). Many of the names of the streets around our campus are named after founding families who first lived in this area that was once a dairy farm. When NRH was incorporated in 1953, there were only 500 residents but grew to over 8,000 by 1960 and over 75,000 residents today (with an estimated 150,000 residents in the greater northeast Tarrant County). Obtaining these 40+ acres in a developing area of northeast Tarrant county in 1958 clearly demonstrates the wisdom and foresight of our founders!

History of FWC:  Sacrifice and commitment are words that describe the visionary men and women whose dreams were fulfilled in establishing Fort Worth Christian School. In late 1956, a group of visionary men came together to establish a Christian school for children to learn core values from the Word of God and receive strong academic instruction from a biblical perspective.  Land was purchased in the North Richland Hills area with 40+ debt-free acres on which to develop their dream. As our school song says, when you are parked near the intersection of Holiday Lane and Mid Cities Blvd, FWC is overlooking downtown Fort Worth. 

In the fall of 1958, Fort Worth Christian School opened its doors to 211 students, grades 1 through 8, and has been in continuous operation for the past 60+ years as a college preparatory school.  A junior college was added in 1959 and grades 9 to 12 quickly followed. The school and college experienced growth until Northeast Tarrant County College opened in 1972.  Fort Worth Christian College closed that year and records were transferred to Abilene Christian University.

Amazing stories are often remembered around our campus of personal sacrifice, love for children, changed lives, and students prepared for life and eternity.  God’s direction and the persistence of dedicated families provided the momentum that proved unstoppable in keeping the dream alive.  Long board meetings of planning and praying were a common occurrence during our early years. From time to time, each member was asked to personally finance the payroll for teachers. At board meetings they would pass the hat!

We give thanks to God for the many generous families who have sustained FWC for 60+ years. Tuition has always been viewed as an investment in our students, but the growth and sustainability of FWC require generous givers. In each decade of our school, stories are told of philanthropic parents, with gifts big and small, come together as family to further the mission of FWC. 

FWC has never been affiliated with, nor received direct financial support, from any organization, church, or institution. We are truly an independent school. Tuition covers approximately 70-75% of the revenue needed for our school's operational budget. The large majority of the remaining revenue comes from generous and consistent donors from our current parent population, friends of FWC, and a large alumni network.

By God's grace, Fort Worth Christian continues to this day the 60+-year legacy of impacting this world in a powerful way for the Kingdom of God. Join us!

 

Alma Mater (School Song):

On a hill overlooking the city, 

Fort Worth Christian is standing alone. 

And it shines like a beacon for all those

who would learn of the Lord's Holy will. 

Guide our minds and our souls 

Fort Worth Christian.

Shape our lives as we journey along.

And we'll sing of Fort Worth Christian 

The home of the red and white.

 

FWC IN THE PAST

FWC IN THE PRESENT