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About Us

History of Durham Christian High School

Though Durham has chosen 1967 as its “official” opening, the school actually developed over a full decade in the 1960’s. In 1960 Knox Christian Elementary School added grade nine, in 1967 a separate association took responsibility for running grades nine and ten from Knox, and in 1969 and 1970 grades eleven and twelve were added. In 1977 land was purchased and a building erected just south of Knox Christian Elementary at our present location.


Durham Christian High School is situated on a beautiful property on the northern outskirts of Bowmanville. Through the years our school has grown increasingly diverse in drawing students from families desiring an excellent education for their daughters and sons. The school is founded on Christian principles and a vision for school that embodies those principles and values throughout the educational program and school culture.


What is clear is that the vision of the pioneers of Durham continues to shape all aspects of the school enterprise. As it has done throughout the decades, Durham Christian High School continues to prepare students with an excellent education creating opportunity for success in post secondary study and in their growth and development as responsible and ethical persons.

DCHS Vision Statement

As board, staff, parents, and supporting community, we recognize how much we depend on God’s grace to:

Provide an academic environment which;

  • is embedded in God’s word.

  • is creative, stimulating, and interactive.

  • encourages special gifts and insights.


Establish a community which;

  • is conducive to learning.

  • provides leadership and discipleship opportunities.

  • fosters respect and fairness.

In response, students will:

Grow in their commitment to the Christian faith;

  • respecting themselves as image bearers of God.

  • understanding the complexity of God’s work.

  • discerning good and evil in society.


Develop their gifts;

  • acquiring solid academic knowledge.

  • gaining skill in areas such as technology, arts, science and humanities .


Increase their desire to serve God and humanity;

  • displaying integrity in life.

  • demonstrating leadership and service.

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