Harvest Christian School opened its doors as New Life Christian Academy on October 12, 1984. They began meeting in the Shepherd's Inn near Finlayson, MN. Administrator Dick Case taught grades 4-6, Bernie Oldencamp taught grades 1-3, and Celia Winsor taught kindergarten. On January 8, 1985, the board voted to change the school's name. Evidently, another school was already named "New Life Christian Academy."
Classes were held in many places in the first 15 years. These included: The Shepherd's Inn, St. John's Lutheran Church in Finlayson, Hinckley Evangelical Free Church, The Church of Victory, and Community Worship Center. In 1994, HCS acquired a building and land in Sandstone that had been owned by the Sandstone Youth Center. The existing building had been an old depot building in Bruno, MN. The Depot was used for school until there was a building project in 1999-2001. That building project added a High School building. Classes began there in February of 2001. The Depot was used for most elementary classes until September, 2020.
In September, 2020, there was a fire in the Depot building and school had to be delayed for a week. Some adjustments were made, and school was held in the Minnesota St. main building for 5th-12th grades and the Sandstone Evangelical Free Church graciously allowed us to use classroom space for the grades preschool through 4th grade. The loss of the Depot prompted Harvest to look at other options and possibly gain much needed space. The old Gateway Clinic building was purchased in April of 2021 and renovations quickly transformed the building into a school. After much hard work and long hours, the renovated building was dedicated on August 14, 2021, and a new school year began on September 7, 2021.
Since 2001, Harvest has added to our teaching staff. Harvest has now grown to offer 3-yr-old preschool through 12th grade classes. We offer partnerships for home school families and support for Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) students. Our teachers and staff provide an education with a distinct Christian world view to help students succeed every day.
We are committed to offering a quality Christian education for our students. It is our pleasure to serve God through education and our families, churches, and communities.