CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Daystar School and Humboldt Community Christian School announced that, in partnership, they have entered into a definitive agreement for Daystar School to receive the assets of Humboldt Community Christian School (HCCS) upon its dissolution this spring. This decision was made after the HCCS board explored a variety of options to remain open as an independent entity and determined that it was no longer feasible to do so in light of declining enrollment and increasing costs. Daystar has for 20 years operated with excellence in Christian education, excelling at fostering an ethnically and socio-economically diverse community providing individualized, nurturing learning environments. The transaction is expected to be finalized by July 1, 2017.
Both boards saw an opportunity to continue the HCCS legacy, preserve the mission of quality Christian education for the Humboldt Park community and leverage the Daystar brand by transferring the operations of Humboldt Community Christian School to Daystar School. “The agreement between Daystar School and HCCS means that our students have the option and opportunity to continue their education in a setting that shares our values and that provides a well-resourced student-learning environment to ensure achievement and success,” said Kerwin Rodriguez, Vice President, HCCS Board of Directors.
Daystar School, in Chicago’s South Loop, is a well-established school with a growing student body and current enrollment of 300 students from Pre Kindergarten – 8th grade. The school, an International Baccalaureate candidate school, recently expanded the leadership team to include an Upper School Principal, Mr. Ashanti Bryant, for additional programing and population growth. Daystar’s intent is to open a high school to expand their model of excellence in Christian education from Preschool through 12th grade.
Tamara Doig, Principal of Daystar School commented, “We are honored to be the school that will further the work that HCCS started in Humboldt Park and look forward to welcoming the HCCS community into our own. While many questions remain to be answered in this process, we are committed to moving forward in a caring manner consistent with our shared mission and values.”
For families living in or near the city of Chicago, Daystar is the multi-cultural elementary school that provides a caring, learning environment that values and leverages the diversity of the city, our urban location, high academic standards and Christian worldview to develop tomorrow’s global citizens.
About Daystar School
Daystar School, accredited through Christian Schools International, is an International Baccalaureate candidate school, with over 300 students, celebrating its 20th year. Students come to Daystar from a variety of cultural, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds and over 30 zip codes. Daystar students consistently score well above the average on national standardized tests and successfully matriculate to top-rated public and private schools across Chicago. The school integrates city resources into the curriculum for relevant, hands-on, experiential learning opportunities. Daystar students enjoy art and music as integrated parts of the curriculum with an award winning photographer and artist heading the art program and a partnership with the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic for the music program. Daystar maintains a commitment to a collaborative, stimulating, inclusive environment where supportive peer-to-peer interactions, teaching and learning opportunities are cultivated. For more information about Daystar School, please visit daystarschool.org.
About Humboldt Community Christian School
Humboldt Community Christian School was established in 1980 to provide a quality education to students in Humboldt Park and the surrounding area regardless of their family income. Over 30 years later, generations of students have passed through the doors to become productive members of society. HCCS celebrates a history of providing Christian discipleship with academic achievement and cultural appreciation to prepare future leaders and citizens.