Logos History

Logos School opened its doors in September of 1981. It represented the concerted efforts and convictions of primarily three individuals: Doug Wilson, Shirley Quist, and Larry Lucas. Their goal was to provide high-quality Christian education for children. These three people were Logos School’s first and founding board of directors. Tom Garfield was hired in January, 1981, to be Logos School’s first administrator.

Logos (which means “word” in Greek) began with eighteen students in rented facilities at the Paradise Hills Church of God. Primarily through word-of-mouth the school grew quickly. Parents still say they are most pleased with the dedicated, loving staff members, the smaller class sizes, and the consistently high level of academic and biblical encouragement their children receive. As the school expanded in size and scope, much thought was given to curricular improvement. This in turn led to examining many publishers’ materials. Due to our classical emphasis, few of the existing publishers had appropriate items for our curriculum needs. Therefore the Logos teachers and administrators began writing their own, custom-made materials to use in the classrooms.

We had our first graduate in 1985 and have graduated hundreds of students since then. These young people have been accepted at dozens of colleges around the nation, including Hillsdale College, Dartmouth, Harvard, Wheaton, University of Idaho, University of Pennsylvania, New St. Andrews College, Washington State, and many more. Our students consistently score in the top 20% or higher of nationally recognized standardized tests. The rest of this web site will give you an idea of the scope and activities families enjoy at Logos School.

The school moved to 110 Baker, a former roller rink, after extensive prayer, fund-raising, and remodeling, in November of 1987. Subsequent improvements have included a well-equipped library, two portable classroom units, adjoining property, and in February of 1999, the completion of a multi-use, 13,000 square foot gymnasium.

In 1991, Doug Wilson, a founding board member and teacher in the school, wrote a book entitled Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning. The book recalled how, over its ten year history at that time, Logos School had attempted to follow the classical, Trivium model, as described by Dorothy Sayers in her 1940’s article, The Lost Tools of Learning, published in the National Review. Doug’s book, published on a nation-wide scale, produced so much interest in the classical approach that Logos helped form the Association of Classical, Christian Schools (ACCS). This organization continues to offer annual national conferences and practical assistance to forming and growing classical, Christian schools. Logos is a charter member of ACCS and was accredited by ACSI in 1994, and ACCS in 2000. Logos School sells many of its administrative and curriculum materials to sister schools and other people around the United States, as well as having its staff train other teachers and administrators in summer training and other conferences.

Logos School is governed primarily by the Word of God, as understood and applied by the school’s Board of Directors and administration. The School Board of Directors is comprised of eight individuals: five permanent members, and three elected, 3-year term members. The board operates under the school’s adopted by-laws, vision and goals statements, and provides policies to the superintendent for implementation in the school.