HISTORY of Faith
Martin H. Hasz, Jr. believed that the Lord was directing him to start a school in the north Denver Metropolitan area, that would minister the love of Jesus to Christian students under the power and direction of the Holy Spirit. Jesus Center School (JCS), later renamed Faith Christian Academy, began operation in the fall of 1972 with an enrollment of less than one hundred students in grades K-8.
Enrollment grew quickly to over 500 students during the second year as high school was added. JCS became known as the "Free School" because no tuition was required of parents. During its third year, JCS adopted a tuition payment plan and the enrollment stabilized between 300-350 students. JCS met in the building at 3600 Zuni Street in north Denver.
During the 86-87 school year, Dr. Don Petry was called in to consult with the JCS School Board to restructure the administration. David R. Hasz became the superintendent, Martin H. Hasz continued as the elementary principal, and Ken Urban began to manage the budget for JCS. Dave Hasz began the accreditation process with the International Christian Accrediting Association during the summer of 1987.
Faith Christian Academy Began
In 1988, JSC was faced with mounting financial pressure, and Faith Bible Chapel expressed an interest in adopting the school and relocating the ministry to Arvada. After prayerful consideration, Faith Bible Chapel's Board of Elders voted unanimously to adopt JCS, and Faith Christian Academy opened its doors to 288 students in grades K-12 in the fall of 1988.
More Classrooms and Gym
Faith Christian Academy grew rapidly with the enrollment reaching 750 by the fall of 1992, and it became obvious that additional classrooms and gymnasium facilities were needed. A new 28,000 square foot building was constructed on the west side of Ward Road, which housed a competitive gym, nine classrooms, locker rooms, high school offices, and a bus garage. New students quickly filled these facilities, and Faith Christian Academy began to pursue other alternatives for expansion as all classes in K-12 were filled, with waiting lists emerging.
In the fall of 1995, Faith Bible Chapel purchased a building at Carr Street and I-70 as an additional worship location. This 75,000 square foot building was remodeled to accommodate the Faith High School. Seven acres of additional athletic fields and gymnasium space were also included on the property. In the fall of 1996, high school (grades 9-12) moved to the Carr St. facility, while the middle school (grades 6-8) moved to the west campus of Ward Road, and the elementary (grades K-5) expanded into the full east side facilities at Ward Road.
Faith Christian Academy has been fully accredited by the International Christian Accrediting Association (ICAA) since 1989, and received North Central Accreditation (NCA) in 2001. These crucial achievements provided the organization and planning that has made growth possible. Throughout FCA's history, Faith Bible Chapel (FBCI) has also been a growing Church. As a result, in September of 2003, FBCI opened a new worship center on its west campus adjacent to the middle school. This new building phase has provided a much needed fine arts complex and additional classrooms, as well as making the former sanctuary (auditorium) available for school use.
Faith Christian Academy and Faith Bible Chapel, International
The marriage between the ministries of Faith Christian Academy and Faith Bible Chapel has provided reciprocal advantages to both ministries that include expanded facilities and increased involvement within the metro Denver Christian community. Over 1000 students representing more than 130 different churches now attend Faith Christian Academy.