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History and Accreditations


Sisters Christian Academy is a Member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and has been accredited since 1997.  It formerly held accreditation with Northwest Association of Accredited Schools (NAAS) which changed to Northwest Accreditation Commission, a division of AdvancED. AdvancED is throughout the United States and accredits both public and private schools.



Sisters Christian Academy, originally Sonrise Christian School, was born out of the efforts of four families who desired a different kind of education for their children.  In the spring of l997, they formed a school to provide a high-quality education with values and accountability taught in a loving and nurturing atmosphere.

Sonrise Christian School opened its doors for grades 7-10 in September of 1997 with 23 students, three teachers, and a part-time principal.  The school was located at the historic Christian Church in downtown Sisters. In the fall of l998, Sonrise added Preschool – 6th grade at Sisters Community Church.  This more than doubled enrollment and staff.  Sonrise Christian School had its first graduating class of seven students in the spring of 2000.  In the fall of 2001, there were more than 70 students under the leadership of Dan Cole. Sonrise Christian School grew to over 100 students, preschool through eighth grade, in the next three years.

In the spring of 2006, the board voted unanimously to change the school’s name to Sisters Christian Academy in order to reflect an unwavering emphasis upon its strong academic and Christ-centered instruction, as well as to identify the school geographically.

In August 2011, Sisters Christian Academy’s preschool became a state licensed childcare center offering both morning and afternoon preschool as well as before and aftercare for preschool through elementary school students.