Northwest Christian High School (Lacey, Washington)

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Northwest Christian High School
Motto Developing Christian Leaders
Established 1995
Type Private secondary
Principal Terry Ketchum
Faculty Approx. 20
Students Approx. 200
Grades 9-12
Location 4710 Park Center Ave. NE,
Lacey, Washington, USA

Navy, Teal and White             

Mascot Navigators
Newspaper The Navigator

Northwest Christian High School (NCHS) is a private school in Thurston County, Washington. It is part of the Foundation Campus in Lacey, Washington, which also includes Community Christian Academy (Lacey, Washington) (for pre-school and K-8 students). In the 2006-2007 school year, it provided education for 206 students in grades 9 through 12. Its motto is "Standing Firm." The school's nickname is the Navigators. Its mascot is Navi the Gator, and its colors are navy, teal, and white. Northwest Christian High School provides college preparatory academics, a variety of elective classes, competitive sports, and TOEFL preparation. Class sizes are very small averaging around 20. International students at NCHS are in a safe and secure environment, with many opportunities to practice speaking English. Voted 2013 Best High School: NCHS was voted the "2013 Best High School in the Greater South Sound Region" by readers of South Sound Magazine and tied for first with Charles Wright Academy of Tacoma. "Developing Christian Leaders" is more than a slogan at Northwest Christian High School, it's what we do. We assist your family by providing a Christ-centered, Bible-based education that inspires each student to pursue excellence in moral character, academics, and servant leadership.


Founded in 1995, the original location of the school was in the basement of Capitol Christian Center located in downtown Olympia, Washington. The first principal was Richard Graham, now current principal of Community Christian Academy (Lacey, Washington). The first graduating class was in 1999 and about that time the student body numbered approximately 75.


Standard courses offered every year

English Math History Bible Science Music Art
English 9 Pre-Algebra World History Old Testament Survey General Science Choir General Art
English 10 Algebra 1 U.S. History New Testament Survey Biology Guitar
American Lit Algebra 2 Washington State History Outreach Chemistry Photography
British Lit Pre-Calculus Understanding the Times Anatomy & Physiology
Calculus Physics

As well as Government, Economics, P.E., and Spanish (1, 2, 3 and 4).

Elective courses can vary from year to year, depending on interest and availability of teachers, but currently include English (Creative Writing, Yearbook, Journalism), History (Senior History Seminar), Math (Geometry, Statistics, Discrete Math), Bible (Freedom in Christ, Romans, Missio Dei), Science (Honors Biology, Science Seminar), P.E. (Health & Fitness), Spanish (Spanish 4 and 5).

The school is active and successful in several academic competitions including:

Knowledge Bowl: Since 2001, when it first fielded a team, teams have qualified for State competition every year, and in every year but the first, finished in the top nine in Division 2B. In 2012, it won the 2B state championship, followed by two third place finishes in 2013 and 2014. Academic Decathlon: 2007 and 2008 Washington State Small School Champions. ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) Math League: 2007 Regional Champions in Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Calculus; 2008 Regional Champions in Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus (tie); 2009 Regional Champions in Algebra 2; 2010 Regional Champions in Algebra 2 and Pre-Calculus.

Teaching Staff[edit]

The teaching staff is composed of Christian adults, the majority of whom have degrees in their associated fields. Each of the teachers work hard to make the school a friendly and safe environment for all of the students. Teachers will take the time to help students with any difficulties they may be having with any subject. The main goal of each of the teachers at Northwest Christian High School is to help the students grow and achieve their academic goals. Students graduate the school feeling confident and prepared for college and their lives that await ahead of them.


Football, Boys and Girls Tennis, Girls Volleyball (went to State in 2009), Cross Country (recently, Girls 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 State Champions, Division 2B; Boys 2006 3rd, 2007 2nd in State, 2008 and 2009 State Champions, 2010 3rd, Division 2B), Track and Field (Girls 2007 1st and 2008 2nd in State, Division 2B), Boys and Girls Basketball (Boys went to State in 2008; Girls went to State in 2010), Baseball (2008 4th in State, 2009 State Champions, Division 2B), Fastpitch, Golf, Powerlifting (Girls 2010 and 2011 and 2012 State Champions). The volleyball and cross country teams win academic awards from the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA); member of 2011 cross country team earn about $450,000 in academic and athletic scholarships; NCHS girls cross country team won the state record---seventh consecutive state championship; NCHS power lifting wins third consecutive state championship; NCHS girl's track places second in the state championships; NCHS cross country coaching staff selected as Washington State Cross Country Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year

Cross country[edit]

The Women's Cross Country team has had 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 State Championships, the first team in Washington state history to win eight consecutive state wins in a row, along with many league and district championships as well. On the Men's side, they have placed 3rd in 2006, 2nd in 2007, and 1st in both 2008 and 2009 in division 2B. In 2010 and 2013, they got 3rd place overall. In 2009, the Men ran fast enough times to place in division 1A and 2A. Cross Country was coached by Bill Kehoe who had won multiple Coach of the Year awards for his work with the women's team before retiring in the summer before the 2010 season. The 2010 through 2013 seasons were coached by head coach Larry Weber and assistant coach Mike Michael. Coach Weber is very dedicated to all of his athletes and takes time off of his schedule to help them reach their full potential. Larry was a runner back in his high school and college years so he has tons of experience and he knows how to handle various injuries and other issues that confront the team. He has also coached many Olympic trials athletes and elite runners over the years. The cross country team is very close knit and encouraging to one another. The main goal after every season is to end with the confidence that one did his/her very best and left with no regrets.


  • Coach ANDERSON - Tennis (boys)
  • Coach LIZZE - Varsity Volleyball
  • Coach LASH - JV Volleyball
  • Coach COLLINS - Basketball (girls)
  • Coach FORD - Varsity Baseball
  • Coach FOX- Basketball
  • Coach BRIGGS - Football
  • Coach VANMARTER - JV Basketball
  • Coach WEBER - Head Coach Cross Country / Distance Coach
  • Coach MICHAEL - Head Track Coach/ Assistant Cross Country
  • Coach VINZANT - Powerlifting

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Coordinates: 47°03′06″N 122°49′15″W / 47.05167°N 122.82083°W / 47.05167; -122.82083