University Christian School

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University Christian School
University Christian School is located in Florida
University Christian School
University Christian School
5520 University Blvd W
Jacksonville, (Duval County), Florida 32216
Coordinates 30°18′33″N 81°38′26″W / 30.30917°N 81.64056°W / 30.30917; -81.64056Coordinates: 30°18′33″N 81°38′26″W / 30.30917°N 81.64056°W / 30.30917; -81.64056
Type Private, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Christian
Denomination Baptist
Established 1973
Founded 1973
Opened 1973
Founder Jack J. Dinsbeer (Former Pastor of University Baptist Church)
Superintendent Pastor Frank Ciresi
Dean Shawn Oliver
Principal Beverly Bandy (Upper School), Tim Murr (Middle School), Christie Wiley (Lower School)
Head of school Heath Nivins
Grades pre-school12
Age 6 weeks+
Average class size apx. 35 students
Classes offered K3-12
Language English
Hours in school day apx.7
Campus Lower Socially Economic Suburban
Campus size 9 acres (3.6 ha)
Color(s) Blue, Vegas Gold, and White             
Slogan "Truth, Tradition, Transformation"
Sports football etc.
Mascot Christian Knight
Team name "Fightin Christians"
Rival Trinity Christian School
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools [1]
School fees $200-$650 depending on grade level
Tuition Grades K5-6th=$6850; Grades 7th-12th= $7950

University Christian School is a private Christian school in Jacksonville, Florida, U.S. It is part of the ministry of the University Church, a local Baptist congregation. It serves students from pre-kindergarten through graduation. The school has a strong focus on sports. The school was established as a segregation academy in response to court ordered desegregation of public schools.[2]


University Christian School is an extension of University Church. University Church was founded in 1950; Jack J. Dinsbeer became pastor of the small congregation in 1953. Under his leadership the church grew in membership, and in 1965 the church established a kindergarten. In 1970 University Christian School expanded into a full elementary school with grades one through six. The first class graduated in 1973, and a year later the administration acquired more land for additional buildings to house a middle and high school. The school continued to expand in the 1990s.[3]


In 2012, the school replaced textbooks with iPads.[4]

Football Program[edit]

University Christian's football team won the State Championship in its division in December 2012 and again in December 2015. It won a back-to-back championship in 2016

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ SACS-CASI. "SACS-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. Retrieved June 23, 2009.
  2. ^ White, Tim; Smith, Kimberly M. (2012-10-08). At the End of the Road: One Man's Journey from Chaos to Clarity. BookBaby. ISBN 9780985917715.
  3. ^ "About Us". Retrieved October 27, 2010.
  4. ^ Sanders, Topher (Jan 20, 2012). "iPad to replace textbooks at University Christian". Florida Times-Union. Retrieved 4 December 2017.

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