Tree of Life Christian Schools
is a private school
system located in Columbus, Ohio
. The system encompasses preschool
, and secondary education
The mission statement for Tree of Life is "Educating in God's Truth... Discipling in Christ" and is not only the basis for the curriculum, but every aspect of the school.
In the spring of 1978
, members from the Linden Church of Christ
, Beechwold Church of Christ, and Minerva Park Church of Christ came together to form the first school board of what was then called Linden Christian School. Over the years, Northeast Church of Christ, Indianola Church of Christ, Westerville Christian Church, North Park Church of Christ, Discover Christian Church, Hilliard Church of Christ and Worthington Christian Church joined the effort.
The initial student body was 47 students, preschool - grade 3.
Jayne Marrah, Tree of Life's first administrator, began with four other faculty. The school grew to over 80 staff.
Initially housed in the Linden Church of Christ, the school now has four locations. Three of those are sponsoring churches who provide facilities to the school rent-free. The fourth location on Northridge Road was an empty Columbus public school, purchased in 1984 for $275,000. A regulation-sized gymnasium was completed in 1992 and a Library/Media Center in 2000. The four branches are referred to as Dublin, Indianola, Westerville, and Northridge.
The school was accredited by the Association of Christian Schools, International (ACSI) in 2002.
Tree of Life has a gradually increasing number of Advanced Placement (AP)
and Honors courses for secondary level students, as well as many other challenging classes.
Tree of Life has a well established athletic program which includes twelve varsity sports
. The Trojans
wear green, navy blue, and white, and compete in the in the Mid-Ohio Christian Athletic League (MOCAL)
along with Delaware Christian
, Fairfield Christian
, Gahanna Christian
, Grove City Christian
, Madison Christian
, and Northside Christian
Boys' Varsity Sports
Boys' varsity sports include Basketball
, Cross Country
, and Tennis
Tree's boys' basketball program has enjoyed a lot of success in recent years, winning 7 consecutive MOCAL championships during an impressive run from 2001-2008. The Trojans boasted a 60 game conference winning streak from 2001-2007, and have only one league loss from 2001-2008. During the 2003-04 season, they were ranked as high as #6 in the Associated Press (AP) Ohio Division IV poll, and finished the year at #10 with a record of 18-2 (12-0). In 2005-06, Tree recorded the first 20 win season in school history, finishing 20-2 after a 19-1 (12-0) regular season and an appearance in the district semifinals. The program was back in the AP rankings during the 2007-08 season, climbing as high as #8, and finishing the year at 19-3 (12-0).
Girls' Varsity Sports
Girls' varsity sports include Basketball, Softball
, Soccer, Volleyball
, Cross Country, and Tennis.
Tree of Life boasts more MOCAL championships than any other member school, including:
Boys' Basketball: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
Girl's Basketball: 2005, 2006, 2007
Baseball: 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007
Softball: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
Boys' Soccer: 2004, 2005 (co-champions), 2007
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