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GENERAL SCHOOL INFORMATION

Rehoboth Christian School is owned and operated by the Rehoboth Free Reformed Christian School Society of Copetown (instituted in 1976). This Society is composed of parents and other interested persons whose aim is to promote and exercise
Christian education, as founded in the infallible Word of God—the Old and New Testaments—through the establishment and maintenance of a Christian school. This school includes grades Kindergarten through grade 12. Membership in the Society is open to persons who are members in good standing of the Free Reformed Church of North America ,the Netherlands Reformed Congregations of North America, or the Heritage Reformed Congregations.

MISSION STATEMENT

To provide an education integrated with a Reformed Christian world view, based on the infallible Word of God, consistent with the God-centered teaching received at home and church.

HISTORY

HISTORY OF REHOBOTH Rehoboth. Where does that strange name come from? What does it mean? The answer to that question can be found in the Bible, in Genesis 26. The story relayed to us in this chapter is one of strife between the herdsmen of Isaac and the Philistine herdsmen in the valley Gerar. Isaac's father Abraham dug many wells in this valley to water the flocks and irrigate the crops. The Philistines were jealous of Isaac's prosperity. Isaac's crops produced one hundred fold and his herds increased and became great flocks. In response, the Philistine herdsmen filled each well with sand so that they would be unusable. What was Isaac's response to this unkindness? We read "And Isaac digged again the wells of water, which they had digged in the days of Abraham his father." (Gen.26:18) Isaac redug one well after another, and each time we read "And the herdmen of Gerar did strive with Isaac's herdmen saying, The water is ours." (Gen.26:20) Finally, Isaac dug a well that the Philistines did not contend for "and he called the name of it Rehoboth; and he said, For now the Lord hath made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land." (Gen.26:22b) Rehoboth was the name that was chosen for the first Free Reformed Christian School. There are a lot of similarities between the struggle for the wells in Gerar and the foundation of this school in Ontario. Both situations involved struggle, sacrifice, and a peaceful solution. Rehoboth was founded by making sacrifices. Starting a Christian school costs a lot of money, and a lot of time input by Board members, Committee members, and volunteers. Ten acres of farmland was purchased and a six classroom school was built. The school opened its doors for the first time in September, 1978. There were 74 students in grades 1-8, with four full time teachers. The annual operating budget for 1978/79 school year was $85,000.

MEMBERSHIP

Membership in the school society is open to persons who are members in good standing of the Free Reformed Church of North America or the Netherlands Reformed Congregations of North America.

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