Heading into year 2020, CEC is almost 20 years old and has started year 10 at IWU – Louisville campus. CEC has reached the milestone of over 500 students for four years now, reaching near capacity at our facility. With 90-100 seniors graduating each year, CEC is larger than the majority of private Christian high schools in the area. Now with over 40 instructors, staff and coaches, we have almost the same number of employees as the number of students attending when CEC began in 2001.
The sports program keeps expanding with our new sports of archery and cross country/track being some of our most popular sports. Baseball now plays competitively with public school teams. Winning trophies is nice, such as the cross country trophy that now sits in the trophy case; however, CEC remains committed to encouraging strong Christian character and good testimony as the most important element in our academics, sports and clubs.
In the last few years, CEC’s Chess team has won the state championship, beating perennial rival, Manual High School. CEC has started a Political Science Club, a Spanish Club, an Ecology Club that takes fun field trips, a competitive Speech Team and CyberPatriots – a computer team that competes with other teams nationwide.
God has blessed CEC with a wonderful community of families and staff who partner with each other to raise children to glorify God in their lives. We look forward to the next 20 years. ‘Being confident of this, God who has begun a good work in you will complete it unto the day of Christ.” Philippians 1:6
Beverly Clark, Director
The Christian Educational Consortium
CEC Consort: Year 15 article by Michaela Parker Brooks (class of 2016)
Celebrating fifteen years of barn blasts, proms, and the homeschooled life, Christian Educational Consortium of Louisville, Kentucky, stands today as the biggest and greatest that it has ever been. CEC, founded by Director Beverly Clark, offers homeschool students multiple benefits including sports and clubs. Despite the many offerings that the school enjoys in the present, this was not always the case in the past.
Clark said that the central concept of CEC was and has always been to provide a quality Christian education. “The name ‘consortium’ came from my time spent on the St. James Court Art Fair Board, where they are a consortium of streets that connect to conduct the art fair,” Clark said. The school certainly went on to exemplify the meaning of its name. “God has done exceedingly abundantly above all I could ever ask or imagine.” From drama to sports to service projects and clubs, CEC has become a place where home educated students can have a welcoming school experience that helps prepare them for college and for life.
Clark explained that it was, in fact, not part of her plans to create a school that would grow so much. “When a few parents called me to tutor their children, a group of instructors and I agreed to organize,” she said. “God receives the glory for CEC and what it has become.” Alongside Clark, CEC had five other instructors teaching core curriculum classes and one elective, art class! “At first I thought CEC was going to be small enough to fit classes around the dining room table, but it grew to where we had to search for some classrooms before school began in the fall of 2001,” Clark said. Eventually, they found what they were looking for at Eastside Praise. Before they knew it, the school had grown so much that they could no longer fit students in the tiny Sunday school rooms that they were using at Eastside Praise. That’s when the school transitioned to Bethany Baptist, where the school again saw a period of rapid growth.
Perhaps the biggest highlight for CEC was the move from Bethany Baptist Church to the professional facility at Indiana Wesleyan University Louisville campus. However, the transition was certainly a risk to the school’s funding. “It was a blessing that my husband and I had the connection of being former instructors here, but the increased cost was a risk,” Clark said. It was a stretch of faith, but the decision was made and the transition was effective and successful. Clark explained that “God met our needs the first year by increasing the student body to where we met our budget.” To this day, CEC meets at Indiana Wesleyan University, where students have access to equipment that the school never could have afforded on its own.
Providing rigorous academics and extra-curricular activities for homeschoolers, an affordable cost, and excellent teachers who want the best for their students, CEC continues to grow more and more every year by the grace of God. “It is exciting to see how the school has grown from 40 students to 470, but even more than that, I love the plethora of class options that we offer,” said Clark.
From its humble beginnings to a thriving school with many opportunities for students, CEC has been a blessing to many families during its fifteen years of operation. Celebrate with us as we commemorate fifteen years of excellence!
Excerpts taken from Ben Wright’s CEC celebrates 10th Anniversary (CEC grad ’13)
“ ‘CEC began with six instructors who wanted to offer classes together in our area of expertise in a collegiate style atmosphere,’ said Mrs. Beverly Clark, the founding Director.
“From 40 students in two rooms at Eastside Praise, CEC quickly outgrew this facility to move to the Highlands location of Bethany Baptist Church. After seven years of steady growth, CEC is now in its present facility of Indiana Wesleyan University- Louisville campus, with over 30 faculty and staff serving a student body that exceeds an enrollment of 400. God has blessed CEC as the goal continues to guide students to excel in rigorous academic pursuits while preparing them on their lifelong walk of faith.”