Indian Rocks Christian School was established in 1984 as a ministry of the First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks. Under the direction of Dr. Max Gessner, Indian Rocks opened its doors to 42 preschool and kindergarten children. Additional elementary and middle school grades were added in subsequent years.
Significant milestones were met during the 1988/89 school year by completing our elementary and middle school programs, adding a preschool/elementary principal to the administrative team, and moving the 450-member student body into the Ulmerton Road facilities. In addition, Indian Rocks was accredited by the Florida Association of Christian Schools & Colleges.
The graduates from the first senior class were awarded their diplomas in June 1995. With enrollment reaching 854, FBCIR established a School Team in January 1996. The Team was charged with the responsibility to identify the purposes and scope of the school and provide the foundation and direction for the administration, faculty and staff to accomplish established goals and objectives.
By 1999, a preschool principal was hired for the K2-K4 program. In 2000, the Indian Rocks enrollment reached 1,000 students in preschool through the 12th grade and the Golden Eagle Athletic Complex was opened.
Today, Indian Rocks elementary, middle and high schools hold accreditation with the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and AdvancEd/Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
Indian Rocks Christian School continues to operate as a ministry of the First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks. The pastor, as the primary overseer of the school ministry, directs the School Team as well as provides direct supervision of the superintendent of schools through the School Team and church.
2017-18 IRCS School Team
Top row: Chris Stevens, Lin Weeman, Mark Smith, Luke Andrews
Bottom row: Sandy Vick, Amy Bonham, Melody Fesperman, Maria Green
Not pictured: Jonathan Keshishian, Kelly Carrigan, and Don Flagg
The School Team is selected by recommendation from the school and church at large through the Church Nominating Committee. The School Team serves under the direction of the pastor and consists of twelve members. The superintendent is a non-voting member. The School Team is responsible for identifying the purposes and scope of the school and provides the foundation and direction for the administration, faculty and staff to accomplish established goals and objectives. The School Team meets monthly to evaluate staffing, finances, long-range planning and the ongoing operations of the school.
The superintendent is responsible for the operation of the schools according to the established policies and philosophy. He serves under the direct supervision of the pastor.