In 1967, Dr. Paul Lindstrom (1939–2002), a pioneer of the modern
home school movement, assembled a home study curriculum to meet
the need of one student. Other students were soon added, and,
in the early years, the tiny ministry staff simply called the
project by the generic term, “home study.” By 1970,
the fledgling home study project was becoming more organized,
and would soon be officially called Christian Liberty Academy
Satellite Schools, or CLASS. The term “Satellite” was used in
the older sense of the word, referring to the individual home
schools around the world who were using the CLASS program.
As the home schooling movement came into its own in the 1970s
and ’80s, CLASS advanced with it,often
experiencing almost unbelievable annual growth—with the
attendant growing pains. In 2000, the name was changed to Christian
Academy School System because some families mistakenly thought
they had to purchase a satellite dish in order to enroll with
Today, CLASS remains an independent and non-denominational K–12
Christian home educationprogram serving thousands of families
each year. CLASS has helped over 100,000 families throughout
the United States and around the world to get started—and
persevere—in home schooling. CLASS is accredited by the National Association of Private Schools, and its graduates are being
accepted by leading colleges, universities, and military academies.
The CLASS administrative headquarters is situated on a twelve-acre
campus located in the beautiful suburban village of Arlington
Heights, Illinois, thirty miles northwest of Chicago’s
Loop. The campus also serves as the location for the Christian
Liberty Academy, a day-school founded in 1968, and Christian
Liberty Press, our publishing arm, founded in 1985.
View a street
map of the area (from Mapquest).
The mission of CLASS is to provide Christian parents with excellent educational products and services that will enable
them to renew their children’s minds and thus transform the world for the glory of God.