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 Liberty Academy School System because some families mistakenly thought they had to purchase a satellite dish in order to enroll with CLASS.
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 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.
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.