In 1973, a group of families from Grace Community Church (then known as "Evangelical Methodist Church") of Tyler saw a need for a school that would serve the educational and spiritual needs of their children. With this in mind they committed themselves to establishing such a school.
Originally known as Christian Heritage School, the first year saw 60 students in grades two through twelve. Its original location was the current site of the Grace Lower Campus. In 1975, the school underwent a name change along with the church that supported it, and became Grace Community School.
Since that time, many families have chosen Grace Community School for their children. The school grew steadily during the formative years of the 1970s, but contracted from 12 grades to 8 in 1986. Since then, the school has experienced explosive growth, soaring to its current enrollment of over 965. The school expanded to include what is currently the junior high in 1994. In 1996, the school added a beautiful, state-of-the-art facility that currently houses the high school and administration.
In 2003 Grace completed construction of a Fine Arts Center including the beautiful Burgess Auditorium and band hall. Current classrooms are being expanded and new classrooms are being constructed in the Sue Johnson wing of the elementary school. Construction is continuing on the athletic complex for our field sports including a concession stand and field house. The junior high school has rececived a much needed renovation and a multi-purpose building has been completed. The high school has just completed construction of a new computer lab, science rooms and a sports complex including a football/soccer field.
Grace Community School is currently a kindergarten through 12th grade, co-educational, college-preparatory day school with selective admissions. Grades K4 through 5 are located on the church campus at 3215 Old Jacksonville Road, while grades 6-12 are located at 3001 University Boulevard.