"We are best known for Christ centered approach."
Students enrolled 500
Hours no info
School leader Mr. Darrell W. Dunckel
Transportation options Yes
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8287 W Ridge Rd
Elyria, OH 44035

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(440) 322-6386
(440) 284-6033
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5 stars
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May 04, 2014
Open Door Christian School is a wonderful school that gives a parent passion about a school. The whole staff pulls together to accomplish education through a Christ like setting.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2014
ODCS is wonderful. I feel so comfortable sending my child to school here. The children receive a fantastic, wide-based, well-rounded curriculum. The academic bar is set high at ODCS, and it also includes a Christian education, which is so very important to us. Learning how to live a Christ-centered life, making it a part of your every day, not just Sunday, is so important for all of us - young or old. And just walking the halls, seeing the kids from preK to Seniors, they are all so kind and respectful and are exactly the kind of children I hope to raise. The staff is wonderful. And I can't express enough how comfortable I am dropping me little ones off here every day, knowing they will be safe, nurtured, and receiving a wonderful education.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2014
My husband and I are so blessed to be able to send our child to ODCS. The teachers and staff are amazing. I love that my child is getting a great education but also learning so much about God and going to a school that's Faith based. The teachers are so caring and it's nice to know that they help and care for each child in the classroom. Giving them the attention they need to grow and learn.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2014
My child is currently attending ODCS and my oldest child recently graduated from ODCS each have attended ODCS since kindergarten. Why? - My wife and I like most parents wanted our children to have a great education and also to have this education in an environment that nurtured our faith and values. We have found this and more at ODCS. I encourage you to reach out to ODCS and find out for yourself. I am confident that if you are seeking a education of excellence for your children where GOD is present and celebrated you will find a home for your children as we have.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2014
This is a wonderful school! The teachers are awesome and so caring. My children receive a very high-level of education and most importantly they learn about God.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2014
One of the greatest joys in my life is teaching at Open Door Christian Schools. I feel like I can speak for all of the staff when I say that we love and care about each student. The classroom environment is excellent and exceptional learning happens everyday. Education at ODCS is more than just academics. We pray for and with our students, we guide them on their walk with Christ, and we teach them to be a light in the darkness. ODCS is God's school. It is a ministry of education that I am blessed to be apart of.

- submitted by a teacher
April 16, 2014
ODCS is a wonderful learning environment for our child. His teachers have always provided a warm and supportive environment. The staff truly cares about the student and their family. They provide many hands on learning experiences along with faith based character skill building. We are proud Patriots!

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2014
OUTSTANDING! That is the one word that describes the education at ODCS. The preschool program is amazingly enriching, in comparison to another "Christian" preschool that our first child attended. Our children have grown both academically and spiritually, from preschool all the way through 12th grade. The teachers and staff love their jobs, and their top priority is looking out for the best interest of our children. It has definitely been a blessing to have made the sacrifice for our children to attend ODCS!

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2014
I love ODCS. I am a parent of 3 students and I feel blessed that my children get to attend here. The teachers are wonderful and the quality of education is fantastic. I am so happy to be a part of this great place!

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2014
This school needs to enforce the rules for ( all ) students! Also some teachers that do not want to be there should not.. And your pictures for your website need to change up a little ..put some new faces on there.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2014
5 Stars! Love the atmosphere and what my kids are learning. Love the caring for the kids and the way each child is challenged to meet their potential. Love that it is a Christian school and how the kids are encouraged in their faith in the classrooms and with the prayers and encouragement from the staff.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2014
This is a wonderful school. We had our son at another school in the local area and it just wasn't a good fit. Everything I was looking for at the old school I found at Open Door. I feel very blessed that I'm able to give my kids a great education with Christian values. I love having an open line of communication with the staff and teachers. Everyone is so very helpful and my kids love this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2014
Open Door Christian schools is a wonderful school. The teachers are compassionate and care about the needs of the students. The students are taught Biblical Truth and show evidence of growth in their Christian walk by their actions and attitudes demonstrated at the school. There have been many times that I walk down the hall and am greeted politely by students, and on two occasions I have had students open and hold the door for me. These are just small gestures, but speak volumes for their character. The school is a community that supports and encourages excellence. The academic requirements are rigorous and the students are expected to reach for their fullest potential. I love the school, the staff, and the general attitude in the building.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2014
I graduated from ODCS in 1990. It was a great place to grow and learn. I am so happy with my experience that I send both of my girls there now. They are doing well academically, but also the positive social impacts are Amazing. The involvement of the Family s and the investment in their children make all the difference.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2014
We were at another private school locally and had some major issuses. I started looking at public and private and was very impressed with ODCS. My daughter loves it and so do I. It has been a great first year and I pray we have many more. Everyone is so welcoming, academics are outstanding and sport program is great I couldn't ask for anything better and I truly believe God intervened in our case.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2014
My son is in preschool and absolutely loves going to school. He can't wait to see his teacher and his friends, go to chapel, and be the "helper of the day". It is amazing to look at his progress these past few months and see all that he has learned but academically and spiritually.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2014
OPEN DOOR IS A WONDERFUL CHRISTIAN SCHOOL THAT OFFERS A SUPERIOR EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN PRESCHOOL THRU GRADE 12. IT IS ONE OF ONLY 12 SCHOOLS ACCREDITED BY BOTH ACSI AND ADVANCED. THE TEACHERS TRULY CARE ABOUT THE CHILDREN'S EDUCATION AND WELL BEING. THE SPORTS PROGRAM IS ALSO OUTSTANDING AND OFFERS OPPROTUNITIES IN MOST SPORTS INCLUDING VARSITY FOOTBALL. THE COACHES ARE TRULY AMAZING AND POUR THEIR HEARTS INTO COACHING THE STUDENTS. DRAMA AND BAND ARE ALSO EXCELLENT PROGRAMS AVAILABLE TO THE STUDENTS.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2014
My school is Open Door Christian Schools. I have been able to send my children to preschool, kindergarten, and 1st grade. In each class they had a wonderful experience. The teachers were great. They had excellent interactions with the children and parents. They brought out the skills and knowledge in the children and had them ready to proceed the the next education level.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2014
We love this school! We came here for preschool because the location was convenient and stayed because we love it. Our daughter is learning so much both academically and spiritually. It is great to have such great support from the teachers and staff in instilling strong values in our children.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2014
Open Door Christian School is wonderful. My daughter has been there since preschool and she has grown both spiritually and educationally. Each one of her teachers has taken a special interest in my daughter and they work with my husband and I both in school and outside of school for her to be successful. All of the staff treat us like family. When I send her to school each day I have no worries, she comes back better every time.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2014
This school has become a very important second family for my High school. Myfamily has the greatest respect for the smart loving staff. The more your kid wants to grow theie right there to help lift him or her to the next level. That say water seeks its on level and here the families who want strong academics for their kids find that to be true at Open Door. So much spirtiual growth has been had after just three years here. Thank You Open Door for all the extra works you do for our kids. I know our Lord is proud of you and so are we Leona and Ian W.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2014
Great School. Teachers and staff are amazing and willing to pit in extra time for students in need. They have an online site that teachers keep up to date so you can check how your students are doing in each subject and for those older kids who say they always have no homework...you can see for yourself.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2014
This is my boys first year attending Open Door Christian School, I cannot express enough how choosing this school was the best decision for my boys and us. The atmosphere, kids, teachers, and faculty are all amazing. As a parent I volunteer and there is always such positive energy with every person you meet.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2014
I have 2 children at ODCS. I love the Christian curriculum they teach. ODCS has made some great changes recently in the leadership of the school to new technology. It is making a huge difference. The spirit of the school is up beat and exciting!!!! ODCS is a fun and creative place to be. If you want your children to get a great education and a great Christian education by people who honestly care about your kids then I highly recommend Open Door Christian Schools

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2014
Open Door Christian School is a wonderful place to send your child(ren) to if you are looking for a bible based environment that provides as excellent education. Partnering with families is not just something they try to sell you - it is very important to ODCS and we are one big family here! The entire ODCS staff exemplifies Christ-like behavior from the maintenance staff to the administration to the teachers themselves. They all become your friends quickly and they genuinely care about you and your child. I cannot think of any other place I would feel this secure sending my children to everyday. ODCS has created an environment you truly need to experience in order to understand it's culture!

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2014
Open Door Christian Schools are outstanding Christ-centered schools. My daughter graduated from ODCS, and I am thankful for the quality education she received which has served her well in her college experience. I am also thankful for the teachers and administrators who truely care about the well-being and success of their students. I very much appreciate their commitment to being a Christ-centered environment.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2014
ODCS is the only place that I would consider sending my children. It is a school that has teachers and staff that are dedicated to the Lord, and are dedicated to sharing Christ with their students. That fact is evident in everything that is done there. However, not only is the spiritual element present within ODCS, the academic element is as well. ODCS has a mission to educate students well so that they can go out into the world and make a difference for Christ. I would highly recommend ODCS!

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2014
My daughter is a graduate of ODCS. The spiritual lessons that she learned here have impacted not only her life, but the lives of her husband and children as well. Although it was often difficult for us to come up with the tuition money, ODCS was definitely worth it in the long term.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2014
I am the parent of 2 ODCS graduates and I am very thankful for the education and Christian mentoring they received at ODCS. My children were prepared for the rigor of higher education in every-way. The Christian influence of the entire staff and the Biblical teaching they received are a tremendous blessing.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2014
Open Door Christian Schools, Inc. This school provides an excellent academic program with a biblical, Christian worldview. Many students come back to tell me how well this school prepared them for all types of colleges. I have even received a written thank you letter from a college professor thanking me for continuing to challenge students to use critical thinking skills and for not watering down the content of the high school science courses that I teach.

- submitted by a teacher
April 11, 2014
I love the atmosphere at Open Door. Students across the grades all interact with one another. There is nothing greater than seeing a teenage boy high fiving a 2nd grader as they pass in the hall. The academics are second to none, and the integration of God's word is seemless and amazing! The way in which the school partners with the family is really special. The school becomes an extension of the home, reinforcing what is important to us as people of faith. I cannot think of a better place for my sons and daughter to grow and learn in their education and their faith.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2014
Open Door Christian Schools is a place that strives to honor God and grow Christian leaders as it maintains high educational standards. I have seen the benefits of having my daughter in an environment where she feels loved and is also pushed to her academic best. The class sizes are such that each student can be known as an individual. This allows teachers to identify students who need intervention as well as those that are ready to be challenged. Open Door also has programs for both! As a parent I am grateful that my daughters are here each day and as a teacher I enjoy investing in the students put in my path. I am also a graduate and have seen the benefits of the education I received while I was a student.

- submitted by a teacher
April 11, 2014
This school has provided a great education for my children who are now college graduates.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2014
I have taught here at Open Door for 3 years and am impressed by the quality and dedication of the faculty at the middle school and secondary level. The teachers have extensive training and experience, are well liked by students and colleagues, and exemplify the character the Lord Jesus Christ. Teachers really do make the school, and because of this I think Open Door deserves a top notch rating. I would gladly send my children here (if they were still young enough to attend).

- submitted by a teacher
April 11, 2014
Christ - centered, great families, strong academics, competitive athletics, and fantastic students! Our teachers are truly caring people, and partner with the parents to prepare their students for life beyond high school!

- submitted by a teacher
April 11, 2014
I think my school is a great school because it has caring, loving relevant teaching staff. They are involved in the lives of their students. They teach them how to think and not what to think. I love to watch the students being challenged in their Christian walk and relationship with Jesus. We also have wonderful gifted students. They excel in everything from music and drama to sports and academics. The support staff is very involved with the students. They are cheerful and helpful and can often be seen praying and going the extra mile for the students. It has been a privilege to involved with this school.

- submitted by a community member
April 11, 2014
Although I am employed by the school, I would say as a parent of a child that was at Open Door K-12, it is an excellent school. The teachers are supportive & loving, academics are strong, and it is well rounded with sports, & the arts. I loved having my child at a Christ centered school!

- submitted by a teacher
April 11, 2014
I am honored to be a teacher at Open Door Christian Schools. Our students are prayed for daily by both faculty and staff by name. The quality of our education is very high. We value smaller class sizes so that individual needs are met more easily. Teachers are constantly attending classes and workshops to be current with educational practices. We believe that in working together as a school, home and local church, our students have the best chance of becoming men and women of character and integrity.

- submitted by a teacher
April 11, 2014
My school is Open Door Christian High School. For 30 years it has been my privilege to work with great students, supportive parents and dedicated colleagues. Together we have explored the unity of faith and fact while pursuing relationships which have endured beyond the classroom.

- submitted by a teacher
October 25, 2013
My 7th grade child has been attending Open Door Christian Schools since Pre-School. The truth of God's word is integrated into all aspects of school programming from Pre-School through Grade 12. I am confident that our choice (and at times financial sacrifice) will impact my child's life forever; body, mind, and soul. I would also like to mention we reside in a community that has been scored A+ by the Ohio Department of Education. Open Door Christian Schools offers a safe environment where students and family flourish.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2013
I've gone here all my life so I know how things are run. Most of the teachers are just okay, but some are really awful. There are people there who kiss up to the school and get whatever they want, like a picture of their child on the website. God does remain center, but the weekly chapel is sub par. The building is really starting to deteriorate and a large number of staff is related to each other, like being married to each other. Rules are lax and only certain people get punished for things. The system seems disorganized and highly inconsistent. There are better alternatives for education.

- submitted by a community member
September 12, 2012
As a parent of a graduate as well as another student who have both attended Open Door since kindergarten, I have been extremely pleased with the high quality of education as well as the care and concern shown by the faculty and staff. I've been impressed with their concern about all aspects of my children's lives -- from academics to spiritual growth. They care about developing the whole person. We have been very involved with the athletic dept. and have been thankful for coaches who are committed to Christ and emphasize godliness on and off the court/field. I would highly recommend Open Door Christian Schools and am proud to be part of their school family.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2012
We are blessed to have all of our children currently in this school & couldn't be more thrilled, not only with their academic progress, but more importantly for us, their spiritual growth! Our HS students were able to take "double math" their freshman year to give them an extra challenge, since they are gifted in this area. Our MS students have been blessed to have teachers who meet with them personally whenever they have questions or struggles in any area. Our elementary students are challenged and loved by teachers who are dedicated and determined to share God's word! Our students are encouraged to begin making their faith their own, from a biblical perspective, and I love that teachers keep us posted on what they are discussing in class, so we can continue these thoughtful discussions at home! Our sophomore son had a paid summer internship at a prominent local business (all other interns were college age!) & this would NOT have been possible without the opportunities he's been given to pursue his passion here at ODCS! We are so grateful that ODCS is helping our students grow spiritually, academically, artistically, athletically & in service ... no matter WHAT grade they are in!

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2012
Open Door Christian Schools is a blessing to my children! The education is wonderful with advanced classes (my 7th grader is taking high school math) and special staff for tutoring for students that need it. The teachers love and care for my kids and pray with them. It is a safe place in a world that often scary. I feel the school truly partners with me and so many parents volunteer. My kids state tests scores are great and the school posts their ACT scores which are above the state and national level. As my husband and I look to guiding our children to college, we were impressed to learn that 95% of ODCS graduates go on to college and 88% of graduates are choosing 4-yr. colleges.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2012
The elementary school was agreat school. The middle and high school are not good schools. If your child is apring for local community college this is the school to go to, but if you have higher aspirations for your child- do not waste your money. There is very liitle emphasis on the christian aspect - except chapel. The test scores on OATs are mediocre at best. They hire junior teachers who have a hard time teachig Maths in particular! Our children are falling behind state standard. The administration is inept in handling racially sensitive issues.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2008
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- submitted by a student
January 31, 2007
I am a graduate of O.D.C.S in 1986. I now have twin boys graduating from O.D.C.S. this year. My son's have traveled, partipated in sports and band and drama. They are both National Honour Society and have a high GPA. I am a single parent and through the school's staff and volunteers my childen have excelled. I also have a college degree and many of my classmates do to. I will admit the school has grown since I attended. Great more opportunities and better attitudes. The school has grown spiritually as well as academically. A great place with parent involvement. These children go on to do many great things. A school worth checking into if you want your children to be successful in life.

- submitted by a former student
February 02, 2005
I have had children in this school for 13 years. I LOVE this school. The academics and the quality of the teachers are outstanding. They actually CARE about the children there.

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Open Door Christian Schools
8287 W Ridge Rd, Elyria, OH  44035
(440) 322-6386
Last modified Open Door Christian Schools is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Open Door Christian Schools Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 48 reviews.