Our History


Kirk of the Hills Presbyterian Church

“For the sake of your Jesus, won’t you teach my son [who has autism]?” This is what a parent asked the pastor and staff at Kirk Day School in 1997. One month later, Kirk of the Hills Presbyterian Church began exploring how they could expand their educational outreach to include students with special needs.

Fall 2004: Promise Christian Academy opens its doors to two part time-students in the basement of Kirk Day School.

Fall 2005: Promise expands to a full-day program for four students.

Fall 2007: Promise moves to the former West County Vo-Tech campus, which had been purchased by Westminster Christian Academy, and opens a second classroom to accommodate its twelve students.

December 2008: Promise relocates to St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf when Westminster commenced development of the property as their new primary campus.

January 2009: Promise receives its official 501c3 status.

Fall 2011: Promise opens a third classroom. 18 students attend Promise, ranging in age from 6-16 years.

Fall 2012: Promise enrolls 22 students and one Enrichment (part-time) student, reaching the maximum capacity for its present location at St. Joseph’s.

Winter 2012: St. Joseph’s School for the Deaf announces its plans to sell its property, requiring Promise to look for another campus.

June 2013: Promise Christian Academy moves into West Hills Community Church Doxa Arts Building.

May 2014: Promise purchases 4.2 acres to build it's on future home.

September 2015: Promise opens a fourth classroom that features pre-vocational training alongside academic learning.

August 2016:  Due to tremendous growth of the fourth classroom, Promise opens a fifth classroom that features pre-vocational training alongside academic learning for older students of Promise.