Quisqueya, meaning “cradle of life”, was the name given to the island of Hispaniola by the first Indian inhabitants. The founders of our school chose the name Quisqueya Christian School believing that it represented well their intention of a nurturing environment for their children. The idea was to provide a safe place for them to learn and grow, a cradle of life.
In the fall of 1972, missionary parents began to talk about the need for an American style Christian school in Port-Au-Prince. Parents who wanted a Christian education for their children began to pray, and a committee was formed to develop plans. The opening of QCS was set for the fall of 1974.
By the spring of 1974, a location had been found, the present campus on Delmas 75. At that time, the property was owned and occupied by The Worldwide Evangelization Outreach Mission. QCS is indebted to the people of this organization who graciously allowed the school to share its facilities rent free to help the school get started. Pastor Robert Wagler was selected as the first Pastor/Principal, and teachers were recruited.
QCS opened in September 1974 with 35 students enrolled. For the first two years, QCS shared the facilities with the mission. When the owners of the property decided to sell, the school was given the opportunity to purchase. It seemed impossible for a school just two years old to raise $175,000.00 for the three acres of land, but God provided a gift of $25,000.00 for the down payment and the rest was paid over the next 10 years.
As the school has continued to grow, new facilities have been added as the need has arisen. In 1981, the first section of the Elementary Building was built, and the second section was completed in 1987. A Snack Shop was built in 1989. Over the past 10 years there have been improvements made in teacher housing, the soccer field and basketball court. In the summer of 2016 a new playground and computer lab was added for the elementary school. During the summer of 2018 the chapel was given a “face lift.”
The January 12th 2010 earthquake was a traumatic day for Haiti. In a matter of 37 seconds, well over 200,000 lives entered eternity. QCS was impacted with the loss of one student and four parents. QCS wrestled with how to best help in a moment of crisis for the country. For five months the classrooms and school facilities were turned into a crisis relief center. Around 1500 medical personnel stayed on the grounds of QCS, attending to those in desperate medical need. Although the school changed drastically for five months, QCS understood the responsibility to help the hurting Haitian people. Even with the crisis and the relief effort, QCS offered classes to the 65 students who remained in Haiti.
We praise God for the stability that the school has experienced since its beginning more than forty years ago. God has used parents, students and staff, and many friends to bless the school.