The school was founded in 1977 by parents who felt the need for a local school providing a quality education in English and with a Christian orientation primarily for missionary children. The school began with the ACE program of individualized study but was later changed to a system of traditional classroom education. Until 1982, classrooms at kilometer 4 were rented from Bethesda Mission. In January of 1983, the school moved to its present location (6.5 kilometers southwest of the center of Santa Cruz) which the school owns. The school has grown from 34 students in 1977 to a present enrollment of more than 200. Over the years, more than 35 evangelical missions have been involved in the school by enrolling their children or by supplying Board members and staff.