Our History

The three story Christian Education building at First Presbyterian Church in downtown San Diego was being used regularly for Sunday School classrooms, the church nursery, and youth meetings, yet it often sat empty throughout the week. Members of First Presbyterian Church felt called by God to use this facility for a school.  City Tree Christian School began in 1976 as a preschool. Elementary grades were soon added. City Tree served preschool-6th grade until 2006. In 2007 grade 7 was added and the first 8th grade class graduated in 2008. Ctiy Tree has been a member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) since 1997.

When the school was founded, Ruth Ely and Marion Persons served as Co-Directors of City Tree. Ruth continued in this position, as head of school, until her retirement in 1998.  

City Tree Christian School  first received accreditation through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) in 1998.  In 2001 and 2007 City Tree was granted the hightest level of accreditaiton- 6 year clear terms.  In March 2013 the WASC accreditation team visited City Tree Christian School and we were once again granted a 6 year clear accreditaiton.  The accreditation process has been valuable for our school.  Our action plans have provided direction and a clear focus that help make City Tree a wonderful place for students to learn.

CityTree Entrance around 1990.

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