Truly an experience of God's grace and application of His sovereign hand, Grace Brethren Schools began in 1978 as a preschool only. Based on the initial demand expressed by parents for an elementary school, five men from Grace Brethren Church began to pray for God's guidance and will. Through this process the church determined that for the school to be successful it needed to be self-funding. As has been said, "God works in mysterious ways", and while plans and decisions were being prayed for and analyzed an unfortunate crime took place in Moorpark, our neighboring city. While jogging, a young woman was murdered. Her husband chose to honor her love of children by donating the entire proceeds of his wife's life insurance policy to the newly formed Grace Brethren Schools to enable the opening of the elementary school at a leased facility on Arcane street in Simi Valley.
From there, the school was expanded grade by grade, year by year until the junior high was opened in 1987 at the Grace Brethren Church location while the elementary school remained preschool through kindergarten on the Arcane campus. In 1988 the junior high moved to its current location on Cherry Avenue and in 1989 the high school opened resulting in its first graduating class of 10 students in June of 1993. Since that time the school has continued to grow with the total student population of 1105. The breakdown by group as:
Preschool - 185
Kindergarten - 82
Elementary - 286
Junior High - 120
High School -287
The Grace Academy - 145
The students have achieved excellence in all areas with Grace Brethren being known as a priority Christian school with college prep academics and championship athletics. In fact, Grace has won championships in baseball, girls volleyball, eight man football and eleven man football. In the arts, Grace is known for its excellence in voice and acting with professional students on both the stage and screen. Academically, each year more students win the Ronald Reagan Presidential Scholar award, achieve national academic honors and attend highly ranked universities and academies as they continue their pursuit of education.