Venice Christian School Private School
Venice Christian School
1200 Center Road
Venice FL 34292

To educate children academically, spiritually, physically, and socially with a Biblical worldview in partnership with families, local churches and the community. 


CEO/Executive Director Mr Jerry Joseph Frimmel
Board Chair Paul Prachar
Board Chair Affiliation Bridge Church
General Info
Organization DBA
Venice Christian School
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1988
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Exempt 0
State Registration Exempt 0
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of Determination of Tax Exempt StatusView
Impact Statement

Grades 1-5, our Librarian and Second grade teacher were named to the Renaissance honor Roll. 

The school continues its expansion  to meet demands for quality education; This summer we will be providing a writing camp through the IEW (institute for excellence in writing).   In addition to performing well in academics, current students are quietly involved in community service at retirement facilities, churches and charities and work in trusted capacities in local businesses.  Standardized test scores continue to be above National Norms. Our sports teams remain very competitive and the middle school co-ed soccer team won their championship game.  We had another great showing in the competitive Math Olympics and Spelling Bees with numerous ribbons received.    Our R.O.A.R. program continues to prove successful as students are awarded for respect, obedience, attitude and responsibility.
Through an agreement with SouthEastern University, we were successful in teaching our first Dual enrollment classes on the VCS campus.  Students earned one high school and three college credits  per class.  We are expanding our offering of classes to include a psychology class and plan on business classes the following year.  
We have been able to outfit most all classrooms with Smartboard technology and will have our online parent portal available Fall 2017.  This will provide access to grades and expedite  communication within the VCS family.  We will build upon our Parent/Teacher Fellowship (PTF) and anticipate a fluid interaction with our parents.  
We have instituted a Biblical counseling program on campus reaching into the homes of the families we serve. 
Needs Statement

Technology: VCS continues to upgrade all classrooms with laptops for Accelerated reading.  Estimated Cost of ten additional  networked computers is $6000. Scholarships: Families with children and limited funds seek admission throughout the year. Ten Scholarships valued at $5500 each. Physical Plant: Funds are needed for lockers and benches in the Boys and Girls shower areas in the new Gym. VCS is currently raising money through fundraisers but still needs $8000. Student Services; The VCS Student Services Program continues to expand and seeks to meet the unique needs of diverse learners.  “Student Union, or library type” seating is needed for small group learning for our High School and Middle School students and a kidney shaped table is needed by Speech, Occupational, and Learning specialists. Total cost for these products is $3700.00 VCS also offers a multi-sensory processing program to students with documented deficits. The cost per child is $1500 and we would like to provide two scholarships this year. Library: Also funds are needed to renovate the existing library space to include reading chairs and tables and to purchase library systems and equipment. Estimated Cost is $4500.



Background Statement

More than 30 years ago, a group of local parents and teachers met to discuss their vision for a Christian school in the Venice area. They strongly believed that integration of faith and learning was essential for excellence in education. In the fall of 1987, Venice Christian School (VCS) opened its doors to area students, making their dream a reality.

Today, VCS is fully accredited and recognized as one of the most outstanding private schools in the area, according to the Florida Council of Private Schools. More than 260 students from Sarasota to Port Charlotte attend VCS, from preschool to 12th grade. VCS has remained an independent, not-for-profit school, with students representing more than 40 area churches.

In our 30 year history, VCS has earned numerous awards and accolades. However, the true measure of our success is how the school is dramatically changing the lives of students and, in turn, impacting our world for Christ. Ultimately, that is what sets the standard for all that we do.

Each of our dedicated teachers is handpicked and consider teaching their ministry. All are certified  through the Association of Christian Schools International, state of Florida or both. VCS considers itself to be blessed to have them here at the school. 
VCS provides a well-rounded college preparatory curriculum designed to develop the whole child intellectually, spiritually, socially, and physically. The program is challenging yet flexible, in order to meet individual needs. In addition to core subjects in math, science, language arts, history and the Bible, students receive instruction in foreign language, technology, art and art history, music, drama, debate and physical education. Advanced High School students may take honors classes.  Dual Enrollment are offered at State College of Florida and Southeastern University. 
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments
Venice Christian School serves the greater Venice area with students from Sarasota to Port Charlotte. Students represent over 40 churches in the area.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Education
Secondary Org Type Education
Tertiary Org Type Education
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

At Venice Christian School, our challenge is to provide a high-quality Christian education to the children of Venice area families at a reasonable cost. Our vision is to prepare our children for a voyage that we cannot take—into the future. Accordingly we must point the way and build a foundation so as to equip them and prepare them for life’s challenges. We will strive to achieve this by setting and meeting high standards and by hiring and retaining qualified, caring and energetic teachers and staff. We all “drink from wells we did not dig and travel on roads we did not build”. As such, the Venice Christian School Board feels we are charged with the responsibility for developing Christian educational opportunities in the Venice area. With God’s grace, we can expand and meet enrollment demands in a way that honors God and our Community.


Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

As Principal of Venice Christian School for the last 16 years, I am honored to be able to be part of a 30 year story that continues to unfold—one that only God could reveal. I am at the same time proud of our students and graduates and their accomplishments, and humbled by the qualifications and devotion of the teachers and staff. I am thankful for the parents and families and their contributions of time and money. Our expansion plan to build and furnish a gymnasium and additional classrooms has borne fruit and will serve to answer the call for Christian education in the Venice area. As we move forward, I pray that we will be able to continue our legacy of academic excellence and service to the community.

Jerry Frimmel M.Div.

VCS Principal
Academics: VCS will be serving over 260 students during the 2017-2018 school year.  It offers a college preparatory curriculum which provides both the breadth and depth required for a well-rounded education.  Our Christ-centered curriculum  is hands-on, interactive, and individualized. In addition to programs in math, science, language arts, social studies, and foreign language, the educational experience is further enhanced by courses in computers, journalism, art and art history, music, debate and drama. Courses are taught by degreed and certified teachers in small classes. High school students may pursue Dual Enrollment at local colleges as well as supervised on-line and virtual courses.

Students participate several times weekly in physical education learning sports skills that stress fitness and agility while encouraging lifelong participation. The importance of being a team player is emphasized with sportsmanship both on and off the field. Win or lose, God gets the glory.

Religious and Spiritual Development: 
VCS offers a Biblical Worldview in its approach to education. The context of God's Word is explored in every subject, from science and math to history and language arts. All students have a class in Bible each day. Students participate in weekly chapel services, and other religious activities. 
Extracurricular Activities and Community Involvement: In keeping with our philosophy of building character in our students, VCS offers many after school activities such as clubs and community service.Students are encouraged to be active contributors to the Community.
Student Resources: VCS has a small highly effective program for students with special needs, administered by specially qualified and motivated teachers. We utilize a well established and highly regarded proprietary phonics-based program  for children with learning disabilities, dyslexia, high functioning autism and ADHD.
Budget $1,280,462
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Short Term Success
Short term success will be measured by student grades, scores on standardized achievement tests, percent of students advancing in grade, percent of graduates who will attend college, as well as awards received by students, and success in interschool competitions and sports.
Long Term Success
A school is only as good as what its students and graduates do and produce. Venice Christian School aspires to have its students become model citizens and its graduates be functional Christian parents, businessmen and businesswomen, professionals and tradesmen who are pillars of the Venice Community.
Program Success Monitoring
Our success will be measured by our reputation in the Community and parental  approval as well as accreditation status as determined by the Florida Council of Private Schools and the Association of Christian Schools International. While we wish to meet all demands for student enrollment, we see increased demand as a strong indicator of success. We will be pursuing accreditation with CGACS this next year as well.
A proven reputation for excellent academics and peer recognition through the public school system gives credence to our success. 
Program Success Examples
Venice Christian School is growing despite economic headwinds.(In the past three years enrollment has increased from 215 to over 260 students) Parents acknowledge God's hand in the education and development of their children.
Scores on standardized tests which are substantially above National norms, show that the content and style of teaching at VCS are successful. Further, all of our High School graduates have gone on to higher education with recent graduates accepted at University of Florida and Ringling. 
Program Comments by Organization

CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mr Jerry Joseph Frimmel
CEO Term Start Dec 2000
CEO/Executive Director Email
Experience Mr. Frimmel has served in this capacity for over 16 years.  He earned his M.Div. degree from Liberty University.   
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 25
Part Time Staff 12
Staff Retention Rate % 92
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 200
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
VCS is forging partnerships and relationships with many local churches, businesses and community organizations so that students can have meaningful and appropriate academic and life experiences and so VCS and its partners can mutually benefit financially and organizationally. This year VCS will partner with Pregnancy Solutions, AGAPE Flights, Center of Hope, Manna Ministries Food Bank, Salvation Army, Hearts Without Borders, Haiti Care Mission,  and the Loveland Center by involving VCS students in community service, food and clothing drives, letter campaigns and general assistance to these organizations.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
AccreditedFlorida Council of Private Schools
Risk Management Provisions
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Multi-Media Comments by Organization Venice Christian School Facebook ......visit often
Board Chair
Board Chair Paul Prachar
Company Affiliation Bridge Church
Board Term Jan 2017 to Jan 2019
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Mrs. Evelyn Foust Venice Christian School
Mr. Jerry Frimmel Venice Christian School
Mr. Steve Ignotis Sarasota Coiunty Sheriff
Dr. John Meyer Local Pastor
Mr. Paul Prachar Self Employed
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 4
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 100
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month July
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2016
Tax Year End Month June
Tax Year End Day 30
Tax Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $1,423,028.00
Projected Expenses $1,421,723.00
Organization has Endowment Yes
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Policy % 0
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$1,219,350$1,051,431$1,242,406
Administration Expense$254,123$336,324$269,343
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.111.031.24
Program Expense/Total Expenses83%76%82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$3,748,075$3,727,156$4,049,554
Current Assets$806,051$699,697$944,271
Long-Term Liabilities$1,105,020$1,243,594$1,529,777
Current Liabilities$104,270$109,413$190,213
Total Net Assets$2,538,785$2,374,149$2,338,564
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountTuition and Related $1,494,575Tuition & Related $1,352,862Tuition and Fees $1,327,202
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $124,592Contributions, gifts, grants $47,168Contributions, gifts, grants $519,225
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $16,221Fundraising $23,004Fundraising $14,915
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $50,001 - $75,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities7.736.404.96
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets29%33%38%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial figures taken from the 990s as the financial statements are unaudited.  Foundation and corporate contributions are are included with individual contributions as they are not separated in the 990 or audit. 
Nonprofit Venice Christian School Private School
Address Venice Christian School
1200 Center Road
Venice, FL 34292
Phone 941 496-4411