The idea for Daystar School began 25 years ago when a few visionary people formed a board to determine what an urban Christian school should look like in response to the need for Christian educational options in downtown Chicago. Daystar School opened its doors in 1997, with 12 students in kindergarten through fourth grade. Several years and two moves later, Daystar is now in its permanent home, a facility that allows them to serve a current enrollment of 310 students in preschool through eighth grade, with the capacity to grow. The mission of Daystar School is to provide an elementary school education in a faith-based, culturally-engaged manner using curriculum and programming structures consistent with Christian philosophy and the best available educational theory and practice. Daystar school is a cadidate school for the International Baccalaureate Programme, pursuing authorization in the Middle Years Programme of the IB World School. Daystar is also exploring the feasibility of building a high school.