MI-EL Christian School is a private Christian evangelical institution; developed as an extension of the “Iglesia de Cristo Ministerios Elim” in the Dominican Republic. It was Founded by Pastor Fernando Ortiz and his wife Walesca de Ortiz in September of 2000, after a long period of waiting and preparation in the Lord, from which pastor Ortiz, together with his wife, Walesca de Ortiz, had the vision of raising up generations of students strengthened through the principles of Biblical Truth; and thereby producing living testimonies of Jesus Christ in this society and unto the entire world.
The school began in the MI-EL Church facilities located on 40 Privada Avenue with a total of 33 students in Nursery through 4th grade with the vision of adding one grade level with each passing year. The focus and guiding spirit for the school can be found within the school’s motto; “…and Jesus increased in wisdom and stature”, Luke 2:52, constituting as the instrument whereby students will have the opportunity to develop spiritually, intellectually, socially and physically. The underlying principles of MI-EL are based entirely on God’s Word with Jesus Christ as the center of everything.
In 2002, MI-EL Church started the construction process of its new temple, and it was at that time that the Lord provided an opportunity to purchase the church’s adjacent property to be used as the new School’s premises. All this occurred during the summer with only two months before the start of the next school year. Along with the designs of the new MI-EL Church Temple, school plans were drafted to construct an academic facility that would meet the requirements of a modern educational institution.
At the end of the 2002-2003 school year, the first 6th grade graduation was held with only two students. That same year, the school received its formal approval from the Secretary of Education. In 2004, the Secretary of Education conducted an evaluation of all private schools with the intention of classifying them. MI-EL School received an “excellent” rating within this evaluation.
Around the middle of the 2004-2005 school year, MI-EL organized its boys’ basketball team which, within its first sports-related interaction, obtained 1st place. There currently exists a professional court in the Middle and High school area of the school, in which they are only utilizing half of the court for the practices. Other extracurricular activities that have been a part of the MI-EL school agenda from its inception include: the Science Fair, the Marathon, Elementary and Middle School Retreats, Mother’s Day Activities and the Closing School Year Performance. Additional activities added since the opening of MI-EL include the Literature Fair, the Spelling Bee, Grandparent’s Day, the Math Olympics, the Cultural Fair, and the Literature Fair.
An event that has rewarded both teachers and students in their personal spiritual growth has been the annual participation in the multiple retreats that MI-EL provides, These retreats are specially designed for each of the three school levels: Pre-School, Elementary/Middle school and High School students. God’s presence has been distinctly felt at each of these retreats, leaving a lasting impression upon the hearts of the students and the team of organizers that facilitated each event.
In May of 2005, the undertaking of the Educational School Project was initiated with the task of defining the organizational structure of the school. The project in conjunction with other aspects was fundamental in the determination of the vision and mission of the Institution. Through the use of a diagnostic model, it was determined that the school had to solidify its pedagogic model since all of its characteristics tended to be those of a bilingual school but was not well-defined. For this reason, the decision to develop an English Immersion program was adopted, beginning in the 2006-2007 school year. A strategic plan was implemented calling for the initiation of the English full immersion status within three years. This plan also resulted in the need to revise the School’s name and logo, which was officially changed to MI-EL Christian School.