Hello, and welcome to Christian Institute of Arts and Sciences! I am Mary Beth Jones, Principal at CIAS. We are proud to be celebrating 25 years of serving families all across the Pensacola area to educate their children!


The CIAS staff strives to create a positive, uplifting learning environment where our students respect one another, build each other up, and practice kindness and empathy for their fellow classmates, their community, and the world around them. We want to teach them to care about themselves and others so that they can make a difference and shine the light of Jesus.

The Golden Rule is, “Do unto others as you would have them do to you.” And Jesus reminded His disciples, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden…Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14, 16).

In order to foster team spirit and a sense of belonging, we focus on several things: 
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As CIAS celebrates 25 years of ministry and education in the 2021-22 school year, celebrate these values with us! We will be selling spirit gear (clothing, etc.), as well as hosting Tuesday Chapel devotionals throughout the year, as well as Pep Rallies and Campus activities to foster school spirit and celebrate.

#cias #ciaswarriors #fightthegoodfight 
#walkintruth #thywordistruth #theswordoftruth #faithfamilyfriendship


CIAS is a brick-and-mortar Campus School in Pensacola, Florida, with Home-based Schools scattered all across the Emerald Coast and Florida Panhandle. Approximately 75% of our enrolled students attend school, classes or tutoring at the Campus School; many attend the Campus School full-time (five days a week), while other CIAS students are homeschooled by their parents or dual enrolled in local colleges or universities.


As a school, our purpose is to provide parents with the structured organization and benefits of a school, but at the same time enabling them to give their children the benefits of Biblical home education. We provide support and counseling to families who want to develop a love of God in their child(ren): obedience to His Word, strong moral character, and an appreciation of physical labor and diligent study habits. We want to encourage parents to prepare their children for future responsibility and ministry. We believe that students should develop a proper respect of authority by refraining from speaking evil of their authorities but rather being subject to them and praying for them as directed in I Timothy 2:1-2. 

The Scriptures clearly teach that parents are directly responsible for the education of their children and accountable to Him for their choice of education of their children. We believe in the freedom of parents to choose the best learning environment, curriculum, and teaching methods for their children. The ministry of teaching by those outside of the home, though a Scriptural and valid ministry of evangelism, can never assume the parental responsibility of education. 

We pray that this school year will be a time of growth for both you and your family. We look forward to working with you this year and including you in our school family. Please let us know if there is any way that we can be of help to you as you educate your child.

The Lord's blessings to each of you! 

Mary Beth Jones

CIAS Principal


The Christian Institute of Arts & Sciences functions as a private school for home schooling families, combining the full services of a private school administration office with the advantages, personal assistance, and accountability needed to make your home education experience a success. CIAS provides various tutoring lessons, full-time schooling, group classes, and learning activities at our Campus School to meet the needs of all of our families and students.


The CIAS vision is to partner with parents to prepare their children for future responsibility, ministry, and career.  We desire that that all graduates leave CIAS equipped with a Biblical worldview and solid academic education that will help them to successfully accomplish God's purpose and will for their lives.

Philosophy of Education

We believe that children are a gift from God to parents and that the education of children is a God-given right and responsibility of parents. Christian parents are commanded by God to instruct their children in the ways of His values, goals, and standards (Proverbs 22:6 and Ephesians 6:4). Education should begin with the foundation of the Bible as the inspired Word of God, the standard of truth in every field of knowledge, and the measure of every moral issue.


Education is the training of a society in the basic values, goals, and standards of that society; thus our role should be to facilitate development of a love and fear for God, obedience to His Word, strong moral character, and an appreciation of hard work and diligent study habits. We seek to provide students with a Scripturally sound and academically solid education that will help them to successfully accomplish God’s purpose and will for their lives.


With the goal of academic excellence, CIAS leadership and parents or guardians collaborate to develop each student’s academic plan after diagnostic testing, select curriculum, facilitate learning, and monitor success through completion of assignments, testing and projects, and annual achievement testing. Leadership and staff then oversee implementation of the plan and resulting reporting and cumulative record development and maintenance. School faculty and parents, as adjunct faculty, facilitate instruction effectively for maximum learning success and quantify learning goal achievement, attendance, and other cumulative file data.

About our Teaching Staff

CIAS maintains high qualification standards for our Campus School teachers and tutors. Our teacher work in teams, under a Lead teacher, to facilitate and individualize the education programs for the success each of our Campus School students.




Reading Specialists

Teacher's Aides


  • Teacher/Tutor/Reading Specialist: College graduate (bachelors degree or higher) with previous experience and/or demonstrated successful ability in teaching, tutoring, or facilitating learning is preferred

  • Teacher's Aide: High school graduate, and/or some college completed (AA or AS) and/or college degree currently in progress

  • Applicant must have previous experience teaching in public, private, and/or home school or demonstrate special skills, knowledge, or expertise that qualifies them to provide instruction in subjects taught ([F.S. 1002.421(2)(h)]

  • Applicant must submit their fingerprints to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for state and national background screening (VECHS) [F.S. 1002.421(2)(i)]

  • Applicant must be able to validate personal and professional background through appropriate references [F.S. 1002.421(4)(c)]

Mandated Reporters

All CIAS employees are Mandated Reporters as defined by law. If an employee witnesses or becomes aware of any form of child abuse or neglect, including through the use of social media or electronic means, he or she must immediately report such abuse immediately to the CIAS Principal for referral to the appropriate law enforcement agency.

Abuse Hotline: 1-800-962-2873

Report Abuse Online: http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/service-programs/abuse-hotline/report-online.shtml


Christian Institute of Arts & Sciences was established in 1997 as a non-public school with the Florida Department of Education. We are now incorporated as an accredited, 617 private school, a non-profit 501 (c)(3), specifically working with families that home-educate their own children. We believe that children are a gift from God to parents, and that the education of children is a God-given right and responsibility of parents. We want your home education program to be successful, both academically and spiritually; we also want to assist those who wish to complete credits and earn high school diplomas. We have satellite classrooms spread throughout Northwest Florida with you as the parent/teacher and supervisor of your child(ren)'s home/classroom. We also have many students attending the CIAS Campus School for tutoring and small group classes. 

Scriptural Foundations

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

Proverbs 22:6, KJV


“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.”

Deuteronomy 6:5-7, NASB


“The heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all; but is under guardians and tutors until the time appointed by the father.”

Galatians 4:1-2, NKJV


 “Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.”

1 Timothy 4:12, NASB


“See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.”

Colossians 2:8, NASB



Reporting Misconduct

All CIAS instructional personnel and administrators are required, as a condition of employment, to complete training on standards of ethical conduct and commit to abiding by them in writing.


Reporting Misconduct by Instructional Personnel and Administrators

All employees and administrators have an obligation to report misconduct by instructional personnel and school administrators which affects the health, safety, or welfare of a student. Examples of misconduct include obscene language, drug and alcohol use, disparaging comments, prejudice or bigotry, sexual innuendo, cheating or testing violations, physical aggression, and accepting or offering favors.


Reports of misconduct of employees should be made to Principal Jones at (850) 380-9557 or mbjones@christianinstitute.com. Reports of misconduct committed by administrators and/or Principal should be made to the CIAS School Board, principally, the Reverend Michael Collins (850) 324-2186 or michaeleugenecollins@gmail.com.


All employees and agents of CIAS have an obligation and legal responsibility to report misconduct by instructional personnel and school administrators which affect the health, safety, or welfare of a student. Failure to report misconduct may result in penalties up to termination of employment. Policies and procedures for reporting misconduct by instructional personnel or school administrators which affect the health, safety, or welfare of a student are posted in the Personnel Manual and on posters in the school office and restroom(s).