Mission and Values
The mission of PUCS is to equip students to thrive acedemically, emotionally, and spiritually, in order to serve.
We are committed to:
Christ-centered thought and action
Harmony in a diverse community
Integrated approach to education
Nurturing environment that cultivates each child's gifts.
Our Unique Approach
At PUCS, we inspire our students to see the world as a whole, emphasizing the natural connections between subjects. Rather than teaching math separate from science or social studies distinct from art and music, the PUCS curriculum brings together content from multiple subjects into creative learning units. Our staff of state-certified teachers is dedicated to facilitating each student's spiritual, personal, social, academic and physical growth.
Small Class Size: 15-18 students per class, Kindergarten-8th grade (offering full and half-day kindergarten).
Thematic, Integrated Units: These intentional units in our elementary classrooms form the heart of the curriculum. However, math instruction currently follows Saxon Math (under review). Units are framed by Christian perspective. Skills and concepts are learned in the context of how and why the parts fit together. Middle school teachers coordinate with each other on general topics.
Multi-age Grouping: Two 2nd / 3rd grade classrooms, two 4th / 5th grade classrooms. Grouping children so the age span of the class is greater than one year maximizes the benefits of interaction and cooperation among children with different experiences and who are at varying stages of development. It provides continuity for student and teacher relationships and for tracking improvements.
Parent Involvement: Each family is asked to invest 24 hours of service each year to the school.
Foreign Languages: K-5th grade study Spanish twice per week, middle school four days per week.
Bible-The Bible as the written Word of God is the Truth by which the Holy Spirit enlightens our understanding of God, ourselves and the world and the infallible authority by which He directs and governs all our activities, including the education of our children. Scripture shapes everything we do at PUCS. (II Timothy 3:16; Ephesians 6:4)
Creation- The universe and all things in it are the good work of the triune God in origin, gracious preservation and ultimate restoration; and since its purpose is the glorification of His name, then we can understand the world rightly only in its relation to God. (Psalm 24:1,2; Psalm 100:3)
People- All people are created in the image of God to enjoy covenantal fellowship with their creator and to reflect in character and works the excellencies of their Maker. True fulfillment is found in living under God’s commands, which lead us to exercise loving dominion, responsible stewardship, and faithful reconciliation. (Genesis 1:26-28)
Sin- Sin is rebellion against God’s authority and that by sinning we have been estranged from our Creator, our neighbor, ourselves, and the rest of creation. We have become corrupt in heart and blind to the true meaning of life and therefore repress and misuse the knowledge of God which confronts us in creation and scripture. Consequently, we are wholly dependent upon God for our salvation. (Genesis 3:16-19)
Jesus Christ- Jesus Christ, our living Lord, of whom the scriptures testify, has reconciled the world to God and redeems our life in its entirety through His life, death on the cross, and resurrection. Through His Spirit He renews our heart to love God and our neighbor, and redirects our understanding to rightly know God, ourselves, and the world. (Romans 3:23; John 3:16-17; II Corinthians 5:17)
Purpose of Education- The purpose of Christian Education is to direct and guide the child to commit his/her heart to Christ the truth, to attain understanding and wisdom, and to joyfully perform his/her competent and responsible service of the Lord in church, state, and society.
Parents- God has given parents the responsibility to nurture and educate their children. As the school is an extension of the home, parental support and involvement in school life is essential. Christian education established and maintained by an association of Christian parents and friends provides a God-centered education not provided elsewhere. (Proverbs 22:6)
Child- Children are by nature inquisitive and creative. They are entrusted by God to parents, and need loving nurture, careful guidance, correction, instruction, and focused exploration of the world as God’s creation. (Ephesians 6:4)
Teacher- The teacher, as a servant of God, exercises authority in assisting parents and the community in the education of children, and exemplifies a model that reflects Christ’s love and encourages each child’s own obedient response to God.
Community- God’s purpose for our lives is best known and understood in the context of a faithful community of believers. While the education of children is primarily the responsibility of the parents, all believers have an obligation to uphold education through their persistent prayer, faithful work, and generous support.
Curriculum- The integrity of all things under a sovereign Lord may be expressed in the interconnectedness of the academic disciplines, and that the God who created and sustains all things be made known. That our pedagogy and activities address children’s varied learning styles and provide concrete, purposeful, and real-life experiences.
Christian School- The school, established and controlled by an association of Christian believers in accordance with legitimate standards and provisions, possesses the freedom to function in education in total and voluntary submission to Christ the King.