In 1981, Pittsburgh Urban Christian School (PUCS) was organized to provide a quality Christian education to a diverse group of students within an urban setting. Our first kindergarten class of six students laid the foundation for the elementary and middle school that developed in the following decades.
PUCS rented space in Highland Park and Shadyside before settling in Wilkinsburg in 1987. This location at the corner of South and Center has not only provided educational space for thousands of students, but has also been instrumental in shaping our school culture and approach to mission.
The 130 students we currently serve would recognize glimpses of their present school in that first kindergarten class. Our annual Spring Production combines our commitment to the arts with our all-school study of thematic units. Our treatment of the Bible, not as an academic subject but as integral in everything we study and teach, continues to guide our approach to “Christian” education. And our desire to integrate students and families across racial and economic lines informs our thought and action just as it did for our founders.
God has richly blessed us over the past 37 years, and our next strategic plan has taken shape. Over the next 5-7 years, we expect to develop in five core areas: curriculum and program enrichment, career benefits and staff, connecting with the community, financial stability and sustainability, and facility upgrade and expansion. As we partner with a dynamic staff, faithful contributors, and dedicated families, we look forward to providing an excellent education to a diverse student body for years to come.