Applications are accepted no more than one school year in advance. Parents wishing to apply for Kindergarten are encouraged to tour the school and apply in the fall preceding their child’s Kindergarten year. A child applying for preschool must be 3.8 years old (3 years 10 months) by August 31st. A child applying for kindergarten must be five (5) years old by August 31st of the year for which he/she is seeking enrollment. First graders should be six (6) years old by August 31st.
Parents of older students can apply at any time. Keep in mind, however, that both space and financial aid resources dwindle throughout the year.
How to Apply
Applying is easy using our Online Application. We encourage families to apply online as it simplifies submission and provides parents a tool for tracking online the status of their admission after their application has been submitted. A non-refundable fee of $35.00 must be submitted with each application. Students applying for Kindergarten must be five (5) years old by August 31st of the year for which he/she is seeking enrollment. First Graders must be six (6) years old by August 31st.
Please schedule an Educational Assessment with PUCS. We would encourage you to bring a copy of your child’s records with you the day of the assessment. Acceptance decisions will be e-mailed and/or mailed to your home. Your family will have seven (7) days to respond by submitting a $75.00 non-refundable deposit. By making this deposit you’re making a good faith commitment for your child to attend Pittsburgh Urban Christian School.
The Admissions Process
Students of any background or belief are welcome to apply to Pittsburgh Urban Christian School. However, as stated in the Foundation and Curriculum portions of this handbook, students and parents must realize that our school is based on Christian principles, which are woven into the fabric of the school, and be willing to support their children in this type of education.
The office administrators keep a list of applicants and when the applications are received. When facilities or staff limits space, new students will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The admission of new students during the school year is subject to available space within the given classroom. If a student is transferring from another school to Pittsburgh Urban Christian School, all records must be received and reviewed before admission is complete.
All new students are on a nine- (9) week probationary period. If a student is not able to meet PUCS’ academic requirements or behavioral expectations, the Education Director will meet with the parent(s) to discuss what actions need to be taken.
Assessment and Acceptance
Every student receives an educational assessment by our Education Director and/or Middle School Lead Teacher. The goal for our assessment of potential students is to determine their readiness for a particular grade level work at PUCS. For admission to kindergarten we use games, puzzles, and conversation to determine a child’s grasp of one-to one correspondence, the thread of a story, level of letter and number recognition, pattern recognition, and general maturity level. We do not require children to know all letters and numbers. For each of the other grade levels we use a standard reading inventory (for fluency and comprehension) to determine a child’s reading level. We use middle-of-the-year and end-of-the-year assessments from our math text, Everyday Math 4, to determine basic math level. There’s also a short grade-level word recognition and vocabulary component. We engage the child in conversation and ask for them to write a short piece in response to a prompt. We request student records from a student’s previous school prior to enrolling.
The Pittsburgh Urban Christian School admits persons of any race, color, nationality and ethnic origin to all the rights and privileges, programs and activities generally accorded to school personnel and students. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs or other school-administered programs.