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PUCS At-a-Glance

FOUNDED

1981

ENROLLMENT

140 students, grade PreK-8

AVERAGE CLASS SIZE

14

ANNUAL TUITION

Preschool $5,200
Elementary School $7,210
Middle School $8,270

FINANCIAL AID

89 of 140 (64%) students receive assistance
$402,000 financial aid awarded
$700 minimum tuition paid by each family

MEMBERSHIP

PUCS is a member of Schools That Can, an invitation-only network of 150+ high-performing independent urban schools.

TECHNOLOGY

Robotics Program
Chromebooks – School owns 1:1 for K-8
Chromebooks in Classrooms – 1:1 (4th-8th); 1:4 (2nd/3rd), 1:18 (K-1)
Smartboards in 8 classrooms
iPads 34 total

Student Demographics

ETHNIC DIVERSITY

Ethnic diversity (%) at PUCS closely parallels that of the City of Pittsburgh.

ECONOMIC DIVERSITY

Receive financial aid 64%
Single parent households 18%
Households below poverty level 8%

GEOGRAPHIC REPRESENTATION

City of Pittsburgh 55%
Pittsburgh Public Schools15%      
Highland Park, Morningside, Garfield 21%      
Oakland, Greenfield2%      
North Side, Hill District2%       
Woodland Hills 26%
Wilkinsburg 14%
Penn Hills2%

CHURCH REPRESENTATION

Churches represented at PUCS 30+
PUCS parents who are pastors 7

Caring for the Whole Child

At Pittsburgh Urban Christian School (PUCS), we encourage our students to get out of their seats, to explore the world around them, and to ask challenging questions. We inspire students to see all of life as interconnected while we practice learning and serving in a diverse, urban setting.

We believe our approach to education guides and shapes children’s God-given curiosity about the world, which helps them thrive beyond our walls as they grow academically, emotionally and spiritually.

Faculty and Academics

TEACHER RETENTION AND EXPERIENCE

On average, our faculty have been teaching at PUCS for 7 years. 10 of our 34 faculty and staff hold advanced degrees.

DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTION

At this time, we are staffed to provide differentiated instruction for a few special needs. Speech therapy, counseling, and tutoring are available on site. We require a pre-admission assessment to determine if PUCS is a good fit for each student.

STANDARDIZED ACHIEVEMENT TEST

PUCS utilizes the TerraNova Standardized Achievement Test to measure student performance against national averages. While not a complete picture of our students’ abilities, these tests provide a comparative measurement tool for parents, teachers, and prospective high schools. Scores indicate the average grade level (year and month of school) of performance:

WHERE OUR ALUMNI ATTEND HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE

Our students are well prepared to attend the high school of their choice. In recent years PUCS alumni have chosen Central Catholic, Oakland Catholic, The Neighborhood Academy, Trinity Christian School, Winchester-Thurston, and Pittsburgh Public Schools (including Pittsburgh Allerdice Pre-Engineering Magnet, CAPA, Pittsburgh Obama Academy, Science & Technology Academy)

Universities and colleges of choice include Harvard, Princeton, Carnegie Mellon, Chatham, Slippery Rock, Boston, Temple, Robert Morris, Drexel, Penn State, Eastern, Grove City, Wheaton, CCAC, and the University of Pittsburgh.