Update for Friday, January 19th, 2024: PUCS Will Be CLOSED TODAY Due To Inclement Weather
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PUCS At-a-Glance

FOUNDED

1981

ENROLLMENT

150 students, grade PreK-8

AVERAGE CLASS SIZE

14

ANNUAL TUITION

Preschool $5,500
Elementary School $7,500
Middle School $8,600

FINANCIAL AID

100 of 150 (67%) students receive assistance
$533,215 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

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.

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ECONOMIC DIVERSITY

Receive financial aid 67%
Single parent households 18%
Households below poverty level 8%

GEOGRAPHIC REPRESENTATION

City of Pittsburgh 42%
Hill District3%      
Highland Park, Morningside, Garfield 23%      
Oakland, Squirrel Hill, Point Breeze7%
    
North Side4%    
Penn Hills7%    
Greenfield5%    
Woodland Hills 26%
Wilkinsburg 14%
Penn Hills7%
Penn Hills11%

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. Many 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:

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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, City Charter High School, Nazareth Prep, Oakland Catholic, Pittsburgh Public Schools (including CAPA, Pittsburgh Obama Academy, Science and Technology Academy), Trinity Christian School, and Winchester Thurston.