We have had our children in this school for more than 10 years. The usual problems that small Christian schools have of lower funding, some inexperienced teachers, and so forth, have to be weighed against the wonderful beneifits of having a safe, caring place for your child to be educated. Some parents expect their lower than average tuition to cover everything, and dont become involved. Some whine alot. We love the caring atmosphere, the sports program, and the lifelong friends our children have here.
I love PPCS! Before coming to this school we had a terrible experience in another school. I found PPCS and it changed our lives. We came expecting to only stay one year and we have been there three. Every kid gets to play sports. No kid is singled out or turned away. The lunch program is great and I also ENJOY packing my children's lunch and don't depend on a school to provide their nutritional needs. The teachers are loving, supporting, and teach with a high regard for the individual child many have their Masters Degrees. They don't have to teach to a state standardized test just for money. I want my children to graduate from this school. It's a second home to us and we are treated as so.
What a disappointment! Bullying is a constant issue that goes unresolved by faculty! Faculty elitism does not allow participation from parents on any level. Faculty have painfully obvious lack of academic qualifications and turnover is rampant. This year (08-09) brought a significant drop in enrollment and the outlook is bleak. The academics are completely inadequate, as the math and science they offer will not prepare your student for college at any level. The sports program is enormously deficient, lacking funds, support, or equipment. Taking into account the significantly sub-standard academics, the bleak future for the athletic department, and the lack of follow-through by administration, this once-promising school offers very little for the uninformed yet trusting parent. Be very careful.
I agree that the lunch and sports programs are lacking. Yet, the extracurricular basketball program was very well led. Also, I believe the nepotism and church/school ties create some undesirable issues, including favoritism/partiality. Our experience with the the teachers and principal were not the best. The teachers we encountered were, at times, overly rigid and/or unpleasant in their treatment of students and parents. The principal, though nice and credentialed, lacked follow-through on important items, including when our child was bullied repeatedly. Academically, I felt the challenge was average. (Since I'm not a fan of A Beka, my opinion's slanted.) Regarding the Christian education piece, I was very surprised the school didn't have a statement of faith. I gave PPCS 3 stars out of fairness, but comparing the public schools I could be (and now am) at, it really deserves a 2, in my opinion.
This school is declining in enrollment. Attracting teachers is getting harder and their math and science is lacking. They do not (or will) add an affordable healthy lunch program. It is all outsourced fast food. Sports programs are not supported by the faculty overall. We have had a child in the school for elementary school (whole time) and turnover with teachers and principles is pretty high. The school needs to revisit it's vision.
My child has attended PPCS since grade school. I chose the school for the small classroom size, individualized attention and academic program. Overall, we are happy with the school, but there are some downfalls. First of all the math and science programs are poor, and as you know these subjects are critical. Secondly the athletic program is very disappointing. In most cases ill equipped and unexperienced parents (some of which are teachers) are the coaches. There is netitism in the environment, particularly in sports. Thirdly, there is no cafeteria program for kids to get healthy meals. Instead your child has the choice of a different fast food restaurant each week, or can bring their lunch every day. After school clubs are limited and almost nonexistent. In todays world, you decide for yourself if this limited, yet structured and safe environment, with really no extras, is right for you!
PPCS is a great school that offers everything that you could look for in a school. Great teachers and staff, Expanded curriculum with band and sports. We only were able to stay one year due to moving and believe me compared to CA tuition, this school offers more than a parent could ever hope for in academics and opportunity for their child K-12. Thank you so much and we miss you!
I really like this school there is no bullying or anything else that public school over view the teacher and staff are ready to help . most of the teacher will Arrange for time that you can study with them for tests. The academic programs are great!
Good values,AVERAGE teachers,honest. Safe school. Now the downside: tuition prices off the paper. $450-$500 PER kid & rises 5-7% each yr. Sports are the worst!
I have been going to this school ever scince PreSchool, I love it! It has small classes, which helps and the teachers are ready to help no matter waht time it is! I love it!
We've been with this school for 2 years now and it is terrific! Small classes too and good sports programs
This is my child's first year at this school. The entire staff are parent friendly, and welcome any comments. The academic programs are great, and the students participate in many extracurricular activities. As an involved parent, my child's teacher welcomes me all the time. My child loves going to school everyday. I would definitely recommend this as a place for quality education.
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