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Peoria Christian School

Private | PK-12 | 850 students

Our school is best known for strong college prep academics & biblical worldview.

 
 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $48,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $650.

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Posted April 8, 2014

Peoria Christian School is an excellent Christian school. It has top notch academics and provides a loving, safe atmosphere. I knew that if we had any difficulties, the staff and teachers would listen and try to come a solution. One of the highlights of the school, is the parental involvement. Parents are welcomed and encouraged to get involved through volunteering in the room, extra-curriculars, library, art, and lunch room. Furthermore, the school offers parent prayer groups and bible studies. If you are looking for a reasonable (bargain) tuition, competitive academics, and a Christian atmosphere, PCS is your school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2014

This is a college prep school. Its simply doesn't have the facilities or income to cater to special needs. Its isn't out of a lack of love or not wanting those children to succeed, its that keeping tuition low doesn't give the school the ability to spend considerable funds in those areas. Also the thought that income affects playing time in sports is just silly. Sour grapes. When looking at the test scores and college success rates (which are all public record) of PCS compared to other area schools, one can see that its worth the small investment to send students here. Add to that the biblical world view and prayer/love showered on the students, and you will see why this school has been so successful. We've been very pleased with our student's teachers and feel blessed to have our child here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2014

This is a great college preparation school. Students and parents are allowed to participate in school activities unlike some public schools. While my two children struggled with the teenage social issue. This school has prepared them to succeed in the broken world. I would pay double the cost for PCS to keep tthem out of the failed public school system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2014

Having sent two children to PCS I agree with the comments regarding cliques...PCS has some great teachers and also some that make you wonder how they maintain employment as they are completely incompetant. PCS caters to the families that have money. This financicial exclusivity will keep your lower income child off the best sports teams or cheerleading squads, unless they are an obvious superstar. Lower income students also face harsher disciplinary action. If I could do it over again I would send my kids for early childhood and move them at middle or high to a different school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2013

It is very interesting to me that most of the negative posts of this website have been dated in the last two years. It also is ironic that the administration change at PCS also occurred at this time as well. I believe that this school (association, board, etc,) needs to put two and two together!! Change is in order!!!


Posted October 17, 2013

No other place I would send my child. My child is coming to school not only to get a great education but to grow in their knowledge of Jesus Christ. To me there is no greater joy. There is no price tag for what that is worth in the heart of my child! LOVE THIS PLACE!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2013

As a former student (9 years) I can tell you that if you are reading this and are trying to come to a decision about whether or not this would be a good school for your son/daughter, I would vehemently WARN you that it is not. As noted by other reviewers, the cliques are still a problem. Since I went to the school over a decade ago, it seems that this is a problem that won't change. I feel that part of this comes from the small class sizes-- you are stuck with the same group of about 70 for years. Their opinion of you sticks, and if you are not part of the cool group of people to begin with then be prepared to be shunned/ignored. As far as quality of education...I can tell you with 100% confidence that I have a much broader educational background than those who graduated high school from PCS. I know this from talking with former classmates who continued there through high school. The quality of teaching is spotty at best. In short, I had a hard time growing up in this type of environment. If you are deciding to send your child to this school, please consider this: your child has a much greater chance of peer acceptance as well as a broader knowledge base by attending public school.


Posted September 11, 2013

Peoria Christian does show special attention to the wealthy contributors and those they judge "more worthy" according to their own personal standards. our child was bullied, which was first of all, never taken seriously, then victimized and betrayed by the very staff of adults who were supposed to be there to protect. the only one protected here was the bully and elitist family. Our child suffered deeply from this betrayal and is now afraid of teachers and principals because she was punished for being bullied. the staff dodged, lied and manipulated to protect themselves and the bully, and you call this "Christian, and Godly Love. How dare you wear his name and treat a very small, good child in such a way? shame on all who were involved and allowed our child to be victimized and traumatized to protect your personal agenda, and for this we were paying about 6,000 a year! We had some very good years and some very bad . Beware of the welcomed parental involvement. to some in charge, this really means volunteer, give your money, and keep your mouth shut to most everything else. So so sad because there are many good folks and teachers there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2013

Experienced major bullying issues, school didn't want to respond to my numerous requests for actions. Also, I put in close to 1,000 service hours for the school, often being at school until 11 PM many nights, and the school denied any service hours because I had performed them at school. PCS is not a christlike school. I had a science teacher that would continuously yell at students. And if you didn't believe the Earth is exactly 3,000 years old, you were going to be in deep trouble.


Posted July 22, 2013

YOUR JUDGMENT DAY WILL COME!! My child attend PCS and we did have a great experience until third grade when he was bullied. Involving the principal & everyone higher we kept hearing the same words "WE DO NOT HAVE A PROBLEM WITH BULLIES!" This went on for many years before making the change and praying that things will get better. Not only did we get bullied by the children but from the teachers parents and the administration. As a Christian school they do NOT show Christ like Values! I do agree with what others have posted about if your child has any differences or issues they are SHUNNED. My child decided to make a change and go to a public school which greatly saddened me and still does. But to tell you the truth it was the best thing that we ever did. I have found more Christ like actions in the public school than I did at PCS! If you are going to state that you are a Christ like school you need to make sure that all that are involved from the child to the parents feel that all things are handled in a Christ like way.Our family has recovered from the bulling that was dealt out on a constant basis but it took a long time for any of us to trust someone outside of our lives. WWJD?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2013

I'll agree with "I can tell by the atmosphere" and "I was a student..for 9 years". If your child has any disabilities, whether learning or physical, he/she will not be made to feel welcome there. We know of families who have experienced both, and have left the school because PCS will not cater to such individuals. Seems rather hypocritical since isn't this the way God created these children? And yes, there are MANY cliques. As my child once stated, "It's hard to believe it's a Christian school, because it's no different than the public schools in the area." I wholeheartedly agree. Unless you are in a certain income bracket, or give a certain amount to the school, you and your child will have a hard time fitting in. As observed by many ex-attendees, as well as outsiders looking in, it just seems like a big country club. It only exemplifies Christ up to a certain point. The grade school is best, then declines steadily as the years go on. We had a child who was stalked and threatened while in this school, and the administration deceived us by telling us our child would be protected by certain measures that, in the end, were never instituted. Sadly, t's not the school it used to be.


Posted December 4, 2012

I can tell by the atmosphere that this probably is a great school, and really wanted this for my son. After going to a private school myself I thought I was the best way for my son to learn the. word of God. However we did not have a great experience. If your child does not fit a "mold" they want him/her to they will not be accepted. After the FIRST week of school we were told "they were not equipped" to handle my son, but they'd give him one month. Needless to say...if they were not going to give my son a chance, his Mommy was going to find someone who would.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2012

Peoria Christian School is a great school. All the teacher ARE state certified (unlike a previous post mentioned) and are excellent in incorporating a biblical worldview into the classroom as well as challenging the students academically. The school's academics are superb, winning the Blue Ribbon Award and the ACT Red Quill award with a high school average ACT score of 24.0 for over 10 years! My kids have been there since preschool and now the oldest is in high school. If you want an excellent school, with teachers who care, this is the school for you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2012

I was a student at PCS for 9 years and at about third grade girls began to become girls (stuck-up). I loved PCS but overall if you are worried about friendship, then you will want to know that PCS has cliques.Cliques can and do exclude people, they excluded me, i left PCS only because of the clique problem, students there tend not to forget anything from the past which will affect everything. I love PCS but I have to tell the truth, PCS is full of cliques, it will be extremely hard for anyone in the grades 4th and up to be accepted. although many people are nice, eventually there will be problems, i started to not focus on schoolwork because of the cliques, it felt like i didn't belong. I'd decided to go to another school completely by myself. Yes, the academic side of the school is beyond words (good words...) but keep in mind if you are looking to enter your child in the grades 4th or up they will have social problems. Otherwise PCS is great.


Posted April 17, 2010

PCS is truely a Christ centered school that provides top notch education while prepaing each individual student for a successful future. The staff surrounds students to provide them a learning environment which is loving, safe, encouraging, challenging, and fun.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2010

PCS has been a huge blessing not only to our daughter, but our whole family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2010

Our grandsons are in 1st, 3rd and 5th grades and the youngst will be attending soon. We have been so pleased with their academic achievements as well as the Christian environment in which to learn and to have teachers who care for their total well-being. It is also nice for the parents to be able to become friends of other parents with similar values and religious beliefs for their children. Also pretty nice for prayers to be allowed and encouraged in the schools. The programs provided for the children are done so well and are such a pleasure to attend. We always leave feeling encouraged and happy that PCS is their school of choice.


Posted April 15, 2010

Provides great private Christian education based on solid values and principals
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2010

PCS is an amazing school with an excellent staff & safe Christian environment where my girls thrive and learn everyday.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2010

The encouraging and caring environment is top on my list. The teachers that work at pcs do it for the love of the lord, the children and teaching, outstanding staff!! although no school is perfect pcs has been a wonderful educational experience for both of my children. Our family has attended for upwards of 9 years.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 90% 51%
Black 6% 18%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 4%
Hispanic 1% 24%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Korean
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Blue Ribbon Award by US Department of Education (2009)
  • Red Quill Award for ACT scores (2008)
  • ACSI Elementary Principal of the Year Award (2008)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Drama club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Korean

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • Debate
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30am
School end time
  • 3:15pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Becky Gardner/Administrator
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Christian
Associations
  • ACSI
Fax number
  • (309) 686-2569

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Honors track
  • Independent Study
  • Internships
  • Virtual school
  • homeschool option
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Korean
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • shuttle between campuses
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • bass fishing
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Girl scouts
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Key Club
  • Math club
  • Model UN
  • Model congress
  • National Honor Society
  • Photography Club
  • Robotics club
  • Student Outreach
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$1000 - $6000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
Summer college prep programs
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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3506 N California Ave
Peoria, IL 61603
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Phone: (309) 686-4500

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