This school is appropriate for kindergarten- age children ONLY. The Kindergarten teachers are wonderful. However, once the kids get to middle school and high school, it is a complete joke. They teach out of old textbooks and have free reign to belittle and demean the students - from the administration to office staff. If your kids are independent thinkers, this is not the school for them. They only want children that are conformists. Don't waste your money here, I did for way too long and am EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED.
I graduated from PCS in 2012. I went there for 12 years. It was an amazing experience. It was like you were part of a big family that cared so much about you. There was a dress code but you get used to it and it makes picking an outfit way easier. If you follow the rules (which are pretty easy to follow) you won't have a problem. I always talked about how I couldn't wait to graduate- as we all couldn't. Now I miss it. The teachers and faculty were like parents to you. They helped us, taught us, punished us and really loved us! It is an old school with an old fashioned school board that believes in teaching their students respect, honor, responsibility, how to be a rounded person, and how to live your life for God. People think Christian schools have perfect people there. Well they are wrong. It is a high school where there are still kids who may not believe in God. There are kids who drink and do drugs just like there are in every single school in America. Just because people are Christians does not make them perfect. And just because you go to a Christian school does not make you a Christian. I went to PCS for 12 years. I not only made best friends, I became part of a family.
I had my child here in K and she she had Mrs. G. We no longer go to this school and will never attend it. I am finding out from my child after the fact that this teacher would get in her face and tell my child to look into her eyes and not blink. Well, the teacher was so close to my child's face and trying to get away from the teacher face backed his head into the wall. This teacher should be ashamed of herself. I did see some signs that my child did not want to keep attending this school, but thought this was one of the best schools. Maybe on an educational level, but no child should ever, ever be treated like this. You know what you did and again, shame on you!
My son has been going to this school since 4th grade and is now a junior in high school. HE LOVES HIS SCHOOL. This school is not perfect in that it does look a little old and does not have all the resources that some other schools may have. HOWEVER, it DOES NOT LACK in the way the teachers nurture, educate and guide the students to be productive members of society. I am not an overly religious person and have given my son the option of going to more hip, fancy private schools, and closer to home schools (we commute 25 miles each way for him to attend this school), but he will have none of it. This school is strict about dress codes and conduct in the class rooms...AND THIS IS A GOOD THING! You want your child to have the opportunity to learn without distractions AND to LEARN RESPONSIBILITY. DISCIPLINE IS NOT A BAD THING FOLKS, I have read some of the reviews where parents complain of the students getting marked for not bringing their school supplies, or talking??? Come on....is that what you want your children to learn? Lack of responsibility?? This school teaches about God, keeps the children in a secure, loving, caring, and VERY SUPPORTIVE environment.
My Son is going to this school this year. So far he really likes it, but my son is like a sponge and when I ask him what he learned today, he only tells me a story about Jesus. As I love Christ and the history of our fathers, I want him to also learn math and English. Things that will help him in future years of everyday life. I am a stay at home mom, so I would be willing to help an any of my child's activities at school. I find myself wanting to go inside all the time, but feel that I am shut out. It could be just me, but It feels like it is not parent friendly. One other thing that bothers me, is when it is cold outside the kids stay in and watch movies (I assume they have to do with class activities) but then my son came home and told me he watched 3 movies yesterday????
My son loves this school!! I love that they are teaching him in a safe, loving environment. Christian values are important to our family and I like that what we teach at home is reinforced in the school. This was my son's first year and he had Mrs. Rheuark and she did a wonderful job. Thanks and have a great summer!!
As a former student of PCS and for only being there 2 years, I can say with full confidence that PCS is one of the greatest christian schools in the 757 area.They are supportive of missions, both home and abroad. They are supportive of the multiple gifts and talents of each student. PCS leadership seeks God on a daily bases and tries to not only lead by example but also follow the direction of God. Like any other school it is not perfect, but PCS has never claimed to be something that they are not. The school has had issues, both with faculty, staff and students. The thing to remember about PCS that each day, the teachers try to show love and grace to each student.
Thank you PCS for the great education, great Christian values and for hiring teachers who truly care about the students. As a former PCS student I am so thankful to the teachers who took the extra time to help me when " I just didn't get it " Now that I have graduated I understand the sacrifices the teachers made staying after school when I needed extra math help. I now appreciate how they taught me to be respectful in every situation, I appreciate and understand better now how the Christian values they taught me made me the person I am today !! I want to say thank you Mom & Dad for sending me to PCS , it was money well spent .. I would highly recommend PCS school to anyone Looking for great Christian education with teachers and staff who really care!!
Unfortunately, PCS spends much of the day picking on their students. Your child receives a red check if they talk, if they drop their pencil, if they wear a hoodie without a zipper, if they forget their highlighter, if they touch another student for any reason. These strikes lead to daily silent lunches and in school suspensions. If the teacher(s) would use this energy teaching the classes we would get more for our money. The school definitely has a correctional center mentality and I am hoping that this will change over time so that our children can enjoy school instead of fretting all day as to where the next red strike will come from.
I have 2 children at PCS. One in 5th grade, and one in K4. I love the way biblical principles are introduced into each day, and the wonderful songs my kids have learned about God and His love. I also like the atmosphere, in that its safe, well controlled, and there isn't alot of drama there. I'm not so crazy about the politics, but other than that, I am certain that my boys are getting a quality education that will allow them to be successful leaders, as well as team players as they move into the future phases of their lives.
PCS has been a trully wonderful gift from God. My oldest daughter has been there for 8 years and my middle daughter has been there 4 years. The education they are receiving is top notch. The teachers are loving and compassionate. They have been completely supportive of my children and have strived to offer them everything a parent can hope for. Christ's love shines through these teachers. His love is abundant due to their obvious walk. My children are receiving a powerful message of Christ's love every day they walk through the doors. I look forward to my children continuing there and my youngest daughter starting there very soon. Great School!
A school whose intentions are good but unfortunately size and personalized care has dropped due to their large size. Classes are beyond full and personalized attention has fallen by the wayside. Specialized care and nurturing is given depending on who you are, whose child you are, and what church you attend. It is a shame that they have lost sight of the vision that every Christian school should have...seeing people as Jesus does. Thank goodness Portsmouth offers other excellent Christian school choices.
PCS has been a blessing for my family. I once consider transferring my kids to a different school due to burdens, but once I visited other school, and listened to the students and the atmosphere, I refused to allow these burden to be a everyday part of rising my children. My children has learned so much about the bible and it shows in their everyday lives. It takes a village to rise kids and I want positive people and teachers in their lives. I get this from PCS, not only the teachers but every staff there. Sure the teachers at other school are as good, but the surrounding also has a impact on how children think. I am so proud of the progression I see, wow. It is amazing. I have always been told, noone should have to tell you they are Christians, a real Christian you will know
I'm currently a student at PCS. Its got some good things, and just as many bad. I feel like most of the reviews here are describing a school I'd kill to go to, but its not a very real view. Its a traditional Christian school, comeplete with ALL the rules without lax of enforcement. If you want to escape the rules of seperation of church and state, you have to take on a whole new set of burdens. Its hasnt helped me, but its done alot to hurt my spirituality. I do appreciate the freedoms i have here, but Christian school is not for me. Some people love it here though, i think its all up to the person. I think alot of people would be happy here, so please check it out. It would be a mistake not to, because it also has the potential to do great things!
My 2nd grader has been there since K5 and my 5 year old just started. I have a 3 year old who will also be starting soon. I am so happy with this school. The learning and the teachers. I seriously could not be more happier. The teachers are very caring and patient. I thank God for this school for my children!
I had two students at PCS and while there are positive things to say about every school, we found the school to be very legalistic with a great deal of favoritism shown to teacher's kids. Often times teachers were doing the bare minimum in instruction/teaching. We moved our enrollment to the other Christian school in the area and found it to be a breath of fresh air. My son couldn't thank us enough! Large numbers aren't always what makes a school great!
I am a member of the middle school of PCS. The teachers are so thoughtful and considerate. Our school has just started a football program. Go Patriots! The extracurricular activities are great!
I am currently a student at PCS. I have gone here all of my life and I have never once regretted it. It has an amazing Christian atmosphere that has helped me a lot. The majority of the teachers are so caring that they become part of your family. Whenever I need help, they are always there for me. The honors classes are challenging, but with the amazing staff, I am able to learn and understand each of my subjects much easier. The athletic program there is great. I am involved in two different sports there, and the coaches are just as caring as the teachers. The school is growing every year. It will soon be one of the largest private schools in the area. PCS is the best school that you could ever find. I strongly recommend it to everyone! It deserves more than 5 stars!
PCS is a wonderful school, my children are learning a solid Christian education, the teachers, and administration truly care about every student and know the children's parents as well.
Portsmouth Christian has been a great experience for our family. The staff is caring, and takes time to get to know the children. The administration knows most parents, who their children are, and in some instances who their teacher is. This personal touch is something that is missing from our public school system today. One teacher even called when my son missed a day of school to check on how he was feeling!
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