Pittsburgh Urban Christian School (PUCS)

Rating: 5 stars   14 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 809 Center St Pittsburgh PA 15221 USA

Mission: EDUCATION FOR KINDERGARTEN THRU 8TH GRADEThe mission of PUCS is to provide an excellent education in an urban setting for a racially and economically diverse group of children.  We are committed to educating from a broad Christian perspective with a curriculum characterized by integrated thematic units, close student-teacher interaction and substantive parental involvement.  Our staff of state-certified teachers is dedicated to facilitating each student''s spiritual, personal, social, academic and physical growth.
Programs: Education for Kindergarten thru 8th grade
2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

My 2 kids have been at PUCS since kindergarten. This year, they are both in the middle school. We heard about PUCS, especially kindergarten, by word of mouth. The elementary school was a gem. But I have to say, now that my children are attending the middle school, this is the true gem of PUCS. While the kids are at a developmental age where they are trying to discover more of who they are and what's important to them, the school is providing a safe place for them to ask questions, push back, and figure out what it means to think about people and not just themselves.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Keep the class sizes small, though the demand for an education at PUCS has led to wait lists for many grades the last two school years.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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I have only recently joined the staff of Pittsburgh Urban Christian School, but I am impressed! The teachers and staff are truly gifted and committed to educating each child and helping them become the servant leaders of tomorrow. The diverse, nurturing environment allows each child to thrive, knowing that they are valued. What a wonderful school - I wish more children could go here!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wish it was double in size so that more children could attend.

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We have four children at PUCS and have been amazed at how a small faith-based school has addressed so competently each of their different learning styles, and embraced them as individuals. The love of learning, community building, and character formation that takes place at PUCS rivals some of the more expensive private schools in the Pittsburgh area. We are so blessed to have found this school community.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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I knew before I had kids that they would attend PUCS. When you walk through the doors of the school, immediately you feel empowered and loved. Our son is in first grade and often comes home saying that it was the best day because of what he learned at school. Each unit that he has studied, he has been excited about. We also love that amidst his learning that his relationship with Jesus is being cultivated. When you send your children away for the ENTIRE day it is an amazing feeling to know that the people that you have entrusted him with are like minded. They are teaching him biblical principles to prepare him for a Christ centered life. What a joy that is!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

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2012

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We have one daughter who attended PUCS K-8th, now in 10th grade attending a highly competitive private school, and another daughter currently in 6th grade at PUCS. Both our children are the recipients of an outstanding education provided by a faculty who care enough to nurture individual learning styles, but also create an atmosphere of team building, peer leadership, and healthy character formation. Our PUCS graduate to this day is so appreciative of her academic preparation in writing skills, and learning a second language. She now looks forward to volunteer her time and talents to PUCS, as she did during her Spring break from high school. The opportunities PUCS afforded her to "come out of her shell" now serve her well as as a Community Builder at her high school. Our 6th grader has enjoyed learning in an environment rich with an ethnically diverse and international student body that integrates faith with learning. We shudder to contemplate where we would be without the PUCS community.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

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2012

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We joined PUCS after 5 years of homeschooling and we have had a wonderful experience. All three of my kids have felt supported and cared for by their teachers. I have been very happy with the curriculum and the hands-on learning that engages my somewhat reluctant learners. For instance, my middle schooler came home saying that he had just had the best history class ever -- his teacher made marshmallow shooters for each of them and allowed them to reenact the battles of Lexington and Concord. I'm sure that he will never forget it. At PUCS, my children are engaged in the learning experience.

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

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Very Well

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2012

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I have one child in the 6th grade at PUCS and two that have attended K-8 - "Lifers" as we call them. The older two are now at public high schools. Both feel they were well prepared by their PUCS teachers to not only survive the highs and lows of public education but to actually thrive. PUCS is an environment that communicates to their students the message, "We see you, we really see you!". Each child is treated as gifted and the "gift" is unwrapped and children are seen. Fiscally, I can't believe they can do so much with so little. Very reasonable tuition and even scholarship support make this diverse learning community a gem in the city!

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2012

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We have 4 children attending PUCS. Each of them can tell all the different things they enjoy so much about being apart of PUCS. Each of their teachers strives to challenge each one of them academically according to their own learning style. All their teachers support them and encourage them to learn all they can. We are thankful for how the teachers and all staff help our children incorporate their faith into all areas of learning and life. At PUCS, our children are not just learning how to be great students, but they are being challenged how to be good, faithful followers of God in all of life.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

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2012

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My family has four children currently receiving an amazing PUCS education. They are thriving! I cried out in the hall after I visited PUCS kindergarten class the year that I decided to switch my oldest daughter out of the public school that she attended at that time. I cried with joy. I knew she would receive an excellent, engaging, challenging education in a nurturing diverse environment committed to community. I cried with sadness. I knew she would be leaving a classroom where twenty other students would continue to endure a stressful, tense daily environment filled with yelling and a developmentally ill-fitted teaching style. My husband and I wrestled with the idea that we would be abandoning the public school system. But, we have seen how well our children are taken care of there and how much they are learning, at every level! I wish that all schools would take on the serious task of loving kids and of teaching them to be life long learners! PUCS is that kind of school!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

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2012

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My children attend PUCS, and are receiving an education I didn't think was still available. The kindness and respect from the staff and the students,the commitment to the school as a community and extended family, and the first rate education - its all just amazing. I consider my family very lucky to have found PUCS.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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