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Pittsburgh Urban Christian School (PUCS)

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Literacy

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

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

2 Karen144

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

2 Chad C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

PUCS is one of Pittsburgh's greatest assets and best kept secrets. PUCS has dedicated and excellent teachers who create an exceptional educational experience for students on a regular basis for over 35 years. All four of my children have attended PUCS and if you have never seen a group of middle school students cry because they don't want middle school to ever end, then you haven't seen what is possible with fabulous teachers, rigorous curriculum, and loads of parental involvement! I cannot recommend PUCSmore highly

1 Roberta B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter attended PUCS from kindergarten through 5th grade, and my son is currently a student, having started in kindergarten, as well. I have come to realize that one of the most important functions of this early schooling experience is establishing what my children view as "normal" in the classroom. They learn to treat each other with kindness and respect, and their teachers are very caring and approachable. Now that my daughter is in a public school, with a much larger class size, she knows which behaviors are not conducive to learning, and she acts as a leader and a model of more appropriate behavior. I enjoy the easy communication with the teachers. The integrated and creative curriculum is exciting for the children. The academics are excellent--my daughter found herself ahead of most of her classmates, when she moved to her new school.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son started attending here when we moved to Pittsburgh. He was a very reluctant student who many days said he did not want to go to school. This is his 5th year at PUCS, and these days he is a voracious reader, loves his teachers, and is performing well above grade level. He is also much more self-confident and compassionate, is comfortable in all kinds of situations, and is a positive leader in our neighborhood with younger children. I am so glad we found PUCS!

1 Yvonne V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have two daughters that attend the school. One day in early June the classroom got very hot from the sun, and my daughter said, "It was the worst day ever at school--actually it was the only bad day ever at school!"
My children have grown not only academically, but socially, spiritually, and creatively as well. They have fun at school in a way that is still rigorous and gets them very involved and interested in learning!