Student Life at PCS
Payson Christian School is so much more than your average public school with an additional Christian education. We recognize that each student learns differently. Therefore, although we are established to hold 430 students at our school in Payson, AZ, we cap our maximum enrollment at 230 students. This way we can ensure that each student gets an individualized approach to their education. In addition, PCS is a four-day instructional week school. The students here come to school Monday through Thursday and have three-day weekends. We have found the shorter weeks have resulted in improved student concentration and information retention. Our school is future-focused and emphasizes teaching to the whole of the child. Rather than teaching a student enough information to pass a test and forget it, we help our students retain the information learned and learn new vital life skills along the way.
Payson Christian School is a model school for science, technology, religion, engineering, art, and math (S.T.R.E.A.M). As a result, our programs are developed to build meaningful S.T.R.E.A.M experiences for PCS students that not only support their pursuit of academic excellence, but also in helping others and the community. We have maker spaces in every classroom and a centralized room filled with modern technology that prepares the students for the jobs of tomorrow.
Our students at PCS are encouraged to have a voice. We are proud to have created a culture that is safe and accessible, and where students are encouraged to collaborate on projects, discuss ideas, and confidently share their work. We provide a foundation of academic and social confidence that students will carry with them long after their school career is over.
The art program’s mission at PCS is to provide a curriculum that equips and empowers students to discover, develop, and demonstrate their God-given talents. We have become known for having an inspiring art program in Payson, AZ. In fact, our art program has become one of the most popular for the homeschooled community.
Here at Payson Christian School, we are entering into a new realm of technology-based education. We are one of the leaders in the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT is a network of billions of physical things that are connected via technology. Being one of the leaders, we are constantly learning and adapting in order to continue to serve as an example to others of the benefits and possibilities that come with the new technology.
As our school grows, so does our athletic department. The athletics program presents students with situations to practice teamwork, camaraderie, and self-discipline. PCS currently offers the following sports for our fourth – eighth graders:
- Cross Country
Most schools prepare students to work for a business, but we develop students to think critically to be ready for real-world activities via our life class. In this weekly class, we bring in experts from various vocations to teach our kids what it means to live life in a challenging environment. We teach carpentry, wilderness and urban survival, sewing, entrepreneurship, tax preparation, how to change a tire, how to change your oil, how to fix the lights on your car, how to fix a toilet, and many other real-life applications.