Admissions policies for Peoria Christian School include adherence to the following criteria:
By September 1, an applicant for the 4-year-old Pre-Kindergarten program must be four years old, and an applicant for Kindergarten must be five years old.
Illinois state law requires physical examinations for each student in Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, fifth, and ninth grades. If a child is entering PCS while not in one of the above mentioned grades, we will obtain physical examination and immunization records from the child's previous school. A list of required forms for enrollment is available from the office. All athletes must have a current sports physical on file before participating.
Because Peoria Christian School regards its mission as supporting the Christian home and church by preparing students to lead Christ-like lives through a biblical approach to education, at least one custodial parent (preferably both) must to be a born-again believer and actively living out their faith in a Bible-believing church. In other words, it is our requirement that at least one of the custodial parents has personally accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. The Pastor Questionnaire is a required form for acceptance (linked here). A family does not need to be a member of their church but at least active in attendance. Preschool North enrollment does not require a Pastor Questionnaire.
Academic Requirements and Placement testing
Standardized test scores and transcripts will be reviewed prior to scheduling placement testing for students entering grades 1 - 9. It is expected that students will have scored at the 40th percentile or higher on their most recent standardized test. Students in grades 1 -9 will be scheduled for a placement check and/or achievement testing to assess the student's educational skills in relation to the anticipated grade level enrollment. High School students entering grades 10 - 12 will turn in a copy of their latest transcript. All incoming freshmen are asked to take a math placement test.
The grade placement for all students is assumed to be in accordance with previous fully completed grade level course work. However, should previous testing and/or placement tests indicate a question of placement, the principal and the family will discuss the final placement. Please note that PCS is not equipped to meet all specialized educational needs.
An interview with the principal and an admissions committee representative, if available, is a necessary part of the admissions process. For preschool and elementary students, only parents come to the parent interview (preschool and elementary parent interviews are about 20 minutes). For Middle and High school applicants, the student must attend the family interview with their parents (middle and high school family interviews are about 40 minutes). Admissions interviews are scheduled by the Admissions office only after the online application, previous records, placement testing (as applicable), and the Pastor Questionnaire have all been completed and reviewed.
The interview process helps assess the parents' motivation in seeking the student's enrollment at PCS, as well as the student's willingness to attend and adhere to the discipline policies. It is also designed to ascertain the likelihood that the school and family can cooperate on the faith, philosophical, and academic issues involved in the education of their child. The applicant and parents must communicate substantial agreement with the general purposes and policies of the school.
A registration link will be emailed and required to be completed for enrollment. A tuition contact will need to be signed and submitted prior to enrollment.
Peoria Christian School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, or disability. The school does, however, reserve the right to deny admission to any individual who cannot benefit from the experience based on past academic achievement or whose personal lifestyle is not in harmony with the stated philosophy and purpose of PCS.
How to Apply
The application fee is $105 for the oldest child and $55 for each sibling. Preschool North applications are $55 - choose Preschool North as the "Program" in the online application. Applications are online only. Be sure to click the "Add Applicant" button for siblings. Applications can be submitted at any time. Transfer applications during the school year will be accepted based on space availability, completion and adherence of all application requirements, and time left in the school year to complete required classes.