...to educate and nurture each student to serve in God’s world

Faith-based Education

We come alongside parents to offer education that is shaped by Christian faith. We believe that creation is the work of God, that our world has fallen into sin, and that redemption is possible only through the gracious work of Christ. The world rightfully belongs to God, and he calls Christian people to the privilege and responsibility of redeeming all of life for him.

Because of these foundational beliefs, Pella Christian High School affirms that every aspect of education belongs to God. We acknowledge Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord over all of life. That's why we are committed to weaving Biblical truth into the fabric of all academic courses and extracurricular activities.

In keeping with Jesus' teaching (John 17:13-19), we are called to be active in this world, and yet not completely at home in it. That's why we want our children to question current culture and values. We want to do more than prepare our students to make a difference-we want to prepare them to go out and change the world for Christ.

This lofty goal is one we share with the community of Christian believers. Christian parents entrust their children to Christian educators who, in turn, work closely with Christian congregations and other Christian supporters. None of us stands alone-God works in and through the church, the home, and the school.

 

Test Scores

Academic excellence is an integral part of Christian education. Excellence in our work is required since students and teachers are ultimately called by God to use their talents, gifts, and abilities to His glory. The standardized test scores of our students attest to academic excellence.

ACT

Here the average ACT scores for the past five years. These are composite score averages for all of the graduates from PCHS that took the ACT in that year.

 

PC

Iowa

National

2017

25.5

21.9

21.0

2016

23.5

22.1

20.8

2015

25.2

22.2

21.0

2014

25.0

22.0

21.0

2013

24.1

22.1

20.9

 

 

GRADE 9 to 11 Iowa Assessments COMPARISON

Students are given the Iowa Assessments as Freshmen and then again as Juniors. The purpose of testing the same class twice is to determine if there was growth or improvement in their test scores (as a class) between those two years as a result of curriculum and instruction.

Here are the results for the class of 2014:

  Low Med. High Proficient
9th grade Reading:
11th grade Reading:
13%
13%
20%
22%
67%
66%
87%
88%
9th grade Math:
11th grade Math:
17%
10%
11%
9%
72%
82%
83%
91%
9th grade Science:
11th grade Science:
13%
13%
30%
15%
57%
72%
87%
87%

All three areas saw an increase in the percentage of students in the High category.  Keep in mind that some scores may be slightly affected by transfer students,  those who were here as juniors but not as freshmen.

 

Iowa Assessments Percentile Rankings (Using Iowa School Norms)
 

 

 

Reading

Math

Science

Social Studies

Composite

9th Grade

National

86

83

79

88

84

 

Iowa

99

97

96

99

98

11th Grade

National

87

86

83

83

85

 

Iowa

99

99

99

97

98