Christian Education

School buses come to our schools!

Q. When does a public school district have to provide transportation to a
nonpublic school?

A. When a school district provides transportation for its public pupils, it must
provide transportation services to nonpublic pupils of the same grade level
that it is providing for its own pupils. The nonpublic school must be nonprofit
and located within ten miles of the district’s boundary, measured by the
nearest public road. If the school building in which the pupil is enrolled
is not located within the ten-mile distance, the nonpublic pupil is not eligible
for transportation, nor are his parents eligible for payment towards
transportation costs.

Q. Is the local school district that transports my child to a nonpublic
school required to transport her on days when the nonpublic school
is in session and the public school is closed?

A. Yes, unless the closure is due to weather conditions.

Trinity Christian School Employment Opportunities

The mission of Trinity Christian School is to provide a quality Christian education for the children of believing parents of our community from Kindergarten to twelfth grade. This education will emphasize that God is to be glorified in all aspects of our lives.

All subjects will be taught from a Reformed Biblical perspective that honors our Triune God as creator, redeemer, and sanctifier.

Our goal is to equip our students to fulfill their calling in family, church, and society in a way which is pleasing to their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

If you are interested in Classical, Christian education go here to learn how to apply! Trinity Christian School is hiring elementary, art, music, and substitute teachers, plus an office receptionist.

Cheswick Christian Academy Ministry Opportunities

If you are looking to join a great school that offers affordable Christian education with small class sizes, fun extracurriculars, competitive athletics, and more, Cheswick Christian Academy is hiring! They are accepting applications for elementary and high school teachers plus a receptionist. Find the application in documents here!

GPCSN Recognized for Supporting School Choice

As Pennsylvanians, we appreciate the ways our state recognizes school choice. One way PA helps Pennsylvania’s children is with the EITC! Watch the video to learn more. This is a program that could help your child attend a private school OR a way you can help create private school scholarships if you owe PA income tax! Go here to learn more!

Christian Education Positions Open

Our schools are located throughout the Greater Pittsburgh area and accept applications for substitute teachers all year—and we have a few other job openings! Follow the links to learn how to apply!

Penn Christian Academy in Butler is accepting applications for substitute teachers.

Trinity Christian School in Forest Hills is accepting applications for elementary teachers and substitute teachers.

Pittsburgh Urban Christian School in Wilkinsburg is accepting applications for the following part-time positions: Admissions Coordinator, Coordinator of Student Services, and Financial Secretary.

Greater Works Christian School in Monroeville is accepting applications for elementary teachers and substitute teachers.

Cheswick Christian Academy in Cheswick is accepting applications for a part-time Spanish teacher and a part-time literature teacher and substitute teachers. Contact them with your information.

GPCSN Giving Tuesday Opportunities

Love Christian education? Partner with us for #GivingTuesday! Every one of our schools works very hard to keep tuition as low as possible! Our schools are thousands to tens-of-thousands of dollars less expensive than many of the non-Christian private schools in the Greater Pittsburgh area, while giving students great educations in wholesome, loving, safe environments!

Here are ways to give to any of our wonderful, deserving schools!

Cheswick Christian Academy
Your gifts can become scholarships with the Tom Mellars Scholarship Fund!

Former CCA student Jamie Aiken has initiated the establishment of a scholarship fund* in memory of Thomas Mellars. Tom was with the school at its inception in 1978, and served faithfully until 1983 when he unexpectedly died on the job of a sudden heart attack. Jamie Aiken’s generous gift, and all other donations to the fund, will be applied to the tuition accounts of current students experiencing financial hardship. Go here to give!

Greater Works Christian School
Your gifts help students year round!

Did you know that tuition covers only sixty percent of our operating expenses? This funding gap must be made up through fundraising and donations to our school. Please consider joining the many school families, alumni, churches, businesses, and friends who support Greater Works Christian School. Go here to give!

Penn Christian Academy
Every gift to Penn Christian Academy makes a difference!

Your donation helps fuel our mission and your gift makes a difference each day in blessing the lives of our students and teachers. Through your partnership, our students are equipped to KNOW who God is, LEARN about God through creation, SERVE as Christ did, and LEAD others to Christ. Go here to see different ways to give!

Pittsburgh Urban Christian School
Special Opportunity: Donor matching gifts to Pittsburgh Urban Christian School!

Thanks to an anonymous donor, all #GiveBig donations will be matched as part of a challenge grant we received!
Your generous gifts help us expand our academic programs, improve our facility and provide scholarships for children from low-income households. Go here to give!

Trinity Christian School
Special Opportunity: Donor matching gifts to Trinity Christian School!

A generous donor has committed to match the first $50,000 in donations! When you contribute to our endowment, you’re building up a resource that will work hard for our students and will bolster the stability of our school. Our goal is to achieve $50,000 by the end of the school year, which will turn into $100,000 because of our donor match! Together, we can move the TCS Endowment closer to the million dollar mark, achieving one of our long-term goals for the fund. Go here to give!

Free lecture—Ecclesiastes: What the Strangest Book in the Bible Teaches Us About Education

Scholé Academy Lecture Hall Presents
Ecclesiastes: What the Strangest Book in the Bible Teaches Us About Education
with Author/Teacher/Consultant Josh Gibbs

Monday, December 6, 2021  |  7:30pm ET

This lecture might interest some of our friends and members of Greater Pittsburgh Christian Schools Network.

From Scholé Academy: No book in the Bible offers a more glum assessment of this life, or inspires deeper yearning for the life to come, than Ecclesiastes. This glum assessment is a caution for those who believe that classical education can “change the world” or that reading old books can help students “get ahead in the world.” And yet, Ecclesiastes also insists that refusing to “love the world or the things of the world” will actually make a man’s life tolerable, joyful, and spiritually fruitful.

This event is free to attend, but registration is required. Click here to register for this Lecture Hall event. (Nota bene: Personal information provided in the registration process will be shared with Josh Gibbs, owner of Gibbs Classical.)

Book Review: For the Children’s Sake (a good gift idea for teachers!)

For the Children’s Sake presents a picture of a Charlotte Mason-inspired education that sounds like many Christian schools.

Charlotte Mason gives us a plan that is beautifully balanced. The children are given tasks, so that they learn basic skills. Their minds are nourished. They are put in touch with the whole of reality. They have structure and yet they are given time, half the day, for freedom. This was up to the age of 13 years [ in the Charlotte Mason style school] without homework. They can develop their own affinities. They can be, imagine, play, ponder, create, read. They can move, be noisy, quiet, social or alone…This growing time produces integrated people who understand their own limitations, desires, interests, gifts, and tendencies. One person will end up in the garage tinkering with an old motor; another will be playing with toddlers; another will draw pictures and tell stories while yet another thinks of ways to earn money. Children are respected and accepted as valid persons, but they are not left on the island of their own limited resources. Through careful choice they are nourished with the best we human beings have to offer. Mind is introduced to mind. Child to nature and activities. Pray that our children may be so educated in a total life that they are enabled to have clear, realistic, and true thinking and action, based on thought and principle.

Really, the whole book is full of quotable passages to inspire your favorite teacher:

We don’t have to chart exactly what a child has ‘learned’ from any of these sources to make it worthwhile using them. This is a different way of thinking about learning. Our job is to give the best nourishment regularly. The child takes what is appropriate to him at the time. A good example is when we enjoy a book together as a family. The nine-year-old enjoys hearing J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. He extracts nourishment for mind and spirit. The fourteen-year-old also is fed, but extracts something different. The parents enjoy it in yet another way. There is no ‘right’ way to react, no list of items one has to remember. Living life isn’t like that. We are individuals, and we leave it that way.

Children should have relationships with earth and water, should run and leap, ride and swim, should establish the relation of maker to material in as many kinds as may be; should have dear and intimate relations with persons, through present intercourse, through tale or poem, picture or statue; through flint arrow-head or modern motor-car: beast and bird, herb and tree, they must have familiar acquaintance with. Other peoples and their languages must not be strange to them. Above all they should find that most intimate and highest of all Relationships – the fulfillment of their being [their relationship with God].

This is not a bewildering program, because, in all these and more directions, children have affinities; and a human being does not fill his place in the universe without putting out tendrils of attachment in the directions proper to him. We must get rid of the notion that to learn the ‘three R’s’ or the Latin grammar well, a child should learn these and nothing else. It is true for children as for ourselves that, the wider the range of interests, the more intelligent is the apprehension of each.

The strength of this book is in encouraging teachers to treat their students as people who have their own worthy minds and interests and abilities and to remember to give them some freedom, while putting the best of the best material in front of them.

Churches Partnering With Parents

“We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done.”

Psalm 78:4


As Christians, we all know what we are supposed to do: raise up the children in our homes and our churches in the fear and admonition of the Lord. The question becomes, how? We know pastors preaching the word faithfully is of utmost importance. But for the children in your church, school takes up most of their time. Beyond Sunday, how can the church best help her families who choose public school, home school, or Christian school?

If you have children in your church who go to public school, the church can equip those families with assistance throughout the week. Maybe you could supply your parents with devotionals, or serve the kids with youth groups, small groups, after-school tutoring, and more. Maybe your church could pray regularly for the schools in your neighborhood. Or maybe churches could step in and help families move on to homeschooling or Christian schooling if their public school isn’t the best fit!

Perhaps your church already has some homeschoolers. There are a lot of ways you could help here, too. Perhaps you throw social events in your fellowship hall (swing dancing, anyone?) or educational seminars in your auditorium. Or you offer your building affordably — or free — for co-ops to meet there regularly. Maybe it’s as simple as connecting a child who would love to learn to sew with a woman who could teach it. Maybe the budget is extra tight for a one-income homeschooling family and your church can purchase some books — or start a church library for all of your children.

And perhaps your church has children who go to Christian school — or some who would love to. While Christian schools are often the first choice a lot of parents would make, like homeschooling it is not always the easiest choice financially. Perhaps this is one great place where the church can really help. I know some of our students attend churches who give scholarships to any member’s child who wants to attend Christian school. Maybe your church could do that: Count the children of your church — how much could you afford to give toward each of these children’s education, even just for next year? A couple hundred dollars? Five hundred? A thousand? MORE? Or maybe your church wants to choose a nearby school to adopt — your church could pray regularly for this school and your members could surprise teachers with encouragement: Donuts. Lunch. Books. (This works also for public schools! But I am thinking about the smaller salaries many Christian school teachers accept as part of the many efforts to help keep down tuition for students.) Or perhaps you have a great gym, soccer field, or bus (and a licensed bus driver in your congregation) that you could share with a school. Buses cost a lot of money for schools to transport kids to sporting events! This might be something a church would never think of, but it could be a huge blessing to the kids in your congregation and their schools!

There are challenges to all three types of schooling and there are many ways churches can support all parents. These are just a few. If you have any other ideas, leave a comment for all to see and consider! Or leave a comment about successful ways your church already partners with parents — you just might help other churches look at this in a new way!

And if you are a part of a church in the Greater Pittsburgh Area seeking new ways to support Christian education, contact us if you would like to be connected to a Christian school near you!