History: Our Lower School and Middle School was established in 1948.
PCS history began when Rev. Paul Histand founded the school as Danboro Mennonite School on September 13th, 1948. During its first year of operation, twenty three students spanning grades 1 through 10 were instructed by one teacher. Just seven years later, in 1955 the school was renamed Plumstead Christian Day School and served students through the eighth grade. A new school building was opened at that time on the current site of the Middle and Upper School campus in Plumsteadville, Pennsylvania. The new building contained two classrooms, office space, and a recreation room – all for the cost of $38,000.
The addition of an upper school gave rise to our first graduating class in 1981.
A new school constitution was adopted in 1970 establishing Plumstead Christian School as an independent, non-denominational Christian school. Under the direction of principal Lauren Rhine, an Upper School was added, and the first graduating class received diplomas on May 29, 1981.
Continued growth necessitated a second campus and additional grounds.
Student population expanded, and in 1982, Plumstead Christian School purchased the Peace Valley Elementary School property in Chalfont. This fifteen acre property has served as our Lower School ever since – providing students in preschool through fifth grade with a wonderful elementary school experience. Expansion during this point in PCS’ history also included the purchase of additional land at its Middle and Upper School campus. Now totaling thirty two acres, the Middle and Upper School campus has expansive athletic fields and room for future expansion and improvements.
We continue to invest in our school and our students’ futures.
Many state and private schools are eliminating programs and closing facilities due to budget cuts and lack of funding. But that is not the case at Plumstead Christian School where we have continued to expand and improve both programs and facilities:
- The establishment of a speaker series in 2010 known as The Founders Forum as a way of inspiring and challenging our own students to think biblically, serve effectively, and lead Christ-centered lives. The Founders Forum has attracted notable Christian speakers including former governor Sarah Palin, President George W. Bush, Tim Tebow, Dr. Ben Carson, Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman, and Eric Metaxas.
- The addition of Latin to our third grade through eighth grade experience in 2010
- The addition of a senior level honors art program in 2011
- Intramural Athletic Program and “One Month Clubs” in the Lower School in 2011
- The M term – a week long experience in March where seniors travel to the Dominican Republic for a mission trip, juniors travel to the Midwest on a tour of Christian colleges, and where students in grades six through ten enroll in a variety of engaging, short-term academic experiences, including trips. Recent M Term classes have included culinary classes, micro-electric circuits, baseball clinic, lifetime sports, improvisational theater, variety arts, and comic strip creation. Each M term there is the opportunity for students in grades six through ten to travel. Recent trips includea literary and historical trip to Boston, an eco-tourism trip to the Florida Keys, a trip to China, and a trip to Washington D.C.
- Improvisational Theater in the Middle and Upper School in 2012
- Renovations to the locker rooms in 2013
- Renovations to the Middle and Upper School Library and Academic Support Center in 2013
- Robotics Club in the Lower School in 2014
- STEM Program in 2015/16.
Our middle and upper school activity center is completed and was dedicated on November 23, 2015 and includes a second, larger gymnasium outfitted with a much larger theater space as well as a spacious, two-story lobby, additional bathrooms, and a remodeled cafe. Phase two will soon follow, and phase two of this expansion project includes a new Fitness Center that overlooks both gymnasiums, a new band room, an enlarged art room, a beautiful raised terrace on the Southeast side of the building, and a covered colonnade leading to the lobby entrance.
We remain committed to our mission to provide a caring community where students are taught to think biblically, serve effectively, and lead Christ-centered lives.
Our history of success is best demonstrated in the lives of our graduates.
Plumstead Christian School alumni can be found around the globe, and they are the best testament of how effective a Plumstead Christian School education can be. Ninety-eight percent of our graduates go on to college, including some of the most prestigious and demanding colleges in the world. Many of our alumni are pastors, missionaries, musicians, doctors, lawyers, teachers, engineers, entrepreneurs, and most of all, leaders impacting the world for Christ. Some alumni are also current parents of Plumstead Christian School students, passing the baton on to the next generation.