• History
  • Mission
  • Doctrinal Statement
  • Philosophy Statement
  • Admission
  • PCS Attendance Policy
  • Absent from School / Tardy
  • Mission Material Policy
  • Conduct
  • Procedure for Corrective Discipline of a Major Offense
  • Testing and Grading
  • Credit Requirements
  • Repeating a Grade
  • Report Cards
  • Effort Grades
  • Achievement Test
  • Student Dress Code
  • Parent-Teacher-Student Relationship and Responsibilities
  • Plagiarism
  • Extra Curricular Trip Transportation
  • Finances
  • Physical Education
  • Health and Insurance
  • Text Books and Library Books

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Puebla Christian School held its first classes in January 1967, as a joint effort of the Mexican Indian Mission and the Central American Mission in Puebla. Since that time, the Mexican Indian Mission has merged with the UFM International (newly renamed Crossworld) and the Central American Mission has become CAM International. Those first classes were held in the homes of three families while a suitable building was sought. The primary purpose of PCS remains the same now as in 1967, namely to have an American based system of education for English speaking children of missionaries to train them spiritually, academically, socially and physically. PCS is governed by a local self-perpetuating board.



Puebla Christian School exists to provide Biblically-focused education, with curriculum based on US standards, through a learning environment that promotes holistic growth and academic excellence. We are dedicated to pursuing a spirit of servanthood, integrity in speech and action, and God’s truth. We aspire to glorify God in all we do.



The doctrinal position of the PCS Constitution will be followed. A summary is as follows:

We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, verbally inspired and inerrant in the original manuscripts, and that it is completely sufficient as our rule of faith and practice; that there is one eternal God Who exists in three equal persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit; that man was directly created in the image of God, that he is condemned to spiritual death by his fall into sin, and that the guilt, death and condemnation of sin passes to all men; that the incarnation of Christ is vicarious, His resurrection corporal, and that He ascended to the right hand of the Father; that whoever places his faith in Christ is justified by His blood shed on the cross; that regeneration and positional sanctification are the work of the Holy Spirit carried out the moment one believes in Christ; that the Church is made up of all believers who are baptized into the body of Christ by the Spirit the moment they believe, and that the mission of the Church is to edify the saints and preach the Gospel to the lost; that Christ will return bodily to the earth; that the just and the unjust will be raised, the saved to eternal blessing and the unsaved to eternal punishment.



A well-formulated and biblically based statement of philosophy is the touchstone from which a Christian school’s aims and objectives are derived. The ultimate objective of the Christian school is to glorify God, corporately and individually. In achieving this goal, one must consider the major objectives of the spiritual and moral development of the pupil, his personal and social growth and interaction, his academic achievement and growing worth in service to others. The following statement expresses what Puebla Christian School believes with respect to education and its role as an educational enterprise.

GOD: God is revealed in the Scriptures to be the creator and sustainer of all things, the originator of all knowledge. He is wholly responsible for the existence of all living things. God is the source of all truth and has chosen to reveal Himself to man.

MAN: Man was created by God in His own image with the purpose of reflecting that image in this world. Man rebelled against God and is by nature a sinner without the ability to reflect the nature of God. In Christ Jesus that image has been renewed and man became capable of receiving all of God’s revealed truth, of communing with God, and communicating God to others.

REVELATION: God has revealed Himself to man through the Living Word, Jesus Christ. The Bible is the source book for true knowledge and wisdom, by which we may live. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to integrate the content of each subject in the curriculum with the truth revealed in the Scriptures. Jesus Christ is the perfect manifestation of God, and it is only through receiving Him as Savior that one can be personally related to God. He is the personification of the knowledge and wisdom of God and the perfect example to the believer for living a life pleasing to God.

PROCESS: What we believe about God, man, and how God has revealed Himself to man causes us to seek a truly Biblical correlation in every subject area. The Holy Spirit is God’s agent to teach and guide parents, teachers and pupils into all truth and bring each one into conformity to God’s revealed will. This is true reality – not material and temporal, but spiritual and eternal.



To enter the first grade, a student must be six years old by September 1 of that year. The School Board, in consultation with the staff and administration and taking into consideration entry test results, will determine acceptance of the child. The administration reserves the right to place a student in the class best suited to his/her needs. Since all work is done in English, a child must be able to speak English well. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for children of missionaries. An application form and a health form must be filled out for each child.



1. We expect that all children will be in school every school day (which includes the PCS camp held in the spring). Parents must recognize the importance of their child’s regular attendance and endeavor to NOT schedule activities requiring absences. Student absence negatively affects the classroom dynamic and causes extra work for teachers, students, and parents.

2. Vacations and border trips should be arranged to coincide with the school calendar. Doctor and dentist appointments should be scheduled to create minimal conflict with daily attendance. If at all possible, they should be scheduled in the afternoon so as not to conflict with attendance.

3. ALL WORK missed during any type of absence must be completed and turned in to the classroom teacher. Students are responsible to check with their teachers for missed assignments.

4. Make-up for any excused absence is the length of the absence plus one day following the date of return up to five school days. After the deadline, work will be graded down at the rate of one letter grade per day.

5. Excused absences are primarily for such cases as: personal illness, ministry, or a death in the family. The graduation or wedding of a family member plus necessary travel time may also be an excused absence.

6. Two excused absences will be given each year for personal reasons. No reason for the absence must be given to the school. Parents must notify the office of the personal day absence. Personal days cannot be taken during the last week of school.

7. Excused or unexcused absences will be determined by the principal after consultation with the parents based on the above guidelines.

8. No more than five excused absences shall be granted per semester for ministry, graduations, weddings, and personal days without special permission from the board. These excused absences cannot be “carried-over” to later semesters.

9. In cases of excessive absenteeism, the parents will be requested to appear before the school board for consultation. Excessive absenteeism is defined as being absent more than a total of eight times per quarter. Abuses in absenteeism will be taken into consideration for continued enrollment in PCS. Illness may be taken into account by the board in cases of excessive absenteeism. 

10. In cases where the student knows in advance that he/she will be absent, assignments may be provided by the teacher. Students are responsible to communicate their absence to their teachers and ask for their work ahead of time. It is required that the parent give one week advance notice to the office and the teacher for any planned excused absences for the absence to be excused.

11. In cases of unexcused absences, truancy, or suspension, ALL WORK must be made up. There will be a grade reduction of 2% for the first day and 1½% for each additional day taken off the 9-week grade in which the absence occurs. Students will be granted one day after the date of return to make up the work. If work is not made up by this time, a grade of zero will be entered.



1. The school expects a phone call from the parent or guardian on the morning of the absence as to the reason for the absence and may require written verification upon returning to school. The absence may be ruled as unexcused if the school is not notified. Classes will be conducted as if all students were present.

2. Absence for any part of the first 10 minutes of a day is considered a tardy. If a student must be absent from school, up to 3 hours absence will be considered a ½ day’s absence. Any period over three hours is considered a full day’s absence.

3. Any student more than ten minutes late to a class will be considered absent for the period.

4. 7th-12th grade tardy policy

a. Students will be allowed three un-penalized tardies per nine week period in each class.

b. After the fourth tardy in any one class, and for each subsequent tardy in that class, students will have 1.5% deducted from their quarter grade in that class.

c. Upon being tardy for the sixth time total (across the board – not in one specific class) in a nine week period, students will receive a one day suspension and will not be allowed to come to school.

d. Upon being tardy for the seventh time total (across the board – not in one specific class) in a nine week period, students will appear before the board to discuss possible expulsion.

e. Upon being tardy for the 16th time in a full school year, students will appear before the board to discuss possible expulsion.

            5. 1st-6th grade tardy policy

                   a. Upon being tardy for the fourth time in one nine week period, the principal

       will send a letter home to the student’s parents.

       b. Upon being tardy for the sixth time in a nine week period, parents will be required

       to meet with the principal.

       c. Upon being tardy for the eighth time in a nine week period, the student will be

       suspended for one day and will not be allowed to come to school.

       d. Upon being tardy for the ninth time in a nine week period, the student’s parents

       will be required to come before the board to discuss possible expulsion.




If a student comes to class without the materials he needs, he will be given a tardy. If the materials are in his locker, he may be allowed to retrieve them.



Because of the Christian philosophy of the school, it is essential that the conduct of staff and students be in accordance with Biblical principles. Students are expected to obey the regulations of the school and of the individual classroom. While in class, students are expected to give full and undivided attention to the subject matter. Suspension or expulsion may result from continual or serious violation of the rules.



Major offenses are defined as cases of blatant disrespect, disobedience, or a lack of cooperation.



1. In cases of the above, the teacher should remove the student from the classroom and personally take the student to the office. The student is to be left in the charge of the principal or other responsible person with an explanation of the offense.

2. The principal will talk with the student to hear his/her side of the matter, asking questions about specifics and taking notes of the student’s explanation of the problem.

3. The principal will speak with the teacher in private to gain the teacher’s description of what has taken place in the classroom.

4. The principal makes a decision on the kind of corrective discipline that is to be administered based on his understanding of the problem after listening to the student and the teacher.

5. The principal will inform the parents that the student has been removed from the classroom, about his conversations with the student and teacher, his conclusions about the matter and the corrective discipline that is to be administered beginning that day.

6. The student may be held after school for corrective discipline a maximum of one hour per day.

7. The principal will work with the student in a process of restoration with God, himself, the teacher and the parents. He will help him develop personal goals to grow in the area of weakness. Communication and/or counseling with the student will continue as needed.

8. The principal and/or teacher will document the incident and place the documentation in the student’s academic file. The form should be signed by the principal, any involved teachers, and the student to demonstrate understanding of the incident.  


NOTE: In certain flagrant cases, the principal in consultation with the school board chairman or vice chairman reserves the right to exercise an out of school suspension or expulsion.



1. The student will be removed from the classroom. Steps one through three will be repeated as in the first offense.

2. The principal will contact the parents to inform them that the student has again been removed from the classroom. A meeting will be scheduled for later that day (if possible) between the parents, the student, the teacher and the principal to discuss the corrective discipline that will be administered. The principal will warn the student and parents about possible expulsion should a third major offense occur.

3. The student will be suspended for one day. The day will be classified as an unexcused absence and the relevant policies about grades and make up work will apply.

4. The principal will help the student through the restoration process as in step seven above.

5. The principal and/or teacher will document the incident and place the documentation in the student’s academic file. The form should be signed by the principal, any involved teachers, the student’s parent, and the student to demonstrate understanding of the incident.  



1.     On the third offense the same procedure will be followed as in the case of the second offense, steps one and two. The corrective discipline will consist of a one to three day suspension or expulsion (depending on the severity of the situation) from all classes and PCS activities.

2.     If the student is expelled, the student will not be allowed to attend classes and PCS activities until at least the end of the present school year. In order for the student to return to PCS, it will be necessary for parents to reapply for admission. Before readmission is granted, the school board will require good evidence of a changed heart on the part of the student.

3.     If the student is suspended, following the suspension, the student and parents will be required to appear before a special meeting of the school board for restoration to normal participation in school classes and activities. The board will warn the student and parents about impending expulsion should the offense be repeated a fourth time.




1. On the fourth offense, the same procedure will be followed as in the case of the second offense steps one and two. Should the problem come to this point, the student will be expelled from classes and PCS activities for a minimum of four weeks or until the end of the current semester, whichever is longer.

2. In order for the student to return to PCS, it will be necessary for parents to reapply for admission. Before readmission is granted, the school board will require good evidence of a changed heart on the part of the student.





Grade Scale:             Grade:                        Percent:

A+                           97-100

A                             93-96.9

A-                            90-92.9

B+                           87-89.9

B                             83-86.9

B-                            80-82.9

C+                           77-79.9

C                             73-76.9

C-                            70-72.9

D+                           67-69.9

D                             63-66

D-                           60-62.9

F                             0-59.9

I                           incomplete




The following high school credits shall be required for graduation from PCS:


4 English

3 Math (with Algebra 1 being the lowest level)

3 Social Studies

3 Science (Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry or Physics)

1/2 Health

1/2 Computer Skills

1 Physical Education

1 Choir or Fine Arts

4 Electives

1 Bible credit for each year attending PCS


Students shall receive one credit for a year-long course and half of a credit for a semester-long course. For courses which last the entire school year, the student must complete the entire course with a passing grade in order to receive credit; no credit will be given for completing only one semester. Missionary students transferring to PCS in the middle of the year may receive a half credit for previously completed semesters. PCS reserves the right to deny transfer credit for entering high school students. Courses for which a student may receive transfer credit are expected to be equivalent to PCS courses; the principal will make the final determination of equivalence. Students must attend at least two semesters, including their final semester, at PCS in order to receive a diploma. Exceptions may be made for missionary students arriving in Puebla for the second semester of their senior year.




A score below the 30th percentile compared to national scores on the Stanford Achievement Test Basic Battery could be grounds for retaining a 1st-8th grade student. Similarly, a grade of N or D (or lower) in two of the student’s math, reading, and language/writing courses (for 1st-6th grade students) or in any two classes (for 7th-8th grade students) could also be considered grounds for retention. The final decision will be made by the principal after consultation with the teacher and consideration of the above criteria. High school students will have to repeat any course for which they receive an average grade of F for the year.  



Report cards shall be given four times a year. Grades for students in grades 1 and 2 will be: “O” (Outstanding), “S” (Satisfactory), and “N” (Needs Improvement). Students in grades three and up will be graded on the aforementioned (A-F) scale for academic subjects and “O”, “S”, or “N” for skills and general development. The yearly average of grades will be recorded on the student’s cumulative file.



Teachers will evaluate a child’s effort in each class or subject. In many respects this evaluation is more important than academic grades because it shows whether or not a student is striving to achieve.

The letters assigned for effort grade are:

O. Working up to full capacity.

S. Satisfactory effort.

N. Not achieving to capacity – not making satisfactory effort.



Students will be given achievement and/or diagnostic tests in the spring.



BASIS: Philippians 4:8

“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.”



Since properly attired students lend themselves to better deportment and a studious attitude, the following principles are put forth:

1. Dress and grooming are inappropriate if they attract undue attention to the outward appearance, thus detracting from the internal reflection of Christ.

2. Dress and grooming styles are to be distinctly masculine or feminine reflecting a wholesome appreciation for God’s creative plan.

3. Immodesty in dress is incompatible with the concept of the Christian as one who is indwelt by the Holy Spirit, God Himself.

4. Self-respect and school pride make sloppy or overly casual attire inappropriate. Respect for others requires that elaborate or showy dress be avoided.



1. All clothing must fit properly, be clean, be modest, and be in good repair.

2. Both boys and girls are to wear a polo style shirt. This may be long or short sleeved and of any color or pattern. Shirts should not be overly big or sloppy, neither should they be too tight or short (midriff covered when hands are raised over head).

3. When wearing outer wear such as coats, jackets, sweatshirts, sweaters, etc. proper dress code clothing must be worn underneath.

4. Both boys and girls may wear pants or shorts that are of jean, khaki, or dress pant material. Shorts must touch the top of the kneecap when standing. Girls may also wear capris, skirts, or skorts that at least come to the knee when standing. Dresses or skirts with slits or other styles must not come higher than the top of the knee. All pants should fit properly and not have any rips, tears, or holes.

5. Shoes or sandals are to be worn at all times. Those designed to be worn with shoelaces must be laced and tied.

6. Swim attire worn at all PCS activities must be modest. (Camp, beach trip, fall picnic, etc.) At no time will bikini style swimwear be acceptable for girls or boys. All swim attire, whether a one or two piece suit, must provide modest coverage. (If two piece, both pieces must meet.) Any swimsuit considered unacceptable by the adult sponsor of the outing must have a non see-through hip-length type t-shirt over it. Any student who does not have an acceptable swimsuit or appropriate cover will not be allowed to participate in the water activity of the group.

7. Hair is to be neat, clean, and combed.

Girls: No weird styles or unnatural colors

Boys: No weird cuts, unnatural colors, or long hair (not touching the collar or covering the ears); must be clean-shaven

8. No body piercing permitted except for girls’ ears.

9. No hats are to be worn in classes or in the school building.

10. P.E. dress – Modest shorts and t-shirts without tears or holes may be worn. (No cut-off shirts, tank tops, undershirts, muscle shirts, or short tops) All students must wear tennis shoes and socks.

11. School Functions: (banquets, concerts, trips, etc.) Students must be in dress code unless otherwise indicated by the leader/director of the activity



ANY faculty member may exercise authority with regard to the dress code. In case of a dispute, the principal is the final authority. For each offense, the parents will be informed of the violation with a note that the students must return to school signed.

1. For the first offense, the student will be notified as to the specific problem.

2. For the second offense in the same semester, the student will be assigned after school detention or a monetary fine.

3. For the third offense in the same semester, the student will serve in-school detention until his/her parents bring the appropriate clothing to school.

4. For the fourth offense in the same semester, the student will serve a 1-day suspension.

5. For the fifth offense in the same semester, the student and his/her parents must appear before the board for further disciplinary action.





If at any time you wish a conference with the principal or a teacher, an appointment may be arranged by calling the school office. If it becomes evident to a teacher that a child needs extra help on a limited basis, it is the responsibility of the parent to arrange tutoring after consultation with the teacher. Teachers are not obligated to tutor students.



Parents are encouraged to cooperate fully with the staff in carrying out the objectives of the school:

1. Pray regularly for the staff and program of the school.

2. Lay a solid foundation through godly example in the home.

3. Give of time, skill and labor in improving the school as the occasion demands.

4. Cooperate with the staff in discipline.

5. See that the children’s homework is faithfully done.

6. Arrange transportation so that students arrive on time and leave promptly.

7. Be sure children have adequate snack/lunch.

8. See that children with fevers are kept at home and not sent to school.

9. Notify office of reasons for absences or tardiness.

10. Cooperate in teaching children to respect the staff and school property. Damage caused by misuse of any school property by a student will be charged to the parents.

11. Feel free to communicate frequently with the classroom teacher. If the situation is deemed necessary, the principal should be notified.

12. Participate as necessary in extra curricular activities such as field trips and parties.

13. Attend school functions.

14. Be positive in your discussion of the staff and school programs, especially in the presence of children.



A. Academic Expectations

1. Students are expected to do all work assigned to the best of their abilities.

2. Students are expected to turn in work on time. There will be an academic penalty for work handed in late according to the discretion of the teacher.

3. Students are expected to consult with the teacher to determine make-up work assignments.

B. Behavior

1. General Areas:

a. Respect: A high level of respect is expected of all students in their relationship with staff and administration. Students will address all staff members and administration by proper title (Mr., Mrs., Miss, Aunt, Uncle.). Students will not use disrespectful language in speaking to or about staff members, administration, or other students.

b. Obedience: Obedience, as reflected in a submissive heart to authority, is required of all students to PCS rules in general and to the classroom rules of each individual instructor. It is important that first time obedience is taught and upheld.

c. Cooperation: Students will demonstrate a cooperative attitude of respecting, obeying, and carrying through with all that is required or asked of them.

2. School rules: School rules are to be obeyed at all times. Failure to do so will result in corrective action.

a. The use of alcohol, tobacco, or drugs is prohibited for all PCS students at any time, and is grounds for suspension or expulsion.

b. No gum is to be chewed on school grounds at any time.

c. No candy, soda pop, or food is to be taken into the library.

d. During class time no candy, soda pop, or food is to be taken into the classroom. Exceptions may be made by the teacher.

e. Care should be taken with all glass containers brought into the building. Any bottles broken must be cleaned up by the person(s) who broke them. Returnable glass bottles must be returned immediately.

f. No knives or weapons of any kind are allowed on school property.

g. Students are not to use cell phones, iPods, or any other portable electronic devices during school hours without specific permission from the principal except outside the gate during lunch. Students violating this rule will have the device confiscated, and it may not be retrieved except by a parent, who will also be required to pay a $5 USD fine.

h. Students are not to use Facebook or any other non-school related websites during school hours, or to display any inappropriate pictures, on any computer at school. This includes both school computers and personal laptops brought from home. Students found in violation of this rule will be restricted from computer use on school grounds until a time to be determined by the principal.

i. Students will observe proper manners and courtesy in the classroom.

j. Students will seek to maintain the highest of standards in their speech and conduct. Therefore the use of inappropriate language, profanity, crude gestures, dirty jokes or innuendos is not permitted.

k. No inappropriate physical contact between students of the opposite sex is permitted on PCS property or at PCS activities. This includes, but is not limited to, back rubs, holding hands, hugging/kissing of any kind (except as part of a brief, traditional greeting upon arrival or departure), or any other prolonged contact.

l. Students will be respectful of the personal property of others and of all school property.

m. Students will transfer from one class to another in an orderly manner. This includes times spent in the hall, by the lockers, and in the classrooms themselves.

n. No running on PCS property unless during fruit break or during lunch hour in the patio when approved by the supervisor. Elementary students need some degree of “letting off energy,” but 7th through 12th grade are not to run on PCS property. This includes the hall, the stairs, and the patio.

o. Use of the school phone is permitted only under staff supervision. Calls for social reasons are not to be made on the school phone. Students are required to pay the established amount for each phone call.

p. At lunch time, with the exception of a planned adult supervised activity, students are to be in their designated areas.

q. Students are expected to behave in all situations so as to give a good Christian testimony.

r. After school elementary students are not permitted to cross the street to go to the store or visit with friends until their parents arrive.

C. Attendance:

1. The school day is from 8:00 AM to 2:48 PM. Parents are responsible for transportation to and from school.

2. Students should arrive at least five minutes before the start of school.

3. Students should not arrive more than 20 minutes before the start of school at 8:00 A.M.

4. Students are to leave promptly at the end of the day. Parents should pick up their children by 3:00 P.M. If for some reason a parent in charge cannot do so, the school must be notified immediately.

5. Students are permitted in the school building only during regular school hours, for scheduled school functions, or as requested by a staff member.

6. Parents or guardians of children traveling to and from school are responsible for their safety and behavior while en route.



Plagiarism is a serious academic problem.  Plagiarism is defined by the American College Dictionary as “copying or imitating the original language, ideas, and thought of another author and passing off the same as one’s own original work.”  This problem is compounded by the use of the internet.  Teachers will require thorough documentation of sources used in student research.  Plagiarism will NOT be tolerated in any form in any class assignment.  Consequence will be as follows:


1st offense: a grade of “0” received on the assignment; conference with student, parents, teacher, and principal

2nd offense: a failing grade in the quarter for the class in which the second offense occurred

3rd offense: student and parents appear before the school board to discuss student’s expulsion from school.



PCS students have long enjoyed the weekend camping trips and beach trips put on by the school.  These trips, however, cannot happen without the support of parents and PCS family, for transportation help, chaperones, etc.  The PCS administration will require that sufficient transportation and chaperone staff is arranged at least two weeks prior to any trip, or will be forced to cancel the trip.  PCS can only use school vehicles, vehicles driven by their owners, or vehicles covered by a rental agreement.



Parents are responsible for all material needs of their children. All monthly payments are due by the 10th of each month and are delinquent after the 10th of each month. All fees are to be paid in US dollars or their current equivalent in pesos.

If an account becomes one month delinquent, the parent will be notified as soon as possible. If their delinquent bill is not paid by the 15th, their child(ren) will be dismissed from school until the bill is paid. All absences will be unexcused. The child(ren) will be reinstated when the delinquent bill is paid.

A registration fee equal to one month’s tuition for the following school year is due by the last day of school. Failure to pay the registration or to make arrangements for payment by the last day of school will result in a $50 USD per child late fee. For incoming families who do not pay by the last day of school, the late fee will be $20 USD per child. If a special order for the student’s materials needs to be made and the cost exceeds the amount the family pays in late fees, the difference will be covered by the family.



An important part of the school program is physical education. If for any reason a child cannot participate, when the program is provided, please send a note to the school. Otherwise, the child will not be excused from this activity.



A health form, updated yearly, is kept on file for each student. The school carries a limited liability policy on each student for all school-approved activities.



It is recommended that all textbooks and reading books that are not consumable be covered with plastic or another form of covering. Neither textbooks nor library books are to be marked in. The student is responsible for the books he/she is given or has checked out. Parents are charged for the damage or loss of books.