Great Commission Schools

  • An independent, Bible believing Christian school coveringgrades K through 12.
  • The educational process in a Christian school is dependent on aBiblical philosophy which provides the right world view andessential truths for life so that children may be prepared toassume their proper place in the home, the church, and thestate.
  • The mission of Great Commission Schools is to provide aChristian environment in which qualified, skilled, and committedChristian teachers, using a curriculum consistent with a Christianworld view, deliver to students a Christian education of thehighest quality.
  • Great Commission Schools are committed to providing Christianeducation to the largest possible segment of the community.
  • We believe that no child should be denied a Christian educationbecause of a lack of financial resources.
  • Thus, Great Commission Schools are organized as a true missionto the community founded on the principle of Mark.
  • We are able to serve the greater Altoona area and providequality, safe, Bible oriented Christian education to children froma broader spectrum of backgrounds while maintaining adequatediscipline and a comfortable learning environment.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
Mid Atlantic Christian Schools Association (MACSA)
Religious AffiliationChristian
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedLow to mild-learning differences
Year Founded1996

Student Body

Total Students111 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade Great Commission Schools Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers17 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size11 students
Number of AP Courses2 courses
Advanced CoursesAP Language, AP Literature, Honors Chemistry
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$4,540
Tuition NotesElementary - $5,100 Middle School - $5,300 High School - $5,500 Scholarships available. Book Fee: $300 Enrollment Fee: $200
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$500
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%


Total Sports Offered4 sports
SportsBasketball, Cheering, Soccer, Track and FieldBasketballCheering,
SoccerTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.6 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Quiz Bowl, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Drama, Ensemble, Fine Arts, Instrument Lessons/Band

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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Duncansville
    Grades: PK-12 | 129 students
    10.5 miles
    925 Blacks Lane
    Duncansville, PA 16635
    10.5 PK-12
  • Altoona
    Grades: 7-12 | 293 students
    1.2 miles
    2400 Pleasant Valley Boulevard
    Altoona, PA 16602
    1.2 7-12
  • Altoona
    Grades: 2-12 | 50 students
    0.8 miles
    600s. Jaggard St.
    Altoona, PA 16602
    0.8 2-12
  • Altoona
    Grades: 1-12 | 28 students
    0.1 miles
    1012 8th Ave
    Altoona, PA 16602
    0.1 1-12
  • Cresson
    Grades: PK-8 | 152 students
    10.6 miles
    220 Powell Ave
    Cresson, PA 16630
    10.6 PK-8

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
Both of our children have and currently do attend GCS. I could not be more pleased with the education that they have received. Not only is the curriculum well balanced, but the teachers, administration, and lunch department truly show love and care towards the students. The athletics and drama departments do a phenomenal job every year. Our family has been truly blessed by attending GCS.
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GCS was the perfect place for our children! They have gone on to college and success in the workplace! We are truly thankful for the faculty and staff that loved and cared for our children during their time at GCS! They competed in sports, participated in fine arts programs and received an exceptional education that was partnered with Biblical teaching. I would highly recommend GCS to any family!
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GCS teachers truly care for their students. This is a school with strong academics, great athletics & fine arts, and a family atmosphere. Christian faith and worldview are the focus at GCS. My kids have thrived in the smaller class sizes!
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