Pella Christian High School

The mission of Pella Christian High School is to educate and nurture each student to serve in God's world
The purpose of Pella Christian High School is to nurture a Christian Community in which parents and staff cooperatively provide quality education based on God's word.
Our aim is to educate students in spiritual, intellectual, physical, social, and emotional dimensions; to prepare students for responsible citizenship in God's kingdom; to provide a quality, Bible-based education from a Reformed world view which acknowledges Christ's Lordship over all of life; to emphasize each person's worth and communal responsibility; to maintain a staff of committed, competent Christian educators; to involve parents as partners in various aspects of school life; to develop community awareness of the mission and purpose of PCHS; and to promote covenantal Christian education for all Christian families.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked IA School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 302 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $10,700
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Pella Christian High School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Iowa for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
Learning Difference Programs
Dual Language Immersion Program
Secondary Immersion Language
Year Founded
 Blue Ribbon School - Selected in n/a

Student Body

Total Students
302 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 17%
Students by Grade
Pella Christian High School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
19 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
18 students
Number of AP Courses
15 courses
List of Courses Offered
Average ACT score
Classroom Dress Code
jeans, tops, casual dresses

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Grants and scholarships are available including the Iowa Education Savings Account of approximately $7,600 per student.
Admissions Director
Teresa Ulferts



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
11 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Clay Trap, International Club, Knowledge Bowl, Memoirs-Yearbook, Mock Trial

Arts and Music Programs:
Chamber Choir, Forensics, Musical, Pep Band, Play Productions-Fall & Spring

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Intramural Sports

School Notes

History and Mission

Pella Christian High School was founded in 1939, with four teachers and 41 students. The first graduating class of nine students received their diplomas on May 20, 1941.

First located in a two-story home, the student body of Pella Christian High School quickly outgrew the space and relocated to a new building in 1949. Despite a devastating fire in 1964, the school remained in its second location until moving to its current facility in 2008.

Our School

Today Pella Christian High School is located on a 43-acre property on the edge of Pella, Iowa. Modern classrooms, top-of-the-line indoor and outdoor athletic facilities, a beautiful auditorium for showcasing the performing arts, and a variety of exciting programs all contribute to our top-notch education. The board, faculty, and staff adhere to the Reformed worldview that our world belongs to God and our lives are a testimony of thanksgiving and service to Him.


Fully accredited with certified teachers, Pella Christian High School is known for its high academic standards and vibrant student culture. Pella Christian High School provides a liberal arts education with rigorous college prep classes as well as courses in industrial arts, fine arts, and family consumer sciences. AP classes and advanced courses for university credit are also available for those students looking for an extra challenge.

At the beginning of second semester students are able to explore specific areas of interest that may not be possible in a traditional academic setting through a program called Winterim. Winterim includes trips, internships, and classes on a variety of topics.

Pella Christian High School challenges students outside the classroom through debate, student leadership opportunities, and the knowledge bowl.


Participation in athletics is one way of helping students at Pella Christian High School develop patterns of behavior that will prepare them for their futures. Since high school sports create an environment where young athletes are put under pressure, and true character is tested and revealed, coaches have the opportunity to influence how athletes respond to stress and high expectations. Communication, commitment, respect, self-control, and humility are some of the qualities developed through athletics that are valuable tools in God-honoring, life-long service.

Pella Christian High School offers these co-curricular athletics: baseball, basketball, bowling, cheerleading, clay target shooting, cross country, drill team, football, golf, soccer, softball, track and field, tennis, and volleyball.

The Arts

Pella Christian High School`s award-winning music and theater programs aim to provide students with positive, life-changing experiences that will broaden their education and allow them to explore new and unique performances, opportunities, cultures, and repertoire. In addition to speech, drama, band, and choir, students can perform in the marching band, pep band, musicals, plays, and forensic performances and competitions.

Our visual art program enables students to broaden and develop their creative selves. In addition to learning the history of the artistic greats, students can create their own masterpieces through the media, of drawing, painting, sculpting, pottery, 3D design, graphic design, and much more.

Success Stories

We love to witness the accomplishments of our alumni. Pella Christian High School graduates are living testimonies of God`s faithfulness. They are proof that Pella Christian High School completed its task in preparing students for a lifetime of service in this world.

Select list of colleges and universities attended by Pella Christian High School Graduates:
  • Top 10 Schools: Northwestern
  • UniversityTop 30 Schools: University of California Berkeley, University of Southern California, University of Michigan Ann Arbor
  • Top 50 Schools: University of Rochester, University of California Davis, Boston University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Wisconsin Madison
  • Top 100 Schools: Ohio State University, George Washington University, Purdue University, University of Washington, George Washington University, University of Connecticut, University of Pittsburgh, American University, University of Iowa, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Highly ranked Liberal Arts Colleges and Regional Universities: Beloit College, Butler University, Creighton University, Dordt University, Palm Beach Atlantic University, Point Loma Nazarene University
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Pella Christian High School cost?
Pella Christian High School's tuition is approximately $10,700 for private students.
What sports does Pella Christian High School offer?
Pella Christian High School offers 16 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cheering, Cross Country, Dance, Drill Team, Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball and Weightlifting. Pella Christian High School is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in Iowa for most sports offered.
What is Pella Christian High School's ranking?
Pella Christian High School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Iowa for: Highest percentage of faculty with advanced degrees, Most AP courses offered, Most sports offered and Most extracurriculars offered.
When is the application deadline for Pella Christian High School?
The application deadline for Pella Christian High School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

School Reviews

My education at Pella Christian High School helped me become who I am today. Without the strong academic foundation I received at PCHS, with the help of quality teachers in a safe learning environment, I don't believe I would have accomplished all that I did in the years following.
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked IA School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 302 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $10,700
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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