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Peoples Christian Academy (PCA)
Peoples Christian Academy (PCA)
245 Renfrew Drive, Markham, Ontario, L3R 6G3
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Peoples Christian Academy (PCA)

Peoples Christian Academy (PCA)

245 Renfrew Drive, Markham, Ontario, L3R 6G3

Grades (Gender):
Preschool to 12 (Coed)
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
15 to 20
Day: 430 (Gr. PS - 12)

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245 Renfrew Drive, Markham, Ontario, L3R 6G3
374 Sheppard Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario, M2N 3B6



About this school:


Nurture + Challenge. Leadership + Stewardship. Integrity + Creativity. Truth + Faith. PCA students in Grades 3 and 5 consistently score a grade or two above national norms on Canadian Achievement Tests (CAT). For the Ontario Grade 10 Literacy Tests, 96% were successful. Join us as we celebrate our 45th anniversary with our dedicated and caring Christian faculty, building an education environment that inspires wisdom, clarity and purpose. Please contact us for a school tour and discover why our students excel!

The Our Kids review of Peoples Christian Academy (PCA)

our takeThere is a great range of approach within Christian education, from those that have chapel in the morning and little more, to those that weave Christian teaching and principles throughout the curriculum and the life of the school. PCA is very much the latter, a place where Christianity informs the entire school experience, and the delivery and the content of the curriculum. This is the school for students for whom the veracity of their faith is tantamount to who they are and the way the wish to learn; faith and fidelity to scripture are at the fore within PCA. The strength of the academic program is evident through decades of academic success. The school is on the larger side of the mean in Canada, and the benefits of that size are seen in the breadth of curricular and extracurricular programs that are on offer. The ideal student is one who is able to thrive in a challenging environment, and who is preparing to advance to university.

Principal's Message


David Broomer, Principal

Welcome to Peoples Christian Academy,

In the education marketplace we know that some schools possess features that set them apart. Here are a number of strengths which help make Peoples Christian Academy distinct: a faith-based curriculum; a proven track record in educational advancement; a strong French program, starting in JK; a global and local focus of demonstrating care for the disadvantaged; a pre-K program, an all-grade program; a school community that is growing in size and in diversity.

We'd love to have you visit us in person.


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional

What PCA says: Peoples Christian Academy, for considerations of scope and sequence, generally follows the curriculum guidelines of the Ministry of Education for Ontario. Performance targets for the various disciplines are met (and in some cases exceeded) at each grade level.

  • Approach:
    Focus Religious-based
    Academic Christian

    If you want to learn more about faith-based education, check out our comprehensive guide.
    If you want to learn more about Christian education, check out our comprehensive guide.

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Equal Balance

      These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  

    • What PCA says: This information is not currently available.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.

    Early Reading Phonics-intensive

      Systematic-phonics programs teach young children to read by helping them to recognize and sound out the letters and syllables of words. Students are then led to blend these sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. While other reading programs might touch on phonetics (either incidentally or on a “when needed” basis), systematic phonics teaches phonics in a specific sequence, and uses extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.
      Learn about the different early reading approaches  

    • What PCA says: This information is not currently available.

    • DIBELS Testing: This school does not use DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

    • What PCA says: This information is not currently available.

    Writing Systematic approach

      The systematic approach to teaching beginner writing focuses on directly imparting explicit sentence construction strategies, along with planning, revising, and editing skills. Students are asked to learn these explicit strategies and skills and practice them before applying them in more holistic writing assignments. Grammar and parts of sentences tend to have a central role in systematic writing instruction.
      Learn about the different writing approaches  

    • What PCA says: This information is not currently available.

    Science Equal Balance

      Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.
      Learn about the different science approaches  

    • Teaching approach: This information is not currently available.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

    Literature Traditional

      In traditional literature programs students focus on decoding the mechanics of texts: plot, characterization, and themes. These texts tend to include a balance of contemporary and “classic” literature. When studying a past work, students investigate its historical context -- but only insofar as this adds understanding to the work itself. Past works are therefore studied “on their own terms”, and not merely as historical artifacts to be deconstructed: traditional literature programs are firmly rooted in the humanities, and carry the belief that great literature can reveal fundamental and universal truths about the human condition. These programs emphasize class discussions and critical essay writing, and aim to develop in students critical thinking, communication skills, and a cultivated taste and ethos.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  

    • What PCA says: This information is not currently available.

    Social Studies Core Knowledge

      Usually focused on teaching history and geography at an early age, the core knowledge approach uses story, drama, reading, and discussion to teach about significant people, places, and events. Breadth of content and knowledge is emphasized. The curriculum is often organized according to the underlying logic of the content: history might be taught sequentially, for example (as students move through the grades).
      Learn about the different social studies approaches  

    • What PCA says: This information is not currently available.

    Humanities and Social Sciences Equal Balance

      These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  

    • What PCA says: This information is not currently available.

    Foreign Languages Equal Balance

      These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  

    • What PCA says: This information is not currently available.

    • Studying a foreign language is required until:   10
    • Languages Offered: • French

    Fine Arts Equal Balance

      These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  

    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

    • What PCA says: This information is not currently available.

    Computers and Technology Medium integration

      Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  

    • What PCA says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What PCA says: Physical Education is taught throughout all grade levels. A fair amount of emphasis is given to healthy living and personal fitness as a means to be at ones best for one's personal well-being and for the glory of God.

    Religious Education
    • Approach to teaching religious and secular curricula

      Completely segregated
      Mostly segregated
      Completely integrated
      Mostly integrated
      Not applicable
    • Approach to teaching religion

      Scripture as literal
      Scripture as interpretive
    • What PCA says: Peoples Christian Academy espouses a biblical orthodoxy as a guide to the meaning of life and adheres to a firm belief in the authority of the Scriptures.

    Advanced Placement Courses
    • AP Calculus AB
    • AP Macroeconomics
    • AP Microeconomics

    Sex and Health Education
    Topics covered in sex and health education: This information is not currently available.

    What PCA says: This information is not currently available.

    Mostly value-neutral

    By and large, we teach sex education free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. We try not to impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on our students when teaching sex and related issues.

    Fairly value-based

    Sex education is sometimes taught from a particular moral or ethical standpoint. Sometimes particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) are invoked when teaching sex and related issues.


    This includes a range of positions. A traditional approach might, for example, go as far as emphasizing the nuclear family and complete abstinence from sex before marriage. Alternatively, this approach might simply involve placing less emphasis on sex outside of the context of marriage and more emphasis on abstinence. Or finally, it might just involve focusing less on sex outside of the context of marriage.


    This might mean more emphasis is placed on the importance of such things as social equality, diversity, and choice in sex education.

    What PCA says: Sex Education is taught, beginning in Grade 6, in conjunction with Physical and Health Education and is presented from a position of biblical morality.

    Preschool/K Curriculum Academic

    • Play-based
    • Montessori
    • Waldorf
    • Reggio Emilia
    • Academic

    Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.

    If you want to learn more about preschool education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also read our in-depth answers to important preschool questions: What is preschool? What are the main preschool programs? What are the main pros and cons of preschool? What do children learn in preschool? How much does preschool cost?  What makes for a great preschool?

    What PCA says: Our approach is academic with a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills.

    Curriculum Pace Standard-enriched

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

    Flexible pacing:

    Flexible pacing style = offered
    Subject-streaming (tracking)
    Multi-age classrooms as standard
    Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
    Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
    Regular guided independent study opportunities
    Differentiated assessment

    What PCA says about flexible pacing: Each teacher is encouraged to make provision for differentiated learning.

    Academic Culture Rigorous

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

    What PCA says: This information is not currently available.

    Developmental Priorities Spiritual, Intellectual

    Primary Developmental Priority: Spiritual
    Individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith, and respect for God or a higher power.

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Intellectual
    Academically strong, creative, and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions.

    What PCA says: This information is not currently available.

    Special Needs Support Limited


    PCA offers limited support for students with learning difficulties or special needs.

    • Academic Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties

    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    No Support

    PCA does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.

    Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.

    Recess Policy

    Non-lunch recessFrequency
    Lunch recessAmount

    What PCA says: This information is not currently available.


    What PCA says:
    • Extra-curricular activities allow students to apply the knowledge and skills attained in class work to be exercised in a more enriched environment. This not only applies within team sports, but also for the purpose of leadership and giving through missionary endeavours. PCA has a variety of programs that allows a wide choice for the student body.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Downhill skiing
      Ice Hockey
      Ice Skating
      Track & Field
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Chess Club
      Community Service
      Debate Club
      Drama Club
      Foreign Language Club
      Jazz Ensemble
      Math Club
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Poetry/Literature club
      Robotics club
      School newspaper
      Science Club
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    Day (Domestic: in province)$10,140


    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    Full payment all students2%
    2nd child (sibling)Day (Domestic: in province)$7,590
    3rd child (sibling)Day (Domestic: in province)$6,070
    4th child (sibling)Day (Domestic: in province)$3,035

    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.

    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Total enrollment 430
    Average enrollment per grade27
    Gender (grades)Preschool to 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution:

    Day Enrollment483039352833232325242329192825



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    InterviewJK - 12
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    What PCA says:

    Families are invited to contact the school for full information, as well as schedule an appointment for a personal tour.  Applications are received throughout the year.  The submission date will be noted and families will be contacted to begin the acceptance process on a first come, first served basis.  The actual interview date will generally fall after the school's re-registration deadline (February).  The application must be fully completed and be supported by the required documents such as report cards or transcripts.  Upon the completion of the interview a student would be accepted based on meeting all the requirements of enrollment.  The family would then need to fulfill financial obligations to secure a placement for their child. 


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student Peoples Christian Academy (PCA) is looking for: As a Christian school we would be looking for families/students who are in support of our Mission Statement, which is based on the basic tenets of Christianity. Students need to be diligent, respectful, and caring individuals. We understand that students are individuals and these attributes will develop over time.

    Student Entry Points

    Student TypePSJKSK123456789101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)

    University Placement

    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size30
    *Canadian "Big 6" placements25
    **Ivy+ placements4

    *Number of students in 2015 who attended one of McGill, U of T, UBC, Queen's University, University of Alberta, or Dalhousie University.

    **Number of students since 2005 that attended one of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, Oxford or Cambridge (UK)

    What Peoples Christian Academy (PCA) says:

  • PCA desires to give a level of education that all graduates will have opportunity to attend a post-secondary school of their choice. Though many choose to stay within the Canadian university community, we have had grads attending schools in the United States, including Ivy League schools, as well as other international universities. The key is to ensure the graduates have the greatest possible school choice. In addition, many of our graduates have received significant scholarships.

  • Notable Alumni

    Alumnus Graduation Year Accomplishment
    Dr. Jean Chamberlain-Froese 1984 Founding director of Save the Mothers and founder and director of McMaster University’s International Women’s Health Program. Member of the Order of Canada.

    Alumni Highlights

    • PCA alumna receives Order of Canada. Learn more here: http://www.peopleschristianacademy.ca/jean-chamberlain-froese/

    Stories & Testimonials


    Why does my family travel over an hour in each direction just to drive our kids to Peoples Christian Academy?

    Why does my family travel over an hour in each direction just to drive our kids to Peoples Christian Academy?

    Last year, my son was in a disastrous situation at a public school.  On a regular basis, he either had gotten off the school bus and was left alone looking for an unlocked door to get to his kindergarten classroom, or in the evenings, he would be left helpless at the playground unable to find his correct school bus. This had continued for 6 months, until an old bus driver alerted me of her observation--that it was the school's (not my son’s) fault that he was repeatedly left unattended – nobody cares!

    Furthermore, my son frequently returned home from his old school with art work celebrating Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and Bahá'í’s faith days or themes.  He countered my teachings on heaven with the curriculum-enforced concept of reincarnation, yet Christianity was never presented. Christmas was only about Frosty the Snowman or Santa and his reindeer.

    In the past half year at PCA, however, the tide has changed.  Now, he comes home with Bible verses and interesting materials that have helped him to learn about spiritual truths.  His reading has improved tremendously; he enjoys music instruction, and he feels safe on the school grounds. Everyone from the office to the after-school program staff show true Christian care.

    L.K. (PCA Parent)


    Something that I was missing in my life.

    When I was at PCA I was not a Christian nor interested in Christianity at all. While I was there, two girls in my class in particular that caught my attention. They seemed to possess something real in their faith with God. I knew they were the real deal. Over the years after leaving PCA, my mind would go back to these individuals who had something that I was missing in my life. When I was in college, I had a profound spiritual experience that forever changed my life and brought me to Christ. Since that time I married my precious Joanne, had four children, and spent twelve years in Japan as a church planter. We are part of a church planting family of churches. We have been involved in this church plant for the last four years and it has been the happiest experience of my life. Tim Kerr ...

    Inspiration and enrichment.

    Some of my dearest friends to this day are the people I went to high school with at Paul B. Smith Academy. Many extremely fine individuals came out of Peoples, some of whom continue to give me inspiration and enrichment both personally and professionally. Nad Barsoum, Class of 1984 Barrister and Solicitor. ...

    Love for Jesus. Love for knowledge.

    Thank you Peoples Christian Academy for creating an environment in which love for Jesus and love for knowledge can be cultivated together to form a whole Christian life. Andrew Adkins, (1975-1987) Missionary Lecturer in Ghana, West Africa ...

    Love for Christian music

    Peoples Christian Academy had a huge impact on me in terms of developing my love for Christian music. Ali Matthews (1973-1980) - Canadian Award-winning Singer/Songwriter ...

    Challenged. Trained. Inspired.

    Peoples Christian Academy is academically strong. It was in these classrooms that my three sons were challenged to reach high, trained to work hard and inspired to think 'outside the box'. Gifted, well qualified and supportive teachers and staff greeted my boys each day. In this caring community, teachers often gave precious time and help beyond the call of duty to their students. Music, drama, tutoring, sports teams, community service and mission trips were all part of the 'extras'. Each of my 'boys' (now men), greatly benefited from these additional helps, enabling them to become more confident, skilled and well rounded as individuals. To my sons as well as my husband and me, it is the long lasting friendships with both staff and fellow student's that has made Peoples school that extra special place for each of us. As a distinctively Christian school, my sons were challenged and inspired to see life through biblical principles and to follow Jesus. Hence, PCA's influence has formed the underpinning of ideas and values that now fuel my children's future. My hope is to encourage you also to give your child a similar opportunity for growth and accomplishment, by sending them to Peoples Christian Academy. We are forever grateful for this school and it's influence in all our lives. Cathy Dunkin (parent) ...


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