St. Petersburg Christian School

(Published 2010)

spcsimageSt. Petersburg – Since opening its doors 40 years ago, St. Petersburg Christian School has built a strong reputation as a school of academic achievement.

The leadership, faculty and staff of St. Petersburg Christian School are committed to ensuring excellence. It is a lofty goal and one that impacts every facet of the school. As the school’s lead administrator, Steve Knellinger guides the team in their quest to provide the best possible education and environment for the students they serve.

SPCS was nationally recognized in 2003 as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education. The Blue Ribbon award is the highest honor a public or private school in the United States can receive.

“It’s the excellence in curriculum and teaching as well as the wonderful SPCS family, complete with staff, parents, volunteers and our most valuable asset, our precious students, that make our school a ‘one of a kind’ in the St. Petersburg area,” Knellinger said.

A well-balanced curriculum provides ample opportunity for children to develop capability in the arts, athletics and technology. Specialists who meet state certification requirements teach each of these areas.

SPCS serves students in kindergarten through eighth grade, and the students consistently score in the top 10 percent on standardized tests, and the elementary reading and math scores are two grades above grade level. Upon completion of eighth grade, most of the students attend magnet and honors programs in high school.

SPCS is also very active in ministry to its community with participation in community events and food and toy drives for military families and others in need. The students represent more than 120 churches, and they engage in ongoing support of ministry programs worldwide through missionary and other service programs. SPCS extends their work to home-school students, allowing participation in various classes and activities.

While tuition is competitive with that of other private schools with a range between $6,095 and $7,095, the school board allocates more than $250,000 annually in discounts and financial aid to underprivileged students including students who receive Step Up For Students and McKay scholarships.

The SPCS program holds accreditation with the Florida League of Christian Schools, the Association of Christian Teachers and Schools, and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). SPCS is proud to be the only school in Pinellas County to hold all three accreditations.

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The typical scholarship school

Is small in size: The average total enrollment is 161 students.

Serves mostly private-paying students: Step Up students make up an average of 30 percent of total enrollment.

Serves elementary students: About 66 percent in grades K-5.

Is faith-based: Seventy-five percent of the schools are faith-based. The 193 Catholic schools represent the largest single group.