Penn Christian Academy

Penn Christian Academy is a  registered, nonpublic, religious school, exempt from state licensure.  The K-6 program is dually accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and The Association of Christian Schools International.  The preschool is currently preparing for full accreditation.  Penn Christian Academy (preschool and elementary) is fully committed to complying with or exceeding benchmarks for state licensure and monitors compliance through accreditation annual reports.

PCA is a leader in providing quality Christian education for families in the North Pittsburgh and Butler County area.  Our vision at Penn Christian Academy is to develop young leaders and scholars who think and act from a Christian worldview.  By experiencing their God-given potential in a stellar academic program, Penn Christian Academy students learn and apply Biblical values and truths that will help them become the leaders of tomorrow.

Just the facts

  • Dual Accreditation-Middle States and ACSI
  • Proven Academic Excellence
  • Qualified, Caring Teachers
  • Individualized Attention
  • Safe, Secure Environment
  • Active Parent Teacher Group
  • Busing from 7 Districts


Penn Christian Academy was founded in 1987 as a Preschool located in North Main Street Church of God in Butler, Pennsylvania.  Due to the success of the preschool program, the school grew into the North Main Christian School in 1994.  The school grew one grade level at a time until it reached sixth grade and outgrew the church facility.  The school engaged in a successful capital campaign and in the spring of 2002, purchased a vacant public school building.  The school’s name was changed to Penn Christian Academy to reflect its new location in Penn Township and its stand-alone location apart from the church (though it continues to be a ministry of North Main Street Church of God).  Significant improvements were made to the newly purchased school building and classes opened on the new campus in the fall of 2002.

The school is governed by a School Board with a maximum membership of ten.  A harmonious relationship exists between the head of school and the Board.  The Board utilizes a “policy governance” approach that permits the head of school to operate the school on a day-to-day basis with the Board addressing the larger issues such as financial review, strategic planning and policy writing.

After, Mrs. Cindy Dodds was hired as the Administrator of the school, she began to develop a compelling vision and mission.  Under Mrs. Dodds’ leadership, Penn Christian Academy follows an ambitious Strategic Plan touching on a wide variety of areas such as facilities, technology and instructional programs.