We moved schools from Toronto to Markham on the great testimony from good friends who have children in PCA. We are so incredibly thankful that we did. PCA has been a daily blessing to our family. One of our children has graduated from ELC to JK, and we currently have another enrolled in ELC. Not only are the staff kind and caring (which is a hope you have in all daycares), the ELC supersede expectations by also coming alongside parents in the building up of children in the Lord. They do this with a spirit of accountability that you rarely see in any other academic institutions; the staff nurture and love, teach, correct, and encourage - and we are constantly amazed at the level of care they provide. PCA feels like an extension of our church family; we feel like that is the case because the of the culture of "living together as a church family" that comes from the leadership of the school.
If you are considering PCA, know that your children will grow here: physically (my picky 3 year old eats so well here!), mentally (Montessori-like learning) emotionally and spiritually. Enrolling our children at PCA has been one of the best decisions we have ever made, and we would recommend it to any parent in a heartbeat.
S. and L. Ho
I am a PCA lifer (I went to this school from K-12)! Not only has this school taught me about following Jesus, it has also given me several opportunities to practically live out following Jesus.  I had opportunities to serve my local community and also go abroad on short-term mission trips to Senegal, Africa, Chiang Mai, Thailand, and Tijuana, Mexico.  These experiences let me see what missionaries do on the field and inspired me to follow suit.  One of my favourite things about PCA, however, is the teachers who invested in me, mentored me, and walked with me.  I would not be who I am without them, so to those teachers who have also become my friends, thank you for seeing potential in me, being patient with me, and never being short of encouragement for me.
Dorothy Yeung
I enjoyed being taught in the Middle School and the teachers have inspired me to continue learning with an open and positive mind.  I appreciate all the hard work of the teachers, it means so much to me.
Middle School Graduate
Thank you for your hard work through the school year.  My daughter had a wonderful year.  We are so grateful that she had many wonderful teachers in the Middle School.
Middle School Parent
Thank you very much for maintaining a close connection with me and my friends.  We enjoy the friendly conversations in the hallways.  I am so grateful for the teachers' presence in my life, for their kindness and friendship.
Middle School Graduate
Thanks for your prayers and love for our family.  We have felt the love and care the teachers have for us.
Middle School Parent
Thanks for all the advice and counselling... the teachers have been a very important part of my life.  I can't thank them enough for all they taught me about various subjects, faith, life and everything else in between.
Middle School Graduate
Words will never be able to express how much Middle School has changed my life.  I know the teachers would do anything for us.  My personality was influenced by my class and by the teachers.  Thanks for being our teachers and friends!
Middle School Graduate
I have been at PCA for almost 11 years.  Middle is the transition from Junior to Senior School.  The teachers in the Middle School are amazing, kind, caring and have a great sense of humour.  It is a place where we can freely develop ourselves and find our passions.  Sometimes, I even wanted to fail Middle School in order to stay there.  Now I am in Senior School, but I always visit my Middle School teachers because they communicate with the students and care about them so much.  They are more than teachers, they are my friends and my mentors.  Middle School is almost like my family, my home, and a place where I can find happiness!
Middle School Graduate
PCA nurtured so many spiritual leaders who are now serving in churches (including our church) and other places of the world.  Our kids also got strong and solid Christian education here.
Priscilla and Jonathan (PCA Parents)
PCA contributed to my life in huge ways, most of all by teaching me the unfiltered truths of God unashamedly, sending me across the world to share the Gospel with those who have never heard it and modeling for me what it means to not waste my life and instead live for the glory of God.
Josh Lau
I look back fondly on my time at PCA as it was absolutely foundational to everything I have done since graduation. The academics were very strong and the spiritual grounding was essential as I learned so much about the Lord, the Bible and missions.
Tim Strickland, Lead Pastor at Waverly Road Baptist Church
PCA has definitely played and continues to play a huge part in the growth of my faith. I've been in the school for the past ten years. I've found that being in an environment where I'm surrounded by friends and teachers who share the same faith and values have provided inspiring examples. My friends have understood and walked along side me as I've grown up. I believe that they will be lifelong friends that will keep me grounded as I move out into the world.
Lizzie Ojo
If 4 years of high school is only preparation for 4+ years of university, it has very little lasting value. PCA helped establish the foundations of my faith.  The knowledge I learned in elementary/middle school was great, but I learned how to apply it on an in-depth scale in high school.  Church is great, but what’s 4 hours of church a week + 2 hours of fellowship a week when compared to year round Bible studies, discussions on issues of faith and learning to defend one’s faith we received at PCA?  PCA is combining school with seminary schooling for your children.  PCA taught me to take my faith and make it my own.
Joanne L.
I am so blessed to be in PCA because I have an opportunity to serve both in Canada and out. This year I had the chance to go on the sandwich run for the purpose of spreading the gospel to the homeless in downtown Toronto.  It was at this event that I felt God calling me to do something more.  Soon after the sandwich run the mission’s team was recruiting members and I felt God calling me to participate.  I know I’m not the perfect example but I want to point people to Christ who is prefect.  During the training I have been partaking, I have grown stronger in my walk with God.  Being surrounded by many strong believers, spending time in prayer with them and hearing their testimonies has been really encouraging and it will be a high school memory I will cherish.  I want to come back from Orlando with a stronger desire to serve God and to be bolder about my faith.
Edwina James
I certainly did benefit from my years at PCA. The opportunity to be involved with student council, sports teams, musicals, and a singing ensemble that ministered in various Toronto churches combined with weekly chapel services and great courses taught by dedicated teachers all combined for a great high school experience. I serve as the Pastor of Church Networking at Peoples Church where I work with church planters and pastors to support their churches with training and volunteers to advance their outreach in Toronto. I'm also a regional mobilizer with C2C network (www.c2cnetwork.ca) which is a national church planting network. Our family's most recent adventure is that we're starting a new charity called Love a Village to facilitate mission work that God has been opening up for us in northern Malawi over the past few years.
Trevor Seath, Pastor of Church Networking at the Peoples Church
It has been a privilege and honor to teach at PCA.  Both the students and staff have given me so much support and love throughout my 17 years teaching at PCA. The PCA community supported me with love through the loss of my husband 6 years ago. The enthusiasm of the students for learning has been inspiring! I am grateful to be a part of the PCA community!
Mrs. J. Paas
Once again, we thank God for your commitment and sacrifices for this ministry. May God continue to bless every staff member and volunteer who have endlessly poured out their lives to train the students in God's way. We pray that PCA will continue to grow in numbers as well as be spiritually stronger each and every day. This is a dark and broken world, and there is a great need for God's soldiers in our future generation. Keep up the good work! To Him be the glory!
Alex L. (PCA Parent)
We are so blessed to have our children in PCA.
William and Angela (PCA Parents)
Both of our children attended the Peoples School many years ago and we are forever thankful for the positive influence the teachers and staff had in their lives.  Thank you.
Dave and Joyce (PCA Parents)
I love PCA because it is a place where we can learn freely about God. We can pray and read the Bible, but in other countries we would be prosecuted for praying. We have chapel where we learn about Christ and discuss His teachings in the Bible. We have good teachers that teach our subjects with a Christian perspective. After a while, you can really feel that God is with us, helping us excel with work.
Ryan L.
I have been a physical education teacher for about 15 year’s and I am sure I chose that career because of Miss Rose, my PE teacher at Peoples. She made physical education so much fun, which is what I always try to do for my students. Lori Leschisin, Class of 1978 Physical Education Teacher.
Lori Leschisin
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
Andrew Adkins
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
Ali Matthews
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.
Inspiration and enrichment
If I were to use one phrase to describe my experience at Peoples Christian Academy it would be "life changing"...At Peoples (PCA) I found out what true success really was: to love God and do His will. Ashleigh Ali, Class of 2003
“life changing”
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
I was not a Christian
It is such an honour to stand here, and share some things that I’ve learned over the past 3 years at PCA. I have to say, time just flies by. I remember when I was sitting there (pointing to the Grade 10 seats) and wondering how beautiful the auditorium is as a new student. Time goes faster and faster as you grow older. Some of my Grade 12 buddies can’t wait till university, some of us don’t want to leave high school. But I know, we will miss each other. Picture this, you are 15 years old, and you come to study in Canada from the other side of the world - China, without your parents. You NEVER really heard about Christianity, but your parents put you in a Christian school simply because they think that Christians should be nice people. Your English was limited (well, but fluent in both Mandarin & Cantonese which are not helpful at PCA), and in your first History class, when the teacher says "take notes on Page 1 - 5", you basically just stare at other students because you don’t even know what "take notes" means. At night, you have to spend about 3 hours just to finish a chapter in Lord of the Flies for English class. On Sundays, you go to church, and the only thing you know what the pastor says are "Jesus, God, Amen", because he talks too fast. That was my starting point, and it was just 3 years ago. I understand, my life is very different from all of you. Well, we all have our own stories, and I picked some of my moments to share with you guys. Lesson 1 Choices Make good decisions. Life’s about choices! We have so many options in our lives, about what you want to eat at lunch: tuna sandwich, Mr. Chu’s special, or salad? About what you want to do on Friday night: hang out with friends, play video games, or watch a movie? About what university you want to spend 4 years at: Queen’s, Harvard, or Cambridge? In our society, some university students decide to drink and party all the time, it’s sad but this is the reality. And we - future undergraduate students - have to make this choice - whether to drink or not. It is completely optional. You can choose to say "No" to things that you don’t want to do. We are all responsible for the choices which eventually make up our life! Making good decisions is really important since we don’t want to have regrets in the future. What we’ve done, what we own, and what we believe all contribute to our decisions. PCA is very special to me, well, not because that this is the only school I’ve been to in Canada so far, but the fact that it brought Jesus into my life. I’m the only one in my family who is a Christian. I truly enjoyed the relationship between Jesus and myself. Let me try to describe it, you are fulfilled because that empty spot in you is satisfied with Jesus’ love. I once thought that Christians are not so smart - they believe in SOMEONE who they can’t see. But then, as I knew more about the whole Christianity, my doubts went away - the validity of the Bible and God’s work throughout the centuries. I chose to accept the TRUTH. People are curious about how my parents see me as a Christian. My father, to my surprise, he said, "this is your choice, you are in charge of yourself." But my mother - who normally is more open-minded than my father - said, "don’t get too deep into it." They give me the freedom to believe in what I choose, with the trust that I am responsible for myself. Lesson 2 Keep your faith, follow your dreams! You are the owner of yourself, and it’s you who make the decision of what kind of the person do you want to be. People are always watching your life. They see you through your actions. Faith is a belief that lies in your soul, but not your mind. Christian faith is what supports all Christians, faith decides what you do, what you want to be, and who you are. However, I’m not only talking about Christian faith, but also a faith in believing yourself - the ability to achieve your dreams. I want to share my own story with you. My dream school is Williams College - a top liberal arts college in the U.S. I was so passionate about it, I wrote "Williams College" on my binders, my books, even on my calculator. I worked really hard, and spent a lot of time preparing to get into this school, and I thought I deserve this admission letter. I was confident, and even an admissions officer from another university replied me and said, "this is one of the best applications I’ve ever seen." I remember late at night, I was writing Williams’ requirement essay, which titled "Imagine looking through a window at any environment that is particularly significant to you and tell us why it is meaningful to you." Essay holds a lot of weight in U.S Admissions. Well, I guess they don’t really like my window that much, so they turned me down. I was very upset, kept thinking why doesn’t this school want me?! I have good grades. I love God, but it seems that God doesn’t care about my passions, my dreams, and my goals. He didn’t see that I spent so much effort on how to get into this school. I suddenly became the poorest person in the world. I illustrated my frustration by getting mad at my parents on the  phone (which later on I apologized to them), crying when I woke up at night in nightmares, and saying bad things in my prayers (maybe you can’t call them prayers). Many people gave me their support; however, I had no intention to listen to them. I knew what I was doing. I gave myself some time by reflecting back the days that I was preparing for the SAT, the TOEFL which is the test of English as a Foreign Language and all other required materials. My world collapsed, but the sad thing is, you still have to live with it. Slowly, I started to realize that God just closed a door for me, but He didn’t walk away; instead, He opened up another one. I regretted that I was not still when I was in a situation like this. God watches over us at any moment. I don’t know if He is mad at me, but I am sure He still loves me deeply. I still have dreams, indeed, many big ones. I know God will use me in a way that He wants me to be. I trust Him. Learn to be STRONG, physically, emotionally, and spiritually! Remember to keep your faith because this is what supports you to live in this world =) whenever you face an obstacle. Lesson 3 Learn to be appreciative This changes your life attitude. Don’t just talk about the things you don’t have, but to learn that how much you already have. Maybe you don’t have the newest iPhone, but you own the latest iPod! Think about how many people only live under $1 a day, and think about how lucky you are living in Canada... you don’t have to think about where to get the next meal. Maybe it’s harder to wait for people to understand you than if you take the step first to try to wear their shoes. Sometimes I feel that life is very unfair. My family is not in Canada, I miss them, and I admire my friends who can have family trips. But here, I also have a family - maybe my last name should be changed to Lindstrom’s. Mrs. Lindstrom is my Canadian mother and my friend. She spends her heart on people who are in need and she lives a life that she never regrets. She teaches me how to stand strong and live in a joyful way. I’ve changed over the past one and a half years living with her, she definitely shows me that life is full of obstacles, but if you keep your faith, God shows you the miracle. My classmates are Canadian citizens like the majority of you, they don’t need a visa to go to Slovakia, but I do. I had go to Ottawa which is about 5 hours drive from here to get my visa. But there is a man who gave his hand and drove me all the way to Ottawa and back. During my years at P.C.A., he may have answered more than 500 questions from me. I am very thankful for him being my teacher and my mentor, and he is Mr. Philip. People care about me, they say I sacrifice a lot. I laugh, because the fact is I am enjoying my "dream-chasing-journey". It was me who talked to my parents and asked them if they allow me to achieve my dreams. They are the ones who have to let go of their only child. They sacrifice more than I do. I am very thankful for having such parents, though they are not with me right now. I can’t say I love you to my parents because this is not the way how my family expresses our love to each other. But I will say it here, I love you, mom & dad. And hope they will hear it in their dreams tonight (it’s night time in China right now ^^). Well, I know I don’t have the whole world, but what I have is enough to create a new world. Right? Lesson 4 Step Out of Your Comfort Zone Our world is so big, and yet it’s so small. It really depends on how well you make yourself do certain things. There are so many surprises out there waiting for you to discover! This is about life experience. Our school is pretty small in size, but do you know everyone here? Maybe not... is it difficult for you to say hi to a person that you constantly see on the hall way, and yet still don’t know the person’s name? Maybe when you get to know that person, you two can become good friends, who knows?! Jesus, well, on the other hand, always stepped out of his comfort zone. He never lived within his own bubble. He kept helping people that he didn’t know. It’s important that we try; if it doesn’t work out, then we can do it another way. God creates the world, but how cool is it if your world is IN your hand. Last year, some of us went to the Slovakia mission trip. We went to a local school and taught Slovak kids some English. If we didn’t take the initiative to talk to the children, we would not build any relationships. Generally, people do not come to you, you have to approach to others. So take the initiative and step out of the comfort zone and say hi to the world! Lesson 5 You are Unique, You the Special Your experience makes who you are, and no one can replace you. Your choices, your faith, your perseverance of overcoming obstacles, and your willingness to try new things. As God’s children, we don’t look the same, we surely don’t have the same experience. There is a pair of Hands that holds the world which made us UNIQUE! Enjoy your life at PCA. Learn to know about God, He’s not only God, He’s your Friend, your Provider, your Source of Happiness =). If you believe in Jesus, you also get a bonus to really enjoy Christian worship songs, and truly enjoy Christmas. Thank you PCA, thank you my Grade 12 fellows, thank you my teachers. Thank you ALL for listening. God bless you! Coco, Class of 2009
My 5 Lessons
Passionate and caring spirit

One day when my 7 year old daughter and I were on the road, we heard sirens from an ambulance. When I was looking for where the ambulance was coming from, I noticed my daughter was bowing down her head.  I asked, "Are you scared?" She said, "No, I am praying. Teacher said, "when we hear ambulance passing by, that means someone is in trouble. We shall pray for the people involved." I thank PCA for instilling a passionate and caring spirit in my child.
Carol L. (PCA parent)
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 D. (PCA parent)

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