Pueblo Christian Academy has over ten years of private Christian schooling; how time has flown by as blessings have been gathered! Come on a journey with us today to discover the excitement that we have all felt.
In the spring of 2006, two community members had a dream to begin a community Christian school that would focus on education and Christian growth at the same time. A school board was formed, and our own Lily Boda was asked to be on the board. A few days before school began, the enrollment was low and the financial success was uncertain. The school board voted to see what God had planned to bless us with, and we opened for business despite the concerns. Within a few short weeks, God was already blessing the growth of PCA. In the first three years, our school was operated at a local church. Throughout these years, the growth was steady and the school was doing well. We were blessed to have great teachers and dedicated families as part of the establishment.
Time to move! As the growth continued, a new location was established and for the next four years, the school operated out of modular buildings on the front of a ranch in Pueblo West. These years may have been the toughest to survive, but they provided the greatest growth through God. We were struggling financially and no one was certain of what would come next, but then a new enrollment would come or a gift from a community member would arrive. As the years in the modular ticked on, so did the growth of the school. The students were growing in knowledge and their love of Christ was expanding. These years also provided the opportunity to meet some of the most genuine people that became cornerstones of our school; The Church of Christ of Pueblo West saw an opportunity to reach out and become a partner of the school.
Time to move… Again? Yes, that is right, another move! The Oasis Christian Church bought its building and generously offered to allow PCA to utilize the classroom space as a new centralized location. This was an amazing opportunity that would allow parents a location closer to home, or work. God knew the path that was coming and allowed for the ministries to work together. This made another church partner with our school, helping us to become the community Christian school that was part of the original vision. All of the years that we have been at our current location have been wonderful! Each year there is increased enrollment along with community engagement. Our school has the opportunity to walk to the Pueblo West Library regularly and to the Pueblo West Family Fun Center for miniature golfing (now called Gutter House).
When 2016 began we all knew that it was going to be a fantastic year, and God didn’t hold back. The student knowledge growth was amazing. Over 60% of the pre-kindergarten students left reading, and over 90% of the elementary level students were in accelerated math! The community has also become a larger part of the school. We were blessed to receive grant monies from the Pueblo West Church of Christ, Pueblo West Women’s League, Cornerstone Roofing, Pueblo West Wal-Mart, Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market, and Private community members. These grant monies have enhanced our programming even further by providing a swing-set, playground equipment, classroom equipment, scholarships, and also new classroom materials. This is just to name a few of the people and items.
Lily Boda, our director, has been with Pueblo Christian Academy since its founding. She is an integral part of our school today. Her daughter, Heather, has also been a part of the school for over a decade; she is the only attending student that was with the school all those years ago. This year is a pivotal year for Heather will be graduating as our only senior member of the Class of 2022!
Though our 2019-2020 school year got interrupted by COVID-19, we did reach another milestone at Pueblo Christian Academy. We graduated our first student! And though the events for this were derailed in May, we are proud to celebrate her success this August as we plan our first graduation ceremony.
As this year comes to a close we look forward, wondering what is in our future path. We look forward to how God will help to yet again reshape each of our lives through the people we meet and serve. We give our thanks to those of you that have been a part of our Ten Plus Years of Blessings. This journey has been fantastic and we look forward to sharing this continued journey with each of you as we move forward.