What’s so great about PCS?
Students who attend Pacific Christian School comment that the love and concern they feel from teachers and the support and community they feel amongst the students are the two big reasons why PCS is such a great place to be. Parents are pleased with the high quality of education that’s delivered in the classroom and teachers enjoy working in an environment where they can express the essence of whom they are – the Teacher’s teachers. When your school’s mission statement is all about critical thinking, Christ-like living and joyful service, it stands to reason that great education and close community are going to happen. The result is a place where Christian education is experienced in a wide variety of ways. The result is Pacific Christian School.
What do our students do after they graduate?
Students who graduate from PCS will venture out into the community that surrounds them. While some will immediately become part of the work force, it’s safe to say that about seventy percent of our students will eventually pursue further education. While most stay at home and attend institutions like the University of Victoria and Camosun College, many also find their way to post-secondary studies in Vancouver, the rest of BC and Canada and, of course, abroad. PCS is proud to hear that our students are well-received in these institutions and that our alumni tell us that PCS has prepared them well.
What happens to our students “when they grow up”?
It’s hard to keep track of where our students end up. We know that many of them become the parents of children in our school. We know that some of them become teachers in our school. We also know that no matter what field you are looking at, you will find former PCS students there. Medicine, law, law enforcement, engineering, computer programming, performing arts, and many of the trades are just a few areas in a long list where you will discover our grads. We are confident that our students are making a difference in the world around them; that they are continuing to follow the path that was set from them in our school – to think critically, to be Christ-like and to serve with joy.
Pacific Christian School is enriched by students from other countries and cultures
PCS serves the Greater Victoria area but, for the past 30 years, we have been hosting international students from a number of countries around the globe. We set the same standards for these students as we do for all of our students and they soon become part of our community – studying in our classrooms, living in our homes, participating in youth groups and worshipping in our churches. Students who attend here come with varying degrees of English proficiency and we try to work with students at their level, with a goal to integrating them into the regular curriculum and getting them on track for graduation.
We challenge them to do well in their academic and non-academic courses and provide numerous opportunities to be involved in extra-curricular activities like sports teams, school plays, music groups and community volunteer work.
What else does the school do in the area of international education?
With French being Canada’s second language, all of our students are encouraged to develop an ability in the French language and an interest in its diverse culture. Every other year, around thirty of our students participate in a trip to Paris, France.
PCS has a real heart for missions and every year we have a large group of students who go down to Mexico to build homes for the local people and to bring them the love of Jesus through his people. For many students, this trip is the highlight of their high school experience.
Students, both local and international, are also encouraged to take advantage of trips to Japan and Europe. Both these trips are culturally and historically enriching and help our students to be more aware of and sensitive to the needs of students who come here from different cultures.
We’re proud of our International Program and, of course, we’re proud of our international students; proud of their determination in the face of hardship and discomfort, proud of their academic achievement and proud of what they add to our school’s environment. We recognize that God has created all people and all cultures and that as these people and their cultures move closer together in our global society the importance of understanding and working with one another becomes more and more important.
PCS的学生说,他们所感受到 来自老师的关爱，同学间的支持以及良好的团队氛围是PCS吸引他们的主要因素。家长们满意课堂上呈现的高质量的教育,老师们也享受在这样一个环境里工作: 既能体现他们各自的特质,又超越教师本身。学校把慎思明辨，活出基督和喜乐事奉作为贯穿教育的使命，从而保证了优质教育和紧密团队。基督教育在这里得到充 分体现，这里就是PCS。
毕业生离开PCS后都会融 入到社会。除了一些学生会选择立即就业服务于社会，大约70%的毕业生会最终选择高等教育。 他们中大部分人选择留在维多利亚，进入维多利亚大学和卡莫森学院这样的高校; 也有许多毕业生去温哥华、BC省和加拿大的其它地方继续大学学业，还有学生选择到其他国家深造。毕业生们表示PCS为他们的未来打好了坚实的基础。我们很 骄傲地看到他们在高校中获得很高的评价。
我们很难 追踪PCS学生的人生轨迹。但是我们知道他们当中许多人成为现在PCS学生的父母。我们知道一些毕业生回到PCS成为老师。我们也知道不论在什么领域，你 都能发现PCS的校友。医学， 法律， 执法， 工程， IT， 行为艺术和许多其它行业只是这一长串领域里的一小部分。我们深信我们的学生在改变着他们周围的世界,因为他们继续遵循那条在学校就确定的使命—慎思明辨，活出基督和喜乐事奉。
PCS 服务于大维多利亚地区。但在过去的30年，我们接待过来自世界许多其他国家的国际学生。我们为这些国际学生设定与其他学生相同的标准，让他们很快就成为 PCS团体的一部分—在我们的课堂学习， 和我们一起生活， 参加青年活动及在我们教堂参加敬拜。国际学生的英文水平参差不齐，我们按照他们各自的语言水平对其进行辅导，帮助他们很快融入常规课程，确保顺利毕业。
因 为法语是加拿大第二语言，我们鼓励所有学生学习法语并激发他们对不同文化的兴趣。每隔一年，我们大约有30名学生会参加赴法国巴黎的旅行。PCS满怀一颗 负有使命的心。每年我们都有很多学生南下墨西哥,帮助当地民众建设家园，通过他们自己的所作所为把基督的爱带给当地民众。对于许多学生来说，这种旅程是他 们高中经历的精彩一页。
If you have any questions about our International Program or ESL instruction at PCS, please do not hesitate to contact our Program Coordinator.
International Program Coordinator
PCS Offers Four Levels of ESL Instruction
In order to enter a regular English 10 class, students should have successfully completed the fourth level. At that point, no further ESL instruction would be required. However, an optional FIFTH level (IELTS and university prep) is also available.
Unless the course is being taken in their home country, all international students are required to take an on-line test at PCS to determine at which level they are qualified to begin. Students should schedule a test time with Mr. Slofstra, the International Program Coordinator.
A language lab (room 233) is available at the secondary campus of PCS for all ESL students. Computers are equipped with head sets and microphones – both required by the program. If students work on the ESL courses at home, they should equip their computers accordingly.
Students may be given a block of time during their schedule to work on the ESL on-line course. Ms. Carrie, the teacher/marker for the course, is available to students from Monday – Thursday from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. in the library. Students can also receive assistance from the International Student Education Assistants, Mr. Daniel Kriese or Ms. Celeste Kyle.