East Palmyra Christian School is a Christian, non-denominational school, rooted in the Reformed tradition, educating pre-kindergarten through high school students, and is located in western Wayne County. EPCS serves Christian families throughout the area with quality Christian education for their children and has done so since 1947. Located in the hamlet of East Palmyra, NY, East Pal educates students from families that reside in Newark, Palmyra, Marion, Rochester, Phelps, Lyons, Manchester, Ontario, Williamson, Sodus, and other surrounding towns.
Download the History of EPCS (pdf), EPCS Vision and Mission Statements (pdf), and Educational Creed (pdf). You are more than welcome to meet the faculty or read a note from the principal.
East Palmyra Christian School Mission
To offer a Christian educational alternative that integrates faith and learning through a Biblical worldview. We strive to equip our students to develop their gifts, to become discerning disciples, and joyfully serve God in their individual callings in their community and world.
East Palmyra Christian School Vision
We are a Christian community that believes that God is the Lord of all creation and that God has revealed Himself through both creation and God’s infallible written Word. We acknowledge that we are God’s unique image bearers.
As a Christian community, we seek to educate the whole child, fostering spiritual, emotional, physical, aesthetic, and intellectual development, and we seek to help each other discover our unique God-given gifts. We wish to nurture our students, and encourage each other, so that we together may be led to discover, celebrate and proclaim, both individually and communally, the restorative power of God’s work in all areas of life.
As a Christian community, we aim to provide a challenging and affirming learning environment which frees students to explore and examine all human endeavor within God’s creation from a Christian perspective, thereby developing their abilities to discern and respond to society.
As a Christian community, we encourage responsible citizenship by promoting and modeling social justice and stewardship through a variety of service opportunities in our campus life. We strive to provide knowledge, insight, and skills to equip our students to live lives of faithful and joyous service to God and neighbor.
Information about East Palmyra Christian School
Our students come from homes where parents profess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. These parents desire that the education and nurture they provide for their children through East Pal be God-centered and under the direction and guidance of qualified teachers committed to a Christian perspective of life and the world. Current students attend churches from a variety of denominations in Wayne, Ontario, and Monroe counties.
Our dedicated, Christian teachers are certified and fully competent, having earned degrees in elementary and secondary education, most from Christian liberal arts colleges such as Calvin College, Dordt College, Trinity Christian College, Houghton College, and Taylor University. Our faculty is committed to Christ and to the perspective that all teaching and learning must be done under God’s Kingship.
East Palmyra Christian School offers a curriculum in accordance with New York State educational law. EPCS faculty and Education Committee are continually involved in the development of an integrated relevant Christian approach to teaching. God’s order for God’s world permeates all instruction and learning. Our well-balanced curriculum includes reading, language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, art, music, and physical education. The EPCS Band and Chorus perform regularly at a variety of programs including the annual Christmas program, the Spring Concerts, and at local nursing homes. The annual Young Artists Festival provides a public forum for the school’s individual artists, musicians, and dancers to display their talents. East Pal is also a member of the Western New York Christian Athletic Association (WNYCAA) and participates with other area Christian schools in Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, and Track and Field. Service projects, field trips, computers, athletic and scholastic events, and musical programs also enhance student learning at East Pal Christian.
School busing is available to all families through cooperative arrangements of the public school in which the child resides. Transportation is provided to those families who live within a fifteen-mile radius of East Palmyra Christian School. Application for transportation must be made prior to March 25.
A tuition schedule, based on the proposed operating budget, is adopted annually by the EPCS Board and EPCS Society. A substantial percentage of funds for the operation of the school is raised by the tuition. The remaining funds come from generous gifts and fund-raisers.
Parents who desire Christian education for their child(ren) and are in agreement with our stated Education Creed are encouraged to apply for enrollment. The family must indicate a desire to cooperate with the efforts of the school to promote Christian growth and behavior. A written application and a home interview are a part of the enrollment process. East Palmyra Christian School admits students of any sex, color, or ethnic origin.
The Lord God, by graciously giving us the Scriptures, has revealed to God’s people ordering principles intensely relevant to education, and mandates humankind to bring the whole Word of God to bear in all its power upon education. Therefore we confess, regarding:
Life, that human life in its entirety is religious, for God created us to serve Him everywhere and in all things, and requires us to educate our children for this purpose.
Bible, that the Bible as the written Word of God is the Truth by which the Holy Spirit enlightens our understanding of God, ourselves, and the world, and is the infallible authority by which God directs and governs all our activities, including the education of our children.
Creation, that the Eternal Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who of nothing, made Heaven and Earth and all that is in them, likewise upholds and governs the same by His eternal counsel and providence, and that this same God is glorified by His creation. Only in this can we rightly understand our relationship to God.
Ourselves, that we are created in the image of God to enjoy covenantal fellowship with our Creator and to reflect in our person and works the excellencies of our Maker. We are instructed to exercise dominion over the world in strict and loving obedience to God and to interpret all reality in accordance with His design and law.
Sin, that sin is disobedience of God’s law and that we, by sinning, gave up our office and task, estranged ourselves from God and our neighbor, and brought God’s curse upon creation. As a result, we are blind to the true meaning of life and repress and misuse the knowledge of God, which confronts us in creation and Scripture.
Christ, that Jesus Christ, our living Lord, of whom the Scriptures testify, has reconciled the world to God and redeems our life in its entirety, including education. Through His Spirit, He renews our heart to love God and our neighbor and redirects our understanding to rightly know God, ourselves, and the world.
The Kingdom of God, that the rule of Jesus Christ over all things established the Kingdom of God and makes education possible and meaningful. In obedience to Christ, we claim every area of life for Him.
Purpose of Education, that the purpose of education is to guide and direct students to know Christ and to prepare them for living a full-orbed Christian life, where God is gratefully served and honored in all activities, where each student learns to live as a member of the body of believers and as a member of society, attempting to renew for the Lord the culture, its use of natural resources, its literature, art, politics, and economics.
Parents, that God had commanded parents to responsibly nurture and educate their children. Out of obedience, parents are concerned that their children receive a God-honoring education, and thus establish Christian schools and seek out Christian educators to assist them in this task.
Children, that all children are image bearers of the Lord with God-given talents and unique personalities. They are to be dealt with as whole persons as they are guided in the educational process to take on responsible maturity as God’s representatives in society.
Teachers, that the teacher, as a servant of God, accepts the responsibility from the parents to further nurture and educate their child(ren) in school, guiding students into a deeper understanding of God’s world and its history. Through the execution of this teaching office in the school, teachers encourage students to attain responsible maturity grounded in the Biblical faith so that they can take up their specific responsibilities and vocation in life in a manner pleasing to the Lord.
The Christian School, that the school established and controlled by a society of Christian believers in accordance with state law, possesses the freedom in education in total and voluntary submission to Christ the King.