Erie First Christian Academy

8150 Oliver Rd.
Erie, PA 16510
Tel: 814-866-6979
Erie First Christian Academy Photo #1 - Many students have the opportunity to participate in university courses on campus and receive both high school and college credits. We partner with Penn State and Gannon University.
Erie First Christian Academy Photo #1 - Many students have the opportunity to participate in university courses on campus and receive both high school and college credits. We partner with Penn State and Gannon University.
Erie First Christian Academy Photo #2 - Every boarding student in the past three years have been accepted to attend a college or university.
Erie First Christian Academy Photo #3 - EFCA offers a rigorous course load that prepares students for college.
Erie First Christian Academy Photo #4 - Presque Isle Beach is right in our back yard. Many of our students enjoy swimming and sand volleyball at the beach. It is a great place to relax and enjoy the sun.
Erie First Christian Academy Photo #5 - The Peak n Peek is a resort approximately 30 minutes from our school. One of the activities our students enjoy is called Zip lining. Student are secured to a cable that goes down one of the mountains in New York.
Erie First Christian Academy Photo #6 - We value the academic, physical, spiritual and also social growth of our young people. We purposefully have our high school retreat at the beginning of each school year. This is a great way to welcome new students and help all of our students grow socially. The students participate in a multitude of team building activities.
Erie First Christian Academy Photo #7 - At EFCA you will find a home. The students form relationships that last forever.
Erie First Christian Academy Photo #8 - Each year many students enjoy an NBA basketball game in Cleveland. It is a great activity for our students to catch basketball game. Our students are able to forma tunnel and give the NBA players a "high five" as the players run down the tunnel. It is quite the experience.
Erie First Christian Academy Photo #9 - We have a fantastic home away from home for our students. We want the students to feel at home while in the dormitory. The dormitory has a study hall area, dining hall and game room. Each bedroom has their own bathroom. It is a comfortable place for our students to rest and study.
Erie First Christian Academy Photo #10 - 100 % of international graduates are accepted in among the top universities in the world. Our success is your success.
  • Erie First Christian Academy, Erie Pennsylvania, is a progressive coeducational day and boarding school for grades 8 through 12.
  • Our purpose is to develop students to excel spiritually, intellectually, socially, culturally, and physically through a quality educational program.
  • In addition to academic advancement we encourage our students to get involved in sports, music, drama, art and many other activities to provide a well rounded education and full daily life.
  • EFCA is a SEVIS approved school and we are accredited by Middle States Association, (MSA) and the Association of Christian Schools International, (ACSI).
  • We offer dual enrollment with both Gannon University and Penn State University.
  • All dual enrollment classes are on-site at the universities and students are bussed to university from Erie First Christian Academy.
  • 100% of our graduates are accepted into universities including the top universities in the USA.

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Definition of Terms 
2018 School Data
Erie First ChristianBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)8-127-12
Grades Offered (Day)Pre-K-127-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denom. / ChristianNon-denominational
Year Founded19931909
Campus Size110 acres105 acres

Student Body

Enrollment295 students300 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score1665* National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile)1740 - 2020-
Average ACT score24*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Kahki Pants for boys with Polo)
Average Class Size12 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:181:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered5317
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedNoYes


Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant6000$23,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo


Application DeadlineNone / RollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsChristine Burlingame

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered5317
Courses7 star - THINKING AND LEARNING STRATEGIES V6-2.0, 7 star - CHINESE I V1-2.0, 7 star - CHINESE II V1-2.0, 7 star - COMPUTING FOR COLLEGE AND CAREERS V7-2.0, 7 star - EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE V6-2.0, 7 star - FLASH ANIMATION V1, 7 star - GLOBAL STUDIES V5-2.0, 7 star - LANGUAGE ARTS 6 V7-2.0, 7 star - LANGUAGE ARTS 7 V5-2.0, 7 star - LANGUAGE ARTS 8 V7-2.0, 7 star - MARINE SCIENCE V5-2.0, 7 star - PHYSICS V5-2.0, 7 Star - SPANISH I V6-2.0, 7 star - SPANISH II V6-2.0, 7 star - SPANISH III V1-2.0, 7 star - UNDERSTANDING THE TIMES 1-2.0, 7 star - UNDERSTANDING THE TIMES 2-2.0, AP ART HISTORY V7-2.0, AP BIOLOGY V7-2.0, AP CALCULUS AB V7-2.0, AP COMPUTER SCIENCE A V7-2.0, AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION V8-2.0, AP ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION V7-2.0, AP MACROECONOMICS V8-2.0, AP MICROECONOMICS V7-2.0, AP U.S. HISTORY V8-2.0, AP US GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS V8-2.0, AP WORLD HISTORY V1, Gannon Unitersity Dual Enrollment 14 courses offered, MS COMPREHENSIVE SCIENCE 1 V6-2.0, MS COMPREHENSIVE SCIENCE 2 V6-2.0, MS COMPREHENSIVE SCIENCE 3 V6-2.0, MS WORLD CULTURES V8 - 2.0, MS WORLD CULTURES V8-3.0, RCI - Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 111 G3), RCI - College Composition (LENG 111 G1), RCI - College Composition (LENG 111 G2), RCI - Environmental Issues (BIOL 103 G1), RCI - Fundamentals of Speech (SPCH 111 G1), RCI - History of the U.S. to 1865 (HIST 221 G1), RCI - History of the West and the World (LHST 111 G1), RCI - Human Biology (BIOL 104 G1), RCI - Human Biology (BIOL 104 G2), RCI - Introduction to Criminal Justice (CRJS 110 G1), RCI - Introduction to Philosophy (LPHI 131 G1), RCI - Introduction to Philosophy (LPHI 131 G2), RCI - Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 111 G1), RCI - Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 111 G2), RCI - Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 111 G4), RCI - Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 111 G5), RCI - Mathematical Problem Solving (MATH 108), RCI - Sport Psychology (SPRT 240 G1), RCI - U.S. Gov’t. and Politics (POLI 111 G1), RCI- Introduction to Law (LEGL 111 G1)


# Interscholastic Sports Offered815
SportsBasketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Football, Soccer, Softball, Track and Field, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations5624
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Bible Study, Business Club, Chapel, Cheerleaders, Christian Fellowship Club, Cooking Club, EFCA Fantasy Sports, Electronics Club, Finance Club, Graphic Design, Missions, Orienteering, Peer Support, Photography Club, Stage Craft Committee, Student Activities, Student Government, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Chorus, Horseback Riding, Instrumental, Praise Band, Stage Band, Theatre

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Aerobics, Airsoft Club, Archery Club, Badminton Club, Basketball Club, Bicycling Club, Billiards, Boating and Canoe, Bowling Club, Caving, Cross Country, Downhill Skiing, Fishing Club, Flag Football, Golf Club, Hiking Club, Ice Skating, Indoor Sports, Kayaking, Paint Ball, Ping Pong, Rock Climbing, Shooting Sports, Snow Tubing, Snow-mobiling, Soccor, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, Volley Ball, Weight Lifting

College Matriculation

Year: 2012 - 201310 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Penn State Erie Campus, PA9
Penn State Main Campus State College, PA6
Gannon University5
Edinboro University, Erie, PA3
Mercyhurst University3
University of Massachusetts, Amherst Mass3
University of NY at Buffalo (UB)2
University of Pittsburgh, (Pitt)2
Michigan State University1
Suffolk University, Boston Mass1

School Notes

  • Our Boarding school offers an excellent opportunity for experiencing culturally diverse backgrounds for future success in the world marketplace. All this takes place in a caring environment.
  • At EFCA our purpose is to provide each student with the opportunity to develop and excel spiritually, intellectually, socially, culturally, and physically through a quality educational experience.
  • Our mission is to bring together into a unified whole all of the resources necessary to create an environment that provides opportunity for optimal learning and student achievement to guide our students toward responsible citizenship and future career success. We strive to set an example of kindness, caring, good judgment, and mutual respect. Our faculty, coaches, and mentors seek to identify each student`s strengths, and strive to build upon them consistently over time.
  • We strive to facilitate the lives of our students from high school to college. A students success is our success. At EFCA over 93% of our students continue to colleges and universities across the nation. It is our intention to keep this tradition alive by providing a sound education combined
  • School accreditations: Middle States Association, (MSA), and, Association of Christian Schools International, (ACSI).
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