Erie First Christian Academy

8150 Oliver Rd.
Erie, PA 16510
Tel: 814-866-6979
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.
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.
Every boarding student in the past three years have been accepted to attend a college or university.
EFCA offers a rigorous course load that prepares students for college.
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.
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.
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.
At EFCA you will find a home.  The students form relationships that last forever.
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.
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.
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 
2016 School Data
Erie First Christian Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding) 8-12, PG 9-12
Grades Offered (Day) Pre-K-12, PG 9-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support Yes Yes
Supports Learning Differences (LD) Yes Yes
Religious Affiliation Non-denom. / Christian Non-denominational
Year Founded 1973 1910
Campus Size 110 acres 110 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 295 students 298 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score 1665 * National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile) 1740 - 2020 -
Average ACT score 1781 *National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad Year Yes No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(Kahki Pants for boys with Polo)
Average Class Size 12 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:18 1:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 53 16
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered No Yes


Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$35,000 $51,700
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$5,000 $28,500
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $6,000 $21,582
Merit Scholarships Offered No No


Application Deadline None / Rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required No Yes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsNicole Kujawa

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 53 16
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 Offered 8 14
SportsBasketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Football, Soccer, Softball, Track and Field, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations 56 23
ExtracurricularsAerobics, Airsoft Club, Archery Club, Badminton Club, Basketball Club, Bible Study, Bicycling Club, Billiards, Boating and Canoe, Bowling Club, Business Club, Caving, Chapel, Cheerleaders, Chorus, Christian Fellowship Club, Cooking Club, Cross Country, Downhill Skiing, EFCA Fantasy Sports, Electronics Club, Finance Club, Fishing Club, Flag Football, Golf Club,

College Matriculation

Year: 2012 - 2013 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Penn State Erie Campus, PA 9
Penn State Main Campus State College, PA 6
Gannon University 5
Edinboro University, Erie, PA 3
Mercyhurst University 3
University of Massachusetts, Amherst Mass 3
University of NY at Buffalo (UB) 2
University of Pittsburgh, (Pitt) 2
Michigan State University 1
Suffolk University, Boston Mass 1

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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