"But those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint." 

- Isaiah 40:31 (NKJV)

Payson Christian School

1000 E. Frontier St. - Payson, AZ 85541

Phone: (928) 474-8050


Payson Christian School is a Private, Christian PreK-8 school located in cool Payson Arizona. Since our inception in the 1980's, PCS is committed to building a strong foundation of Christ-centered education for our students.

Our purpose is to build:



Appling knowledge, and seeing the world as it truly is

Proverbs 2:6- For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding



Consistently striving for excellence, and exercising self-control

Hebrews 12:11- No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it



Developing a Godly reputation by daily integrity, honesty, and obedience

Romans 5:3-5- Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,  and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,  and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us



Exhibiting selflessness and humility inside and outside of school

Mark 10:45- For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many


We do this through teaching a Biblical worldview in all of our classes.  As the only Christian school in the Payson area, we teach fundamental truths of the Bible, rather than specific denominational beliefs.  We are sensitive to the differing view points among the body, and encourage all students and families to attend church on a weekly basis


We desire to make disciples of our students.  We remain intentionally missional by not requiring a statement of faith to attend PCS




"Christians embrace absolute standards of truth and morality, which provide direction for spiritual and intellectual growth. This (Biblical worldview) is precisely the reason Christian schools can be academic powerhouses." – Chuck Colson


No one can dispute the importance of our children's education. As parents, God gave us the privilege and the responsibility of raising our sons and daughters, leading them into a life of service to God. Our goal as parents is to shape the mind and character of our children by providing each of them with an understanding of the world around us, helping them to develop the capacity for reason, teaching practical skills, and building Godly values. Thankfully we are not alone in this task. God has given us tools to help accomplish all this. Your church home helps to provide opportunities for your children to develop spiritually, as does time at home with parents and family.


School has also become a major influence in our children's development. Faith based schools have the opportunity, and the responsibility, to come alongside church and family to not only educate, but to help reinforce the Biblical values and Godly character being introduced in the church and at home. Therefore, Christian schooling becomes more than just excellent education plus Bible, it becomes a tool God has given parents to aid with the responsibility of developing citizens for life in God's kingdom. Christian education focuses on a world view which has Jesus Christ at its center.


With this Biblical world view serving as a foundation for our children, we will find ourselves successfully raising a new generation of men and women of genuine character who have the ability to make decisions based on Biblical values and the desire to live the kind of life that is not limited to value in the here and now, but one that carries with it eternal significance. We will no longer find ourselves raising future leaders who fit into the world's mold, but rather Godly leaders of true character who have been shaped by His hands, for His eternal purposes.



Hello, my name is David Callahan and I am proud to be the Administrator of Payson Christian School. Payson Christian is a private Christian Pre K – 12th grade school located in Northeastern Arizona in the cool town of Payson. We trust that you will find Payson Christian to be a school which glorifies God through academics, athletics and art. Payson Christian is dedicated to seeing our students and staff grow in our core values of Wisdom, Discipline, Character and Service. Our Christ-centered curriculum, small class sizes and experienced teachers provide our students with a “Kingdom-class” education which impacts this life and the one to come. Our elementary program establishes the foundations of knowledge which our students will begin to apply in middle school and evaluate in high school.

Overall, Payson Christian School seeks to prepare each student to be responsible and loving citizens who are critical thinkers, Biblically wise and Christ-like servants.  We hope your family will come visit our school. I would love to meet you and learn how we can serve your family. Please call me today to start a conversation; I am happy to answer any questions you may have!