A School that is part of PCSB

The Corozal area is a predominantly Mayan region. However, as people accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior, the people turned from their traditions of worshipping false gods and rituals. This resulted in a need to dramatically change their cultural orientation.

Presbyterian Day School (PDS) - the oldest of the Presbyterian schools in Belize - was established in Cristo Rey village by missionaries Tom and Helen Lacey in 1975 to help with this transformation and to teach a different world and life view, acknowledging the God of the Bible as the Creator and Maker of all things.

These first missionaries recruited other missionaries to come serve. Teachers emerged from the newly planted churches and they recognized how important it was to teach the children a new perspective of life. PDS began to flourish and now has over 300 alumni. Many of these graduates have become leaders in the community, whether in church, education, government, or business.  Many of the teachers at PDS were once students there themselves!

Since PDS’ early beginnings, British Honduras became an independent country with a new name: Belize. The government has become more socialized, secular, and bureaucratic. But many schools were built under a unique church/government partnership. Churches could build schools where government curriculum must be taught but they could teach according to their own doctrine and the government would pay the teachers.

PDS, however, never received such government funding. Tom and Helen Lacey raised funds for the school through churches and supporters. However, donations have been dropping. Due to the relative poverty of the community, it is challenging to charge more tuition than what parents would pay for the government-supported schools.

The school is truly an outreach of the local churches and many parents realize the community impact of its quality Christian education. Though unwilling to provide funding, the government respects PDS because the school has produced many well-educated citizens who contribute positively to Belizean society. The school has stayed true to its roots and will be allowed to remain private as long as it can stay financially viable. Therefore, support is needed to help PDS remain operational as they develop ways to maintain longer-term sustainability.

This school has a group of extremely dedicated teachers who will continue to teach even when the school cannot afford to pay their salaries. Their dedication shines through in the academic excellence of their students. For instance, Gr. 8 students at PDS recently placed 2nd in the Corozal District on their Primary School Exam.

PDS is considered one of the top schools in their district - and has a goal of becoming the top school in the country!  

Sep 4, 2011 at 9:21 pm

I love your school! I will retire in Atlanta, GA very soon. Yea! But I will certainly need to continue working. I would be very interested in a position at your school if possible, or other location. I currently teach in a public Montessori school - Kindergarten(actually 4 & 5 year olds). I love it. I am also active in Godly Play. I am an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) & attend Oakhurst Presbyterian Church in Decatur. Any suggestions?? Judith

Jan 4, 2013 at 11:33 am

I went to this school around 1981:-) thanks for this wonderful memory

Aug 26, 2013 at 5:54 pm

It was such a joy to work on the roof and screens of your school because the teachers and students were so welcoming and loving to everyone on our team. May God bless and send all you need in this school year!

Feb 6, 2017 at 5:41 pm

Hello i would like some info about your school.

Thank you.

Dec 29, 2018 at 7:11 pm

Hi. My wife and I are traveling in Mexico and Belize. We are wondering if you have a need for volunteers? We attend an OPC church in Ohio. We will be in Belize In 2 weeks. We are semi-retired social workers/family counselors from Ohio. We recently worked for 6 months in the Dominican Republic at a a Christian Therapeutic, Residential School for USA teens who are at-risk. In our retirement, we have prayed for opportunities from God to use our skills and learn anew about various cultures. We hope to hear from you. My email address is: belleugene826@hotmail.com Thanks. Eugene and Susanne Bell

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