As a parent, you want you children to have opportunities in life to reach their fullest potential, starting with a quality education. With a variety of education options for all ages and stages of life, Pella is sure to have everything you are looking for.


The Pella Early Learning Center offers a full day preschool experience for 4- to 5-year-old children. Their Rising Star Program is a “hands on, minds on” curriculum that engages the child and gets them excited about learning. They also provide an educationally-based day-care service for infants, toddlers, 2-, 3-, and 4-year-olds. Before and after school care as well as full day summer care is offered to children who are in kindergarten through fifth grade. For more information call 641-628-4845.


Creation Station Christian Preschool, developed by Pella Christian Grade School, offers a secure, loving environment for growth and development through active learning for children ages three, four and five in two locations.



Pella Community Schools also offer preschool and prekindergarten programs for children ages four and up at Madison and Lincoln Elementary locations. Children learn by doing, imitating, observing, exploring, examining, experimenting, and questioning in activities and experiences planned according to his or her interests and home experiences.



Vermeer Corporation’s Yellow Iron Academy provides a safe, nurturing  and engaging environment for children to learn and develop their full potential. They provide childcare for infants to school-aged children, as well as preschool and kindergarten prep. Preschool classrooms focus on children’s newly emerging skills and advanced use of language, math, and scientific thought. Multi-disciplinary learning centers encourage individual skills and emerging interests in academics, creative expression, and outdoor learning. The Yellow Iron Academy’s state of the art facility opened in 2014. They are accepting enrollments from the community as well as employees at this time. See their website for more information.


Grade School & High School

The Pella Community School system offers grade levels from preschool to 12, including two preschool through grade 3 elementary schools (Lincoln and Madison), a 4–6 building (Jefferson), a 7–8 Middle School and a High School.

Traditional reading, writing and math are critical components of a strong foundation in learning. Coupled with arts, sciences, music and physical activities, the programs make for well-rounded students. Numerous college credit classes, honors classes as well as special education classes are available.

The Pella Community High School has been recognized as a Blue Ribbon School because of their academic excellence. Championship football, soccer, music, basketball and swimming programs are just a few of the school activities that are available to students.

For Lincoln Elementary, call 628-3970. For Madison Elementary, call 628-4638. For Jefferson Intermediate, call 641-628-8267. For Pella Middle, call 641-628-4784. For Pella High, call 641-628-3870.


The Pella Christian School system offers grade levels from Pre-K to 12 on two campuses—Pella Christian Grade School and Pella Christian High School. They have been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a School of Excellence as well as a Blue Ribbon School.


Pella Christian Schools offer excellent academics as well as opportunities for college credit at the high school. In addition, they offer award-winning music ensembles, excellent speech and drama programs, and top-rated athletic programs. For grade school, call 641-628-2414 or for high school, call 641-628-4440.



Peoria Christian Grade School is located about 9 miles northeast of Pella and offers Christian elementary education for grades K-8. For Peoria Christian School, call 641-625-4131.



Pella offers a thriving home education community with a support group named PEACE – Purposeful Education And Christian Encouragement. This organization is comprised of over 60 families who are home educating more than 200 children. PEACE provides educational and support activities such as a monthly Mom’s meeting, children’s choir, cooperative classes, and monthly field trips. For information on home education in Iowa, contact the Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators (NICHE) at 1.800.723.0438.


General Education Degree (GED) classes are offered on a continuous enrollment basis at the Pella Community High School. The classes offer two testing dates each semester. For more information, call Brian Huddle at 641-628-3870.



Central College, a private, liberal arts college, is coeducational and residential, offering a 169-acre campus with 45 buildings for its student body of 1,500. Majors are offered in 36 subject areas, the most popular being business, education and exercise science. Pre-professional advisory programs are also available. About 97 percent of all graduates are employed

in career fields of their choice or are enrolled in graduate or professional schools within a year of graduation. Nearly half of Central’s students study abroad at one of nine international sites in Europe, China and Mexico. In addition, students have the option to spend a semester doing internships at various U.S. sites including programs in Washington D.C. and Chicago, and during their study abroad experiences. Students gain valuable experience outside the classroom in a variety of ways including; internships, service-learning, practicums, research, extra-curricular activities as well as campus leadership positions.

Central received the state’s first leadership in energy and Environmental Design (LEED) award from the U.S. Green Building Council for the renovation of the Vermeer Science Center in 2003 with a silver rating. Since, the college has added two additional LEED-rated buildings with the state’s first residential gold-rated building for Howard McKee Hall and a platinum rating for the Roe Center academic building.

Founded in 1853, Central is affiliated with the Reformed Church in America. For more information, call 877-462-3687.


Pella Early Learning Center— 641-628-4845

Creation Station Christian Preschool— 641-628-8673

Vermeer’s Yellow Iron Academy— 641-621-8940

Jefferson Elementary School— 641-628-8267

Lincoln Elementary School— 641-628-3970

Madison Elementary School— 641-628-4632

Pella Middle School— 641-628-4784

Pella High School— 641-628-3870

Pella Christian Grade School— 641-628-2414

Pella Christian High School— 641-628-4440

Peoria Christina Grade School— 641-625-4131

NICHE of Des Moines— 800-723-0438

GED Classes | Pella High— 641-628-3870

Central College— 641-628-9000