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Why PCA?

We value the relationships we have developed with like-minded families as a result of our involvement at PCA.

jenny brady, pca parent

Who are we?

We, Prestonwood Christian Academy, are delighted to be recognized as an institution that does school differently. In Matthew 10:16, Jesus sent His disciples into the world with the statement, “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be shrewd as snakes and innocent as doves.” We believe Jesus’ command in Matthew was charging us to maintain a discerning attitude when dealing with circumstances we face in the world, and we strive to teach our students in a similar manner.

What Makes PCA Distinctive?

To best equip our students for the world outside of their Christian home, PCA believes a strong partnership between the home, school and church, the basis for Kingdom education, is the foundation for educating the whole child. It is this partnership, working in synergy, that allows a student to fully develop into all that God has planned for them. It is PCA's desire that through a Christian, Liberal Arts education, students "grow in wisdom, stature and favor with both God and man." Our fully biblically integrated curriculum, staff and student relationships and our Portrait of a Graduate all make Prestonwood Christian Academy an academy of distinction.

Our Distinctives

College Placement

Our alumni have matriculated to such as...

Ivy League Universities

Princeton, Harvard, Yale, University of Pennsylvania, and Columbia.

Selective Universities

Belmont University, Colgate University, Colorado School of Mines, Duke University, Emory University, Hillsdale College, Marquette University, Tulane University, Vanderbilt University, Rhodes College, Rice University, Wheaton College, University of Southern California, Wake Forest, and Washington University.

Major Universities

Baylor University, Oklahoma State University, Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, University of Kansas, University of Missouri, University of Oklahoma, Texas Christian University, The University of Texas at Austin and Southern Methodist University.

Christian Universities

Abilene Christian University, Baylor University, Cedarville University, Dallas Baptist University, Dordt College, Furman University, Hardin-Simmons University, Howard Payne University, John Brown University, Liberty University, Oklahoma Baptist University, Oklahoma Christian University, Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Ouachita Baptist University, Palm Beach Atlantic, Samford University, Union University, University of Mary-Hardin Baylor, Wheaton College and The King's College

Student Centered

Difference Factors

Kingdom Education

PCA is founded on the philosophy of Kingdom education, which focuses on the partnership between the home, school and church. This philosophy sets PCA apart as a biblical worldview training model for the next generation.

Academic Balance

PCA provides balance for the student and the family along with academic rigor.

  • Attention to homework loads
  • Homework relevancy
  • Individual attention and tutoring provided by the faculty
  • Rotating schedule in Middle School
  • Block schedule in Upper School

Small Groups

Following the example of Jesus and His twelve disciples, PCA is taking steps to increase small group training opportunities in every grade level.

Lower School students benefit from programs designed to meet their needs and have dedicated small group discipleship and weekly Bible study. Students in grades 5-6 have small group opportunities throughout the year. Students in grades 7-12 have Advisory Groups during weekly chapel.

Tuition Assistance

Tuition assistance is based on qualified needs determined by a 3rd party source and is distributed as available from year to year. In any given year, almost one-third of PCA students receive tuition assistance with an average grant of over $6,000.

Artistic Recognition

Programs & Honors

Art

PCA’s art students compete each year in ACSI, VASE, Scholastic and Congressional art festivals, gaining valuable experience and national exposure as well as excellent scholarship opportunities. PCA has garnered many awards from these competitions.

Band

PCA Band starts in the Middle School with strong student participation, then expands in the Upper School to include the Concert Band and the PCA PRIDE Pep Band, which performs at varsity games and pep rallies.

Honor Choir

Honor Choir is an opportunity for Lower School and Middle School students to participate in an elite auditioned ensemble. Honor Choir performs regularly throughout North Texas and annually at the ACSI Choir Festival, where it routinely receives "Superior" ratings.

Theatrical Productions

Our award winning program includes many performance opportunities including two extra-curricular Upper School main stage productions (a play in the fall and a musical in the spring), an ITS Musical Revue Show, an Eighth Grade one-act play for competition, student directed one-act plays, and numerous other opportunities for students to perform their curricular work in a public forum for family and friends.

International Thespian Society (ITS)

Students who participate in the International Thespian Society at Prestonwood Christian Academy have also received college scholarships and recruitment from many colleges, universities, conservatories and art schools across the country such as Southern Methodist University, Ouachita Baptist University, Savannah College of Art and Design, Boston Conservatory, Baylor University, Liberty University, Texas Christian University, University of North Texas, and Belmont University.

PCA Chapter has won national championships at the ITS International Festival in Lincoln, NE. The “group musical” entry has been selected as one of nine entries from out of hundreds to be featured in a final night showcase of champions multiple times.

Academic Excellence

Programs

Duke Talent Search

Over 2/3rds of PCA 7th grade students qualify annually for the Duke Talent Search Program.

Writing across the curriculum

The Collins Thinking and Writing Program helps teachers and students use common vocabulary as well as set levels of expectations on writing across the curriculum and writing in every course, whether it is Music, Science or English. The byproduct is to develop good communication skills while emphasizing higher order thinking processes.

Multiple Academic Opportunities

We reach many types of learners. PCA offers a Learning Lab program for those with learning differences. We start ability grouping in Math and Reading in 4th grade through 8th. In 9th -12th grade, on-level, honors/PreAP and AP classes are offered. In addition teachers use a variety of teaching strategies to differentiate content for all learners.

AP Test Scores

PCA Upper School students have an 86 percent Advanced Placement exam pass rate versus the national average of 56 percent. Advanced Placement classes are nationally-recognized, college-level courses. Highly qualified Upper School students gain college credit and recognition in the college admission process when they pass each AP course exam. PCA offers fifteen AP courses throughout subjects.

Scholarships

PCA's Class of 2016 was offered $14.5 million in scholarships for achievement in scholastics, athletics and the arts.

AP Scholar Awards

Twenty-five PCA students have earned recognition as AP Scholars. One PCA student, now attending Columbia University, achieved the highest possible score of five on the eight AP exams taken by the student

Socratic Method

PCA is continuing to train teachers on how to integrate higher order thinking skills throughout the curriculum. One means is through Socratic Seminars where students learn to clearly express their opinions with supporting evidence from a text; to question or defend the accuracy of what they read; to challenge the ideas of the author by noting bias, distortion or lack of information; to contrast the accuracy of one text with other sources to form defensible critiques; and to make solid judgments about a text derived from interpretation and inferential information.

National Merit Scholars

PCA has had 12 National Merit Finalists, 17 National Merit Semifinalists, and 47 National Merit Commended students.

Spiritual Development

programs

Biblical Worldview Integration

The Truths of God’s Holy Word are woven into every class at every level at PCA, not just in chapel and Bible class. All subjects reveal something about God, creation, mankind, moral order and purpose. PCA examines the truths of these big ideas through biblical integration.

Worship Opportunities

There are developmentally appropriate chapels in each division: Lower School, Middle School and Upper School. Chapel includes a time of worship and a speaker which is followed by a small group advisory time. During this advisory time, students are instructed in ways to study God's Word.

Character Training

PCA puts an emphasis on character training, the PCA Code of Honor, respect and servant leadership. Students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade are taught an intentional Bible study method in order that they may learn to use God's Word to develop personal character.

Mission Connection

Students in the Lower School, Middle School and Upper School are involved in mission trips and service projects. Upper School students are required to obtain 1 mission credit for graduation. PCA offers mission and service opportunities each March for 7th-12th grade students through its minimester program. PreK through 6th grade adopt mission trips to support through prayer and supplies. The mission connection culminates in a World Impact All School Worship.

Athletic Success

Programs

Sports Opportunities

PCA offers a range of athletic opportunities for students in grades 6-12. Currently, the Lions compete in 16 interscholastic sports and have a total of 52 varsity and sub-varsity teams.

Championships

Since 2000, PCA athletic teams have brought home:

  • 28 District Championships
  • 19 Regional Championships
  • 9 State Championships
  • 9 State Championship Runner-up teams
  • 6 National Championships

Alumni Recognized in College and Pro

PCA has more than 25 athletes competing at the college level in numerous athletic programs across the country, while two alumni are playing in Major League Baseball, one in the National Basketball Association, one in the National Football League and one plays Major League Soccer.

The teachers at PCA are instrumental in training children to walk with the Lord. This approach is incredibly beneficial in developing the entire child, rather than equipping them only for academic success.”

angie gray, pca parent