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Congratulations to our State of School 2019 contest winner, Mrs. Debra Rucker! She has won the $500 PCA credit for randomly being picked out of the more than 150 people who correctly answered all three questions!

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Academic Excellence

Class of 2019 National Merit Scholars

Class of 2020

  • National Merit Commended - 5
  • National Hispanic Scholar - 1

Class of 2019

  • National Merit Semifinalist - 2
  • National Merit Commended - 3
  • National Hispanic Scholar - 2

Class of 2018

  • National Merit Semifinalist - 1
  • National Merit Commended - 2

Class of 2017

  • National Merit Semifinalist - 1
  • National Merit Commended - 7
  • National Hispanic Scholar - 1

Class of 2019 Standardized Test Scores

SAT Scores:

PCA Top 25%PCANatlTX
2017133511821002944
20181359122210601020
20191374124410591020

ACT SCORES:

PCA Top 25%PCANatlTX
201729.325.52120.7
20182925.820.820.6
2019292520.720.5

Class of 2019 AP Test Scores

AP Test Scores – (college board reports Stat and National data released in Nov).

PCA

Global

Texas

Total AP Students

98

2,825,710

NOV

Number of Exams

206

5,098,815

NOV

AP Students with Scores 3+

84

NOV

NOV

% of Total AP Students w/ Scores 3+

85.7

NOV

NOV

2019 AP Scholars

AP Scholars with Distinction - 15
AP Scholars with Honor - 10

AP Scholars - 5

Class of 2019 Scholarship

Prestonwood Christian Academy’s class of 2019 was offered $16.5 million in scholarships for achievement in scholastics, athletics and the arts. Since the first graduating class in 2002, PCA graduates have been offered more than $126.7 million in scholarships.

Class of 2019 Grade Point Average

Class of 2019 Grade Point Average (GPA)
Cumulative weighted GPA through May 2019

GPA

# of Students

% of Class

4.0 +

26

20%

3.5 – 3.99

46

36%

3.0 – 3.49

39

30%

2.5 – 2.99

10

8%

Below 2.5

2

2%

None*

5

4%

*Includes students new to PCA who have not established a GPA

Future Problem Solvers Success

Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) sent more than 10 students to the Future Problem Solving Program International (FPSPI) Conference at Massachusetts Amherst from June 6-9, 2019, where the school took top honors.

At the International competition, PCA students had the strongest showing across all the competitions that Texas has ever had in its nearly 40-year history with the program. More than 23,000 students from 13 different countries (such as Turkey, New Zealand, China, Korea, Israel, Norway) compete at state or regional levels throughout the school year. More than 2,500 of the most successful problem solving champions and teams convened at the International Conference to recognize their accomplishments and compete at the highest level.

In the Global Issues competition, Prestonwood Christian Academy teams made Texas history by having two teams place in the top five of the Senior team Global Issues competition. PCA teams placed second (Courtney Brooks, Ishwania Christopher, Bryson Franks, Sean Lee) and fifth (Katy Jacobs, Hunter McCall, Anna Murray, Davis Works) only placing behind the first-place team from Singapore. That team also placed fourth in the Presentation of Action Plan competition. Senior Davis Works placed first in the Scenario Performance competition. In the Community Problem Solvers competition, eighth grader Jade Hernandez (PCA-Middle Division) placed second.

PCA also competed in the MAGIC competition, in which students are placed on a team of four with students from other states or countries to complete the problem-solving process as well. Senior Paloma Diaz-Minshew placed first in this competition with her teammates. Gaby Goonetilleke, also a Senior, placed second with her team members.

“I am incredibly proud of this talented group of students. Unlike the team qualifiers, each of these winners was given the task to compete on a team comprised of students they did not know—adding to the challenge,” said Shannon Lichty, PCA’s Upper School FPS coach and Pre-AP English I teacher. “The Creative Problem Solving Process taught by FPSPI is invaluable in that it teaches critical thinking and writing skills in a timed setting which helps students excel in high school and college classes and the professional world.”

The Future Problem Solving Program was founded in 1974 by Dr. E. Paul Torrance to stimulate critical and creative thinking skills, encourage students to develop a vision for the future and prepare students for leadership roles. FPSPI involves thousands of students annually from all over the world.

Each year, PCA continues to excel in this higher-level education program by competing against gifted and talented students from across the state for a chance to compete at the International level.

Academic Co-curriculars

Our Middle and Upper School students participated in many enrichment opportunities and academic competitions. Activities such as Destination Imagination, ACSI Speech Meet, Spelling Bee, ACSI Math Olympics, Mock Trial, TAPPS Academic Competition, Future Problem Solvers, STEM Honors, Lions Scholar Program, and more all offer students an opportunity to stretch themselves through innovative learning experiences which extend beyond the classroom.

89% of PCA parents agree/strongly agree that cocurricular options are of value.

COMING SOON!

As Dr. Taylor mentioned in his State of School message, we are excited to announce a new communication coming soon. Beginning in 2020, principals will send out a videoed Quarterly Update to keep our parents informed. We hope you enjoy hearing from your children's principals and we appreciate your partnership!

Arts Excellence

Visual Arts Awards in 2018-19

VASE Regionals

PCA participated the Visual Art Scholastic Event. This is a Texas-wide competition. PCA competes against all the public high schools in the state as well as other private schools. Out of 25 entries in 2018-19, 21 received the highest score you can achieve and a regional medal. Those students are:

Katie Addis
Akanksha Bhatia
Alex Bishop
Lauren Bridgeman
Ishawnia Christopher
Tatum Ernst
Gabby Fisher
Devon Gantt
Lorelei Glover
Heather Gray
Sean Lee
Taylor Kennedy
Jaden Mathews
Karoline Kittredge
Shea Reeves
Emma Rosal
Janice Park
Sarah Sign
Sami Sulzer
Brock Wade
Rose Wang
Davis Works
Joyce Zhang

STATE VASE 2018-19

Out of the over 2,300 entries at the regional meet only 171 works of art moved on to state VASE competition in San Marcos, TX.

In 2018-19 school year, six PCA art pieces advanced to state and all six acquired state medals. Those students are:

Alex Bishop
Courtney Brooks
Devon Gantt
Emma Rosal
Sami Sulzer

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards 2018

In December we entered the Scholastic Art and Writing awards and many of our students competed with 12 being recognized at the regional level with 24 awards, and four students receiving the top award of a gold key.

The Scholastic winners of Silver Key and Honorable Mention are:

Akanksha Bhatia

Ishawnia Christopher
Devon Gantt
Jaden Mathews
Emma Rosal
Anna Shaw
Samantha Sulzer
Rose Wang

Four students received the highest award, the Gold Key, at the regional level for their photography, paintings and drawings.

Courtney Brooks
Janice Park
Anna Shaw
Brock Wade

ACSI Art Festival

In March we participated in the ACSI Art festival at the Hope Center in Plano with other private Christian schools in the territory. We brought home Superior Ratings in a variety of categories. 6 students not only received superior ratings at ACSI but they also were awarded medals for having the highest score in their category.

Instrumental Music Awards in 2018-2019

Instrumental Arts Awards in 2018-19

MS North Region Honor Band – Jax McCrary was selected for this prestigious honor.

MS TPSMEA Solo and Ensemble competition – Jax McCrary and Kristin Eng. received a 1st division.

TPSMEA North Region Band – 4 students made it - Nathan Coles, Joel Gray, Jackson McCrary and Donovan McManus

TPSMEA All-State Band – 4 students made it - Joel Grey, Jonathan Rountree, Donovan McManus

TPSMEA North Region Solo & Ensemble Festival – 4 students receiving a superior rating - Nathan Coles, Joel Gray, Adrienne George and Donovan McManus.

TPSMEA State Marching Contest - Received superior ratings, placed 4th overall in the state.

TPSMEA Concert/Sight-reading Contest - US received superior Ratings and a Sweepstakes trophy

Vocal Awards in 2018-19

Upper School Choir students prepared and auditioned for TPSMEA All-Region choir, and these students were selected:

Joanna Anil
Allie Blackwell
Hope Hellberg
Katie Kittredge
Kylie Lamm
Kaylee McCrary
Gracie Smith
Briana Thompson
Sydney Applegate
Cole Childers
Hunter Hall
Celeste Lay
Julia Letcher
Mollie-Claire Matthews
Mackenzie Nazworth
Emily Pope
Maddie Pratt
Trey Reynolds
Samantha Seal
Isabelle Simpson
Nicky Rudd
Kirsten Stewart

Upper School Choir students prepared and auditioned for TPSMEA All-State choir, and these students were selected:

Sydney Applegate
Hunter Hall
Julia Letcher
Emily Pope
Maddie Pratt
Nicky Rudd
Samantha Seal

In February, the Upper School Choir competed in the ACSI Choir Festival and received a Superior rating for their performance.

PCA Middle School Choir had a fantastic year as well. Sixteen Sixth Grade students participated in the TPSMEA Children’s Honor Choir Festival held in November, and three Seventh through Eighth Grade students qualified and participated in the TPSMEA Regional Middle School Honor Choir, including:

J-Belle Kimbrell
Sydney Roberts
Lili Alexander

In February, 10 Sixth Graders and 12 Seventh through Eighth Grade choir students participated in the Solo and Ensemble Festival held in Arlington. PCA’s Sixth Grade ensemble received a Superior rating, and the following students received a Superior rating on their solos:

Aidan Abrams
Audrey Letcher
Grant Feather
Haley Thornton
Jadyn Moses
Kristen Smith
Riley Locklin
Sydney Whorton
Tyler Little
Eden Vargas
Juliana Chavez
Katelyn Teague
Lili Alexander
Alexandra Pingsterhaus
Ashley Ring
J-Belle Kimbrell
Jocey Zenarosa
Karson Wrona
Selise Phillips
Sydney Roberts
Sydnie Taylor

Theatre Awards in 2018-19

PCA’s Theatre Department again produced amazing shows – You Can’t Take It With You, Mary Poppins and the Middle School One Act Play, The Light Burns Blue.

The MS One-Act play The Light Burns Blue placed second at the PSIA District One Act Play competition and was performed on May 9 for the general public! PCA students received multiple individual acting awards at the district competition.

PCA's Jr. ITS Thespian Troupe 88975 entered four individual events including group musical, duet acting, solo musical and costume construction. The solo musical and costume construction entries received straight superiors. They are Logan Daughtery (9th) and Madigan Matthews (9th).

PCA’s ITS troupe attended the International Thespian Festival at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, NE in June. We had ITS National qualifiers in 6 events: solo musical, small group musical, large group musical, monologue, duet musical and scenic design. While there they competed in these events and auditioned for colleges and universities.

PCA’s small group musical, large group musical and duet musical events received superior scores and medals. The large group musical was selected as a National Individual Event Finalist and received a call back audition.

Seniors Hunter Hall and Lauren Meece received college callbacks from over 40 schools collectively.

Color Guard 2018-19

New in 2018-19 - The color-guard performed with the marching band every Friday night at football games in 2018, in school functions and competitions. received a Superior Color Guard rating. at the marching band competition last October.

They experienced the thrill of performing in front of hundreds of screaming fans along with the marching band.

Color Guard Captain: Sydney Applegate

Lieutenants:
Faith Miller
Allie Blackwell
KK Boyle
Avery Doyle
Karoline Kittridge

Communication Arts Excellence

The Communication Arts Department is celebrating 15 years of the Stand Up and Be Heard Program! This program seeks to encourage students in 1st through 8th Grade in public speaking and gain confidence in front of their peers.

The Legal Lions have started practicing and holding scrimmages in the new Mock Trial Courtroom thanks to generous donors who provided the vision and funding to renovate the old fine arts space.

The Speech and Debate team has competed in over 15 tournaments since spring of 2019 and qualified two students in three events to the Texas Forensics State competition, two Middle School students qualifying and winning first and second place at the Private Schools Interscholastic Association State speech meet, and one Upper School student who qualified for and attended the National Individual Events Tournament of Champions.

Yearbook and Newspaper classes continue to work hard to produce quality print media and online content to represent PCA Plano and North campuses. Additionally, they continue to add elements of videography in collaboration with the Film and Broadcasting courses at PCA.

We are so grateful for the support of our parents and grandparents for this important program that is a difference factor at PCA!

Athletics Excellence

In 2018-19, Prestonwood Christian Academy won the following State and National Championships:
  • TAPPS State Varsity Volleyball Championship
  • Competitive Cheer - National Champions
  • Colton Smith - Swimming - Men's 200 Free
  • Virdel Edwards, Nick Grammar, Dennis Phillips & Tkai Wade - Track - Boys 4x200M Relay

Additionally, PCA teams and individuals were successful in many other sports:

  • Volleyball - District Champions and an undefeated season
  • Baseball - District Champions
  • Boys Basketball - State Runner-up and Regional Champions
  • Boys 4x100 Relay -State Runner-up (Virdel Edwards, Tkai Wade, Dayton Toney & Dennis Phillips)
  • Girls 4x100 Relay - State Runner-up (Macy Owens, Kimberly Warren, Hannah Stoutmire & Nadia Thomas)
  • Girls Basketball - Final Four
  • Football - District Runner-up

PCA Campus Ministry Team - A Difference Factor

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PCA North Growth

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St. Timothy Christian Academy

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The King's Academy

News from The King's Academy

Sept. 12, 2019 -- DALLAS, TX — Leaders celebrated the opening of The King’s Academy (TKA) in the Bonton/South Dallas community today with a ribbon cutting and special event. More than 50 local community leaders and school partners toured the new private Christian school while engaging students and teachers before key dignitaries cut the ribbon to officially celebrate the school’s opening.

Located inside Cornerstone Baptist Church, TKA’s doors opened to students in PreK-4 through first grade for the 2019-20 school year on Aug. 19. The school plans to add a grade every year until completion.

“We’ve all heard the saying that it’s easier to prepare than to repair,” said Pastor Chris Simmons from Cornerstone Baptist. “The King’s Academy is about preparing children from this community to go out into the world and make a difference.”

The King’s Academy offers families a faith-based education that focuses on the heart, mind and soul of each student. Prestonwood Christian Academy School System, through a collaborative effort with several existing ministries and programs such as Bonton Farms, BridgeBuilders and Prestonwood Baptist Church, has developed strategic partnerships to not only start a school but continue the authentic transformation taking place in the community.

“Cutting the ribbon to formally open The King’s Academy is a dream come true for so many people on our Board of Trustees, partners and families in this community,” said Dr. Larry Taylor, Superintendent of Prestonwood Christian Academy School System. “Establishing a Christ-centered school focused on a child’s mind and heart is our mission. What a joy it will be to watch these boys and girls grow into men and women—our future leaders in areas of law, business, medicine, engineering, education, ministry or any assignment in which God calls them to excel!”

Norm Miller, Chairman of the Board at Interstate Batteries, and his wife Anne, helped make the TKA vision a reality in early 2018 when they committed to provide start-up funding for The King’s Academy.

Clearly moved by the young school children performing songs of worship and reciting Bible verses, Miller thanked those in attendance and all “Kingdom-minded people who invest their wealth in projects that make an impact on young lives.”

“We have a heart for Kingdom education; especially in this South Dallas community,” Miller said. “This is a dream come true. One of God’s wells has been planted here, and everyone will share in its resources.”

The King’s Academy has been years in the making starting with the founding of BridgeBuilders under the direction of Mike Fechner bringing faith, hope and love to the Bonton community. Before Fechner lost his battle to cancer in 2014, he shared his vision to open a Christian school in Bonton. In 2013, Bonton Farms was formed under Daron Babcock providing an agricultural intervention to restore lives, create jobs and ignite hope in South Dallas. One of Bonton Farms’ six pillars to transforming a community is education. In 2017, Norm Miller, contacted Babcock about starting a Christian School in Bonton, still interested in funding Fechner’s original vision. Miller and Babcock met with Dr. Larry Taylor of Prestonwood Christian Academy, and a group formed to conduct weekly strategic planning sessions.

Dr. Shailendra Thomas, a nationally respected educator, is the inaugural Head of School for The King’s Academy. She has more than 30 years of experience in education including serving for 13 years as Head of School at Fellowship Christian Academy under Dr. Tony Evans’ church ministry. Dr. Thomas grew up in Bonton and is looking forward to returning to the place of her childhood.

“I believe that education involves more than a child’s intellectual abilities; it should ultimately inspire learners to fulfill God’s purpose in their lives,” said Dr. Thomas.

The King’s Academy’s tuition model is based on a family’s income in order for Kingdom education to be affordable for all children. In addition, breakfast and lunch will be provided for students as well as quality after-school programming from community ministries. Generous donors will make this funding model possible.

The King’s Academy is part of the Prestonwood Christian Academy School System, and all curriculum, teacher training and technology resources mirror what is available at the PCA schools in Plano and Prosper. Thanks to partners such as Apple, TrueNorth Consulting Group and others, the instructional technology has been in place since day one.

For more information on how to support or enroll at The King’s Academy, please visit www.tkadallas.org.





Dec. 12, 2018 -- DALLAS, TX — Leaders celebrated the announcement of a new private Christian school called The King’s Academy in the Bonton/South Dallas community today with a reception at Buckeye Commons Recreation Center (formerly known as Turner Courts Recreation Center). In its inaugural year, 2019-2020, the school will welcome students in PreK-4 through first grade and continue to add a grade every year until completion.

The King’s Academy will offer families a faith-based education that focuses on the heart, mind and soul of each student. Prestonwood Christian Academy School System, through a collaborative effort with several existing ministries and programs such as Bonton Farms, BridgeBuilders, Prestonwood Baptist Church, has developed strategic partnerships to not only start a school but continue the authentic transformation taking place in the community.

“We are humbled and excited about our partnership with The King’s Academy, which will provide a rigorous academic program combined with an effective spiritual and character development plan,” said Dr. Larry Taylor, Superintendent of Prestonwood Christian Academy School System. “Establishing a Christ-centered school focused on a child’s mind and heart is our mission. What an honor it will be to develop these boys and girls into men and women—our future leaders in areas of law, business, medicine, engineering, education, ministry or any assignment in which God calls them to excel!”

This school has been years in the making starting with the founding of BridgeBuilders under the direction of Mike Fechner bringing faith, hope and love to the Bonton community.

Before Fechner lost his battle to cancer in 2014, he shared his vision to open a Christian school in Bonton. In 2013, Bonton Farms was formed under Daron Babcock providing an agricultural intervention to restore lives, create jobs and ignite hope in South Dallas. One of Bonton Farms’ six pillars to transforming a community is education. In 2017, Norm Miller, Chairman of the Board of Interstate Batteries, contacted Babcock about starting a Christian School in Bonton, still interested in funding Fechner’s original vision. Miller and Babcock met with Dr. Larry Taylor of Prestonwood Christian Academy, and a group formed to conduct weekly strategic planning sessions.

In early 2018, Norm and Anne Miller committed to provide start-up funding for The King’s Academy, and the school board was formed. Dr. Shailendra Thomas, a nationally respected educator has been announced as the inaugural Head of School for The King’s Academy. She has more than 30 years of experience in education including serving for 13 years as Head of School at Fellowship Christian Academy under Dr. Tony Evans’ church ministry. Dr. Thomas grew up in Bonton and is looking forward to returning to the place of her childhood.

“I believe that education involves more than a child’s intellectual abilities; it should ultimately inspire learners to fulfill God’s purpose in their lives,” said Dr. Thomas.

The King’s Academy’s tuition model is based on a family’s income in order for Kingdom education to be affordable for all children. In addition, breakfast and lunch will be provided for students as well as quality after-school programming from community ministries. Generous donors will make this funding model possible.

For more information on how to enroll in or support The King’s Academy, please visit www.tkadallas.org.

Coming Soon!!

As Dr. Taylor mentioned in his State of School message, we are excited to announce a new communication coming soon. Beginning in 2020, a videoed Quarterly Update will be emailed to keep our parents informed. We hope you enjoy hearing from your children's principals and we appreciate your partnership!