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" (Luke 2:52). Our fully biblically integrated curriculum, staff and student relationships and our Portrait of a Graduate all make Prestonwood Christian Academy an academy of distinction.
- Academic Excellence
- Spiritual Development
- College Placement
- Student Centered
- Artistic Recognition
- Athletic Success
- Duke Talent Search
- Writing across the curriculum
- Multiple Academic Opportunities
- AP Test Scores
- National Merit Scholars
- AP Scholar Awards
- Socratic Method
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 by-product is to develop good communication skills while emphasizing higher order thinking processes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Belmont University, Colgate University, Colorado School of Mines, Duke University, Emory University, Purdue University, Hillsdale College, Marquette University, Tulane University, Vanderbilt University, Rhodes College, Rice University, Wheaton College, University of Southern California, Wake Forest and Washington University.
Texas A&M University, Baylor University, The University of Oklahoma, Texas Tech University, Oklahoma State University, University of Kansas, University of Missouri, Texas Christian University, The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Alabama, University of Arkansas, Southern Methodist University, Louisiana State University.
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
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.
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.
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's 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.
We value the relationships we have developed with like-minded families as a result of our involvement at PCA.
jenny brady, pca parent & Staff Member
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.
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 & Staff Member