Introducing PCA Hybrid
Three school offerings enhance the learning experience at Prestonwood Christian Academy. All three options are designed to assist in the best possible learning environment for you and your family.
- SCHOOL OVERVIEW
- UNIQUE DESIGN FEATURES
- WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE
- A TYPICAL ON-CAMPUS SCHOOL DAY/WEEK
- A TYPICAL SATELLITE SCHOOL DAY
Prestonwood Christian Academy Hybrid will provide a specialized delivery platform and learning design for its students. PCA Hybrid operates at the Plano Campus as part of the Prestonwood Christian Academy School System.
This uniquely designed school model furthers our ability to expand Kingdom education and provide an additional high quality Christ-centered educational model for our North Dallas community.
PCA Hybrid currently serves grades Kindergarten, 1, 2, 5 and 6. Additional grades will be added as students advance.
In pursuit of excellence in education the mission of Prestonwood Christian Academy is to assist Christian parents by helping equip students to embrace biblical truth, strive for academic excellence, and model Christ-like leadership to influence their homes, churches and communities for Christ.
PCA Hybrid is designed around two instructional models that provide an environment for students to be very proactively involved in the learning process. Our school is a hybrid of Blended Learning and Project-Based Learning. In addition, these instructional platforms are incorporated within a three day a week school classroom schedule and include a two day per week “satellite classroom” learning design.
The satellite learning days may be at home or at other locations that allow for continual learning to take place on the two days students are continuing to work outside our PCA Plano Campus. This well-designed, high quality instructional model allows students/families to have additional flexibility for their educational experience and overall family schedule. Teachers provide academic activities during satellite learning days that are integrated into overall learning objectives. Parents or a designee provide age appropriate supervision and/or guidance during these days. One primary focus of PCA Hybrid is developing students to become more self-directed and take additional responsibility for their learning. This is often referred to as student agency.
A Typical PCA Hybrid On-Campus Day
All academic classes – Student learning focuses on understanding core content, mastering key academic skills, and developing a higher level of understanding with an emphasis on the liberal arts.
In addition, our curriculum integrates skills that equip students for academic success inside and outside the classroom. These skills include, but are not limited to, Dr. Tony Wagner’s 7 Survival Skills (Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Collaboration across Networks and Leading by Influence, Accessing and Analyzing Information, Curiosity and Imagination, Effective Oral and Written Communication, Initiative and Entrepreneurialism, and Agility and adaptability). All aspects of learning and the PCA Hybrid Culture are taught through a biblical worldview.
Lower School On-Campus schedule – School begins at 8:00 a.m. (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday) and ends at 3:10 p.m. for Grades K-2. Students attend all of their core classes (Language Arts, Math, Science, History and Bible) two days a week. One day a week (Tuesday) includes all their enrichment classes, chapel and an extended Project-Based Learning.
Middle School On-Campus Schedule – School begins at 8:00 a.m. (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday) and ends at 3:20 p.m. for Grades 5-6. Students attend their core and enrichment classes on Tuesday and Thursday. Monday serves as a day for chapel, special programs and extended Project-Based Learning.
Additional School Activities – Some examples of activities include enrichment/elective classes, chapel, service project days, Project-Based Learning and other special activities associated with being a part of the Prestonwood Christian Academy School System. For example, Homecoming week including our Homecoming parade, All School Worship, Operation Christmas Child, attending athletic events, music, art and theatre programs, and more!
A Typical PCA Hybrid Satellite Day
One of the unique features of PCA Hybrid is the flexibility of the Satellite School day. Families/students have the option of starting and ending their satellite school day when, where and how they determine works best for them. However, it is recommended that students follow a routine and be provided with a suitable location for the student’s schoolwork to be completed.
Students are provided academic activities/work for each of their core classes during satellite learning days. In addition, there may be activities provided for their enrichment classes as well. The activities provided by all teachers are important components to the overall success of their learning experience. These activities are designed for students to work independently (unless otherwise instructed) with the oversight of an adult, depending on the age, temperament, and ability of each child.
Satellite learning days are strategically designed to extend learning in the absence of a teacher’s assistance. However, similar to traditional homework and in class assignments, teachers monitor student completion and understanding. In addition, appropriate academic assessment for the satellite learning days is provided. Students can expect an average range of three to four hours of work during these days. This allows students to use additional time for reading, working on projects or having the freedom to choose other activities that are important to them.
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- PCA PREVIEW REGISTRATION
- DEFINITION OF TERMS
- FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- TOP FIVE REASONS FAMILIES CONSIDER ENROLLING IN PCA HYBRID
Blended Learning is a term that PCA Hybrid uses to describe an educational strategy that combines the use of online educational activities with more traditional classroom methods. During on-campus school days (three days a week for PCA Hybrid) both teacher and student are present and engaged in a variety of teacher-led activities. Satellite Learning days (two days a week) take place away from the traditional classroom. These activities are designed to extend learning and provide a framework for parent oversight.
Project- Based Learning (PBL)
Project-Based Learning (PBL) is a teaching method in which students learn by actively engaging in real-world and personally meaningful projects. The Seven Essential Project Design Elements for PBL include: Challenging Problem or Question, Sustained Inquiry, Authenticity, Student Voice and Choice, Reflection, Critique and Revision, and a Public Product. PBL requires critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and various forms of communication. To answer a driving question and create high-quality work, students need to do much more than remember information. They need to use higher-order thinking skills and learn to work as a team.
Boss, S. (2001, November 1). Project-Based Learning: Resources for Parents. Edutopia.
Satellite Learning days take place away from the traditional classroom school day and are directed by the student’s parent(s) or another adult. PCA Hybrid academic team provides parents and students the academic activities designed to extend learning during these two days weekly. Many of these activities include computer-mediated content and delivery. The classroom teacher is not actively involved in delivery or oversight of these activities during Satellite Learning days.
Student Agency is when students set goals, devise plans to reach these goals, and monitor and adjust actions as needed. Teachers and parents provide the necessary support during this process and when done properly, students develop a strong sense of ownership and love for learning.
Typical questions asked about PCA Hybrid
When do students attend school?
Three days a week. Daily school start and end times are similar to PCA Plano on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays school times. Lower School 8:00 a.m. - 3:10 p.m. and Middle School 8:00 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.
How do you support students who move at a significantly quicker pace?
Students are provided with additional enrichment opportunities within the content. In addition, they are encouraged to go deeper in their learning. Each teacher adds additional depth to their activities and assignments that provides for such students.
Is being a PCA Hybrid student less rigorous than a PCA Plano or North student?
No, the level of academic expectations are equal. However, the delivery of the content and unique design of the courses varies from course to course between PCA Hybrid and our current school.
Do I have to log in to class at a particular time during satellite learning days?
No, learning activities are completed on your own time and independently.
What’s it like to be a PCA Hybrid student?
Students have additional flexibility and ownership of their weekly academic schedules. They participate in authentic learning while at school with their peers and teachers three days a week. Also, they are provided with activities that extend their learning during their satellite school days.
What can I expect from my teacher?
Your teacher provides each student with the same care and academic expectations as current PCA teachers. The primary difference is the teacher provides students with activities that are completed independently during the satellite learning days as well as their on-campus instruction.
Can students participate in co-curricular activities?
PCA Hybrid students may participate in select co-curricular activities. There are additional fees associated with involvement in these activities.
What does PCA Hybrid offer that is unique from other blended school models?
The major features that make PCA Hybrid unique are: 1) Prestonwood Christian Academy’s mission and vision are the foundation of PCA Hybrid, 2) Project- and Service-Based Learning integrated into much of the course design, 3) Satellite learning days built into the schedule and course design.
Are chapels, biblical integration of curriculum and co-curricular programs a part of PCA Hybrid?
Yes, the new model school has the same high standards for faculty, staff, students, and the curriculum. Biblical integration of learning and the overall spiritual formation of each student mirrors our current PCA standards. This includes students participating in weekly chapels, PCA All School Worship programs and other activities.
How do I get started?
The first step of the admissions process is to make an inquiry. Visit the inquiry/apply link under the "Admissions" box on this page. We look forward to visiting with you soon!
1. Unique Design
PCA Hybrid curriculum is designed to maximize blended learning strategies to fit into a flexible student schedule.
The flexibility of satellite learning days provides students and families a different option for the weekly family schedule. This allows for additional commitments of time outside the regular school schedule.
The program provides families with a financial option that may be a better fit for their stewardship plan.
4. Strength & Resources
5. Biblical Worldview