Enrichment opportunities at Prestonwood Christian Academy are designed to enhance the vertically-aligned curriculum through the addition of innovative learning experiences which extend beyond the classroom.
- Student Leadership Institute
- Biblical Worldview Institute
- High Touch, High Tech
- Stand Up and Be Heard
- Lions Scholar Program
- Future Problem Solvers
- Constitutional Convention
- The Marine Team
- Regional Fair
- Honor Guard
The mission of Student Leadership Institute is to assist our Seventh and Eighth Grade students in the development of their leadership philosophy and skills by exposing them to a biblically based, practical, multifaceted year-long program. The core principles upon which we focus are: serving others, evangelism/engaging the culture and serving in a local church. Each student must apply to be in Middle School SLi. Meeting times are built into our Thursday class schedule with students divided into small groups for training.
One of the most distinctive elements of Prestonwood Christian Academy is the school’s intentional focus on developing a biblical worldview. Biblical Worldview Institute was created to give students, faculty and parents the opportunity to think critically about Christianity around the world!
Check out our Biblical Worldview Institute page to learn about this year's conference and watch speakers from past years!
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The purpose of the Stand Up and Be Heard Program is to help students lose the fear of presenting in front of a group by equipping them with effective presentation skills. The program starts in First Grade with one videoed oral presentation and continues from Second through Eighth Grades with two videoed oral presentations a year. Students learn about key areas of good presentation: stance, introduction, eye contact, voice, gestures and ending. The key component of the program is that students are videoed as they give their presentation and then within the following week a parent meets with each student individually giving them positive feedback as they watch their personal presentation. Students grow in confidence as they learn some key essential elements to oral presentations.
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The Lions Scholar program (LSP) at Prestonwood Christian Academy equips and develops students to enter prestigious universities to attain positions of influence in leadership, academics and places of cultural impact for the purpose of engaging the culture for Christ. The most influential institution in America, if not the world, is the educational institution. In order for evangelical Christians to continually be involved in areas of leadership and influence, they must engage the mind.
The Middle School LSP program (grades 5-8) is structured around texts by Christian authors. This process prepares students for Upper School LSP, which as previously stated emphasizes great books and significant literature.
A focus at Prestonwood Christian Academy is to provide challenging enrichment opportunities for students that compliment and enhance the regular curriculum. Future Problem Solving Program International provides a venue for students at PCA to utilize their skills they have acquired to compete in a competitive setting that includes the best and brightest students from public schools from the state of Texas. Those students who advance to international competition compete against the best from other states and countries also involved in FPSPI.
The goals of the program are to:
Develop creative thinking (fluency, flexibility, originality, and elaboration)
Develop and improve research skills
Increase awareness of and interest in the future while studying current significant issues
Develop teamwork skills
Improve communication skills both written and verbal
Develop critical and analytical thinking skills
Learn and utilize problem solving strategies
Future Problem Solving, which began in 1974, is an international competitive program where gifted and high-achieving students are given the opportunity to compete in either team, individual, community service, creative drama, or scenario writing competitions. FPS teaches students how to think, not what to think, and instructs students how to examine the world in constructive ways while providing them with strategies for facing the unknowable future. (FPS Manual)
The year was 1787. The place: the State House in Philadelphia, the same location where the Declaration of Independence had been signed eleven years earlier. For four months, fifty-five delegates from the several states met to frame a Constitution for a federal republic that would last into "remote futurity." Prestonwood Christian Academy's Fifth Grade students portray those delegates to that convention and the framing of the federal Constitution. This meaningful activity involves active debate on the key issues of the day and challenges our students to think critically.
PCA is committed to teaching students about a healthy lifestyle. The FitnessGram is a series of physical activities done by students in a controlled setting in order to obtain a benchmark of their overall fitness level. The testing consists of several components such as a pacer test, push-ups, curl-ups, a trunk lift, and a BMI measurement that provide an indication of a student’s level of fitness. Results are sent home, along with a letter of explanation, after all test data is entered. This is repeated annually in order to track growth.
The primary focus of PCA’s Marine Team is to learn how aquatic organisms live, interact, and develop within their environment. Marine Team members learn through a hands-on approach where they study, observe, care for, research and demonstrate their knowledge of the organisms associated within their care. Through participation in the Marine Team, members also learn about team work, responsibility, ecology, conservation and God’s creation. A nine week program which is integrated into the Seventh Grade science curriculum allows all students to be Marine Team members. Following this program, students are given an opportunity to participate further if they are interested.
The PCA Middle School Honor Guard is made up of approximately twenty Sixth Grade students who have a strong desire to honor the Lord by demonstrating a love for their country. This is accomplished through participation in a reverent flag ceremony at the beginning and end of each school day for one week a month. The Honor Guard also presents the American flag at various ceremonies and worship times during the school year.
- Future Problem Solvers State and National Competition
- Destination ImagiNation
- ACSI Speech Meet
- Spelling Bee
- ACSI Math Olympics
Team Global Issues Problem Solving Competition
This elective program is designed for those students who desire to be challenged at a higher level through competition. Future Problem Solving Program International (FPSPI) is an international competitive program where gifted and high-achieving students compete in teams of three or four after researching topics that have implications for the future and are of global concern. Students utilize reading strategies while reviewing non-fiction material necessary for researching the FPSPI topics for the year. The topics are always interdisciplinary, but reading and language arts skills dominate the content of the program. The program develops creative thinking, research skills, critical and analytical thinking skills, communication skills (oral/written), problem solving strategies, as well as increases awareness of and interest in the future.
As part of the FPSPI team competition, students are required to research a given topic prior to competition, then in a two-hour time period, they are given a future scene or scenario based on the topic that contains a problem for them to address. Teams must generate and write sixteen challenges, choose one to solve, develop sixteen solutions, write five criteria questions in which to evaluate their best solution, then write a persuasive essay selling the team’s best solution. The work from each team is then forwarded to the state office for evaluation. Winners on problem three each year are then invited to compete at the state bowl in Austin, Texas. Winners at the state level advance to international competition. Some examples of the topics covered in FPSPI over the past few years are: nanotechnology, immigration, climate threats/change, orphaned children, sensory overload, cyber conflict, child labor, and genetic engineering. Participating in FPS takes commitment and dedication. The problem solving skills necessary to perform in FPSPI are skills corporations and businesses of all kinds would desire from an employee.
Teams that qualified for the state bowl on the third competition travel to Austin the third weekend in April. The first and second place winners at the state bowl compete at the international conference in May. Students are graded on their individual performance not what they do collectively as a team.
In conjunction with the Future Problem Solving Program International curriculum, students compose futuristic short stories (1,500 words or less) related to one of the current year's topics. Stories are first submitted for in school competition, and then several in each age division are selected to advance to the state competition. The first, second, and third place winner in each affiliate (state) program is invited to the FPSPI International writing competition. The first place state winner and all international finalists are invited to the International Conference to compete in an on-site writing competition.
The ACSI Spelling Bee is held annually for students in third through eighth grades. ACSI provides a list of spelling words designed to help students integrate both writing and reading exercises with spelling. Students first compete within their grade level with the top students advancing to the District competition. From the District level, students in fifth through eighth grades become eligible to advance to the Regional competition. The objective of this competition is to develop good spelling habits, good vocabulary, proper communication as well as to promote fellowship with students from other Christian schools.
The In-House Spelling Bee will take place the week of November 26. The District Spelling Bee will take place on Friday, February 1, 2019 at Firewheel Christian Academy.
Registration for the 2018-19 In-House Spelling Bees will open on October 29 and will close at 5:00 p.m. on November 16.
To register for the In-House Spelling Bee, contact the Curriculum office at 972-930-4015 or email Anslie Dysart at email@example.com. Provide your student's first and last name, grade level, and homeroom teacher to register. A confirmation email will be sent that will include the word list.
The ACSI Math Olympics is held annually for students in third through eighth grades. Students choose to participate in either the Computation or the Reasoning category and work with parent coaches prior to each level of competition. Students first compete within their grade level with the top students advancing to the District competition. From the District level, students become eligible to advance to the Regional competition. The objective of this competition is to stimulate an interest in math and provide opportunities for fellowship with math students from other Christian schools. Students are also recognized for their achievements and are given the opportunity to glorify God through their mathematical abilities.
To learn more about the Math Olympics schedule and testing procedures, click on the Information Sheet and Testing Instructions.
To register your student and to register as a Parent Coach, click on the "Click to Register" link below. For questions regarding Math Olympics, contact Anslie Dysart in the Curriculum Office at 927-930-4015, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.