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
- Future Problem Solvers
- Great Books Program
- Lions Scholar Program
- STEM Honors Program
- Career Fair
At Prestonwood Christian Academy, the Student Leadership Institute's mission is to assist young people in the development of their leadership philosophy and skills by exposing them to a biblically-based, practical, multifaceted year-long program.
Students are trained in the biblical model and definition of leadership with a core emphasis on three operating principles. This model focuses on individual and institutional commitments to becoming selfless and other-centered. Students are challenged to become more like Christ as they strive for a higher level of leadership training.
All Ninth-Twelfth Grade students are eligible to apply! Click here for online registration.
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!
Future Problem Solving at PCA provides a venue for students who qualify for honors or AP English to utilize their skills they have acquired to compete in a competitive setting that includes the best and brightest students from public schools in the state of Texas. Students utilize reading strategies as they review non-fiction material necessary for researching FPS topics annually. Some examples of topics covered previously in FPS are: nanotechnology, immigration, climate threats/change, orphaned children, sensory overload, cyber conflict, child labor and more. The students who advance to international competition compete against the best from other states and countries also involved in the FPS program.
All incoming 9th -12th grade students are required to complete an application and teacher recommendation form. (9th grade students who have been involved in FPS in Middle School do not need to complete a teacher recommendation form. This has already been completed by your 8th grade teacher).
Each of the following forms must be completed and turned in to the FPS Director. Forms available by contacting Shannon Lichty.
- Application Form
- Teacher Recommendation Form
- Parent Questionnaire
- Student Questionnaire
Honors Credit for FPS
An FPS course is offered during the fall semester for PreAP/honors credit. Students will receive 0.5 honors credit for their participation during spring semester.
Honors/PreAP Independent study credit will be given each semester to those students that participate in FPS once a week during activity period. Students that participate all four years, but never advance to state bowl competition will earn one full credit. Students that advance to the state bowl have the potential to earn two full credits upon graduation. In order to be awarded this credit, students must attend all required sessions and complete the assigned work.
Please email Shannon Lichty for more information.
The student, with the help of the instructor, engages in reflective interaction with the crucial questions raised in the selected texts. Courses are cycled every four years and selected texts are chosen from the following thinkers:
• Fall: Homer and Virgil
• Spring: Plato and Aristotle
• Fall: Lucretius and Marcus Aurelius
• Spring: Augustine and Aquinas
• Fall: Dante and Milton
• Spring: Descartes and Locke
• Fall: Hobbes and Rousseau
• Spring: Nietzsche and Dostoyevsky
• Each weekly 45-minute class centers on reading the required material and engaging in lively discussion.
In these texts we confront some of mankind’s greatest minds and deepest imaginations as they inquire into the ideas we value the most. The course is structured so as to inform students of important truths (and falsehoods) in these ideas, and to equip them with the necessary intellectual virtues for evaluating them: Fulfilling these twin goals requires that students be
You may request more specific information on GBP from Xavier Bannis, Great Books Program director at email@example.com.
Other than the $100 entry fee, there are no entrance requirements for students wanting to participate in the Great Books Program. The course is designed to be easy to enter but progressively difficult to master. All entering students must be self-motivated and be willing to read extensively.
Although there are no entry requirements for the program, students wishing to continue in the study must meet the following requirements:
• The student must participate in at least one other enrichment program at PCA (Lions Scholar, Minimester, Future Problem Solving, Learning Lab, etc.).
• The student must attend all scheduled weekly meetings and participate in class discussion.
• The student must complete summer reading of at least one Great Book (from a recommended list assigned by the instructor) and provide a 2 page summary and evaluation of the text.
• The student receives the Great Books endorsement on their diploma and transcript.
• The student receives a solid foundation for college studies in the Humanities.
• The student cultivates new powers of perception, critical thinking and self-expression.
• The student is equipped to develop a Christian worldview that incorporates truths learned from the Humanities.
Lions Scholar Program
Middle School (Grades 5-8)
- Have and maintain “A”s in core classes: History, Math, Science, and English (5th through 8th)
Upper School (Grades 9-12)
- Have and maintain a 3.5 GPA
- Participate in the Student Leadership Institute (requires acceptance)
- Participate in the Distinguished Achievement Program
New to PCA:
- Score in the 90th percentile in both Total Reading and Total Mathematics on admissions test
- Participate in the Student Leadership Insitute (requires acceptance)
- Participate in the Distinguished Achievement Program
Students in grades 5-6:
Attend monthly meetings (six total) with the LSP staff
Read through books like Children Demand A Verdict by Josh McDowell, The Case for Faith for Kids, or The Case for Christ for Kids
Pay a non-refundable processing fee of $75 (billed through the Business Office)
Student in grades 7-8:
Attend weekly meetings with LSP staff
Read through and write book reviews on books such as More Than A Carpenter by Josh McDowell, and Know Why You Believe by Paul Little
Pay a non-refundable processing fee of $75 (billed through the Business Office)
Students in grades 9-12 must meet the following requirements to graduate with Lions Scholar honors:
Attend weekly meetings with the Lions Scholar director
Choose a specified FOCUS track (i.e., Politics/Law/Economics, Theology/Philosophy, Science/Math, Literature/Fine Arts, etc.)
Write a FOCUS paper during Freshman, Sophomore and Junior years
Write a Senior thesis
Attend two summer study programs: academic in nature and at least a week long (does not include test prep or church trips)
Participate in Student Leadership Institute
Participate in the Distinguished Achievement Program
Read through two books and write book reviews, or complete exercises from such books as Plato’s Dialogues, Descartes’ Meditations and W.L. Craig’s Hard Questions, Real Answers (books determined each year)
Must have participated in the Lions Scholar Program both junior and senior years and receive a minimum grade of “B”
LSP for Upper School students counts as an honors credit class which is averaged into the students GPA.
Pay a non-refundable processing fee of $125 (billed through the Business Office)
Must have a 3.5 GPA or higher at graduation.
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Application Process and Timeline: Students will need to apply and be accepted into this program. Application forms will also be distributed via email and be available in our math and science classes.
Students must meet the following requirements for membership and/or successful completion the STEM Honors Program:
- Maintain overall GPA of 3.5 or above
- Successful completion of at least 4 of the following courses by graduationPre-AP Pre-Calculus
AP Physics 1 (or PAP Physics)
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
AP Physics C
AP Computer Science (currently offered online)
- Pursuit of a Distinguished Diploma
- Participation in at least junior and senior years (exception for seniors in year one of program)
- Freshmen and Sophomore members must be enrolled in at least one Pre-AP math or science course
- Completion of a total 40 hours of outside study. Outside study may be earned in increments averaging 10 hours per year. (2017 graduates will be required to have completed 30 total hours). During the upcoming school year, suitable outside study opportunities to be arranged to help program members earn outside study credit. Outside study targeted to be university and/or business-sponsored STEM-related summer camps or internships.
- Freshmen and Sophomore members complete a proof of concept project (not required for the upcoming school year, but thereafter one proof of concept project for each year.)
- Juniors and Seniors members complete a two-year research project (one project over the span of two years; not required of members graduating in first two years of program; next year (year 2 of our program), members who are then juniors will start their two-year projects.)
- Attend at least 75% of STEM Honors Program meetings
Twelfth grade students meet with various professionals in our community including, top attorneys, interior designers, chefs, doctors and politicians in order to learn more about the professional world beyond PCA. Each year we partner with the guidance office in order to ensure we have a representation of the job interests of each Senior class. Students are given time time to ask questions and learn more about possible fields of interest before declaring a major in college.
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.
Mock Trial is a national competition founded by the Dallas Bar Association. Students receive a civil or criminal court case written by attorneys then analyze and prepare arguments for both sides of the problem.
Auditions for team spots are held in the spring semester each year.
• Public Speaking
• Analytical Reading and Processing
• Legal Argument Construction
• Understanding of the Legal System
• Regional Competition: January 30 and February 7, 2016
• State Competition: March 3-5, 2016
• National Competition: May 10-14, 2016
Michael Head- Instructor and Coach
Zeke Fortenberry- Attorney Coach
TAPPS Academic Competition offers students the opportunity to compete and excel in the subjects where they demonstrate strength, or find enjoyment in learning. Prestonwood Christian Academy students compete against each other and students from other schools in subject-specific tests in math, science, Spanish, social studies and English. The objective for PCA students is to earn a sense of individual achievement and an even greater victory in giving glory to God through their talents.