Portrait of a Graduate
The biblical teachings are an integral part of our daughter's life. That coupled with a strong academic program is very important to us and is done extremely well at PCA.
What does a PCA Graduate look like?
PCA uses the metaphor of a portrait to explain the qualities desired for each one of our students! We pray that every PCA student will embody the qualities we envision when we think of what a future PCA graduate will look like. Although the primary molders of these “portraits” or students are the parents, the school’s influence plays a significant part. What qualities does PCA aspire to produce in its students?
We hope students graduate from PCA with a reverence for God, eternal perspective, humility, specific process of learning that involves rigor, high expectations and accountability!
You can read more about each of our portrait qualities below and watch the videos which highlight a story of a student or alumni who well represent a characteristic of the Portrait.
- Reverence For God
- An Eternal Perspective
- The Process of Learning or Scholarship
- Rigor, High Expectations and Accountability
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight." -Proverbs 9:10
Reverence for God is the beginning point of wisdom. Without reverence and recognition of God, education essentially is secular. Learning to think and discern as a mature believer in Christ is undergirded by authentic respect and love for our Lord.
"Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward." -Colossians 3:23-24
An eternal perspective is interdependent with reverence. This type of perspective gives us purpose in our work and it develops a strong work ethic because we know and understand that we are working to please and honor God. The Latin phrase on our school crest, Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (for God's greater glory) frames our motives.
"Complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves." -Philippians 2:2-3Humility is cultivated when one recognizes that our life is about Him, we are 'serving-as-His leader'. Recognizing that God has bestowed intellect, talents and gifts upon us takes the focus off of us and rightfully places it on our Lord. This compels us to demonstrate the love and attitude of Jesus Christ to all people, characterized by selflessness, servanthood and a lifestyle of obedience to seeking first the Kingdom of God.
"For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." -Ephesians 2:10
The process of learning or scholarship is conditioned by reverence, eternal perspective and humility. The Christian liberal arts environment nurtures the mind to become eager to learn, think and analyze. All knowledge and every academic discipline is appreciated and not for a 'grade' per se, but because the very process of learning scholastic excellence becomes a commitment to discipline the mind. Using our mind to not only magnify God but to serve as His ambassador in areas of law, business, medicine, engineering, education, ministry and any assignment God calls us to as an act of obedience and reverence. The development of a biblical worldview is the fruit of this process.
"We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ." -II Corinthians 10:5
Rigor, high expectations and accountability complement the entire learning environment as students grow accustomed to striving for excellence. Problem solving, thinking, critical analysis and synthesis strengthen the mind and become natural thought processes. The apostle Paul encouraged the Corinthians to strengthen their mind-- including all systems of philosophy, opinions and powers of reason being subject to the word of God. A culture of rigor serves as a catalyst to pursue excellence in every area of one's life.