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?
At PCA we use the metaphor of a portrait to explain the qualities we hope to give 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 molder 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!
- 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
A PCA graduate will understand having a reverence for God is the beginning of wisdom. Without reverence and recognition of God education is secular. Our students will Learn to think and discern (Hebrews 5:14) as a mature believer in Christ 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
A PCA graduate will have perspective that gives them purpose in their work. They will develop a strong work ethic because they will know and understand the importance of 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 2:2-3A PCA graduate will recognize God has bestowed intellect, talents and gifts upon us. Understanding this takes the focus off of us and rightfully places it on our Lord. Our students will demonstrate the love and attitude of Jesus Christ to all people and seek first the kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33).
"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
A PCA graduate will use their Christian liberal arts environment to learn think and analyze. Our students will use their minds 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. 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
A PCA graduate will strive for excellence, problem-solve, use critical analysis and thinking in their natural thought process. The apostle Paul encouraged the Corinthians to strengthen their minds-- including all systems of philosophy, opinions, and powers of reason being subject to the word of God. Our students will be integrated into a culture of rigor which will serve as a catalyst to pursue excellence in every area of one's life.