We are delighted that many people inside and even outside of Prestonwood Christian Academy recognize the fact that we do school "differently." While some may perceive that a private Christian school is a proverbial bubble isolating students from the "real world," PCA takes seriously the biblical charge to "take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ" and we share the philosophy with C.S. Lewis that it is better to "irrigate the deserts" by training students to be discerning and shrewd in their dealings with the world. It is the same training method that Jesus used with his own disciples.
In Matthew 10, Jesus sends out his twelve into the world with this statement: "I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves." The Christian community has focused on the second part of that charge – teaching our students to be as innocent as doves – to avoid being stained by the world; but in the past the first part of this charge has been overlooked much to the detriment of our students. Study after study confirms that Christian students are walking away from their faith as they leave the comforts and confines of home and enter into the "brave new world" on the college campus. At least three out of four (some say as high as nine out of ten) students are ill-equipped for the challenges to their faith they will encounter from friends, professors and the world at large.
Like the famous Dylan Thomas poem, we prepare students not to go gently into that good night – and to do that we have developed a myriad of opportunities that produce conflict, stimulate critical thinking, and equip students and their families to demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God (2 Cor. 10:5). As Isaac Ambrose once wrote, "...you have arduous work allotted to you, and you have neither time nor talent to throw away." At PCA we take this charge seriously to prepare and equip our students for the challenges and opportunities that await them. This intentional effort is what makes Prestonwood Christian Academy "DISTINCTIVE."
On the left side of this page, you will find links to what really makes PCA "distinctive." From our Mission Statement to our ministry opportunities, we hope you'll spend some time and see that PCA is serious about being more than just a haven from a world system that stands in opposition to biblical truth – we are also a training facility, a springboard, and a resource to help raise up a new generation of godly young men and women while strengthening families on their journey. In the classic Lewis tale The Last Battle, Lord Digory responds to Lucy's impression that everything seemed so "different" than before. His response was, "And of course it is different; as different as a real thing is from a shadow or as waking life is from a dream." The "differences" at PCA are intentional and profound – and we hope you find that they are exactly what you are looking for in an educational environment to help you train up your children in the way they should go!