Biblical Worldview Integration:
The Truths of God’s Holy Word are woven into every class at every level at PCA, not just in chapel and Bible class.
Pre-Kindergarten 3 through grade 12 students experience a weekly chapel as well as five All School Worship services throughout the year.
Character Training: PCA puts an emphasis on character training, the PCA Code of Honor, respect and servant leadership. Students in Pre-Kindergarten 3 through grade 12 are taught an intentional Bible study model.
Students in the Lower School, Middle School and Upper School are involved in mission trips and service projects. Older students serve as mentors and inspirations for the younger students through the Adopt-An-Athlete, Reading Buddies and Mission Partner programs.
PCA is founded on the philosophy of Kingdom Education, which focuses on the partnership between the home, school and church. This philosophy sets PCA apart as a biblical worldview training model for the next generation. Click Image for full PDF Version
PCA provides balance for the student and the family. Attention to homework loads and homework relevancy; coupled with individual attention and tutoring provided by the faculty; plus, a block schedule result in academic excellence without placing undue stress on students or their families.
Student-Mandated: Teachers and administration are able to focus on each student’s needs rather than relying on the results of a state-mandated test.
Small group settings allow for a more intensive and personal training setting than larger groups. Following the example of Jesus and his twelve disciples, PCA is taking steps to increase small group training opportunities in every grade level. Seventh through twelfth grade students have Advisory Groups during their weekly chapel session and every third week the entire time will be devoted to small group training. Sixth grade boys have benefited from the table group discussions during the monthly Start Strong/Finish Strong time and fifth grade boys participate similar program called Iron Man. Fifth and sixth grade girls have the Fine China Sisterhood and Fine China Society. Lower School students benefit from programs designed by the Lower School Counselor to meet their needs and will have a dedicated time of small group discipleship and weekly Bible study following their chapel program as well.
Tuition assistance is based on qualified needs and is distributed as available from year to year. Approximately 20 percent of PCA students receive tuition assistance with an average grant of $6,221. In 2011, PCA was able to award $2.19 million in financial aid.
Princeton University, Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Duke
Belmont University, Colgate University, Colorado School of Mines, Emory University, Hillsdale College, Marquette University, Tulane University, Vanderbilt University, Rhodes College, Rice University, Wheaton College, University of Southern California, Wake Forest, Washington University
Big 12 Division:
Baylor University, Oklahoma State University, Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, University of Kansas, University of Missouri, University of Oklahoma, University of Texas at Austin
Abilene Christian University, Cedarville University, Dallas Baptist University, Dordt College, Furman University, Hardin-Simmons University, Howard Payne University, John Brown University, Liberty University, Oklahoma Baptist University, Oklahoma Christian University, Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Ouachita Baptist University, Palm Beach Atlantic, Samford University,Union University, University of Mary-Hardin Baylor, Wheaton College, The Kings College, Southern Methodist University, Texas Christian University
Writing Across the Curriculum:
The Collins Thinking and Writing Program helps teachers and students use common vocabulary as well as set levels of expectations on writing across the curriculum and writing in every course, whether it is Music, Science or English. The byproduct is to develop good communication skills while emphasizing higher order thinking processes.
Developed Research Plan:
Students in grades 1 through 12 are learning research skills that are preparing them for college.
Spectrum of Learners:
We reach many levels of learners from those with learning differences in the Learning Lab to those gifted in the Advanced Placement® courses. In addition, students are offered the option of demonstrating mastery in a variety of ways rather than only through written tests.
Emphasis on Western Civilization:
PCA teaches the foundation of our society and the Christian faith. Lower School Enrichment Courses: Students in Pre-Kindergarten 3 through grade 4 are exposed to Spanish, art, technology, music, PE and library.
Duke Talent Search:
75 percent of PCA 7th grade students qualified.
AP® Test Scores:
PCA Upper School students have a 86 percent Advanced Placement exam pass rate versus the national average of 56 percent. Advanced Placement classes are nationally-recognized, college-level courses. Highly qualified Upper School students gain college credit and recognition in the college admission process when they pass each AP course exam.
2011 PCA graduates accumulated $5.8 million dollars in college scholarships.
FISKE Book Publishing:
PCA was the only school with more than one student to have their essay published in the annual FISKE Real College Essays book.
AP® Scholar Awards:
Twentyfive PCA students have earned recognition as AP Scholars. One PCA student, now attending Columbia University, achieved the highest possible score of five on all eight AP exams.
Nearly 100 percent of PCA students have matriculated to over 140 colleges and universities, including some of the most prestigious fine arts and engineering colleges and universities.
PCA is continuing to train teachers on how to integrate higher order thinking skills throughout the curriculum. One means is through Socratic Seminars where students learn to clearly express their opinions with supporting evidence from a text; to question or defend the accuracy of what they read; to challenge the ideas of the author by noting bias, distortion or lack of information; to contrast the accuracy of one text with other sources to form defensible critiques; and to make solid judgments about a text derived from interpretation and inferential information.
National Merit Scholars:
In the past six years PCA has had 7 National Merit Finalists 9 National Merit Semifinalists and 17 National Merit Commended students.
The Fine Arts department produces a play each fall and a musical each spring. PCA’s production of Little Women was selected as a “show stopper” state winner by the USA Today Weekend Magazine. A Dallas Morning News reporter wrote of the PCA production of the musical, 42nd Street, “I can honestly say that I have never been to a better high school production.”
PCA’s theatre students have won three straight national championships at the ITS National Festival in Lincoln, NE. For the past threeyears, the “group musical” entry has been selected as one of nine entries from out of hundreds to be featured in a final night showcase of champions.
Middle School Drama:
The Middle School drama department produces a theatrical production each spring. Last year, PCA had the first Middle School student ever to qualify for Nationals in the Monologue competition at the Texas Thespian State Festival.
Over 65 percent of Upper School students are involved in fine arts.
PCA provides Lower School and Middle School students an opportunity to participate in the Honor Choir, an elite auditioned ensemble. This choir performs regularly in the north Dallas area and competes annually at the ACSI choir festival, where it routinely receives “Superior” ratings from all judges.
PCA’s band program has over 30 students participating in the 6th grade band this year, a strong Middle School band enrollment, and a very committed core of Upper School students, there is great momentum in this program that will serve PCA well for many years. This year, our band introduced the PCA PRIDE Pep band, which will be at all football games and pep rallies, supporting our athletic teams.
PCA’s art program gets stronger every year. For the past three years, PCA’s upper school art department has won the TAPPS State Art championship by significant margins over the 2nd place school. Additionally, a PCA student recieved First Place at the COngressional Art Competition in the local district.
Since 2000, PCA athletic teams have brought home:
- 28 District Championships
- 19 Regional Championships
- 9 State Championships
- 9 State Championship Runner-up teams
- 6 National Championships
PCA offers a range of athletic opportunities for students in grades 7-12. Currently the Lions compete in 14 interscholastic sports and have a total of 46 varsity and sub-varsity teams.
Over 85 percent of Upper School students are active in athletics.
PCA at the College-Level:
PCA has just over 25 athletes competing at the college level in numerous athletic programs across the country, while two alumni are playing Major League Baseball.
PCA Athletes Gain National Attention:
PCA’s varsity boy’s basketball team has 2 players gaining national exposure as they are highly touted recruits. One has already committed to the University of Kansas while the other one is ranked as one of the nation's top two high school prospects for the class of 2013.
Full-time Campus Ministry Team
- Full-time Campus Ministry Team
- Full-time Director of Curriculum vertically aligns every piece of curriculum from Pre-Kindergarten 3 through grade 12.
- Full-time Worldview Director provides direction on culturally-relevant decisions students and parents face on a day-to-day basis, challenging students to define, discuss and defend their positions in preparation for their college years.
- Director of Diversity leads the initiative, based on the definition of biblical diversity: gender, race, age, ability (physical challenges and individual talents), ethnicity (culture) and economic status.
- Full-time Director of Speech Communications
- Full-time Director of Fine Arts
Student Leadership Institute:
Students who participate in Student Leadership Institute (SLi) are given the opportunity to immerse themselves in culture through training, debate, event participation, being a servant leader and being actively involved in a local church body.
The Lions Scholar Program (LSP) equips and develops Middle School and Upper School 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 PCA Learning Lab supports students with diagnosed learning differences so that they can experience success in the regular academic schedule and be prepared to succeed in college.
Kingdom Parent Institute:
Through Kingdom Parent Institute (KPi), parents are provided with classes, two family mission trips and biblically-based materials to assist in being a Kingdom parent. Parents and students are both offered the opportunity to attend the annual Biblical Worldview Institute featuring speakers and topics applicable to the culture.
World Impact Day:
World Impact Day is a school-wide program focused on missions and service efforts. The PCA family is given the opportunity to pray for the student missionaries, commission them for their trips and offer financial support.
Middle School and Upper School students are offered a spring trip that exposes them to opportunities in mission work, internships, academic growth and fine arts. There are over 12 local and national trips available. Lower School students participate by adopting mission trips to support through prayers and supplies.
In addition to providing a strong academic foundation, one of PCA’s goals is for a graduating student to be able to define their faith and defend their faith. PCA alumni comment frequently at how surprised they are when they try to have a serious discussion with their college peers saying, “They have not had the training to know what they believe, much less how to define or defend a belief.”
Upper School students have the opportunity to participate in many clubs including: the Fury (school spirit organization), Chess Club, International Student Outreach (Diversity Club), International Thespian Society, National Honor Society, Green Team (Recycle club), Student Government Association, Spanish Club, Investment Club, Physics Club, Debate Club, Student Ambassador League, Future Doctors of America.
Many competitions are provided as opportunities for students to take what they’ve learned and put it into practice. PCA competitions include: Academic Decathlon, Future Problem Solvers, Mock Trial, Math Challenge, TAPPS, competitions including Winston Science with over 25 different science competitions, as well as many Fine Arts and Athletic competitions.
Portrait of a PCA Graduate
All schools, including PCA, proclaim goals of developing college preparatory skills and a certain level of fundamental life skills. Understandably, the portrait of an 18 year-old’s character, work ethic, or academic prowess is far from being complete, knowing that one’s mind, heart, and overall maturity continues over a lifetime. Scripture provides insight in that even Jesus matured in four areas as described in Luke 2:52. This holistic scriptural maturity paradigm provides a balanced picture, or portrait, for all of us to contemplate. Indeed, the maturity cycle does not end when one receives a diploma, however, there are foundational training strategies that certainly increase the probability of a child internalizing a desired belief system; and learning habits; and, genuinely living out a Christ-like character trait. Although the primary molder of these “portraits” are the parents, the school’s influence plays a significant part. Thus, what does the school aspire to produce? It is our prayer, that our students graduate PCA with the following foundational desired outcomes — the Portrait of a PCA Graduate:
- To fear and respect God (Psalm 33:8) understanding that this is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 9:10) and that one’s true identity is secure in Christ (Col. 2:9-10). They also continue to develop a balanced and arduous spiritual growth plan as portrayed in Luke 2:52 (to grow in wisdom, stature and in favor with God and with man as Jesus did) so they learn to think as a mature believer (1 Cor. 14:20), mature as a Christ-follower and acquire discernment (Hebrews 5:14).
- To practice a strong work ethic coupled with an eternal perspective (Col. 3:23) devoting themselves to the work that God has pre-pared for them (Eph. 2:10). Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (for God’s greater purpose) becomes central to their daily work and service.
- To embark upon and seek to continue a rigorous, intellectual path, understanding the importance of developing the mind. Their training prepares them to engage their culture with biblically-sound thoughts, ideas and truth (II Cor. 10:5). They are prepared to give a defense for the hope that lies within them (1 Peter 3:15).
- To embrace the creative nature of God (Genesis 1:1, Eph. 2:10) and seek to appreciate a wide variety of disciplines of study associated with a strong liberal arts education as the foundation to enter the discussion on the great questions of life (Acts 17). This would be characterized by proven writing, thinking and synthesis skills as well as demonstrated mastery of academic objectives in the humanities (literature and history), mathematics, sciences and Christian doctrine. The study of God’s word and the pursuit of understanding the entire narrative describing the Creation, Fall and Redemption story assists in developing an authentic biblical worldview and developing the life habit of taking every thought captive (II Cor. 10:5).
- To have a “big picture perspective” of the world and to demonstrate the love and attitude of Christ Jesus to all people. This attitude would be characterized by selflessness, humility and servant-hood (Phil. 2:2-11) and a lifestyle of obedience to seeking first the kingdom of God (Mat. 6:33).