GOD'S WORD IS TAUGHT
“You shall therefore impress these words of mine on your heart and on your soul . . . And you shall teach them to your sons, talking of them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road and when you lie down and when you rise up.” (Deuteronomy 11:18-19)
What we find in this scripture is a clear biblical mandate to saturate our children’s minds with the Word of God. It’s a difficult task under any circumstances, one which becomes even more challenging in a public school setting. PCA offers a refreshing, biblical alternative. Not only is the Bible taught for what it is—the inspired Word of God—but it forms the foundation of all other texts. In math, in social studies, in biology, all academic roads lead to God, in whom all knowledge has its origin. An education that uses God’s Word as its foundational text does more than produce spiritually-mature Christians. It makes them wiser and more knowledgeable. It forces them to be better thinkers. And isn’t that the goal of education in the first place?
THE SCHOOL SHARES YOUR VALUES
If you’re like most Christian parents, you’ve taught your children about God since the day they were born. You’ve taken them to church, read them Bible stories, and sung “Jesus Loves Me.” By entrusting your children to educators who share your values, you can have confidence that this training is continuing on in the classroom.
Even the best public schools are prohibited from reinforcing the biblical values you teach at home. However, at PCA, biblical values set the tone for every activity and lesson. Students are taught respect and upright character, following the example that has been given to us through Jesus Christ.
With large student populations, public schools can only go so far in the area of discipline. The result? More frequent occurrences of theft and physical violence, not to mention coarse profanity and open rebellion in the classroom. Simply put, Christian schools are a safer place for your children to receive an education. While not devoid of problems, such incidences are far less likely to occur at PCA, and will be met with firm disciplinary action. In addition to physical well-being, Christian schools offer a much safer emotional and spiritual environment. Verbal insults and hazing are not tolerated, and policies are in place to address any situation that causes harm to another student.
Unfortunately, our nation’s public schools are far less academically rigorous than they once were. Many students who graduate from public schools are ill-prepared to move on to college or the workforce. However, private school graduates receive enhanced instruction in study skills, time and project management, and critical thinking, reading, and writing, making them better equipped for higher education and professional life. In keeping with this trend, PCA has consistently surpassed state and national standards in annual achievement tests.
COMMITTED, CHRISTIAN TEACHERS
“For by wise guidance you will wage war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory.” (Proverbs 24:6)
An immeasurable benefit of PCA is the committed, godly teachers who lead our classrooms. Most of these dedicated men and women sacrifice greater monetary rewards to serve where they can do the most intrinsic good. In addition to the passion they feel for their students, our teachers here at PCA love God with equal intensity. And in the Christian school setting, these wonderful educators are not prohibited from sharing their faith with their students, but are encouraged and expected to do so.
Teachers are a school’s heartbeat, its pulse. They are also among the most influential role models in students’ lives. And while you can certainly find Christian educators in public school, the best of all academic worlds exists when all the players—the school board, the principal, the teachers and the parents—are operating under the same educational paradigm.
PCA can promise to offer individualized attention to your child. Because of our low student-to-teacher ratios, we offer smaller, more intimate gatherings that encourage students to be participants rather than spectators. Students learn how to think quickly and gain valuable experience sharing their thoughts and opinions in a public forum. Teachers are able to gauge the progress of each student on a regular basis, which ensures that students will not be “left behind” when concepts prove to be challenging.
At Providence Christian Academy, 16 is the maximum number of students allowed in a classroom without School Board approval to raise the limit. Many of our classes have fewer than 16 students, averaging 12 students in our Elementary and Middle School classes.
“Bad company corrupts good morals.” (1 Corinthians 15:33)
Make no mistake: your children will be exposed to bad company no matter where they go to school. But in a Christian environment, they’ll be much less likely to find themselves surrounded by destructive influences, and far more likely to find positive ones. Many of our students and parents have shared that PCA feels like a family. Friendships are nurtured for years, and relationships grow deeper as they grow in Christ’s love. Our faculty and staff are in tune with the dynamic among students within the classroom as well as in the hallways and lunchroom, which is possible due to our smaller class sizes.