At Providence, we are committed to ensuring that all students truly learn,
understand, and apply the material. This involves much more than simply completing coursework, attending classes, or memorizing information for a test. While this approach may seem intuitive for a school, it is key to preparing students to function with the skills they need in the 21st century. A focus on learning has a number of implications for the classroom and instruction:
1. Students should seek to take classes that will put them in their “learning zone.” Research shows that we learn best when we are appropriately stretched and challenged. Classes that are too easy or too hard actually impede the learning process.
2. Grades measure learning and report student progress. Grades are determined by how students meet the learning criteria, which are determined by the state and national learning standards. It is important that grades be understood as a measurement tool and an indicator of progress, not as the end goal or as a reward or punishment.
3. The implications of grading based on standards are
a. If students do not succeed at learning the material the first time, they will continue to work to demonstrate that they have learned. This may involve retaking a test, demonstrating the learning through another means, or getting additional time and support to demonstrate they have learned those concepts.
b. A student’s learning habits and behaviors– like putting forth one’s best effort, organization, timeliness, and participation– are measured and reported separately from the grade. These habits are extremely important, and separating them from the grade helps students and parents know clearly what a student has learned, as well as how a student is performing in class through separate measurements.
4. Students should seek to take courses that will provide them a variety of academic opportunities and prepare them for future study. Research about the skills needed for the 21st century shows that students should seek to take classes in world languages, the arts, technology, economics, as well as the traditional core subjects, to ensure they are well rounded and ready for their collegiate study.
Providence Christian Academy’s course progression provides structure and support for students throughout their middle and high school experience. Below is the standard course progression for all students; however, substitutions and exceptions may be discussed with the Principal. PCA offers Honors and Advanced Placement options that may be substituted for standard courses. Providence students take seven courses for credit per year (six academic courses and after-school P.E. or athletics). Each student is also allowed daily club and study hall opportunities.
You are joining a community that is very concerned with academic excellence and student discipleship. There are many opportunities available to you as a Providence student. We encourage you to make your Providence experience a rich and valuable one by taking full advantage of them and developing great relationships. The link below contains the student handbook. It is divided into five specific sections that correspond with our basic mission. The first section contains our mission and vision statements for the school; this is a foundational piece of our school, its philosophical/theological perspective and vision which drives who we are. The second, Academic Policies, communicates our academic guidelines, policies, and methods. The third, Behavior, articulates our student code of conduct, discipline structures, and procedures. The fourth contains our co-curricular activities. The final section details necessary Operating Policies and Procedures - information to assist your understanding of all the other school items.
The College Counseling and Guidance office at PCA strives to provide parents and students information on college resources and to help students organized in the college planning process. We hold to the philosophy that a team approach is essential to reach a successful end. Here you will find resources for testing, college planning and admissions, and financial aid.
The transition from high school to college marks a significant point in a student's experience, and our counseling office is dedicated to educating the students to take ownership of their own college search and application process.
“The vision of Providence Christian Academy is a Christ-centered school whose mission is to prepare children for life as Christian leaders who choose character before career, wisdom beyond scholarship, service before self, and participation as a way of life. Providence Christian Academy is deeply committed to this vision and believes it is best understood and demonstrated when these traits are demonstrated and practiced. These two words express a pursuit to understand the nature of God’s Kingdom and to embrace its standards for relationships within the PCA community and beyond. The hope for our campus is that people of different races, ethnicities, genders, socio-economic backgrounds, learning styles, and denominations can come together under the Lordship of Jesus Christ to honor one another. A relational culture of dignity, acceptance, and humility honors God and fosters an environment in which the vision can flourish. Philippians 2:1-4 is foundational for this pursuit:
Biblical Community is a theological expression of God’s intent for the way Christians should live in relationship to God and to one another. Jesus speaks of this Kingdom in Matthew 6, as He teaches His disciples to pray: “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” This one phrase from the Lord’s prayer reflects a critically important truth about God’s Kingdom. What is true of heaven should be true of earth. The apostle John gives a vision of God’s Kingdom in heaven in Revelation 7:9-10:
Two ideas are very clear—God’s Kingdom will include people from different ethnicities and backgrounds, and the purpose for all in His Kingdom will be to worship Jesus, who is the source of salvation. Providence Christian Academy seeks to be a part of building God’s Kingdom here on earth, and with His Kingdom as our standard for healing, unity, and love, we want to develop a culture that values and celebrates the great multitude of every nation, tribe, and tongue worshipping at the feet of King Jesus. The Biblical Community recognizes that the kingdom of earth falls drastically short of the Kingdom of Heaven. It is a response to the brokenness evident in the world and specifically addresses tensions related to racism, marginalization, and disunity. It seeks to capture God’s heart for humanity, His most prized creation. Student groups and a parent advisory group meet regularly to listen to one another, engage related topics, and pray. By fostering an environment of empathy and understanding, these groups strive to shape a culture that celebrates individual diversity and incorporates unity through Jesus Christ. People are desperately crying out for justice, healing, and reconciliation, and we believe these are ultimately found through a relationship with Jesus and humbly surrendering t living in His Kingdom. We are committed to looking at difficult and divisive issues through a Biblical lens and are striving to nurture growth in students, faculty, and the broader community. It is our hope that the Providence Christian Academy community will increasingly become a clear picture of the love, respect, and honor for each other that God calls us to in His Word.
The Biblical Community is rooted in the following beliefs about humanity in God’s Kingdom:
In light of these beliefs, PCA will encourage believers toward maturity in God’s Kingdom and will lovingly encourage those who are not yet believers to be reconciled to God through Jesus Christ and to begin living their lives as participants in God’s Kingdom.
Living in this type of community requires both a commitment to Biblical principles and adherence to certain behaviors as we strive to live out those principles. While we will hold to basic behavioral standards, we want to go beyond the idea that we just refrain from doing certain things, embracing instead a new standard of living that reflects Christlikeness and the pursuit of holiness. As a result, Providence Christian Academy strives to be a community that will respect students and faculty. Mistakes and shortcomings will be handled with grace and encouragement toward maturity and growth. Honoring Christ calls us to place others above ourselves.
Listen-Listening is the skill of seeking to understand the views and positions of others and identifying the worldview that shapes their opinions.
Empathize-Empathy is the skill of being able to think about someone else’s experience from the perspective of that person.
Engage-Engaging requires participation, not just viewing from afar. When Jesus Christ came to earth as a human to bring us redemption and salvation, He willingly experienced what we experience. We want our students to be involved.
Act-Providence is working to bring good into our world. We want our students to be Kingdom builders, which means they are advocating and striving for truth, righteousness, and justice.
Worship-Our lives are to be living sacrifices of worship to Jesus Christ.
Celebrate-We want students to celebrate the goodness of God and to see that His way is the best way for our lives.