The Lower School academic program is supported by a full complement of co-curricular activities through music and art, theatre, athletics, academic competition (spelling bee, geography bee, speech competition, math team, etc.) and social activities.

  • Before and After Care. PCA provides before- and after-care through the Kaleidoscope program.
  • Community Service. At each grade level, PCA has goals in community service beginning at the school level, then the local area, region, and finally international opportunities.
  • DC Trip. Grade 8 students complete their study of contemporary history with a trip to Washington, D.C.
  • Enrichment and Electives. At every grade level, PCA provides opportunities for students to explore areas of interest, future goals and particular gifts.  Other classes provide opportunity for students to focus on a relative weakness, using interventions and strategies to improve in a selected area. For many PCA students, the learning continues after school in the Kaleidoscope program. This program provides additional classes in the arts, problem solving, athletics, curriculum enrichment, life skills and study skills. Offerings include cooking classes, karate, music and art lessons, science workshops, homework help, and more.
  • Math Clusters. To better meet student learning needs, in grades 4 through 8, students learn math in clusters of students who need a similar pace of learning at a similar skill level.  Clusters include students of multiple ages who enjoy working in a challenging, but not overwhelming environment.
  • Music. Students are introduced to music in kindergarten through grade 2, learning to sing pitch, beat rhythms and “read” music.  In grade 3, students experience playing instruments through an introduction to the violin.  Following in grades 4 through 8, students select a performance opportunity that they would like to pursue, looking at options in band, orchestra, voice, and an elective, that rotates through guitar, percussion, and keyboard.
  • Student-to-Student Learning. Beginning in the fourth grade, students are paired up with younger students to serve as Reading and Math Buddies and Shepherds for arrival and dismissal. The older students learn about leadership and compassion, and they introduce these to their buddies during the time they spend together each week reading, interacting and making lasting friendships.
  • Student Council. PCA offers students in grades 6 through 8 the opportunity to participate in a service-oriented student council program that combines elements of project management, community service, and representational government.