Before and After Care
Need to drop off your children early or need childcare after school? PCA provides these services through the Kaleidoscope before- and after-care programs. During morning time, students are invited to participate in a Fun Run. After school, students enjoy free play and an opportunity to complete homework in the safety and convenience of the school environment.
PCA is intentional about helping students learn to serve others. At each grade level, PCA has goals in community service beginning at the school level, then the local area, region, and finally international opportunities. Enjoyable activities of the past year include primary children singing for the elderly at Bellamy Fields, elementary students working as shepherds at dismissal, junior high students working with volunteers as a grounds crew, Upper School students meeting some of the needs of New York City’s homeless population. In addition, student leadership organized food drives, Pennies for Leukemia and the annual special days that recognize Grandparents, Veterans, and Christian Educators.
Grade 8 students complete their study of contemporary history with a trip to Washington, D.C. Having studied the meaning behind all of the national monuments, students make presentations, explore questions, and appreciate the heritage of their nation.
The junior high program offers opportunities for students to participate in electives during the school day. Some of these opportunities provide time 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 acclaimed 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. For a complete list of offerings which change each quarter, follow this link.
Learning Is For Everyone (LIFE)
Held on the last Friday of every month we are in school, the LIFE series is for parents. Topics such as Making Homework Manageable, Appreciating Your Child’s Learning Style and Moving Beyond A Fixed Mindset are introduced by the Principal. The session is followed by a discussion during which parents freely share and offer suggestions.
In traditional math classes, some students learn the concept rapidly and grow bored with the repetitive nature of instruction that waits for most of the students to gain mastery. Other students in the same class may feel that, just when they were beginning to understand, the class moved to a new topic and the skill was never mastered. 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.
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.
Because the need to develop literacy skills early is so strong, our first grade students work in the Reading lab. Having been introduced to decoding skills in Kindergarten, the Reading lab is intended to help students move reading from the laborious cognitive process to the relatively automatic process.
Beginning in the fourth grade, students are paired up with younger students to serve as Reading and Math Buddies. The older students learn about strategies that will help learning and introduce these to their buddies during the time they spend together each week reading, interacting and making lasting friendships.
In a desire to create passion for the field of science, the junior high science teacher leads teams through the process of problem solving and hands-on, minds-on constructivist learning practices. Student teams then take their projects to a competition each March.
STAR Center (Seeing Their Abilities Realized)
PCA offers the STAR Center as an academically enriching afterschool program for students. Tutoring, additional resource assistance and various enrichment opportunities are available for students. For a complete list of offerings which change each quarter, follow this link.
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.
Students with Administrative Trust (SWAT)
As students move into the early adolescent years, they thrive on responsibility and trust. The SWAT team is trusted to do things around the school that allow for autonomy and ownership. They may be asked to set up the gymnasium, gather money from soda machines or support other operations of the school. We love to see young people thrive when supported in taking on adult roles of ministry.