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Preparing for Life and Building a Community

In grades 9-12, students prepare for the rigors of college by taking an increasingly challenging workload. Portsmouth Christian Academy helps students make the most of this time by tailoring their education to specific future goals. With numerous honors and AP courses, themed diploma programs, and specialized concentrations, high school students at PCA discover their God-given talents and become equipped for their next step.
Of course, high school’s not all about anticipating the future. Our students thoroughly enjoy their four years on PCA’s campus through exciting activities, quality friendships, and opportunities to lead and serve. This is also a time when most teens start to think deeply about their relationship with God. Our teachers and coaches are there to mentor students as they mature in their faith.

Why do parents and teens choose PCA for high school?

Exceptional Academics

High school students can choose from a wide range of courses in the core subject areas of mathematics, English, science, and history. Additionally, they take numerous Bible courses, study fine arts, learn a foreign language, and explore new technologies. There is a strong emphasis on writing across the curriculum as a primary form of thought organization. We also emphasize 21st century skills such as computational excellence and critical thinking.

Meaningful Community

At PCA, students experience the joy of building community through shared experiences. Whether it’s digital photography, music, tennis, or a specific ministry calling, we encourage students to be in a habit of trying new things, developing new friendships, and being intentional about how they choose to spend their time.

College Prep

PCA’s curriculum offers more than 20 honors and AP courses, as well as dual enrollment opportunities. Students at PCA can choose a themed diploma to allow them to position themselves well for the college admissions process. Our STEM concentration is a popular pick for those interested in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Download our free e-book to find out how PCA can help your teen maximize their potential. 

Student Outcomes

Graduates from PCA’s Upper School will find great opportunities for acceptance at leading colleges. In recent years graduates have been admitted to:

  • Boston University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Northwestern University
  • Bates College
  • Bowdoin College
  • Grove City College
  • Wheaton College
  • The United State Air Force Academy
  • The United States Military Academy (West Point)

Activities & Clubs

We offer 13 varsity sports, multiple fine arts programs, and a wide variety of interest-based clubs ranging from quiz bowl to physical fitness. The school also sponsors many different events such as coffee houses, an annual bonfire, and social dances to enhance school spirit and provide a safe environment for students to make lifelong memories.

Faith & Service

Every class and activity at PCA aims to enhance each student’s biblical worldview. Additionally, students complete 50 hours of community service each year, travel on missions trips, and have opportunities to participate in regular prayer groups and Bible studies. Our teachers and coaches are passionate about their roles as Christian role models for students finding their own faith. 

Discover More About Upper School at PCA

If you are looking for a high school environment where your teen will be safe, known, and mentored as they prepare for college, we encourage you to download our Parent Guide and look over it with your family. You can also schedule a tour or virtual meeting by calling our Admissions Office at 603.742.3617 ext. 121, or by emailing