Portsmouth Christian Academy’s Return to Campus Plan


Classes have dismissed for summer and we are actively working on our plans to safely bring our community back to campus this fall! Check back regularly for updates on PCA’s plans, safety protocols, and other details.

What is PCA’s plan for in-person classes in the fall?

PCA is preparing now to bring students back to our classrooms this fall. By planning now how best to meet the needs of our families, we maintain the quality of our current model while improving differentiation by incorporating the use of technology.

We are developing an enhanced hybrid learning approach that will allow PCA teachers to teach from PCA, to students at PCA, and reach beyond PCA to offsite students. This means our teachers will be delivering instruction from our campus to onsite students in the classroom, with the capability to deliver the same instruction to offsite students. Offsite students will participate in the full traditional school day including lectures, class discussions, Socratic seminars, group projects, and more, just as they would if onsite, through video conferencing technology and learning tools that engage them where they are.

Hybrid learning is designed to integrate the best of face-to-face and online activities so that they reinforce, complement, and elaborate one another, offering opportunities of choice, extension, and skill reinforcement.

You might be asking, “Why so much emphasis on a different model of learning?” There are two major reasons: rapidly changing health and safety guidelines and the unique health situations within families that may force families to deem onsite learning unsafe. This hybrid learning approach allows for agility, permitting high quality, familiar learning to continue without interruption.

Click here for the 2020-2021 Academic Year Calendar

Click here for a recent Facebook Live interview, which explains our decision to implement Enhanced Hybrid Learning.

Contact Information

The Admissions Office is open over the summer! To learn more about PCA, schedule a virtual or in-person tour, or ask questions about the application process, email admissions@pcaschool.org or call 603-742-3617 ext. 121. The Admissions Office is open from 8 AM – 3 PM Monday through Friday. You may also learn more about PCA by browsing our website.

Lower School:
Lower School families may contact Sue McKenney at the Lower School Office with questions.

Upper School:
Upper School families may contact Kim Cummings at the Upper School Office with questions.

Head of School:
To contact the Head of School Office, please contact Shirley Tuten.

If you are interested in learning how you can support the mission of PCA, contact Dan Schmunk, the Director of Advancement.

PCA Community

Compassionate Community was a theme for PCA during the 2019-2020 school year, and that was no accident! While social distancing meant we were not physically coming together as a community, there were many ways that we continued to build community from afar. Now that we’re in the summer months, we encourage you to continue interacting as part of our community. First, if you haven’t already, be sure to join the PCA Community Facebook Group to interact with other members of the PCA family. Second, check the Better Together Blog for posts from members of our community, which may include resources, advice, or reflections meant to encourage and support the PCA family. Third, follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date with information from PCA!

Interested in Becoming a Part of the PCA Community?

Approach the fall with confidence that your child will participate in engaging and effective on-campus learning this fall at Portsmouth Christian Academy. We are accepting applications now for students who wish to enroll in time for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. Start the conversation by filling out the form below to contacting the Admissions Office.

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