New Families

at Portsmouth Christian Academy

You’re Officially an Eagle!

Congratulations and welcome, New Families! You are officially an eagle and we are beyond excited to welcome your family into the PCA community! This page has been created with YOU in mind – and should make your transition in an easy one. On this page you will find essential information to get you started at PCA. You will learn how to start the school year with us, including the new student events and key timelines. We also outline essential areas of family and student life such as: dress code standards, volunteer opportunities for parents, and school communication protocols. Take a look around, start preparing for the start of school and let us know how we can help!

Eagle Pride For New Families!

Welcome to PCA! All of us, faculty and current families, look forward to welcoming you and your family and assisting you in joining the PCA community in the coming days and weeks. We know you have many questions as you prepare for this new experience, and we want to make your transition as smooth as possible. As questions arise—and they will– please contact us.  We are here to help, and we look forward to seeing you on PCA’s campus soon!

– Mike Runey, Head of School

Let’s Get Started

8 Steps to Get New Families Ready for the Start of School

Health Forms

IMPORTANT: Download and complete your child’s New Student Health Packet and submit to the Nurse’s Office within two weeks of enrollment. Health forms may be submitted via email at, by fax at 603.750.0490 or in person to the Lower School Receptionist.

Please note: Due to the variability of each child’s well visit schedule, the Physical Examination Form within the health packet can be turned in at a later date, following your child’s annual well visit.

Blackbaud Tuition

Register with Blackbaud Tuition Management for your tuition billing. After registration is complete, our Business Office will finalize the agreement and you will receive an email outlining your scheduled payments.

School Calendars

Save or print our 2023-2024 School Calendar and Yearly Planner (coming soon) for key dates and events.

Please note: Our Yearly Planner is subject to change so refer back for the most up-to-date information.

Dress Code

Review your schools dress code below and start shopping!
Lower & Middle School Dress Code
Upper School Dress Code (On page 11 of the Quick Reference Guide)

Families can also take advantage of our Swap Shop, our on-campus option to shop gently used, dress code approved items.

Please note: The school supply lists are reviewed every year and, while unlikely, are subject to change before the start of the school year.

School Supply List

Review the current 2022-2023 School Supply List for an idea of what to expect to purchase prior to the start of school:
PCAP School Supply List
Lower & Middle School Supply List
Upper School Supply List

Please note: The school supply lists are reviewed every year and, while unlikely, are subject to change before the start of the school year.

Get Connected

Compassionate Community is a core value at PCA for great reason! With families coming to PCA from over 55 towns across the Seacoast, creating a unified community takes some work – but don’t fret, we made it easy for you!

Facebook: Start by joining our PCA Community Facebook Page. This page creates a safe space for families to connect with other PCA families as well as provides helpful reminders for important upcoming school events.

Please note: Class specific Facebook groups are also available but are managed by class parents and not monitored by PCA.

Volunteer: Parent partnership is a huge component of success here at PCA. One of the many ways we partner with families is through our Volunteer Service Program. We encourage parents to be involved in the life of our school and welcome them to campus often.

Visit our Support Page to learn more and sign up to be a PCA volunteer.

Veracross: In August, you will receive an email welcoming you to Veracross, our online school information system, allowing you access to your child’s records, our online school calendar, and PCA’s family directory.

Drive: PCA families come from more than 55 towns across New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine! Join our DRIVE Facebook group to connect with other families who live in your area to coordinate potential carpool groups.

Once your Veracross account is set up, you can also find families near you on Veracross using the instructions at this link.

Bus transportation is also available through PCA, with stops in Portsmouth and Hampton. Registration is required and seats are limited.

Moms in Prayer/Fathers in Prayer: Join other PCA parents as they come together to pray for the their children, the school, its leadership, teachers, students, and mission. Follow the links to learn more about Moms in Prayer and Fathers in Prayer!

Get Acquainted

PCA offers a number of additional programs to support our busy families. Take a look at those that may be helpful to your family.

Kaleidoscope: Our afterschool Kaleidoscope Program, allows our PreK-through-8th grade students to explore a variety of extracurricular options each quarter that range from mentally stimulating STEM opportunities to physically competitive dodgeball workshops.

Be on the lookout for a registration email a few weeks before the start of each quarter.

Before/Aftercare: Busy parents appreciate the opportunity to utilize our before and after-school programs, which run from 7:15am to start of school day and end of school day to 5:30pm, respectively.

Families interested in Beforecare and Aftercare services can utilize them on a drop-in basis for full school days and will be billed on a monthly basis. Families will need to pre-register for Aftercare on early dismissal days through the Kaleidoscope Registration Page available a few weeks prior to the new quarter. 

Eagle Camp: PCA is also excited to offer our families and the local community summer programming through PCA’s Eagle Camp. Families can choose between a variety of options from week-long camps that include sports, fine arts, and STEAM exploration to our typical Eagle Camp programing, which is packed with adventures that include getting outdoors, visiting the pool at UNH, making crafts, and playing games.

Information regarding our Summer 2023 Eagle Camp will be made available on our Eagle Camp page in the winter of 2023. 

Lunch: PCA has an arrangement, with several local restaurants, to provide lunches to our students which parents may purchase on a quarterly basis throughout the school year.

Online lunch registration begins a couple weeks prior to each quarter and parents are notified via email when registration is open

Get Your Questions Answered

Have additional questions? Here’s how to get in touch:

PCA Phone Number: 603.742.3617

Head of School Office, Kathy Towle, ext. 101
Lower School Office, Sue McKenney, ext. 112
Middle School Office, Denise Chang, ext. 160
Upper School Office, Amy St. John, ext. 123
Business Office (Tuition and Billing), Allison Russell, ext. 107
Athletics, Derek Summers, ext. 110
Office of College Planning, Scott Sawyer, ext. 157
Student Health, Nurse’s Office, ext. 108

Frequently Asked Questions