Fall 2021 Back to School Information:

Welcome to Portsmouth Christian Academy! We’re so excited to partner with our families across the seacoast in inspiring their students to maximize their God-given potential! Here are some frequently asked questions and answers. You may also reference the Preschool, Lower School, and Upper School Quick Reference Guides to find more important details.

When does school start?

Here’s a schedule of the first week of school.

Monday, August 30

  • First Day of School: New Upper School Students
  • Students should arrive at the Upper School between 7:45 – 8 am and go directly to their period 1 class. Staff will be available to direct students to their classroom.
  • Students are dismissed at 12:15 pm to attend the New Upper School Student Picnic on the soccer field.
  • Students may bring their school supplies this day.
  • Open House: Grades K-8
    • Come and go from 1:00pm-3:00pm
    • Students do not need to wear dress code to Open House, but are encouraged to bring school supplies!
  • New Family Meetings

    • Lower School Meeting:  3-3:45 in the Main Gym
    • Upper School Meeting:  1:15-2:00 in Troiano Hall

Tuesday, August 31st

  • First Day of School: Grades 1-12
  • ALL students should arrive between 7:45 am- 8:10 am. Upper School students report directly to Period 1.
  • Students should be in dress code.
  • Dismissal will be between 3:00-3:20 pm for Grades 1-5. Junior High and Upper School students will be dismissed at 3:20 pm.
  • Before Care (7:15am – 7:45am) and After Care (3:20pm -5:45pm) begin for Grades 1-8.
  • Kindergarten Open House
    • Kindergarten students and their parents are invited to Open House inside the Kindergarten classrooms.  School supplies should come on this day, and parents will meet with the Kindergarten teachers and learn all about K at PCA, as well as ask any lingering questions!
  • Open House: Preschool
  •  Please note that these are scheduled times and not drop-in times for Open house
    • Minnows & Fireflies:  9-9:45am
    • Polliwogs:  10:00-10:45am
    • Frogs:  11-11:45am

Wednesday, September 1

  • First day of School: Preschool & Kindergarten
    • In order to help familiarize the students with the arrival and dismissal procedures, Kindergarten students should arrive at 9 am and will be dismissed at 2:15 pm during the first day of school. After their first day of school, the Kindergarten students should arrive between 7:45- 8:15 am and will be dismissed between 3:00-3:20 pm.
    • First day for PCAP (M,W,F students) 9am start time. Starting on Thursday, September 3rd, PCAP students should arrive between 7:45-8:15 am each morning.
    • Kindergarten students should be in dress code.
    • Before Care (7:15-7:45 am) and After Care (3:20-5:45 pm) will be available to students in Grades PCAP-8.

*Please Note: Campus will be closed for Labor Day, September 7. Classes resume on September 8.

Where can I find the school calendar?

You can reference our Key Dates Calendar for breaks, early release days, and other important dates. The Yearly Planner outlines all events throughout the year, and will be finalized for the 20-21 school year soon.

What are PCA's summer hours?

Our summer hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9 AM – 1 PM. We’ll be closed the week of July 4th.

Where can I find the school calendar?

You can reference our Key Dates Calendar for breaks, early release days, and other important dates. The Yearly Planner outlines all events throughout the year.

What is the dress code?

These PDFs outline our Lower School and Upper School Dress Codes. Dress code items can be purchased at Lands’ End.

Will my child need to wear a mask at PCA?

For the 2021-2022 school year, masks will be optional at Portsmouth Christian Academy. Families who wish to provide masks for their child must follow the mask guidelines below:

  • PCA does not require a specific color, style, pattern, or brand.
  • Masks that could be a distraction to learning are prohibited — this includes slogans, overtly-distracting styles, political statements, anything violent, or prints that do not align with PCA’s mission, statement of faith, or Core Values.

Is there somewhere I may purchase second-hand clothing?

Yes! The Swap Shop at the Lower School is located downstairs at the bottom of the stairwell from the Main Lobby. You can purchase gently used clothing for $3 per item, or you can swap items for free. During the summer, you can stop in to visit the Swap Shop on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9 AM – 1 PM. Please give your payment to the receptionist at the Lower School. If you’re donating or swapping, items should be clean, unstained, and in gently used condition.  PCA approved uniform items can be dropped off at the Lower School receptionist.

What supplies does my child need for the start of school?

The Preschool supply list can be found at this link. 

School supply lists for Grades K-8 are available at this link. 

Lists for the Upper School are available at this link. 

How do I sign up for school lunches?

PCA has arranged with several local restaurants to provide lunches to our students which parents may purchase on a quarterly basis throughout the school year.  This provides an alternative to packing a lunch each day for your child.

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

Visit this page for more information. Once registration opens, you may visit Veracross to register for Lower School and Upper School lunches.

When are athletic team tryouts?

Stay tuned for Athletic Team Tryout dates and times.

Contact Derek Summers with questions.

What do I need to know about Before Care and After Care?

Families interested in Beforecare and Aftercare services will need to preregister each quarter through the Kaleidoscope registration page. Preregistration will allow PCA to staff each house appropriately for the number of students registered. Information about Beforecare and Aftercare for 2020-2021 can be found here.

How does my Upper School Student obtain a parking pass and what are the requirements for senior privileges?

To obtain a parking pass for Upper School students, please print and submit this form. 

Senior Privileges: Seniors must have documented service hours (50 for each year in attendance) in order to be eligible for open campus / senior lounge at the beginning of the senior year; in addition, all service hours must be completed by the end of quarter three of the senior year in order to maintain senior privileges. Seniors who have not completed their hours by such time will receive a letter from the Principal/College Counseling Office, noting how many hours are left to meet graduation requirements. Seniors who have not satisfied the service hour requirement will have their diplomas and transcripts withheld until the requirement is satisfied. Seniors who are eligible for Senior Privileges need to submit this contract.

What do I need to know about the music program for my child in the Lower School?

Requirements for music classes vary by grade level.

Grade 4-5 can reference this letter.

Junior High parents can reference this letter.

In what ways can I get involved at PCA as a parent?

We’re glad you’re interested in getting involved! Check out our volunteer page for all the info you’ll need.

Still Have Questions? We can help!

Who to Contact:

PCA Phone Number: 603.742.3617

Head of School Office, Shirley Tuten, ext 101

Lower School Office, Sue McKenney, ext 112

Upper School Office, Kim Cummings, ext 123

Business Office (Tuition and Billing), Allison Russell, ext. 107

Athletics, Derek Summers, ext. 110

Office of College Counseling, Scott Sawyer, ext. 120

Student Health, see Student Health web page

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