Portsmouth Christian Academy Earns 6th Consecutive #1 Ranking from Niche.com

Portsmouth Christian Academy has been named 2024 #1 Private K-12 School in New Hampshire by Niche for the sixth year in a row.  

Niche.com is the largest ranking and review site for researching K-12 schools and colleges across the nation. 

PCA earned this #1 ranking by scoring highly on a variety of factors including SAT/ACT scores, student-teacher ratio, the quality of colleges that its students consider, and reviews from students and parents. The statistical data used in this ranking was obtained from the U.S. Department of Education and then analyzed by Niche’s team of data scientists to create the 2024 rankings. 

“To be recognized as the #1 Best Private K-12 School in New Hampshire for the sixth consecutive year is a profound honor for PCA, and something we do not take lightly,” says Communications Director, Megan Tuttle.

“This recognition is a testament of the unwavering commitment to academic excellence, the dedication of our educators, and the hard work of our students. At PCA, we are dedicated to providing an exceptional education that nurtures the unique potential of every student, and this recognition, along with our exceptional Fall NWEA results, is clear evidence of that commitment. These scores, the highest we’ve achieved at PCA in the past three years, place our students in the top 10% nationally, showcasing their remarkable accomplishments and hard work. We take great pride in being a school where excellence knows no bounds, and we eagerly anticipate our continued success in the years to come!”

Mike Runey, PCA’s Head of School, says, “We’re grateful and humbled to be recognized again by Niche.com. It’s evidence of PCA’s 40-year history of delivering an excellent education and affirmation of our mission to inspire students to maximize their God-given potential.” 

Runey goes on to say, “Now, more than ever, families are looking for schooling options that best fit their children’s needs and personalities. One of the great things about Niche.com is the collection of parent and student reviews. It’s here that families get a firsthand account of what schools are really like. When I read the reviews by PCA parents and students, they make me grateful to be a part of something that has such an impact on the lives of children and their families, and they reflect the real goldmine of our school: our teachers.” 

With more than 700 private schools in New Hampshire, PCA’s recognition as the #1 Best Private K-12 School is a noteworthy accolade. 

PCA’s athletic program has seen great success in the last several years, with multiple State Championship bids and numerous All-State athletes.
PCA’s Fine Arts Department is a great source of pride at the school where all-state musicians and award-winning theatre productions are the norm.

The Poulin family remarked, “As average students in the school system they were in, my kids weren’t receiving much attention or additional time. They weren’t falling behind per se, but they certainly weren’t making great gains. They were being brushed along. Now they are excited to learn and grow. Their work ethic has greatly increased and their desire to excel has exploded since enrolling at PCA. As a mom, it’s really exciting to see.”

A current student writes, “When asked why PCA matters to me, people think: ‘Because it’s a place to learn and grow.’ And they’re right! But it means so much more than that to me. It’s a safe, fun, exciting environment. It’s also a challenging and thought-provoking school. Here at PCA, I feel safe. I don’t feel like I have to prove myself to anyone. Here I feel like I can make friends. The teachers at PCA want to see you grow into Christ-centered adults.”

For the full list of 2024 Niche.com rankings, methodologies, and data sources, visit: https://www.niche.com/k12/rankings/