Portsmouth Christian Academy Named #1 Best Private K-12 School in State of New Hampshire

October 23, 2020PCA News Stories

…3rd consecutive year affirms school’s mission and 40-year history… 

DOVER, NEW HAMPSHIRE (October 23, 2020) – Portsmouth Christian Academy has been named 2021 #1 Best Private K-12 School in New Hampshire by Niche for the third 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 2021 rankings. 

Mike Runey, PCA’s Head of School, says, “We’re grateful and humbled to be recognized for the third year in a row 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, “Every school has had to adjust in the face of the ongoing pandemic. 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. 

The Cooper family remarked, “We love the challenging academics and faith-based atmosphere. We can tell that the teachers care for our daughter and want to prepare her for the next level of education and the next step in life.”

A current student writes, “My overall experience with PCA has been amazing. I have learned so much about leadership. The students and administration have been amazing to work with and be around. I would most certainly not be who I am today if I hadn’t gone to PCA.”

For the full list of 2020 Niche.com rankings, methodologies, and data sources, visit: https://www.niche.com/k12/rankings/


Portsmouth Christian Academy has been inspiring students on the Seacoast to maximize their potential for forty years. PCA provides a nurturing educational environment that emphasizes Christ-centered community, outstanding academics, differentiated learning, and exceptional character. Located just minutes northwest of Portsmouth, NH on a beautiful fifty-acre riverfront campus, PCA is a dually accredited, independent, college-preparatory, day school where young people from Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire in Preschool through Grade 12 are challenged to thrive academically and grow as servant-leaders prepared to impact the world for good.