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Dylan Cadwallader signs with Dartmouth.

On Feb. 5, 2019, Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) honored six student athletes who signed Letters of Intent to play football at the collegiate level. Four other PCA players had signed on Dec. 19, 2018, during Early Football Signing Day, making this the school's largest football signing class in its history.

“We are so grateful for these young men and all they poured into PCA and our football program,” said PCA’s Athletic Director and Head Football Coach, Chris Cunningham. “I look forward to all that God is going to continue to do in and through their lives at the next level.”

Quarterback Dylan Cadwallader of Frisco signed to play at Dartmouth College next year.  He transferred to Prestonwood in the spring of his Junior year and was voted Captain by his teammates based on his leadership qualities before 2018 season began. Cadwallader, an AP Scholar with distinction, was 2018 TAPPS D1 District 2 First Team All-District Quarterback, District 2 Offensive Player of the Year, Second Team All-State Quarterback and Academic All-State. Cadwallader was also named Ford Built Tough Player of the Week during the season, which resulted in him passing for 3,325 yards and completing 38 touchdowns.  

Four-year varsity starter Austin Rodriguez of Carrollton signed to play at Augustana University. He has attended Prestonwood since his Sophomore year and helped the Lions make the playoffs all three years, while playing different positions each season. During those three years, Rodriguez was part of winning two District Championships and two State Championships. In 2018, he was named First Team All-District Center and First Team All-State Center.

Easton Reeves of Frisco signed with The University of Oklahoma. After succeeding in offensive positions at his former high school resulting in 80 receptions for 1,291 yards and 15 touchdowns, Reeves transferred to Prestonwood for his Senior year and was asked to take a defensive role for the team. He received Honorable Mention All-District Linebacker and will play defense at OU.

After suffering a season-ending injury in PCA’s first 2018 scrimmage, Ben Blakeman of Allen signed to play at Hardin-Simmons University next year. He was a varsity letterman for the University Interscholastic League 6A State Championship Team prior to transferring to Prestonwood.

Michael Daniel of Highland Village is a three-year letterman and two-year varsity starter at defensive tackle who has signed to play at Southern Nazarene University. He was part of PCA’s 2017 State Championship Team, and in 2018, Daniel was named First Team All-District and First Team All-State.

Three-year varsity letterman Ryan Jackson of Plano signed with Drake University after starting as defensive end for the Lions for the past two years. Jackson led the district in sacks during his Junior year when the team won the State Championship. He received 2018 All-District Honorable Mention.

Prestonwood Christian Academy serves more than 1,600 students enrolled at three campuses as part of its school system. PCA Plano serves Pre-K3 through 12th grade. PCA North in Prosper (Pre-K3 through 8th grade) is celebrating its fifth school year with more than 170 students and is now enrolling through 9th grade as it grows to the first graduating class of 2023. PCAplus is celebrating record-breaking enrollment and has been serving students for 10 years. St. Timothy Christian Academy is a K through 12th grade school for students with learning differences which joined PCA’s School System in 2017. Through a collaborative effort with community ministries and programs, Prestonwood Christian Academy recently announced that The King’s Academy will open its doors in Bonton/South Dallas in the fall of 2019 serving students in PreK-4 through 1st grade. Prestonwood Christian Academy School System has been recognized as having one of the strongest Christian education programs in the country providing intentional biblical worldview training and integration. Each school places great value on the growth of students’ spiritual health in addition to their scholastic endeavors and co-curricular activities. Tantamount to its Spiritual Development plan is PCA’s rigorous Liberal Arts academic program.

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PCA Football Players From left to right, Jonah Brewster, Virdel Edwards, Austin Stogner and Solomon Turner sign letters of intent to play football at D-1 universities.

On Dec. 19, 2018, Early Football Signing Day, Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) honored four student athletes who signed Letters of Intent to continue their education and play football at the collegiate level.

Head of School, Dr. Larry Taylor, commended the students for their achievements. “At Prestonwood Christian Academy our goal is that students would enter the classroom or athletic field being challenged to go above and beyond. I am very pleased to be a part of the ceremony today and want to commend the students, parents, faculty and coaches as we celebrate the next step of the journey for these young men.”

Jonah Brewster, 6’7’’ and 280 pounds, secured two awards in his football career. He was recognized as Second Team All-District for Offensive Line in 2017 and Honorable Mention All-District in 2018. He will attend Louisiana Tech University.

Virdel Edwards, 6’3’’ and 190 pounds, was recognized as a Defensive Back three years in a row. He was named Honorable Mention All-District in 2016, Second Team All-District in 2017, and First Team All-District and First Team All-State in 2018. Edwards made it to the playoffs four straight years, three of which were as a Bi-District Champion. In 2015 and 2017, he was part of the State Championship team. Next year, Edwards will attend Iowa State University.

Austin Stogner, 6’6’’ and 240 pounds, has earned a list of accolades during his time at PCA. In 2016, he was named Honorable Mention All-District for Defensive End and Honorable Mention All-District for Tight End. He was recognized for Tight End on the First Team All-District and First Team All-State in 2017 and 2018. Stogner also made it to the playoffs four years in a row, was a Bi-District Champion three years, State Semi-final Champion, and State Champion in 2015 and 2017. Stogner is currently ranked as a Top 3 Tight End in the nation and is ranked as 72nd recruit nationally. In November, Stogner was presented with the All-American Bowl Jersey and will play on the All-American team Saturday, January 5, at 1:00 p.m. in San Antonio. He will attend the University of Oklahoma in January.

Solomon Turner, 6’3” and 210 pounds, has a record which reflects his versatility as a player. He was recognized in 2017 as Second Team All-District for Defensive Back. This season, he earned the impressive title of District 2 Most Outstanding Player, as well as First Team All-District for Wide Receiver, Second Team All-District for Defensive Back, and First Team All-State for Wide Receiver. With teammates, Edwards and Stogner, he made it to the playoffs four years in a row, was a Bi-District Champion three years, State Semi-final Champion, and State Champion in 2015 and 2017. He will attend Baylor University in January.

“I am proud of these four athletes that we are honoring here today,” said PCA’s Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Chris Cunningham. “They are not only athletically talented, but they have hearts for the Lord, and I am excited to watch them impact the culture and teams at the schools they are going to next year.”

Prestonwood Christian Academy serves more than 1,600 students enrolled at three campuses as part of its school system. PCA Plano serves Pre-K3 through 12th grade. PCA North in Prosper (Pre-K3 through 8th grade) is celebrating its fifth school year with more than 170 students and is now enrolling through 9th grade as it grows to the first graduating class of 2023. PCAplus is celebrating record-breaking enrollment and has been serving students for 10 years. St. Timothy Christian Academy is a K through 12th grade school for students with learning differences which joined PCA’s School System in 2017. Through a collaborative effort with community ministries and programs, Prestonwood Christian Academy recently announced that The King’s Academy will open its doors in Bonton/South Dallas in the fall of 2019 serving students in PreK-4 through 1st grade. Prestonwood Christian Academy School System has been recognized as having one of the strongest Christian education programs in the country providing intentional biblical worldview training and integration. Each school places great value on the growth of students’ spiritual health in addition to their scholastic endeavors and co-curricular activities. Tantamount to its Spiritual Development plan is PCA’s rigorous Liberal Arts academic program.

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The King's Academy Leadership At the announcement ceremony, a group of new board members, supporters and the Head of School gather for photos.

Leaders celebrated the announcement of a new private Christian school called The King’s Academy in the Bonton/South Dallas community today with a reception at Buckeye Commons Recreation Center (formerly known as Turner Courts Recreation Center). In its inaugural year, 2019-2020, the school will welcome students in PreK-4 through first grade and continue to add a grade every year until completion.

 

The King’s Academy will offer families a faith-based education that focuses on the heart, mind and soul of each student. Prestonwood Christian Academy School System, through a collaborative effort with several existing ministries and programs such as Bonton Farms, BridgeBuilders, Prestonwood Baptist Church, has developed strategic partnerships to not only start a school but continue the authentic transformation taking place in the community.

 

“We are humbled and excited about our partnership with The King’s Academy, which will provide a rigorous academic program combined with an effective spiritual and character development plan,” said Dr. Larry Taylor, Superintendent of Prestonwood Christian Academy School System. “Establishing a Christ-centered school focused on a child’s mind and heart is our mission. What an honor it will be to develop these boys and girls into men and women—our future leaders in areas of law, business, medicine, engineering, education, ministry or any assignment in which God calls them to excel!”

 

The school has been years in the making starting with the founding of BridgeBuilders under the direction of Mike Fechner bringing faith, hope and love to the Bonton community. Before Fechner lost his battle to cancer in 2014, he shared his vision to open a Christian school in Bonton. In 2013, Bonton Farms was formed under Daron Babcock providing an agricultural intervention to restore lives, create jobs and ignite hope in South Dallas. One of Bonton Farms’ six pillars to transforming a community is education. In 2017, Norm Miller, Chairman of the Board of Interstate Batteries, contacted Babcock about starting a Christian School in Bonton, still interested in funding Fechner’s original vision. Miller and Babcock met with Dr. Larry Taylor of Prestonwood Christian Academy, and a group formed to conduct weekly strategic planning sessions.

 

In early 2018, Norm and Anne Miller committed to provide start-up funding for The King’s Academy, and the school board was formed. Dr. Shailendra Thomas, a nationally respected educator has been announced as the inaugural Head of School for The King’s Academy. She has more than 30 years of experience in education including serving for 13 years as Head of School at Fellowship Christian Academy under Dr. Tony Evans’ church ministry. Dr. Thomas grew up in Bonton and is looking forward to returning to the place of her childhood.

 

“I believe that education involves more than a child’s intellectual abilities; it should ultimately inspire learners to fulfill God’s purpose in their lives,” said Dr. Thomas.

The King’s Academy’s tuition model is based on a family’s income in order for Kingdom education to be affordable for all children. In addition, breakfast and lunch will be provided for students as well as quality after-school programming from community ministries. Generous donors will make this funding model possible.

 

For more information on how to enroll in or support The King’s Academy, please visit www.tkadallas.org.

 

Prestonwood Christian Academy serves more than 1,600 students enrolled at three campuses as part of its school system. PCA Plano serves Pre-K3 through 12th grade. PCA North in Prosper (Pre-K3 through 8th grade) is celebrating its fifth school year with more than 170 students and is now enrolling through 9th grade as it grows to the first graduating class of 2023. PCAplus is celebrating record-breaking enrollment and has been serving students for 10 years. St. Timothy Christian Academy is a K through 12th grade school for students with learning differences which joined PCA’s School System in 2017. Prestonwood Christian Academy School System has been recognized as having one of the strongest Christian education programs in the country providing intentional biblical worldview training and integration. Each school places great value on the growth of students’ spiritual health in addition to their scholastic endeavors and co-curricular activities. Tantamount to its Spiritual Development plan is PCA’s rigorous Liberal Arts academic program.

 

 

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Nov. National Signing Day at PCA From left to right: Camryn Brown, Colton Smith, Payton Hicks and Julia Gregg

On Wednesday, National Signing Day, Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) honored four student athletes who signed Letters of Intent to continue their education and play sports at the collegiate level.

Head of School, Dr. Larry Taylor, commended the students for their achievements. “I am very pleased to see such a large crowd here today, which is testament to the kind of teammates and friends these four students are on and off the field or court. I am proud of what these young athletes have accomplished, and I commend them, their parents, faculty and coaches as we celebrate the next step of their journey. ”

Julia Gregg signed with the University of Arkansas women’s golf program next year. Gregg won the TAPPS State Girls Golf Championship in 2018 and 2017. In her freshman year, 2016, Gregg tied for first place in the State Tournament which led to a shoot-out and resulted in her taking the runner-up spot. Gregg was also part of the 2016 Girls Golf State Championship Team, and won the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship at Augusta National that same year.

Colton Smith signed to join the Cal Poly State University swim team. Smith is the captain of the Lions Swim Team, a Scholastic Academic All American, and he qualified for Junior Nationals this past summer. Smith holds eight of 11 PCA school records. He placed second at State in the 100 backstroke and fourth at State in the 200 Individual Medley.

Camryn Brown signed to play women’s basketball next year at University of California at Los Angeles. Brown is a dual sport athlete who led her teams to State in both basketball and track as a freshman and sophomore. In basketball, she led TAPPS defensively as District Player of the Year both as a freshman and a sophomore, and she averaged a double-double those years as well. Brown led the track team to State her freshman, sophomore and junior years. Sidelined with two ACL repairs her junior and senior years, but named team captain for both, Brown now acts as an assistant coach. PCA’s Varsity Girls Basketball Head Coach Holly Mulligan said that Brown’s basketball IQ is “off the charts” that she leads wherever she is in life.

Point Guard Payton Hicks signed to play women’s basketball next year at University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley. Hicks is a four-year varsity starter and captain of the Lady Lions and each year her teams advanced to the Final Four TAPPS State Tournament. In 2016, the Lady Lions were State Runner-up and her sophomore and junior years the Lady Lions were State Semi-Finalists. In her final game as a junior, Hicks was named All-Tournament Team after scoring 22 points in the State Semi-final game. Hicks scored 1,000 career points her junior season.

“I am proud of these four student athletes that we are honoring here today,” said PCA’s Athletic Director, Chris Cunningham. “They are not only athletically talented, but they have hearts for the Lord, and we are excited to watch them impact the culture and shine brightly for Jesus Christ.”

Prestonwood Christian Academy serves more than 1,600 students enrolled at three campuses: Plano (Pre-K3 through 12th grade), PCA North in Prosper (Pre-K3 through 8th grade) and PCAplus Virtual Academy. PCA North is celebrating its fifth school year with more than 170 students and is now enrolling through 9th grade as it grows to the first graduating class of 2023! PCAplus is celebrating record-breaking enrollment and has been serving students for 10 years. PCA has been recognized as having one of the strongest Christian education programs in the country providing intentional biblical worldview training and integration. The school places great value on the growth of students’ spiritual health in addition to their scholastic endeavors and co-curricular activities. Tantamount to its Spiritual Development plan is PCA’s rigorous Liberal Arts academic program. Since its first graduating class in 2002 through the class of 2018, graduates have been offered more than $110 million in scholarship for academics, arts and athletics from universities and other institutions of higher learning.

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Congratulations to the seven Prestonwood Christian Academy seniors who placed in the 2018 National Merit competition. Matthew Buttry (Plano) and Karen Sculley (Plano) were named National Merit Semifinalists based on their results of the fall 2017 PSAT. In addition, Alex Donaldson (Lewisville), Logan Doyle (Carrollton) and Landon Sibley (The Colony) were National Merit Commended. Bella Arenas (Carrollton) and Nick Vazquez (Carrollton) have been named National Hispanic Scholars.

National Merit Commended students rank in the top 97 percentile of all students in Texas who took the 2017 PSAT.  National Merit Semifinalists rank in the top 1% of all students in Texas who took the 2017 PSAT.  Approximately 1.5 million high school juniors from across the country compete each year in the National Merit Competition. College Board and Scholarship America selects just 5,000 Hispanic/Latino students from 400,000 to be named National Hispanic Scholars.

"We are proud of these bright students who excel academically and are involved as leaders on our campus. Each of them is able to articulate their biblical worldview in a marketplace full of opposing ideas and ideology," said Dr. Larry Taylor, Head of School, Prestonwood Christian Academy. "These seven students represent Prestonwood Christian Academy well, and they showcase how a student can shine at a liberal arts school where faith is not separated from learning, but rather integrated intentionally, resulting in a distinctive environment and community."

Prestonwood Christian Academy serves more than 1,600 students enrolled at three campuses: Plano (Pre-K3 through 12th grade), PCA North in Prosper (Pre-K3 through 8th grade) and PCAplus Virtual Academy. PCA North is celebrating its fifth school year with 170 students and is now enrolling through 9th grade as it grows to the first graduating class of 2023!  PCAplus is celebrating record-breaking enrollment and has been serving students for 10 years. PCA has been recognized as having one of the strongest Christian education programs in the country providing intentional biblical worldview training and integration. The school places great value on the growth of students’ spiritual health in addition to their scholastic endeavors and co-curricular activities. Tantamount to its Spiritual Development plan is PCA’s rigorous Liberal Arts academic program. Since its first graduating class in 2002 through the class of 2018, graduates have been offered more than $110 million in scholarship for academics, arts and athletics from universities and other institutions of higher learning.

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Prestonwood Christian Academy Recognizes Seniors PCA celebrates the seven Prestonwood Christian Academy seniors who placed in the 2018 National Merit competition. From left to right: Nick Vazquez, Matthew Buttry, Bella Arenas, Dr. Larry Taylor, Karen Sculley, Logan Doyle, Landon Sibley and Alex Donaldson

Congratulations to the seven Prestonwood Christian Academy seniors who placed in the 2018 National Merit competition. Matthew Buttry and Karen Sculley were named National Merit Semifinalists based on their results of the fall 2017 PSAT. In addition, Alex Donaldson, Logan Doyle and Landon Sibley were National Merit Commended. Bella Arenas and Nick Vazquez have been named National Hispanic Scholars.

National Merit Commended students rank in the top 97 percentile of all students in Texas who took the 2017 PSAT.  National Merit Semifinalists rank in the top 1% of all students in Texas who took the 2017 PSAT.  Approximately 1.5 million high school juniors from across the country compete each year in the National Merit Competition. College Board and Scholarship America selects just 5,000 Hispanic/Latino students from 400,000 to be named National Hispanic Scholars.

"We are proud of these bright students who excel academically and are involved as leaders on our campus. Each of them is able to articulate their biblical worldview in a marketplace full of opposing ideas and ideology," said Dr. Larry Taylor, Head of School, Prestonwood Christian Academy. "These seven students represent Prestonwood Christian Academy well, and they showcase how a student can shine at a liberal arts school where faith is not separated from learning, but rather integrated intentionally, resulting in a distinctive environment and community."

Prestonwood Christian Academy serves more than 1,600 students enrolled at three campuses: Plano (Pre-K3 through 12th grade), PCA North in Prosper (Pre-K3 through 8th grade) and PCAplus Virtual Academy. PCA North is celebrating its fifth school year with 170 students and is now enrolling through 9th grade as it grows to the first graduating class of 2023!  PCAplus is celebrating record-breaking enrollment and has been serving students for 10 years. PCA has been recognized as having one of the strongest Christian education programs in the country providing intentional biblical worldview training and integration. The school places great value on the growth of students’ spiritual health in addition to their scholastic endeavors and co-curricular activities. Tantamount to its Spiritual Development plan is PCA’s rigorous Liberal Arts academic program. Since its first graduating class in 2002 through the class of 2018, graduates have been offered more than $110 million in scholarship for academics, arts and athletics from universities and other institutions of higher learning.

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PCA Middle School Ground Breaking PCA and Prestonwood Baptist Church leaders ceremoniously broke ground celebrating the new Middle School building.

Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) today celebrated the commencement of construction for a new Middle School and the beginning of renovations of a Fine Arts center at the school’s Plano campus. The anticipated completion of the Fine Arts renovation is scheduled for August 2019, and the Middle School building is scheduled to be completed by January 2020.

PCA and Prestonwood Baptist Church leaders ceremoniously broke ground celebrating the new building. “The learning that will take place here over the years for our Middle School students will have a far-reaching impact,” said PCA’s Head of School, Dr. Larry Taylor. “From STEM to outdoor learning, to the arts and collaborative spaces, our students will be challenged to use their minds in a rigorous way in an effort to bring glory to the Lord.”

In its final buildout, the Middle School building will provide full programming for over 400 Middle School students and create visible unity and community for Middle School students as well as greater faculty collaboration. (PCA's four grades of Middle School students are currently split between two buildings, sharing space with PCA’s Lower and Upper School students.)

“Our vision, our heart, is one Middle School division under one roof providing unity, community, security and identity for our Middle School students,” said Leesa Trout, Sixth Grade English Teacher.

The new building will not only create more physical unity for Middle School students and faculty but provides opportunity for broader curriculum needs as well. The new building will include collaboration space, innovation labs, a new media center/library, a dedicated Middle School Learning Lab, two technology labs including robotics and outdoor learning space.

The renovated Fine Arts center will meet the growing demands of PCA’s robust, award-winning program. The approximately 20,000 square feet of space will include a black box theatre, Fine Arts gallery hall showcasing student artists, new band hall, choir space with practice rooms and a mock trial courtroom.

“The proposed renovations to PCA’s Fine Arts facilities, as well as the addition of a black box theatre will be a huge step forward for our school,” said Fine Arts Director Joel T. Rutherford. “These changes to our facilities will allow for increased programming and opportunity for our theatre department as well as greater efficiency and effectiveness for our band, choir and art departments. I couldn’t be more excited about what lies ahead for our Fine Arts Department, and I can’t wait to ‘move in’ to our outstanding new and renovated facilities.”

Through the school’s EQUIP Campaign, Prestonwood Christian Academy has secured 85 percent of the $20 million project goal, enough funding to move forward with construction of its new Middle School building and the renovation of the Fine Arts facility.

“We recognize that our $20 million goal is ambitious, and we want to thank our lead donors for helping us raise the $17.3 million that was needed to break ground today,” said Dr. Taylor. “Our prayer is to raise the remaining $2.7 million needed to make this incredible plan a reality in order to avoid incurring any long-term debt. Historically, our PCA family has always responded generously to capital needs, and we anticipate that they will do so for this project as well!”

Lead EQUIP campaign donors who were recognized at the ceremony are Tim and Peggy Horner, Grace Bridge/Master Cares courtesy of Charles and Carol Loper, Chip and Nicki Loper, Emery and Amy Petrof and Bill and Trisha Ruzynski, in addition to several anonymous donors.

Prestonwood Christian Academy serves more than 1,600 students enrolled at three campuses: Plano (Pre-K3 through 12th grade), PCA North in Prosper (Pre-K3 through 8th grade) and PCAplus Virtual Academy. PCA North is celebrating its fifth school year with more than 160 students, and PCAplus has been serving students for 10 years. PCA has been recognized as having one of the strongest Christian education programs in the country providing intentional biblical worldview training and integration. PCA places great value on the growth of students’ spiritual health in addition to their scholastic endeavors and co-curricular activities. Tantamount to its Spiritual Development plan is PCA’s rigorous Liberal Arts academic program. Since it first graduating class in 2002 through the class of 2018, graduates have been offered more than $110 million in scholarship for academics, arts and athletics from universities and other institutions of higher learning.

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PCA North Celebrates 5 Years PCA North Cousins celebrate the first day of school!

Prestonwood Christian Academy North (PCA North) yesterday celebrated the first day of its fifth year. Among the usual first day of school fanfare, more than 160 students arrived to find new faculty and staff as well as a new playground and sport court.

 

PCA North’s enrollment has tripled in just five years. In December 2017, PCA Head of School, Dr. Larry Taylor, Board of Trustees, and Senior Pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church, Dr. Jack Graham announced plans to add a high school at the campus, adding a grade every year through the first graduating class of 2023. 

 

In May 2018, Dr. Taylor announced the appointment of Greg Wright as Middle/Upper School Principal at PCA’s North Campus joining inaugural Lower School Principal Donna Gilson.

 

“We are grateful to the parents of PCA North for the privilege of investing in the lives of students,” said Dr. Larry Taylor, Head of School. “We strive to prepare students for the future through a depth of learning that advances them academically, spiritually and in character development, so they’re equipped for the world ahead living strong, empowered lives for Christ. This investment is much more than education. It is an investment that is establishing students for life.”

 

Since the first day of school in 2014, PCA North students have experienced the same level of excellence in education as their peers at PCA Plano, including the Apple for Everyone program, which provides an iPad® for each student in grades first through sixth, shared iPad® s designated for Pre-K and Kindergarten classes, and MacBook® s for seventh and eighth graders. PCA North also began its Athletics program last year and several Middle School students selected to get involved with the PCA Theater program at PCA Plano.

 

“At PCA North, I’m part of a wonderful extended family that includes my school friends, teachers, parents and the administration,” said Logan Daugherty, PCA North 8th grader and original student. “Our teachers help prepare us to become leaders and servants of God and part of the world community. They encourage us to step outside where we live and give us both the academic and life tools we need to be successful.”

 

Prestonwood Christian Academy is a ministry of Prestonwood Baptist Church. Dr. Chris Kouba, pastor of PBC North, said, “I believe we have and continue to build the finest Christian school in America.  PCA North is a positive influence on our church and our rapidly growing community. God is doing great and mighty things here.”

 

The community is invited to join the school for a Breakfast Preview on Friday, Nov. 2, at 9:00 a.m. where attendees will learn more about PCA North, meet both principals and the Head of School and have the opportunity to tour the campus.

 

Prestonwood Christian Academy's system of schools serves more than 1,600 students enrolled at three campuses: Plano (Pre-K3 through 12th grade), PCA North in Prosper (Pre-K3 through 8th grade) and PCAplus Virtual Academy. PCA North is celebrating its fifth school year with more than 160 students. PCA has been recognized as having one of the strongest Christian education programs in the country providing intentional biblical worldview training and integration. PCA places great value on the growth of students’ spiritual health in addition to their scholastic endeavors and co-curricular activities. Tantamount to its Spiritual Development plan is PCA’s rigorous Liberal Arts academic program. Since it first graduating class in 2002 through the class of 2018, graduates have been offered more than $110 million in scholarship for academics, arts and athletics from universities and other institutions of higher learning.

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PCA attains ECFA Accreditation Holding PCA’s new ECFA seal are, from left to right, Dr. Larry Taylor, Head of School; Angel DeLeon, Senior Director of Development; Susan Verheul, Senior Director Business Administration; John Klingstedt, Assistant Head of School – Business. (photo credit: Teruko LaMendola).

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The ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability) recently announced the accreditation of Prestonwood Christian Academy. ECFA accreditation is based on the ECFA Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship™, including financial accountability, transparency, sound board governance and ethical fundraising.   

 

Prestonwood Christian Academy joins a growing number of Christ-centered schools, churches and ministries across America, supported by over 27 million donors that have earned the right to display the ECFA seal.  When an organization is accredited by ECFA, it demonstrates its willingness to follow the model of biblical accountability.

 

“We are pleased to accredit a ministry committed to assist Christian parents by helping equip students to embrace biblical truth, strive for academic excellence, and model Christ-like leadership to influence their homes, churches, and communities for Christ,” said Dan Busby, president of ECFA.

Founded in 1995, Prestonwood Christian Academy (www.prestonwoodchristian.org) places great value on the growth of students’ spiritual health in addition to their scholastic endeavors and co-curricular activities.

 

To learn more about Prestonwood Christian Academy and their stewardship opportunities, visit ServantMatch®, ECFA’s program that matches God’s servants with the stewardship options of ECFA members based on ministry sectors and categories. It is ECFA’s newest online feature that allows you to quickly and easily find giving opportunities.

 

ECFA, founded in 1979, provides accreditation to leading Christian nonprofit organizations that faithfully demonstrate compliance with the ECFA Standards pertaining to financial accountability, fundraising and board governance.  For more information about ECFA, including information about accreditation and a listing of ECFA-accredited members, visit www.ECFA.org or call 1-800-323-9473.

 

Prestonwood Christian Academy serves more than 1,600 students enrolled at three campuses: Plano (Pre-K3 through 12th grade), PCA North in Prosper (Pre-K3 through 7th grade) and PCAplus Virtual Academy. PCA North is now enrolling through 8th grade. PCA has been recognized as having one of the strongest Christian education programs in the country providing intentional biblical worldview training and integration. PCA places great value on the growth of students’ spiritual health in addition to their scholastic endeavors and co-curricular activities. Tantamount to its Spiritual Development plan is PCA’s rigorous Liberal Arts academic program. Since it first graduating class in 2002 through the class of 2017, graduates were offered nearly $100 million in scholarship for academics, arts and athletics from universities and other institutions of higher learning. Both Prestonwood campuses are currently accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year. PCA North is hosting a Meet and Greet on April 19, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. when families will have the opportunity to visit with PCA’s Head of School and PCA North Principals, ask questions and take a tour. Details and registration are available at prestonwoodchristian.org/preview.

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Mr. Greg Wright Prestonwood Christian Academy Announces Mr. Greg Wright as Inaugural Middle/Upper School Principal at PCA North in Prosper.

Prestonwood Christian Academy Head of School, Dr. Larry Taylor, announced the appointment of Mr. Greg Wright as Middle/Upper School Principal at PCA’s North Campus in Prosper, TX. This appointment is critical to PCA’s expansion at the North Campus which is adding a grade every year through the first graduating class of 2023. PCA North is part of PCA’s School System which consists of two elementary schools (Plano and Prosper), two middle schools (Plano and Prosper), a high school (Plano, and soon to be Prosper), a virtual academy, and St. Timothy Christian Academy, a school for unique learning needs. PCA’s School System is fully accredited through AdvancEd and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). PCA is one of only eleven Christian schools in the nation earning Exemplary Level Accreditation.

“Although the scholastic and co-curricular programs are strong, at the very core of our mission is to produce followers of Jesus Christ. We are training students who can enter the university, and then the world, fully confident in their belief system, but also competent in the areas of business, law, medicine, ministry, education and beyond. Finding the right leader and educator who catches the vision and has the proven ability to implement the strategic plans for future growth of PCA North with integrity, passion, love for students and a heart for Christ was critical to PCA North’s success. Greg Wright is such a leader and I could not be more pleased to have someone of his character joining the team,” said Dr. Taylor. 

“I am very excited to join the Prestonwood Christian Academy team that brings excellence in everything it does for the Glory of God. After retiring as the High School Principal at Prosper last June, I soon realized that I missed the daily relationships with students, staff, parents and community. God placed me on this earth to be a Principal and I have no doubt after being away for just a short time that being a Principal is my Purpose Driven Life.  And, I am thrilled to be coming back to the wonderful community of Prosper which I love so much,” Mr. Wright commented. 

Mr. Wright brings a wealth of experience having served in Texas schools for 32 years, 22 of those in school administration, including five years (2012 – 2017) as Principal of Prosper High School. He earned his Bachelor of Science Education at Texas A&I University, Kingsville, TX and his Master of Education Administration and Mid-Management Certification at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX. 

Having retired from the Texas Public School System in 2017, Mr. Wright garnered several prestigious honors and awards including Region 7 Superintendent of the Year, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award, 2014 Prosper Person of the Year, 2017 TAJE Texas High School Administrator of the Year and 2017 Relay for Life Administrator of the Year. He has a proven record of pursuing and achieving excellence. Under his leadership, Hallsville ISD was one of only four 5-A and 6-A school districts in the State of Texas that achieved Exemplary Ratings for the district and all campuses. Hallsville ISD received 15 Exemplary and 15 Recognized Ratings from the Texas Education Agency. And, Prosper High School was recognized as one of the Top High Schools in the nation by US News & World Report.

Mr. Wright has been married to Lesli Wright for 31 years, and the couple has twin daughters, Brooke and Brittany (22). Both will graduate from college this spring and continue with graduate school.

Prestonwood Christian Academy serves more than 1,600 students enrolled at three campuses: Plano (Pre-K3 through 12th grade), PCA North in Prosper (Pre-K3 through 7th grade) and PCAplus Virtual Academy. PCA North is now enrolling through 8th grade. PCA has been recognized as having one of the strongest Christian education programs in the country providing intentional biblical worldview training and integration. PCA places great value on the growth of students’ spiritual health in addition to their scholastic endeavors and co-curricular activities. Tantamount to its Spiritual Development plan is PCA’s rigorous Liberal Arts academic program. Since it first graduating class in 2002 through the class of 2017, graduates were offered nearly $100 million in scholarship for academics, arts and athletics from universities and other institutions of higher learning. Both Prestonwood campuses are currently accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year. PCA North is hosting a Meet and Greet on April 19, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. when families will have the opportunity to visit with PCA’s Head of School and PCA North Principals, ask questions and take a tour. Details and registration are available at prestonwoodchristian.org/preview.