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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.

 

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At a reception during the 2018 TCEA Convention & Exposition in Austin, Texas, it was announced that Mrs. Sherri Forrest, Manager of Technical Services at Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA), had won the honor of “Technical Support Person of the Year.” This award recognizes exemplary support personnel who make significant contributions by providing technical support to facilitate the successful use of technology on a campus or at the district level. These employees exemplify innovation and are dedicated to advancing teaching and learning with technology. It is one of several honors given out as part of TCEA’s Educator Awards and Scholarships.

 

“Infusing technology in the classroom enables PCA teachers to reach our students in their native language,” said PCA Head of School, Dr. Larry Taylor. “I am thrilled that the TCEA has honored the work that our Technology team, led by Mrs. Barbara Brown and Mrs. Sherri Forrest, puts in every day, striving for excellence as they provide students with tools to access, create, share and collaborate as global, digital citizens. As our Portrait of a Graduate outlines so clearly, our Technology Program engages students in learning so that they reach their God-given potential.”

 

Currently in her 18th year in technology education, Mrs. Forrest has led PCA’s technical department to revolutionize how it provides service to the Pre-K through 12th grade, multi-campus school system. She meets weekly with campus technicians to discuss project timelines and provide assistance as needed.  Mrs. Forrest has been the mainstay of PCA’s ability to initiate and sustain the one-to-one program for all K through 12th grade students. She recently became a JAMF Certified Casper Technician (CCT). 

 

“Sherri will do whatever it takes to resolve technical issues for all PCA students and employees,” said Mrs. Barbara Brown, PCA’s Senior Director of Technology. “She has spent countless hours learning the new systems that PCA has acquired to manage the one-to-one environment.  Sherri’s remarkable leadership is an amazing gift to Prestonwood Christian Academy.  Her integrity and genuine servant’s heart propel everyone who knows Sherri to be a better person and employee.  She embodies the phrase:  There is nothing so strong as gentleness and nothing so gentle as true strength.  Her kindness is exceeded only by her tireless drive to create technological excellence for each Prestonwood Christian Academy student and employee.”

 

Mrs. Forrest graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Business Information Systems and then worked as the Office Manager and Tech Systems Manager at HEB Printing and Associates for 12 years. Mrs. Forrest spent time in the Frisco Independent School District and served as the Technology Director at Legacy Christian Academy before making the move to Prestonwood Christian Academy.

 

“I feel very honored and humbled to be awarded with such a distinction,” said Mrs. Forrest.  “I have a great team and loving family that have supported and led me to this point.  I am always striving for excellence in my work.  I look for ways to serve and desire to be someone people can depend on. Caring for others is very important to me. I am so happy to be able to represent PCA to the technology educators of Texas in this way.”

 

“It is our honor to bestow these awards on deserving educators who are out in the field making incredible advances in teaching and learning with technology,” said Lori Gracey, the Executive Director of TCEA, about Mrs. Forrest and all of the 2018 Educator Award winners.

 

Prestonwood Christian Academy serves more than 1,600 students enrolled at three campuses: Plano (Pre-Kindergarten 3 through 12th grade), PCA North in Prosper (Pre-Kindergarten 3 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. In addition to PCA's spiritual development plan, the school promotes a rigorous Liberal Arts academic program. The graduating class of 2017 was offered more than $10 million in scholarship for academics, arts and athletics from universities and other institutions of higher learning. PCA is currently accepting applications. Interested families are invited to take a campus tour to learn more! Details and registration are available at prestonwoodchristian.org/admissions

 

About TCEA

TCEA (tcea.org) is a nonprofit, member-based organization that has supported the use of technology in education for the last 37 years. Our primary focus is on integrating technology into the PreK-16 environment and providing our members with cutting-edge knowledge and resources through conferences, workshops, online and print publications, and collaborations with higher education and business. 

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PCA Football Wins State PCA's Football team, coaches and trainers celebrate after winning the TAPPS Division 1 State Championship!

On Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, Prestonwood Christian Academy’s Varsity Football team played for the 2017 TAPPS Division 1 State Championship facing Houston St. Pius X at Midway Panther Stadium in a quest to bring home the school’s fifth football state title.

Down by 18 points late in the third quarter, Prestonwood refused to give up, and scored the final 19 points of the intense game. The Lions held off St. Pius X in the final seconds of the game and pulled off the victory 42-41.

“I am so proud of this team,” said Chris Cunningham, PCA’s Athletic Director and Head Football Coach. “This has been a special season, and we are giving all the glory to God.  Even after the team won the Championship trophy, I’ve heard them talk more about the relationships made and the lessons they’ve learned this season.”

Prestonwood’s football program previously won State titles in 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2015. Four of the school’s five football titles have been won under Coach Cunningham.

“We teach Kingdom athletics at PCA -- training the hearts and minds of student-athletes to value hard work, discipline, teamwork, and sportsmanship in the classroom of athletic development and competition,” said Cunningham. “Colossians 3:23 says, ‘Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord!’”

Prestonwood Christian Academy serves more than 1,600 students enrolled at three campuses: Plano (Pre-Kindergarten 3 through 12th grade), PCA North in Prosper (Pre-Kindergarten 3 through 7th grade) and PCAplus Virtual Academy. PCA North is now enrolling through 8th grade. Prestonwood 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. In addition to PCA's spiritual development plan, the school promotes a rigorous Liberal Arts academic program. The graduating class of 2017 was offered more than $10 million in scholarship for academics, arts and athletics from universities and other institutions of higher learning. PCA is currently accepting applications. Interested families are invited to take a campus tour or attend an upcoming School Preview to learn more! Details and registration are available at prestonwoodchristian.org/preview.

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PCA North Volleyball PCA North's Middle School Volleyball team celebrates a win against PCA Plano by honoring the fact that they are all one school in two locations!

Prestonwood Christian Academy Head of School, Dr. Larry Taylor, Board of Trustees, and Senior Pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church, Dr. Jack Graham, announce plans to add a High School at the PCA North campus in Prosper. PCA North is currently 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 North is in its fourth year of existence and offers Biblically-based education to Pre-School-three-year-olds through seventh grade. This strategic announcement includes adding a grade every year through the first graduating class of 2023. PCA’s System is one of the largest private and Christian schools in the Metroplex, and is currently serving over 1,600 students. 

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. “The quality of a PCA education continues to strengthen. Multiple assessment instruments confirm that our students are learning at, or above, their ability level. These objective measurements, such as the standardized test scores, our AP-Advanced Placement Scores, the Duke Talent Search Testing, and our SAT and ACT Test Scores reveal key data that we track and analyze,” Dr. Taylor shared. Dr. Taylor added, “Although the scholastic and co-curricular programs are strong, at the very core of our mission is to produce followers of Jesus Christ. 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.”

Prestonwood Christian Academy is a ministry of Prestonwood Baptist Church. Reflecting on this significant decision, Dr. Jack Graham, Senior Pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church said, “I believe we have, and continue to build, the finest Christian school in America. PCA is a positive influence on our church and community, and it is obvious that God is doing great and mighty things here.”

Mike Daugherty, PCA North parent and Board of Trustees member, sees the expansion as an opportunity for students to continue their academic and spiritual growth. “The addition of an Upper School and expansion through 12th grade is an exciting milestone in the life of Prestonwood Christian Academy North.   Just four years ago, a small group of families came together to launch PCA North under the PCA School System.  Knowing our students will now have the opportunity to continue their Christian education through the 12th grade is truly a blessing and a gift from God.  At PCA North, we have a very special place where our kids are receiving an incredible and rigorous education while at the same time being prepared to be disciples that will make an impact on the next generation for Christ,” Daugherty said.

Prestonwood Christian Academy North has a strong Lower School program encompassing PK3 through fourth grade. Learning is interactive and hands-on and PCA students score above the national average in every academic area.  All courses are taught with a biblical worldview and students learn at an early age to care for and pray for others. As with PCA’s Lower School, PCA Middle School teachers know that learning occurs best when students are engaged and interacting. Through PCA’s STEM endowment, the Middle School science department provides students with cutting-edge experiences inside and outside the classroom. PCA North students compete in spelling bees, Math Olympics, speech meets, art competitions, and athletics.  And, a Future Problem Solvers International team was added this year. 

Dr. Chris Kouba, PCA parent and Lead Pastor of the North Campus of Prestonwood Baptist Church is looking forward to the growth of the school as the northern corridor continues its explosive growth, “With over four families per day moving into the city of Prosper alone, in addition to the explosive growth in North Frisco, Northwest McKinney, Little Elm, and Celina, you are starting to see more and more fields turn into construction sites for new retail, new homes, and new planned developments.  Every year school districts are building and adding new schools and all are preparing for the growth that has moved from ‘coming’ to now ‘here.’  This growth provides PCA North an incredible opportunity not just to get in on the advancement and development of the area, but to expand and build and grow something that will far outlast any of these new buildings or facilities and that is hearts and minds shaped and molded by a Kingdom education.  There is simply nothing more important than investing in the next generation and PCA North does that through Kingdom education,” said Dr. Kouba.

PCA North Principal, Donna Leadford is ready for the challenge, “I’ve often said that PCA North has the best of both worlds.  We have the fun and excitement of growing a new campus, but the benefits of being a part of an exceptional 21-year-old school.  We opened our doors in 2014 as a Lower School, but quickly grew to serve Middle School students as well. Currently, we serve students in PK3 through seventh grade and we will continue adding a grade level per year in eager anticipation of the first PCA North graduating seniors.” 

Prestonwood Christian Academy serves more than 1,600 students enrolled at three campuses: Plano (Pre-Kindergarten 3 through 12th grade), PCA North in Prosper (Pre-Kindergarten 3 through 8th grade) and PCAplus Virtual Academy. The school 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. In addition to PCA's spiritual development plan, the school promotes a rigorous Liberal Arts academic program. The graduating class of 2017 was offered more than $10 million in scholarships for academics, arts and athletics from universities and other institutions of higher learning. PCA is currently accepting applications. Interested families are invited to take a campus tour or attend an upcoming School Preview to learn more! Details and registration are available at www.prestonwoodchristian.org/admissions. Families may also call 972.930.4010 to schedule a Thursday tour.

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Roseland Homes Head Start Center

Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) sent more than 800 students and faculty members out across the Metroplex on Nov. 16 to serve during the 15th annual PCA Service Project Day.

“Our seventh through twelfth graders and faculty members who were out serving others across our North Texas community today understand that authentic servant leadership takes place as they put aside their needs and focus on the needs of others,” said Dr. Larry Taylor, PCA’s Head of School.  “Going beyond the walls of the classroom and reaching out to our neighbors in local communities and even around the world is an opportunity for our students to invest in others and learn through serving.”            

The more than 800 students and faculty members served multiple communities in numerous ways. Service projects included:

 

 

  • Restocking and displaying donations, putting together Christmas trees at Habitat for Humanity - North Collin County ReStore in McKinney
  • Yardwork at multiple Senior Citizens Services residences in Carrollton and Farmers Branch
  • Assisting teachers in classrooms and on playgrounds at schools including Roseland Homes Head Start Center, Sunnyview Head Start, Cockrell Hill – Mi Escuelita Preschool and St. Phillip’s School and Community Center, all of Dallas; Mendenhall Elementary School in Plano
  • Organizing donations and cleaning at Union Gospel Mission Thrift Shop in Irving
  • Assisting with preparation of and serving lunch at Union Gospel Mission – Calvert Place Men’s Shelter in Dallas
  • Cleaning and organizing church offices at Christian Stronghold Baptist Church in Dallas
  • Helping set up and organize the new store at Christian Stronghold Baptist Church Restore in Dallas
  • Sorting, pairing and boxing shoes at Buckner International (Shoes for Orphan Souls) in Mesquite
  • Visiting with residents and playing games with them at Prestonwood Court Assisted Living in Plano
  • Sorting clothes and cleaning the store at GraceBridge Food Bank and Community Outreach in Celina
  • Volunteering at H.I.S. BridgeBuilders and Bonton Farms in South Dallas
  • Sorting and stocking shelves at God’s Food Pantry in Plano
  • Sorting and boxing food at North Texas Food Bank in Dallas
  • Stocking shelves and putting together food boxes for Thanksgiving at Frisco Family Services in Frisco
  • Visiting with residents and making a craft with them at CC Young Memorial Home in Dallas


PCA freshman Celeste Lay has participated in seven PCA Service Project Days, and it is a day to which she always looks forward. This year, her advisory group was assigned to Roseland Homes Head Start Center where they read to children, played math games, helped serve lunch, played on the playground and helped the teachers. 

 

“I loved being able to mentor the kids and help the teachers at the school,” Celeste said. “My favorite thing about serving is that you can help others and bond with them, and listen to their story which gives you the chance to grow a friendship.”

 

Serving others is one of the core values at Prestonwood Christian Academy, and in addition to today’s day of service, PCA’s Upper School also participates in “Minimester” during a week in the spring when students go on mission trips locally, nationally or abroad. These events have created a culture of servant hearts among the student body.

 

“Fulfilling the Great Commission is certainly a passion of mine, and that fire was ignited while I was a student at PCA,” said Micah Reis, PCA’s Director of Annual Giving and Alumna Class of 2003. “As Christians, we are called to share the gospel, and it’s often easiest to do that by serving people. We are fortunate at PCA to have the opportunity to do that both in our local community and around the world. I enjoyed watching my group of ninth grade girls interact with and serve the children at Roseland Homes Head Start Center today. It’s completely different, but similarly satisfying when I have the opportunity to chaperone a group of Upper School students on our Minimester trip to South Asia in the spring, and we get to serve and share the gospel with people who have never heard it before!”

 

Prestonwood Christian Academy serves more than 1,600 students enrolled at three campuses: Plano (Pre-Kindergarten 3 through 12th grade), PCA North in Prosper (Pre-Kindergarten 3 through 8th grade) and PCAplus Virtual Academy. The school 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. In addition to PCA's spiritual development plan, the school promotes a rigorous Liberal Arts academic program. The graduating class of 2017 was offered more than $10 million in scholarships for academics, arts and athletics from universities and other institutions of higher learning. 

 

PCA is currently accepting applications. Interested families are invited to take a campus tour or attend an upcoming School Preview to learn more! Details and registration are available at www.prestonwoodchristian.org/admissions. Families may also call 972.930.4010 to schedule a Thursday tour.

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PCA Senior Mikayla Bardwell signs a Letter of Intent to play golf at the University of Tennessee.

Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) honored senior Mikayla Bardwell, of Lewisville, who signed a Letter of Intent to play golf at the University of Tennessee.

“I am incredibly proud of Mikayla, not just because of her accomplishments on the golf course, although they are many,” said PCA’s Head of School, Dr. Larry Taylor. “What impresses me more than her outstanding athletic talent, though, is her heart for the Lord. She is a leader at both our school and church, and she will definitely leave a void when she graduates. The University of Tennessee is getting a great student!”

Bardwell played on the 2015-16 TAPPS Team State Championship Team, which won by a record 66 shots, as well as on the 2016-17 TAPPS Team State runner-up team. At that State tournament, she finished individually in second place, out of first place by just one shot. She also shot a 63 in round 1 of the Lakeapalooza Tournament in the spring of 2017. Over the course of her four years at PCA, her scoring averages have continued to improve:

  • Freshman: 88.3
  • Sophomore: 79.27
  • Junior: 76.7
  • Senior: 72.1

This season, Bardwell is the captain of the 2017-18 PCA golf team and has individually medaled at both of the fall tournaments.

Prestonwood Christian Academy serves more than 1,600 students enrolled at three campuses: Plano (Pre-Kindergarten 3 through 12th grade), PCA North in Prosper (Pre-Kindergarten 3 through 7th grade) and PCAplus Virtual Academy. PCA North is now enrolling through 8th grade. The school 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. In addition to PCA's spiritual development plan, the school promotes a rigorous Liberal Arts academic program. The graduating class of 2017 was offered more than $10 million in scholarship for academics, arts and athletics from universities and other institutions of higher learning. PCA is currently accepting applications. Interested families are invited to take a campus tour or attend an upcoming School Preview to learn more! Details and registration are available at prestonwoodchristian.org/admissions.

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An announcement in the local paper states the time and place when a murder is to occur in Miss Blacklock's Victorian house. The victim is not one of the house's several occupants, but an unexpected and unknown visitor. What follows is a classic Christie puzzle of mixed motives, concealed identities, a second death, a determined Inspector Craddock grimly following the twists and turns, and Miss Marple on hand to provide the final solution at some risk to herself in a dramatic confrontation just before the final curtain.

Prestonwood Christian Academy's highly-acclaimed theatre department proudly presents its Fall Play, Agatha Christie's A Murder is Announced on Friday, November 10 and Saturday, November 11 at the Eisemann Center in Richardson, TX.

Show Times:
Friday, November 10, 2017 at 7:30 pm.
Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now at www.prestonwoodchristian.org/boxoffice, but act fast. Tickets for the show on Friday, November 10 will be discounted $5 per ticket!

 

 

 

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2017 PCA National Merit Students From right to left: Dr. Larry Taylor, Dylan Bohn, Courtney Villa and Natania Christopher.

Congratulations to three Prestonwood Christian Academy seniors who placed in the 2017 National Merit competition! Dylan Bohn of Frisco was named a 2017 National Merit Semifinalist. Natania Christopher and Courtney Villa, both from Plano, were National Merit Commended. 

National Merit Commended students rank in the top 97 percentile of all students in Texas who took the 2016 PSAT. National Merit Semifinalists rank in the top 1% of all students in Texas who took the 2016 PSAT. Approximately 1.5 million high school juniors from across the country compete each year in the National Merit Competition.

"We are proud of these bright students who not only excel academically, but are involved as leaders on our campus and are 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 three 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-Kindergarten 3 through 12th grade), PCA North in Prosper (Pre-Kindergarten 3 through 7th grade) and PCAplus Virtual Academy. The school 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. In addition to PCA's spiritual development plan, the school promotes a rigorous Liberal Arts academic program. The graduating class of 2017 was offered more than $10 million in scholarship for academics, arts and athletics from universities and other institutions of higher learning. PCA is currently accepting applications. Interested families are invited to take a campus tour or attend an upcoming School Preview to learn more! Details and registration are available at www.prestonwoodchristian.org/admissions.