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Prestonwood Christian Academy announced a new addition to its school system which is currently comprised of three existing schools and two affiliate schools. Prestonwood Christian Academy Hybrid provides a unique design for families who desire additional flexibility in their schedules by offering a hybrid of Blended Learning and Project-Based Learning. These instructional platforms are incorporated within a three day a week school classroom schedule and include a two day a week “satellite classroom” learning design.

Beginning on Aug. 18, 2021, Prestonwood Christian Academy Hybrid will operate at the Plano Campus and provide a specialized delivery platform and learning design for its students. The school model furthers PCA’s ability to expand Kingdom education and provide an additional high-quality Christ-centered educational model for the North Dallas community.

“PCA Hybrid provides a unique design for families who desire additional flexibility in their schedules, and who recognize the importance of a real-world application of knowledge,” said Bill Wendl, principal of the new school. “We encourage parents to evaluate all of their options and prayerfully consider the best opportunity for their child to grow academically, socially, emotionally and spiritually.”

PCA Hybrid is currently enrolling for grades Kindergarten, 1, 2, 5 and 6. Additional grades will be added as students advance. Interested parents are encouraged to register for one of two PCA Hybrid Preview meetings, offered in-person or zoom, on Feb. 5 and 12, 2021. Register at www.prestonwoodchristian.org/hybrid.

Prestonwood Christian Academy is made up of five schools serving students across the Dallas Metroplex and virtually throughout the world. More than 1,650 students are enrolled at three campuses: Plano (Pre-K3 through 12th Grade), PCA North in Prosper (Pre-K3 through 10th Grade) and PCAplus Virtual Academy. St. Timothy Christian Academy in Plano serves students with learning differences and The King’s Academy provides a Christian education to students in South Dallas. The PCA School System 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. From the first graduating class in 2002 through the class of 2020, graduates have been offered more than $140 million in scholarship for academics, arts and athletics from universities and other institutions of higher learning. All PCA campuses are now enrolling for the 2021-22 school year. Go to prestonwoodchristian.org/admissions for more information.

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Dylan Jackson and Hannah Stoutmire Jackson signed to play football at Harding University and Stoutmire signed to run track at Howard University!

Today Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) honored two student athletes who signed Letters of Intent to play sports at the collegiate level.

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

Defensive lineman Dylan Jackson will play football at Harding University this fall. Jackson was named a captain of the 2020 Lions Football Program and has been a varsity starter on the defensive line for three years. In 2020, Jackson was a two-way starter on both the defensive and offensive lines. In 2019, Jackson was named 1st Team All-District, 2nd Team All-State and Academic All-State. In 2020, he was named 1st Team All-District, 1st Team All-State and Academic All-State. He was also named Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Scholar Athlete of the Week.

“Dylan Jackson is not only one of the best defensive linemen, but one of the best players to ever compete here at PCA,” said Cunningham, who also serves as Varsity Football Head Coach. “He was a dominant force for opponents to face on the field and as a leader on our team, he was an inspiration and example of what a Lion football player looks like! He does not compartmentalize excellence. It exists in every part of his life! We are grateful for the legacy he has left with our program.”

Hannah Stoutmire signed to run track at Howard University. Stoutmire has been on Varsity Track all four of her Upper School years. Her Freshman year, she was named All-State in the 4x400 relay. In 2019, Stoutmire was a District and Regional Champion in the 400 meters and 4x100 relay. She was an All-State Finalist in the 400 meters, 4x100 relay and 4x400 relay. “Congratulations to Hannah,” said Varsity Track Head Coach Sheila Stoutmire. “We’re truly happy to see her hard work pay off, and we are praying for a blessed journey ahead.”

Prestonwood Christian Academy is made up of five schools serving students across the Dallas Metroplex and virtually throughout the world. More than 1,650 students are enrolled at three campuses: Plano (Pre-K3 through 12th Grade), PCA North in Prosper (Pre-K3 through 10th Grade) and PCAplus Virtual Academy. St. Timothy Christian Academy in Plano serves students with learning differences and The King’s Academy provides a Christian education to students in South Dallas. The PCA School System 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. From the first graduating class in 2002 through the class of 2020, graduates have been offered more than $140 million in scholarship for academics, arts and athletics from universities and other institutions of higher learning. PCA is now enrolling for the 2021-22 school year. Go to prestonwoodchristian.org/admissions for more information.

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PCA Student in a Computer Science Course

Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) is proud to have earned the College Board AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science A. Schools honored with the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award have expanded girls’ access in AP Computer Science courses.

At PCA, AP Computer Science A students learn to design and implement computer programs that solve problems relevant to today’s society. The number of national female AP CSA exam-takers has grown steadily, up nearly 25% since 2017. Overall AP computer science course participation has increased 79% since 2017, broadening STEM career opportunities for more students.

“At Prestonwood Christian Academy, we are proud to have a strong presence of female students studying AP Computer Science,” said Interim Head of School, Mr. John Klingstedt. “We can’t wait to see their passion for next generation technology lead to lifelong success for God’s greater glory.”

Out of the 20,000 schools that offer AP courses, 1,119 achieved either: 1) 50% or higher female representation in one of the two AP computer science courses or, 2) a percentage of the female computer science examinees meeting or exceeding that of the school’s female students during the 2019-20 school year. In 2020, PCA was one of 232 schools recognized in the category of AP Computer Science A.

“Encouraging students to pursue their God-given gifts and talents is at the core of our mission at Prestonwood Christian Academy,” said Upper School Principal, Mrs. Wendy Morris. “We are proud to offer a rigorous STEM program at PCA attended by many bright young female students. These students not only challenge themselves with the courses they study, they excel.”

According to College Board research about AP Computer Science Programing, female students who take AP CSP in high school are more than 5 times as likely to major in computer science in college. Providing female students with access to computer science courses will help ensure gender parity in the industry’s high-paying jobs and will drive innovation, creativity, and representation.

Prestonwood Christian Academy is made up of five schools serving students across the Dallas Metroplex and virtually throughout the world. More than 1,650 students are enrolled at three campuses: Plano (Pre-K3 through 12th Grade), PCA North in Prosper (Pre-K3 through 10th Grade) and PCAplus Virtual Academy. St. Timothy Christian Academy in Plano serves students with learning differences and The King’s Academy provides a Christian education to students in South Dallas. The PCA School System 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. From the first graduating class in 2002 through the class of 2020, graduates have been offered more than $140 million in scholarship for academics, arts and athletics from universities and other institutions of higher learning. PCA is now enrolling for the 2021-22 school year. Go to prestonwoodchristian.org/admissions for more information.

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Randell Holmes

Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) is excited to announce that Senior Randell Holmes has been chosen as one of five finalists for the 35th Annual Davey O’Brien High School Scholarship Award.

Holmes, who hails from Plano, has a 3.85 grade point average and is a winner of the Principal’s Honor Roll Award. He is a member of PCA’s National Honor Society and serves as executive president of the student body. Holmes has competed on the school’s football, track and lacrosse teams and was captain of the varsity football team. As a senior football player, the running back earned 1st Team All-District, 2nd Team All-State and Academic All-State Honors.

Interim Head of School, Mr. John Klingstedt, commended Holmes for his selection as a finalist for the Davey O’Brien Scholarship. “At Prestonwood Christian Academy, our goal is that students would strive to go above and beyond in all things for the glory of God. I commend Randell for how he leads at PCA with character and honor on the field, in the classroom and amongst his family and peers,” said Klingstedt.

The recipient of the Davey O’Brien High School Scholarship Award of $30,000 will be announced Tuesday, Jan. 19. The Foundation will award $2,500 scholarships to each of the four remaining finalists. Recipients of the High School Scholarship Award are chosen on the basis of scholastic achievements, community service, character, leadership and varsity sports participation.

“Randell is a hard worker, a friend to everyone, a leader, and a servant,” said Upper School Principal, Mrs. Wendy Morris. “While football is his passion, he also serves through our Student Government Association as the Executive President. Randell was voted for this position by his peers because he is a friend to all and willing to work for the school. Academics are important to him, and he values his teachers.  He loves the Lord and tries to walk in a way to bring honor to the Lord. We are so proud of all that Randell has done both on and off the field.”

The Foundation has distributed over $1.2 million in scholarships and university grants to help high school and college athletes transform leadership on the field to leadership in life. The winner will be honored virtually on Monday, Feb. 15. More information is available at https://daveyobrienaward.org/2021/01/five-davey-obrien-high-school-scholarship-finalists-named/.

Prestonwood Christian Academy is made up of five schools serving students across the Dallas Metroplex and virtually throughout the world. More than 1,650 students are enrolled at three campuses: Plano (Pre-K3 through 12th Grade), PCA North in Prosper (Pre-K3 through 10th Grade) and PCAplus Virtual Academy. St. Timothy Christian Academy in Plano serves students with learning differences and The King’s Academy provides a Christian education to students in South Dallas. The PCA School System 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. From the first graduating class in 2002 through the class of 2020, graduates have been offered more than $140 million in scholarship for academics, arts and athletics from universities and other institutions of higher learning. PCA is now enrolling for the 2021-22 school year. Go to prestonwoodchristian.org/admissions for more information.

 

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National Merit Commended Congratulations to PCA's six seniors for being named National Merit Commended!

Congratulations to the six Prestonwood Christian Academy seniors who placed in the 2021 National Merit competition. Ishawnia Christopher, Brianna Devadoss, Jack Dunnigan, Blake Jefferson, Markus Mortenson and Samuel Russell were named National Merit Commended based on their results of the fall 2019 PSAT. In addition, Micah Oliver and Jack Dunnigan have been named National Hispanic Scholars. 

About 34,000 Commended students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. They placed among the top 50,000 scores of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2021 competition by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

College Board and Scholarship America select 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 Mr. John Klingstedt, Executive Director and Interim Head of School at 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 10th grade) and PCAplus Virtual Academy. PCA North is in its sixth school year with more than 250 students and is now enrolling through 11th grade as it grows to the first graduating class of 2023!  PCAplus is celebrating record-breaking enrollment and has been serving students for 12 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 2020, graduates have been offered more than $139.9 million in scholarship for academics, arts and athletics from universities and other institutions of higher learning.

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STCA Presents to Department of Education Head of School Lisa McNair looks on as students discuss learning with the Dept of Education.

On Oct. 20, 2020, St. Timothy Christian Academy (STCA) met virtually with Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education Frank Brogan, U.S. Congressman Van Taylor of Plano, and representatives from Senators Ted Cruz’s and John Cornyn’s offices to share about the school’s successful reopening plan after COVID-19.

St. Timothy parents, students, staff, Board President Lee Phegley, Prestonwood Christian Academy’s Executive Director/Interim Head of School John Klingstedt and STCA Head of School Lisa McNair discussed the school’s successful reopening plan including methods used to safely allow students back in the classroom this fall. The virtual roundtable was part of a series of virtual visits that Assistant Secretary Brogan is holding with school and community leaders around the country to understand the most successful strategies being used to reopen schools.

“What an honor for St. Timothy Christian Academy to have been selected by the U.S. Department of Education to be featured in a virtual showcase,” said STCA Head of School, Lisa McNair. “Each of our students is diagnosed with a learning difference. Online learning is challenging for many students, but because of their learning differences, students with special needs struggle. A mom told me, ‘Being isolated at home with no therapies or social interaction has been detrimental to my child. We have seen so much regression.’ At St. Timothy, we knew we had to step out in faith and provide what our students need. We are blessed to partner with Prestonwood Christian Academy and Prestonwood Baptist Church who have fully supported our efforts to provide this service for our students.” 

St. Timothy Christian Academy is a non-traditional school which supports families and educates students with learning differences in grades K through 12. STCA is one of five schools in the Prestonwood Christian Academy School System which has been recognized as having one of the strongest Christian education programs in the country. Each school places great value on the growth of students’ spiritual health, scholastic endeavors, and co-curricular activities. St. Timothy is currently accepting applications for the 2020-21 school year. Interested families are invited to contact Admissions at 972-820-5460.

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Sex Trafficking Parent Training Join us for this important FREE training event to learn how to protect your children from the dangers of sex trafficking industry.

The headlines of recent weeks have focused on U.S. Marshals rescuing dozens of missing children who are victims of sex trafficking. Sex trafficking is the presence of force, fraud, or coercion resulting in a sex act with an adult or any sexual act with a minor. Unfortunately, this happens every day somewhere in our country, and in our own communities as well. In fact, estimates suggest that more than 50,000 people are trafficked in the U.S each year, and the average age a teen enters the sex trade is 12 to 14 years old.

There are ways to prevent trafficking and recognize the warning signs of a predator in order to best protect your children. Join us for a free Parent Training session featuring renowned expert, Jaco Booyens.

 

SEX TRAFFICKING TRAINING TOPICS:

  • Dangers of Sex Trafficking
  • Who are the "buyers" of children
  • Online Profiling
  • Tactics of a Predator
  • Red Flags and Warning Signs a child may be in danger
  • What to do if you believe a child is being trafficked

DETAILS:

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.
Prestonwood Christian Academy Student Leadership Center
6801 W. Park Blvd.
Plano, TX 75093

**Live-stream option will also be available.

This event is FREE but registration is required for both in-person and live streaming so we can account for social distancing. Click here to register (also where the live stream link will be located): www.prestonwoodchristian.org/jaco

 

Last year during PCA's Biblical Worldview Institute (BWi), hundreds of students and faculty had the incredible privilege of hearing from Mr. Booyens. You can view his presentation from BWi at 

https://vimeo.com/377121591.

 

COVID-19 protocols will be observed.

Masks are required and must be worn (10-years and older).

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On Friday, July 17, 2020, Prestonwood Christian Academy unveiled its Back-to-School plan for the 2020-21 school year. PCA Plano and PCA North in Prosper look forward to resuming daily on-campus instruction for all students this fall. As preparations are made for a safe return to school with limited disruptions and enhanced health protocols, PCA has created a dedicated COVID-19 Team, with four specific Task Forces. The COVID-19 team has gathered research, made recommendations, and feels confident PCA is able to return to campus with the robust student life offerings for which Prestonwood Christian Academy is known. 

As a private school, PCA is not mandated to follow the decisions of neighboring school districts. Unless a government agency requires closing of the school, PCA plans to conduct classes here on our campus. However, because there is still so much uncertainty about best practices during this pandemic, the campuses are proceeding thoughtfully and carefully. School officials have developed a re-opening plan with a remote learning option that allows for flexibility and transparency while prioritizing the health and safety of the school community. 

The PCA Back-to-School Plan is summarized in the Returning to a Connected Community document which can be viewed on the PCA website. More information and Frequently Asked Questions can be found at prestonwoodchristian.org/reopening.

While PCA will proceed with school on-campus as planned, it may look different during adaptation to new protocols to provide safety for students and extended PCA family. PCA's promise to provide a high-quality educational experience, a nurturing environment, and a biblically based discipleship plan, both inside and outside of the classroom, remains unchanged.

PCA Plano and PCA North are accepting applications for the 2020-21 school year. Please visit prestonwoodchristian.org/admissions for more information or to schedule a campus tour either in person or via zoom.

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Mrs. Rebecca Harsila New Director of Development at The King's Academy in South Dallas.

TKA hires established Strategic Development, Marketing and Philanthropy Leader, Mrs. Rebecca Harsila 

Dallas, Texas (July 16, 2020) The King’s Academy (TKA) is pleased to announce that Rebecca Harsila has been named the new Director of Development for The King’s Academy, located in Bonton/South Dallas. Mrs. Harsila will be taking the primary leadership role in the creation, implementation and management of the annual giving strategy. This will include the development and execution of capital campaigns, events, community relations and donor cultivation with the goal of establishing a sustainable foundation to launch TKA into the future. Mrs. Harsila brings with her 16 years of experience in nonprofit development, which includes collaboration with individuals, corporations, government agencies and nonprofit partners. The Director of Development position is new to TKA and is essential to the future and function of the school as TKA aims to offer an exemplary Kingdom education by investing in the whole child: spiritually, academically, and emotionally. 

Mrs. Harsila most recently served as Executive Director of Carry The Load, a fast growing, grassroots, movement aimed at creating awareness and a public recommitment to honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. She launched Carry The Load in 2011 alongside two local Navy SEALS. The charity thrives today and at this time has raised over $25 Million toward its mission and worthy nonprofits directly serving military, firefighters, police and first responders. Mrs. Harsila received recognition by Communities Foundation of Texas and Blackbaud company for the most organic growth by a nonprofit during her time leading Carry The Load. 

A native Texan, she is a graduate of Texas Tech University and began her career shortly after at the Baylor Tom Landry Center and had an opportunity to hone her skills in event logistics during a stint living in Heidelberg, Germany. She worked for the USO/MWR Heidelberg Rod and Gun Club and Outdoor Recreation department on the Army installation in Heidelberg coordinating international trips for soldiers and their families and running gun club and outdoor recreation operations. Mrs. Harsila trained in nonprofit development working for the American Heart Association - Dallas Division raising critical funds and handling all aspects for one of the top two Heart Walks in the nation and later went out on her own to support several nonprofits. While freelancing, she spent several years developing the fundraising efforts and event production for the Dallas Global Proclamation Academy of Global Pastors for RREACH, located on the Campus of Dallas Theological Seminary. 

The Director of Development is a strategic position responsible for leading and expanding TKA’s development efforts, finding beneficial ways to successfully promote TKA’s educational mission and shine a light on the need in Bonton/South Dallas. God has called Mrs. Harsila to support Christian visionaries with the skills He has so uniquely gifted her with. She will provide meaningful support in the areas of strategy, networking, sponsorship, and donor cultivation. 

When asked about her passion for education, Mrs. Harsila stated, “All children deserve a quality education and a chance to achieve their dreams. The King’s Academy promotes academic excellence and 21st century learning skills. More important than this…the children of South Dallas will come to know the Most High One, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” Dr. Shailendra Thomas, Head of School, exclaimed, "I am elated that Rebecca is joining the TKA family! Her expertise is exactly what is needed to bring our goal of preparing learners to fulfill God's purpose in their lives to fruition." 

Her passionate outside interests include serving as a volunteer for One for Israel, City of Plano and the Dallas Stars Foundation. She enjoys family time with her boys, Brooks and Bodee and husband Roy, travel overseas and teaching Sunday School at First Baptist Plano. Mrs. Harsila can be reached at rharsila@tkadallas.org or 972-930-4054. 

The King’s Academy (TKA) is now in its second year of providing Kingdom education to children in the South Dallas area. TKA partners with families to provide children an exemplary Kingdom education by investing in the whole child: academically, spiritually, and emotionally and offers small class sizes with excellent teachers. TKA provides a biblically integrated curriculum that focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Currently, TKA is accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year for grades PK3 – 2nd grade. For more information visit www.tkadallas.org or call 469-372-2502. 

 

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PCA 2018-19 Yearbook PCA's 2018-19 Yearbook, Lion's Lair, focused on the theme of "On the Horizon."

The Prestonwood Christian Academy yearbook staff has been recognized by Balfour Yearbooks with the Featured recognition for its outstanding contribution to scholastic journalism. The Prestonwood Christian Academy yearbook is featured in Balfour’s 2020 Yearbook Yearbook. The yearbook adviser is Aubrey Pasant. 

“Congratulations on creating a book that documents the history of your school while telling the unique stories of your students,” Mark Goshgarian, General Manager of Publishing and Digital Assets said. “Your inclusion in this 34th edition of The Yearbook Yearbook allows your outstanding work to serve as inspiration for staffs across the nation.” 

Yearbooks published by Balfour for the 2018-19 school year were evaluated in one or more of the following areas: theme development, layout design, photo content, secondary packages and cover design. The 2020 Yearbook Yearbook showcases 2019 yearbooks. Prestonwood Christian Academy’s inclusion in the 2020 Yearbook Yearbook reflects their commitment to journalism excellence and creativity. Balfour honors fewer than 5 percent of yearbook staffs with this distinction. 

Since 1913, Balfour has been recognized as the source for fine scholastic and recognition products. Balfour serves high schools, universities, sports organizations, and corporations worldwide. Balfour provides unrivaled quality and personalized service and is known as a market leader in design innovations. Balfour connects students to the most meaningful moments of their lives with exceptional products like class rings, yearbooks, letter jackets, photography and graduation products. For more information on Balfour, visit the company's web site at http://www.balfour.com

Prestonwood Christian Academy serves more than 1,600 students enrolled at five campuses as part of its school system. PCA Plano serves Pre-K3 through 12th grade. PCA North in Prosper (Pre-K3 through 9th grade) is celebrating its sixth school year with more than 240 students and is now enrolling through 10th grade as it grows to the first graduating class of 2023. PCAplus is celebrating record-breaking enrollment in its virtual academy and part-time students, and has been serving students for more than 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. The King’s Academy in South Dallas opened its doors to PreK-4 through 1st Grade students on Aug. 19, 2019.

Prestonwood Christian Academy School System has been recognized as having one of the strongest Christian education programs in the country. Each school places great value on the growth of students’ spiritual health, scholastic endeavors, and co-curricular activities. Tantamount to its spiritual development plan, and intentional biblical worldview training, is PCA’s rigorous Liberal Arts academic program. Prestonwood Christian Academy’s class of 2019 was offered $16.5 million in scholarship for achievement in scholastics, athletics and the arts. Since the first graduating class of 2002, PCA graduates have been offered more than $126.7 million in scholarships and have matriculated to universities near and far. PCA is currently accepting applications for the 2020-21 school year. Interested families are invited to contact pcaadmissions@prestonwoodchristian.org.