Poetry Community Christian School

Est. 2002; Fully Accredited 2006

ACADEMICS

CURRICULA:  PCCS offers a challenging core curriculum undertaken at a reasonable but challenging pace.  Faculty and Administration partnered to carefully evaluate curricula options for its Primer - 6th grades and chose, for example, Everyday Mathematics and the University of Chicago Math Project curricula--rated in the Top 10 Exemplary and Promising Math Programs by the Dept. of Education--a program incorporating daily experiences with math into its curriculum as well as popular elementary “Home Links” to keep parents in the learning loop. The Junior High and High School math program utilizes the research-based College Prep Mathematics (CPM) which balances procedural fluency (algorithms and basic skills), deep conceptual understanding, strategic competence (problem solving), and adaptive reasoning (application and extension); watch video below to learn more.  PCCS uses another research-based curriculum, Super Kids, for its Primer, 1st and 2nd grade integrated Reading, Phonics, Grammar, Spelling & Writing program.  Upper Elementary uses research-based Sitton Spelling, plus ABeka Grammar, Concerned Communications Elementary Handwriting, as well as SRA-McGraw Hill’s Open Court Reading & Phonics, a program endorsed by the National Reading Panel and ranked in the Top 7 by the National Federation of Teachers.  Over the year, many secular history and science textbooks have been altered and contain bias or simply do not comport with Christian principles--PCCS is committed to offering a Christian-based curricula in all elementary classes (ACSI's Purposeful Design for Elementary Science and BJPress Heritage Studies for Social Studies).  For similar reasons, PCCS utilizes a challenging Christian curriculum, Apologia, for science.  The classic literature curricula offered by Prentice Hall in addition to supplemental classic novels form the instructional focus for our college-bound upper school students in English. PCCS' curricula committee sought long and hard to find a multi-dimensional writing curriculum to sequentially build the writing school from elementary up.  We found it in the WriteShop curricula used for 3rd-6th grade and in 9th grade Writing Lab which launches our high schoolers successfully into writing scholarly research papers for their remaining Writing Labs (10th grade: Literary Criticism; 11th grade:  Current Events; and, finally, 12th grade:  20-page Senior Thesis for presentation to the school board to graduate).  See the bottom of this page for links regarding additional curricula research. PCCS actively pursues Dual College Credit opportunities for high schoolers and averages 21-24 credits in any given year (e.g., ENG 1301, ENG 1302, ENG British Literature, ENG American Literature, Spanish I, Psychology, Human Development, Sociology) as well as several online college course opportunities, PCCS utilizes the college-chosen textbooks and materials.

PCCS Academic Performance

NATIONAL PERFORMANCE:  As a "school grade card," PCCS has chosen to compare its performance with national standards.  Therefore, students in 1st through 12th grades take nationally normed achievement tests without preparation each May.  What does it mean for a test to be "nationally normed?" National norms represent the pattern of performance of all the nation's students in various types of schools throughout the United States; national norms help schools and parents evaluate their local school's performance in relation to the nation as a whole.  The percentile rank scoring ranges from 1st %tile to 99th %tile with an average student scoring at the 50th %tile--these ranks tells where a particular student ranks within the nationally normed group (a 72%tile means that the student scored higher than 72% of the test takers in the norming group).

Since 2013, PCCS has administered the nationally-normed TerraNova Achievement Test which uses the most current and accurate national norms available.  The TerraNova, endorsed by the Association of Christian Schools International, results reveal that PCCS students (1st-12th) on average are performing above their measured cognitive performance scores.  TerraNova average scores remain high (ranging 11%-16%), with the school average including all students except those placed in the learning difference program/LD diagnosis as per educational guidelines.  Students in the LINK Lab learning differences program also take the TerraNova and are performing above projected performance based upon measured cognitive levels.  Prior to 2013, PCCS was also rated highly when students were administered the Stanford Achievement Test in years 2003-2012 with math and English scores in the top of the nation each year (always in the top 15%-18%).  

OTHER MEASURES OF PERFORMANCE Check out the link below to review local ISDs preliminary ratings by the TEA...poor and needing improvement in every school district surrounding PCCS.  These scores measure student performance on state tests, progress students make year to year, whether the school is closing the achievement gaps between poor students and their peers, and how well schools are preparing students for college or careers.  GO TO THIS LINK and enter the district name in the search box:  

https://interactives.dallasnews.com/2017/grading-texas-schools/#_ga=2.213946327.1903333846.1507063466-661484780.1495145371

How does PCCS measure up?  The SACS/AdvancED Index of Education Quality (IEQ) scores for PCCS were: 1) Overall Score 315.38 (AdvancED Network of all private schools average 278.94); 2) Teaching and Learning Impact 309.52 (AdvancED Network of all private schools average 268.48); 3) Leadership Capacity 336.36 (AdvancED Network of all private schools average 293.71); AND 4) Resource Utilization 300.00 (AdvancED Network of all private schools average, 286.27).  Want to learn about SACS/AdvancED? Go to this website: http://www.advanc-ed.org/about-us

ACT and PCCS:  In the PCCS September 2017 ACT Report of College Readiness, the Table of "Percent of ACT-Tested Students Ready for College-Level Coursework" showed benchmark comparisons of all PCCS students who took the ACT and Texas ISDs:  College English Composition (PCCS 90%, State 57%), College Algebra (PCCS 80%, State 40%).  More about the ACT:  ACT scores range from 1 to 36, and the average ACT score is 20. If you’ve scored 20, then you’ve scored higher than 50% of test-takers. A 24 places you at the 74th percentile—better than ¾ of test-takers. A score of 30 means you’ve scored better than 95% of them--for PCCS students that have taken a course sequence of Algebra I/II, Geometry and Trig/Other Adv. Math, the average is 30.0.  That's why PCCS has moved to the research-based math curriculum (CPM, College-Prep Mathematics).  We want to give students the best chance to nail the ACT Math!  

How does PCCS measure up on the SAT?  The 2017 College Readiness Benchmarks for PCCS vs. National scores:  Overall (PCCS 92%, National 48%), English (PCCS 100%, National 71%), and Math (PCCS 92%, National 50%).  

Core Class Addition – Spring Semester:  Weekly challenge question from an SAT/ACT will be presented by our upper school faculty in History, English, Math and Science!  

LINK LAB - Small Group Program
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ACADEMIC YEAR & DAILY SCHEDULES

Children are only young once, and family time cannot be regained once lost.  This important consideration as well as inefficiency noted in other school settings were accounted for when adopting the PCCS schedule (See Academic Calendar tab). The PCCS compressed schedule has been successful as confirmed by the school's high overall achievement test average.  Our academic year begins the 3rd or 4th week of August to ensure the Fall Semester is 16 weeks before Christmas Break begins. The Spring Semester begins after New Year's Day for 18 weeks plus a Finals Week ending the Thursday before Memorial Day. Senior Graduation is the Friday before Memorial Day to permit family members to enjoy the longer weekend.

Breaks are generous at PCCS: 10 days each for Thanksgiving, February and April Breaks and 17 days off for Christmas Break.  PCCS elementary, junior high and LINK Lab students attend a four-day on-campus school week in addition to online educational enhancements to meet accreditation contact hours. High schoolers attend through Friday 1:10 p.m. plus online educational enhancements, also to meet accreditation contact hours. We discovered that students are better focused and use time more efficiently when curriculum and teaching styles hold their interests, so online educational enhancements are not a replacement for instruction but a reinforcement of college-bound and SAT/ACT vocabulary (Membean), spelling, math facts (EveryDay Math & Quizlet), and history facts.

DAILY SCHEDULE:  The school day begins for all students at 8 a.m. with Devotions and Bible Study (and one day of Chapel for elementary and upper separately). Monitors are present 7:30 a.m. - 8 a.m. and until 4:20 p.m. after school.


The Elementary Schedule is Monday-Thursday with five core periods including two periods of Mathematics plus Reading, Spelling, Composition, and Grammar. They also have Social Studies, Science and Electives (one elective per day and these vary each day). Primer and 1st graders adjourn at 3:55 p.m. while 2nd and up adjourn at 4 p.m.


The Junior High Schedule is Monday-Thursday with five core classes in Math (7th Prealgebra, 8th Algebra), Science, Social Studies, English/Literature, Writing Lab with Grammar and Membean Vocabulary. Social Studies is Texas History and World Geography for 7th and U.S. History I for 8th graders. They have 8 electives slots per week.


The High School Schedule is Monday - Thursday plus Fridays until 1:10 p.m. It includes five core classes (see Graduation Checklist in right sidebar) with necessary labs. Each semester, 7th-12th graders select eight weekly enrichment electives classes (see sample Enrichment Schedule link, above).

HS Graduation Planner

PCCS tailors its Graduation Planner after state Distinguished Graduation Requirements and typical college admission expectations, including "4x4" (English, History, Science & Math) plus 3 yrs of Foreign Language. 


English:  English Gold, English Platinum for 9th and 10th grades.  Dual Credits are offered for Juniors and Seniors:  Dual Credit  ENG 1301 Composition, Dual Credit ENG 1302 World Lit, Dual Credit American Literature, and Dual Credit British Literature. The PCCS HS English program also includes 4 years of composition/writing lab plus College Entrance Exam English Prep.

NOTE:  A number of PCCS high schoolers tested at or above the national mean (against other dual credit students and college freshman nationwide) on Writing Skills (including usage/mechanics, rhetorical skills of the ACT's- Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency Achievement Awards


History/Geography:  Ancient World History & Geography, Modern World History & Geography, U.S. History II, Economics and U.S. Government (including Mock Trial)


Mathematics:  Algebra/8th Grade, Geometry/9th Grade, Advanced Algebra II/10th Grade, HS Pre-Calculus/11th Grade. Dual Credit Math is offered for Seniors: Dual Credit College Algebra and Dual Credit College Pre-Calculus. Consistent with TEA options, alternative math credits are available in the Senior year for those students entering majors not requiring upper level math (e.g., Consumer Mathematics, Business Models).  Other required HS Math courses include College Entrance Exam Math Prep and Dave Ramsey Money Management for Teens.


Science with Lab:  Biology, Chemistry, Forensic Science and Physics


Languages & Reasoning:  3 courses in Spanish including Dual Credit Spanish III in the 12th Grade plus 9th grade Honors courses in Latin & Greek Roots and Logic & Reasoning.


Other Required Courses:  Health I/II, College & Career Planning, P.E. (4), Fine Arts (4), Speech (incl. competition), Technical Applications/Computer Sciences (4), CONNECT (Bible & Service Learning, every semester or school-sponsored Mission Trip prep), 68-hour Internship. and electives of choice, including Dual Credit Psychology and Dual Credit Sociology.  


A Senior Capstone presented to the Board of Directors and Officers is required to graduate.

32 Dual College Credits for High Schoolers

With tight budgets and multiple children, PCCS parents have enjoyed the benefit of sending their graduates to college with more affordable College Dual Credits under our Concurrent Dual Credit Contract with accredited Trinity Valley Community College rather than paying the higher 4-year university course rates.  Yes! Students have been successful in transferring these credits to other colleges within and outside of Texas! College textbooks, approved by the community college district, are utilized, and our teachers are qualified as college adjunct faculty to teach these courses.


ENG 1301 Composition (3 credits

       ENG 1302 World Lit (3 credits)

 American Lit (3 credits)

British Lit (3 credits)

College Algebra (3 credits)

College PreCalculus (3 credits)

College Spanish I, Fall & Spring (8 credits)

Social Science PSYCH (3 credits)

Social Science SOCI (3 credits)

PENDING:

Honors Anatomy I, 3 credits (Fall)
Honors Anatomy II, 3 credits (Spring)
Social Science, Human Development, 3 credits (Spring)
Business Law I, 3 credits(Spring)

PCCS ALUMNAE
Tracking Our
Graduates

PCCS graduates attend a wide variety of private and public colleges & universities.  In fact, Dallas Baptist University and Texas Women's University have both communicated with PCCS about the success of our graduates at their institutions and actively solicit our graduates each year.

 

PCCS graduates have attended (have graduated from)

John Brown University, Texas A&M-College Station, Texas A&M-Commerce, Dallas Baptist University, Howard Payne University, University of Texas-Dallas, University of Texas-Austin, Texas Tech University, Oklahoma State University, Baylor University, Eastfield College, Trinity Valley Community College, University of Houston, Fire School, Police Academy, Armed Forces (Navy and Army), University of North Texas, University of  Houston, Paul Mitchell Cosmetology School, El Centro College, Southern Assembly of God University, Le Tourneau University, Christ for the Nations Institute, Oral Roberts University, Savannah College of Art & Design, Texas Women's University, University of Texas-Tyler, St. Mary's University, Medical University of the American Medical School, Santa Fe University for Art & Design, University of New York, University of Pennsylvania, Texas Wesleyan University, Belhaven University, Vanderbilt Graduate School, University of Texas Medical School.

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