PCCS ELEMENTARY students engage in core classes for the first five periods of the day including two periods of Mathematics followed by Reading, Spelling, Composition, and Grammar. Elementary social studies courses are offered during the Fall semester (BJU Press Social Studies curriculum) along with activities and simulations to make this subject more memorable and interesting for students. Elementary students enjoy science outdoors and indoors during the Spring semester using ACSI's Purposeful Design Science curricula, an interactive Christian program that also meets common core standards. Electives for all Elementary grades are offered in the 6th or 7th periods of each day. The day begins at 8 a.m. with Bible and Devotions (Monday-Chapel), and adjourns at 3:45 p.m. for 2nd-6th graders and at 3:40 p.m. for Primer and 1st graders.
The JUNIOR HIGH schedule begins with Math followed by Literature, Writing Lab, G/S/V (Grammar/Spelling/Vocabulary). The 7th graders take UCSMP Transition Math-Prealgebra Life Pac Social Studies and ABeka General Science, while 8th graders take UCSMP Algebra I, Glencoe U.S. History I, and BJ Press Earth Science.
Junior High classes begin at 8 a.m. for Bible and Devotions (Chapel on Mondays), and adjourn at 3:45 p.m. Monday - Thursday.
SENIOR HIGH school students attend five core classes (see Graduation Checklist in right sidebar) with necessary labs (Monday - Thursday plus Fridays until 1 p.m.). Each semester, 7th-12th graders select eight weekly enrichment electives classes (see sample choices at right sidebar button). Classes begin at 8 a.m. for Bible and Devotions (Chapel on Mondays), and adjourn at 3:45 p.m. Monday - Thursday. and at 1 p.m. on Fridays.
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).
ACADEMIC YEAR: 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.
HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION PLANNER
PCCS tailors its Graduation Planner after TEA Distinguished graduation requirements and typical college admission expectations, including the Texas "4x4" (English, History, Science & Math) plus 3 yrs of foreign language:
English: English Gold, English Platinum, Dual Credit (college credit) 1301/1302 World Lit & Composition, and Dual Credit American or British Lit; 4 years of Writing Lab; College Entrance Exam English Prep
NOTE: A number of PCCS hiigh 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, Advanced Algebra, Functions/Statistics/Trigonometry, and Dual Credit (college credit) College Algebra or Pre-Calculus/Calculus; College Entrance Exam Math Prep; Dave Ramsey Money Management for Teens
Science with Lab: Biology, Chemistry, Forensic Science and Physics
Languages & Reasoning: 3 courses in Spanish; Honors Latin & Greek Roots; Honors Logic & Reasoning
Other Required Courses: Health I & II, College & Career Planning, P.E. (4), Fine Arts (4), Speech (2, incl. competition), Computer Sciences (4), CONNECT (Bible & Service Learning, every semester or Honors CONNECT for the school-sponsored Mission Trip prep), 68-hour Internship. and electives of choice. A Senior Capstone presented to the Board of Directors and Officers is required to graduate.
PCCS ALUMNAE: Tracking PCCS 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):