CURRICULA: PCCS offers a challenging core curriculum undertaken at a reasonable but challenging pace. Faculty and Administration partner to carefully evaluate curricula options for each grade, including a focus on "research-based curricula" (also known as "evidence-based curricula") and scope and sequence for sequential core classes rather than personal teacher curricula preferences. (Click on the blue links shown below to read more about select curricula)
- Mathematics: Primer - 5th grades utilize Everyday Mathematics-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. 6th - 11th grades utilize an equally challenging math curricula: the 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 the CPM video below to learn more.
- Elementary English/Language Arts (ELA): The PCCS elementary curricula committee research revealed another research-based curriculum: Super Kids. This program is utilized for Primer, 1st and 2nd grades and integrates Reading, Phonics, Grammar, Spelling & Writing program. Upper Elementary uses research-based Shurley Grammar which introduces abstract language arts concepts through logical, concrete, and multi-sensory strategies that support diverse learners. For upper elementary reading, PCCS uses 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. Since its incorporation in 2002, PCCS recognized that handwriting instruction and practice meets several educational objectives and cognitive milestones and chose "A Reason For" program as its scripture-based program by Concerned Communications.
- Science and History/Social Studies: Over the year, many secular history and science textbooks have been altered and contain bias or simply do not comport wi