What does it mean to be a Classical School?
The Classical Trivium describes the learning stages of children as they mature and focuses the educational method in each stage to best develop a knowledgeable, thinking, and articulate student. As its name implies, there are three stages represented in the Trivium: Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric.
What curriculum is used?
We do not use purchased curriculum but rather individual departments and teachers refine their courses of study (along with the Curriculum Coordinator) to meet the needs of the students and adhere to the mission of our school. The classical philosophy of education is reflected in PRCA’s curriculum with its focus on history, classic literature, timeless masterpieces of art and music, and math and science. All subjects are taught from a Biblical perspective so that students may understand that God is the King of everything, from science to music to history, and that His Word is the absolute source of truth.
What are the class sizes at PRCA?
K-5 classes are capped at 18 students. Middle school students have a maximum of 22 students per class and high school classrooms are limited to 24 students.
How is the admissions testing used?
For grades K-12, testing assures that potential students are at grade level. As Math and Foreign Language classes are not organized by grade level, testing will determine placement.
Is PRCA accredited?
PRCA is accredited by ASCI (Association of Christian Schools International). The Upper School is also accredited by Cognia.
Does PRCA offer Honors and AP classes?
Yes. High school students may select Honors and/or AP classes in core curriculum, including English, Math, Science, History and Foreign Language. Additionally, dual credit is offered for some classes through the University of Arizona and Colorado Christian University.
What are the high school graduation requirements?
The requirements for each student is 4 years of English, Math, Social Science and Bible, 3 years of Science, and 2 years of Foreign Language and Electives, including a semester of Fine Art. PRCA exceeds the Arizona Department of Education requirements.
How are teachers professionally developed?
PRCA offers ongoing professional development for all staff. New teachers participate in a three-year induction program that includes over 75 hours of workshops and observations working together on best practices to implement our mission statement.
Professional Development opportunities are regularly offered to all teachers and staff in workshops that are taught by teachers for teachers to learn what happens across the curriculum in order to strengthen our interdisciplinary teaching approaches.