Pusch Ridge Christian Academy offers a curriculum that C.S. Lewis would call “a proper study for princes:" a classically-based curriculum grounded in the liberal arts, designed to encourage students to become lovers of Christ and lovers of learning.
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.
The Grammar School aspires to provide a “rich” education, the type that C.S. Lewis described as “a proper study for princes.” All children thrive on a diet of worthy ideas, and these ideas are found primarily in living books and the Western cultural heritage. Students are also trained in habits of the heart – attention, respect, and responsibility – so as to bring focus to the art and craft of their own learning.
The philosophies of the 19th century educator Charlotte Mason are evident throughout the Grammar School’s curriculum in the form of narrations, recitations, copybooks, nature appreciation, and short lessons. All of these things are employed to encourage students to become lovers of knowledge who want to learn for learning’s sake, not to earn a grade or simply regurgitate answers on a test.
Our middle school provides a bridge between the elementary level of education and the high school, offering an academic program designed to develop critical thinking and study skills that challenge and prepare students for the college preparatory high school.
Teachers are specialists in the academic topics they teach and are especially sensitive to the developmental changes of young adolescents. They offer biblical support and guidance that help each student reinforce and apply skills previously learned, but also stimulate their emerging ability in independent thinking, abstract reasoning, intellectual integrity, and social maturity.
The middle school’s interscholastic athletic program offers students 11 different sports over three seasons. The middle school also offers grades 7 and 8 the opportunity to make choices in the selection of elective classes.
Pusch Ridge’s students thrive in the high school’s comprehensive, college preparatory curriculum by completing course work of significant depth and breadth. Students take advantage of the wide range of offerings in the academic program, athletics, and extracurricular activities.
The academic program builds in students a fundamental body of knowledge, coupled with a biblical worldview that trains young people in critical thinking and the discovery of their gifts, so as to be prepared to make a difference in the world for God’s kingdom.
With classes of 15-25 students, students are challenged in their thinking, develop close relationships with one another and grown in their knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.