Frequently Asked Questions


Academics

What does it mean to be a classical school?

Classical Christian Education is the cultivation of wisdom and virtue by nourishing the soul on truth, goodness, and beauty by means of the seven liberal arts so as to foster spiritual, intellectual, and social growth for one’s own and the common good.  –Dr. Christopher Perrin

If you are interested in how we do this at PRCA, click here to see our Essentials of a Classical Education.

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?

PRCA will not enroll any students that exceed the following average student/teachers ratios without permission from the board:
Grammar school: 18 students
Middle school: 22 students
High school: 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) and AdvancED.

Does PRCA offer Honors and AP classes?

Yes. High school students may select Honors and AP classes in core curriculum, including Math and Science. Additionally, dual credit is offered for some classes through Colorado Christian University and the University of Arizona.

What is the PRCA high school graduation requirement?

The requirement 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.

Do teachers have Professional Development?

PRCA offers on-going 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 teachers and staff in workshops that are taught by teachers for teachers to learn what happens across curriculum in order to strengthen our interdisciplinary teaching approaches.


Student Life

What is student life like?

Grammar School students gather outside each morning for Opening Ceremony. Upper School students hear morning announcements where pledges and memory verses are recited. Chapel is offered one day a week, with mandatory attendance for K-12 students. They gather to worship, hear special guest speakers and often have small group time. High school students participate in the House System. PRCA offers strong fine arts, including performing and visual art offerings. Many students gather to support their classmates at athletic events, concerts and on the stage.

What extracurricular activities are available?

High school sports are offered through the Arizona Interscholastic Association, and athletes compete in the 3A South region. Middle school athletes participate in the TIAL league. Grammar School students have opportunities to play with classmates in sports leagues throughout the year. Various other clubs and organizations are offered for students, including Coding Club, Student Writers Club, etc. Expeditionary Learning offers opportunities for participatory learning, like excursions, building, and first aid classes.

Is there a dress code; are there uniforms?

While PRCA does not have specific uniform requirements, there is a dress code for each campus. Generally, collared shirts are worn with pants or appropriate length shorts or skirts.

Where do students live/come from?

Our students and their families live all over Pima County, with some from Pinal County.


General Information

How will I know my child is safe?

Each campus has a dedicated CSO (Campus Security Officer) on the grounds each school day and at after school events. Security cameras are installed throughout campuses. PRCA maintains a close working relationship with local jurisdictions including the Oro Valley Police Department and Pima County Sheriff’s Department.

Does our family need to be Christian to attend?

Referencing the covenantal community in our mission statement, PRCA requires that at least one parent sign our Statement of Faith. Over 80 different churches are represented by our families.

What is the expectation of parent involvement?

We encourage all parents to volunteer throughout the year. There are many opportunities, but no specific requirements.

Is tuition assistance/financial aid available?

Yes, 92% of students receive financial aid/scholarships. Parents are encouraged to attend the How to Afford a Christian Education Workshops offered throughout the year. You may also set an appointment with our Director of Scholarships & Financial Aid to receive more info.

What is the cell phone policy?

Cell phones are not to be used on campus, during the school day or until 4:00 PM. Messages to or from parents may be relayed through the front office. Students are allowed to place a phone call outside the building after the school day ends. We believe this policy encourages less distractions and more face-to-face conversations.
Grammar School (grades DK-5)
6450 N. Camino Miraval, Tucson AZ 85718
Phone: 520.529.7080
School office hours: 7:45 AM - 3:30 PM
Upper School (grades 6-12)
9500 N. Oracle Road, Tucson AZ 85704
Phone: 520.797.0107
School office hours: 7:50 AM - 4:15 PM
South Campus (grades K-1)
5951 S 12th Ave, Tucson AZ 85706
Phone: 520.797.0107
*Coming Fall 2022!
"The mission of Pusch Ridge Christian Academy is to teach our students to become like Christ through a classical Christian education within a covenantal community."

“All for Christ and His Kingdom”