When students enter the high school they are placed into one of four Houses: Lewis, Carmichael, Bonhoeffer, or Ten Boom. During their years at PRCA their House will function as a large family–a place for them to make deeper connections, grow in the faith through teaching and small groups, love their neighbor by serving in the wider community, and engage in friendly competitions with other Houses.
High School Retreat
Juniors and seniors travel to a camp in northern Arizona at the beginning of the school year. During this three-day retreat, students participate in numerous activities such as praise and worship, chapels, small groups, athletic competitions, and other class activities designed to foster community and spiritual growth.
Freshmen and sophomores remain in Tucson and participate in activities such as hiking, bowling, team games, and community service designed to foster community and spiritual growth. Freshmen boys and girls have an event with their fathers and mothers one evening and sophomores will gather as a class one of the nights.
Retreat Week provides our high school students with the opportunity to rekindle old friendships, form new ones, and bond as a class. They are encouraged in their walk with the Lord, and the tone is set for the spiritual emphasis of the school year. This is such an important aspect of our school life that PRCA requires high school students to participate in the retreat.
With a wide offering of sports and sporting events, it is our hope that all families will find a sport to support by attending athletic competitions and cheering on our PRCA lions!
Dances and socials are a part of the social life at Pusch Ridge for grades 9-12. Homecoming, Winter Formal, and Prom are traditions at PRCA.
Choir and Band
In addition to four concerts per year, advanced music students audition for regional and state events, and groups often perform and attend workshops locally and out of state.
All high school students are eligible to participate in this event and demonstrate their rhetorical skills to faculty and peers, whether they deliver a speech, act in a scene, or perform a Shakespearean monologue.
Speech and Debate
PRCA fields a competitive speech and debate team through the Logos Forensic Association. By competing with other private Christian schools, students hone their rhetorical skills and learn civil discussion.
Special Senior Activities
The ending of the senior year holds many beautiful and time-honored traditions that are special to our seniors. These include:
Senior Blessings: In this special ceremony, each senior receives a personal blessing from a faculty or staff member who has asked to bless them. Families gather on campus to witness this special ceremony.
Mother-Daughter Tea: A special Pusch Ridge tradition is to honor our graduating senior girls at a spring tea. This is an opportunity for mothers and faculty and staff to celebrate the senior girls' accomplishments and to speak words of wisdom to them as they begin the next chapter in their lives.
Senior Boys Ridge Run: One final competition for the senior guys is a timed race along the Ridge. Dinner is cooked and served by male faculty and fathers, and blessings around the campfire are a fitting closure for our senior boys.
Senior Trip: Each year, the senior class selects a location for a three-day trip to conclude their high school experience. This trip occurs the last week of school, just before graduation, and is an opportunity for fun and fellowship before the class members go their separate ways.