“All for Christ and His Kingdom”

A Greeting from the Headmaster Rev. Allen Cooney

“To teach our students to become like Christ.”

Dear Friends,
 
Christ plays in ten thousand places at Pusch Ridge Christian Academy.  Parents and grandparents tell me with happy tears how grateful they are for Pusch Ridge, and the difference that Christ’s presence is making in the lives of their children and grandchildren. Members of our faculty and staff, likewise, tell me with emotion of their love for this Christian fellowship and the community that surrounds it. Our donors and benefactors gladly, sacrificially give thousands and tens of thousands of dollars every year to sustain its Christ-centered mission. I’ve heard college presidents and university professors praise Pusch Ridge as a “unique and profound place of Christian learning,” and “a part of the classical Christian movement that will uphold the Gospel and preserve western civilization in America.”
 
PRCA reminds me of the phrase in Gerard Manley Hopkins’s sonnet, ‘As Kingfishers Catch Fire:’ Christ plays in ten thousand places.  Christ plays in ten thousand places here. His presence and influence is everywhere: in the example and instruction of our teachers and staff: from Kindergarten to high school senior AP courses, in our science labs, art rooms, math classes and theater performances. He is at play in our coaches and trainers on our sports fields, courts and playgrounds. And He plays about our bands, ensembles, choirs and Shakespeare Festivals.
 
Jesus is the heart of our mission:  “To teach our students to become like Christ.” Our overarching aim, therefore, is that through our instruction, example, practice, and discipline, our students become like Him – increasingly developing the mind of Christ, the character of Christ, the affections of Christ and the will of Christ – so that they might enjoy the delight and satisfaction of fulfilling God’s calling in their lives: ‘to glorify God and enjoy Him.’
 
This is what life is all about. This is the great joy and purpose, dignity and significance of human existence. As the great theologian J. I. Packer wrote, “What makes life worthwhile is having a big enough objective, something which catches our imagination and lays hold of our allegiance, and this the Christian has in a way that no other person has. For what higher, more exalted and more compelling goal can there be than to know God?”
 
We intend to achieve this great and glorious vision through a classical and Christian education.  A classical Christian education is said to be “the cultivation of wisdom and virtue by nourishing the soul on truth, goodness and beauty by means of the seven liberal arts and the four sciences so that, in Christ, the student is enabled to better know, glorify and enjoy God.”
 
And here is the great dividing point between a truly Christian education and all other forms of schooling – for to become like Jesus is to be as counter-cultural now as it was in the days that Jesus walked about Judea, teaching, healing and doing good.
 
“This Christian counter-culture” says John Stott, “ is the life of the kingdom of God, a fully human life but one lived under the divine rule.”

This is why we strive to do ‘All for Christ and His Kingdom’ (our motto) at Pusch Ridge Christian Academy: so that we all may learn to love God and our neighbor, and so live a blessed life and a life that is also a blessing to all of society.
Sincerely,

Rev. Allen Cooney
Headmaster
 

School Information

Pusch Ridge Christian Academy Grammar School
6450 N Camino Miraval, Tucson AZ 85718
Phone: 520.529.7080
Fax: 520.529.7140
Office hours: 8:00 am - 3:30 pm

Pusch Ridge Christian Academy Upper School
9500 N Oracle Road, Tucson AZ 85704
Phone: 520.797.0107
Fax: 520.797.0598
Office hours: 7:50 am - 4:15 pm

Our Mission Statement

"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."  
A K-12 classical, Christian, covenantal school that partners with the Christian home and church. Rooted in the Christian intellectual tradition, we focus on the development of the whole child: body, mind, soul and spirit. Our graduates are a reflection of our vibrant culture as they are servant leaders who seek wisdom and to glorify God in every arena.