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    Portsmouth Christian Academy ::: Dover, New Hampshire ::: Northeast U.S.

    Portsmouth Christian Academy (PCA)

    • A beautiful, riverfront campus in the small town of Dover, 70 miles (113 kilometers) north of Boston, MA
    • 245 students (grades 9-12); 13% international
    • Coeducational, Christian affiliation
    • University placements include Columbia University, Dartmouth College among others
    • ESL offered

    Founded

    1979

    Climate

    4 seasons, snow in winter

    Student Body

    Enroll students grades 8 - 12; 245 students (grades 9-12); 13% international

    Average Class Size

    17 students

    Faculty

    50% with advanced degrees

    Student/Faculty Ratio

    9:1

    College Placement

    100% university placements including Columbia University, Dartmouth College, New York University, University of California, University of Chicago among others.

    Honors & AP

    Advanced Placement: Art History, Biology, Calculus AB & BC, Chemistry, English Language & Composition, English Literature & Compositon, European History, French, Music Theory, Physics, Psychology, Spanish, Statistics, Studio Art

    Honors: Algebra I & II, American Literature, Analyzing Writing, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, European History, French III, Geometry, Great Works of Literature, History of the Cold War, History of WWII, New Testament Survey, Old Testament Survey, Pre-calculus, Spanish III, Systematic Theology, US History, World History

    Special Programs

    Students at PCA can choose a themed diploma, for example STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) to allow them to position themselves well for the college admission process.

    Marking System

    PCA utilizes the standard grading system: A=90-100; B=80-89; C=70-79; D=60-69; F=0-59. The 4.0 grading system is used for all academic courses.  Students meet with their academic advisor daily for the first year and on a regular basis thereafter.

    Programs of Study

    The minimum graduation requirements for grades 9-12 are as follows.

    English - 4 credits
    Mathematics - 4 credits
    Science - 4 credits
    Social Science/History - 3 credits
    Bible - 4 credits
    Foreign Language - 2 credits
    Arts - 1 credit
    Physical Education - 1 credit
    Electives as needed

    Community Service - 50 service hours each year

    Foreign Languages: French, Spanish

    SAT Scores: Average SAT score =  1298 (1600)

     

    Accreditation

    PCA is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

    Athletics

    Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross-counry, Golf, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Indoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball

    Arts

    Studio Arts, Art History, Band, Chorus, Digital Photography, Music Appreciation & Theory, Printmaking, Publication Design, Symphonic Orchestra, Theater Arts

    Extracurricular Activities

    Clubs and Activities: Ace reporters, Ambassadors, Books & Brownies, Class Officers, Community Service, International Club, Math Team, Missions Club, Prom Committee, Quiz Club, Students Against Human Trafficing, Student Council

    Facilities

    3 Academic Buildings, Atheltic Field, Cafeteria, 2 Gymnasiums, Library, Science & Art Building

    ESL

    English Language Learner Program (ELL). All ELL students attend classes for full academic credit and also take ELL classes, as needed, where they work to build their English language skills with emphasis on developing each student's speaking, listening, reading, writing and comprehension skills