Pusch Ridge Christian Academy (PRCA) is a K-12 classical, Christian school system with over 700 students. The mission of the school is “to teach students to become like Christ through a classical Christian education within a covenantal community.”
The school encourages their students to be “servant leaders, courageous Christians, truth seekers, virtuous stewards, and justice keepers.” Hands-on academics include nature journals, recitations, and Socratic discussions to make learning come alive. Musical, artistic, and dramatic talents are nurtured. Students experience and achieve through Expeditionary Learning (learning by doing) adventures. Coaches disciple student-athletes and encourage them to reach their potential on and off the court or field.
PRCA was voted as an Arizona Daily Star Readers’ Choice favorite in the Best Private School category and was named the Niche.com 2019 #1 Best Christian High School in Arizona, for the 2nd year in a row. In the past 10 years, 46 students were National Merit Scholars. Varsity sports teams compete at the state 3A level.
Pusch Ridge Christian Academy AT A GLANCE
Type of School: Private, Christian, Classical School for Grades K-12
Accreditation: ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) and AdvancED
Location: TWO CAMPUSES – Grammar School at 6450 N. Camino Miraval and Upper School at 9500 N. Oracle Rd.
Number of students: 169 in grammar school, 171 in middle school, 358 in high school
Kindergarten: Full-Day only
Student/Teacher ratio: 15:1 to 25:1, depending on grade level
- CLASSICALLY INFLUENCED CURRICULUM – Classical education is a conscious return to the academic disciplines and methodologies which sparked Western Christendom for the past 1000 years.
- LIVING BOOKS – Classrooms utilize topical books and novels rather than textbooks.
- ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE – Achievement test scores are consistently in the top 20% of the nation.
- RIGOROUS, COLLEGE PREP CURRICULUM – Achievement test scores are consistently in the top 20% of the nation. 42 students have been designated National Merit Semi-Finalists, Finalists, Scholars, or Commended Scholars since 2001.
- INDIVIDUAL COLLEGE COUNSELING – beginning in the 9th grade.
- EMPHASIS ON FINE ARTS – The high school and the middle schools do two productions each of drama, band, and choir.
- COMMUNITY SERVICE REQUIREMENT – 20 hours per students per year at the high school level.
- CHRIST-CENTERED – CCA desires to provide an environment where “life and learning are viewed through the redemptive principles of the Scriptures.”
Admissions: The admissions process includes applying online, submitting required paperwork, admissions testing for upper grades, and a family interview.
Tuition: Annual tuition rates are as follows for the 2019/20 school year –
Grades 1-5: $9,966
Grades 6-8: $10,505
Grades 9-12: $11,484
Tuition includes many items including retreats, field trips, class fees, athletic fees, and yearbook. Tax credit scholarships help 84% of families and many families are eligible to apply for other scholarships. A discount is available for siblings.
Uniforms: Each campus has a dress code. In general, students at the Grammar School wear solid polo shirts and khaki bottoms. At the Upper School, students wear collared shirts with shorts, pants, or skirts.
Bus service: Complimentary bus service is provided between campuses each morning and afternoon and may be used by students to assist with transportation.
Cafeteria: The Upper School has a full cafe including hot entrees, salads, baked goods, and other snacks. Grammar school students can pre-order hot lunch items.
- K-5: Saxon Math, Shurley Grammar, ABeka phonics/reading (K,1), Rebecca Sitton spelling, Latin for Children.
- 6-8: McDougall Little Math, Sadlier Oxford Vocabulary, Writing Rhetoric, Science Explorer, Heredity and the Cell, Realidades Resources, Introductory Logic
Foreign language: At the Grammar School, K-2 students learn Spanish and grades 3-5 learn Latin. Two years of high school foreign language are required, with the choice of Spanish or French.
AP/Dual Enrollment: Because the school has a college prep emphasis, there are a number of honors and AP classes available – which count for dual college credit. The school also offers a college counseling program that is personally designed for each student beginning in ninth grade. The average student SAT score is 200 points higher than the national average and 98.3% of graduates matriculate to an institution of higher learning.
Homework: All grades have homework. Grammar School students can expect about an hour of math, reading, and recitation combined. Upper School students can expect an average of 1.5 hours of homework, with some being on the weekend.
Sports: High school sports compete in class 3A in football, volleyball, swim, boys/girls cross country, boys/girls basketball, boys/girls soccer, softball, baseball, boys/girls tennis, boys/girls track, and golf. Middle school students in grades 6-8 may participate in the following sports: football, tennis, cross country, volleyball, boys/girls basketball, coed soccer, softball, and boys/girls track & field. The Grammar School partners with the YMCA and runs soccer, football, and basketball teams with parent coaches. There has also been a Running Club.
Teachers: All have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree and are accredited by the state. 50% have a Masters degree; 1 has a Doctorate degree.
School Hours: Grammar School hours are from 8:15am-2:50pm. Upper School hours are 8:10am-2:50pm.