Pusch Ridge Christian Academy is an extensive and established K-12 Christian school system that is “rooted in Christ with a classically influenced college preparatory curriculum.”
Pusch Ridge has two beautiful campuses that serve almost 700 students.
The K-5 Grammar School campus is four acres and is located at 6450 N. Camino Miraval in north Tucson (off of Skyline, between Campbell & Orange Grove, near La Encantada). The 22,000 square foot facility includes 13 classrooms, art and music rooms, a nature studies garden, and two playgrounds.
The 6-12 Upper School campus is 48 acres and is located further northwest at 9500 N. Oracle Road in Oro Valley.
“With school and church leadership, a supportive board and enthusiastic faculty and staff, PRCA has poised itself to faithfully raise future leaders for generations to come.”
Pusch Ridge Christian Academy AT A GLANCE
Type of School: private, Grades K-12
Accreditation: North Central Association and Association of Christian Schools International
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 –
- Kinder: $7,590
- Grades 1-5: $9,130
- Grades 6-8: $9,625
- High School: $10,516
Tuition assistance, scholarships, and tax credits are available to help with funding. Discounts are also 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 order pizza and/or ice cream on Wednesdays.
- 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 Latin.
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: Students in grades 6-8 may participate in the following sports: football, tennis, cross country, volleyball, boys/girls basketball, coed soccer, softball, and track. The Grammar School partners with the YMCA and runs soccer, football, and basketball teams with parent coaches. There has also been a Running Club run by the P.E. director.
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.