After recently celebrating 25 years at the Plano campus, Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) is continuing to look toward the future as it continues bringing faith-based learning to the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Since its inception in 1997, PCA, a ministry of Prestonwood Baptist Church has had more than 2,100 students graduate from its campus located at 6801 W. Park Blvd..

Having expanded to a School System, in addition to the campus in Plano, the school system also has a North campus in Prosper that opened in 2014, as well as PCA Online (Virtual Academy) and a hybrid option for students. PCA School System also has two affiliate schools: St. Timothy Christian Academy serves students with learning differences in Plano and The King's Academy in South Dallas. With the additional campuses and growth, the PCA School System serves early childhood, lower school, middle school and upper school students.

“From a small beginning in 1997 with less than 100 students to now nearly 2,500 students, Prestonwood Christian Academy School System has been a blessing to many students, families and teachers,” Superintendent Michael Goddard, Ed.D said. “The growth is a tribute to a desire of families to have a Kingdom education—a consistent set of spiritual values and a partnership of the families, church and school.”

Through the unique online school, students can either enroll as part-time students to supplement their current academics or as full-time online students. When students enroll as a hybrid student, they combine blended learning and project-based learning, with a three-day-a-week school classroom schedule and a twice weekly “satellite classroom” learning design.

At the North campus, the beginning of the 2022-23 school year will bring about the academy’s first senior graduating class.

“It is so exciting to be a part of PCA North’s first graduating class,” PCA North senior Madigan Matthews said. “This is a new experience for everyone at our school and is an amazing opportunity to help lead the way for future PCA North Lions.”

To fulfill its mission and focus of preparing students with a biblical worldview, PCA hosts an event every year called Biblical Worldview Institute, a conference it has hosted since 2005. This year’s conference took place from Nov. 1-2 and was the biggest one yet, with more than 3,000 people in attendance and many more watching online.

It's described as the largest apologetics Christian conference in the nation, with students from Plano and North Campus attending, as well as students who traveled from local and regional communities as well as surrounding states.

“Elite integration of biblical worldview within a classroom framework and coursework requires prayer, scholarship, intentionality, creativity and a commitment to absolute truth,” PCA Dean of Spiritual Development Dr. Jeremiah Johnston said. “At Prestonwood Christian Academy, our faculty and leadership have joined together in innovating a biblical worldview integration planner at the unit level in all courses, Pre-K 3 through 12th grade. In our classrooms, Athens, the world of academic learning, and Jerusalem, the world of faith and Christian living, are not in tension but come together, culminating in a thoroughly informed student with a Christian worldview that shapes and gives meaning to all of life.”

For those interested in applying, applications can be found online, and campus tours are available for all locations. Currently many of the grade levels are full and have wait pools for prospective students. Prestonwood Christian Academy offers parent previews throughout the year, with the next two scheduled for February.

The dedicated faculty and staff of PCA are committed to helping each student flourish and achieve their God-given potential.

“I am very proud to have gone to PCA for the past 11 years. Even though the school has grown during that time, the faculty and staff has remained dedicated to its students,” PCA Plano senior Evan Jefferson said. “I have always been able to receive the attention needed to grow both academically and spiritually.”

Prestonwood Christian Academy is always seeking people who want to make a difference in the lives of students and generations to come. They will host job fairs in January 2023.

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