I have a hard time understanding all these 1 star reviews. We are a military family and are here for three years. We moved from a California school to a Marbury school...and my kids had done all this work the year prior in Cali. We pulled our last school age child out of public school when his science teacher insisted water is one part hydrogen, two parts oxygen. PCA is, at least for us, expensive. But our daughter was in all honors classes and had about 3-4 hours of homework a night. Our son was in 8th grade and he had homework. All in all I think this school was so much better than the public system. And I don't think there was any common core in the 2013-2014 school year.
My child attended PCA for 1 year. He made all As that year. I was concerned though because he never came home with any books. Well when he took the SATs he scored horribly!! We moved him to another school and he was so behind from that year in PCA. It took him 2 years to catch up to his peers in the new school. His SATs are now well ahead of the national standards and he has the highest grades in the class. Also, PCA is way overpriced.
Just do one thing if you're a new parent who's thinking of this as your child's future school: ask if they follow a Common Core Curriculum and are aligned or are receiving any funding. You should see a good dance- if not a good dance, you'll see a great use of a script or thesaurus. Also ask if they stifle free speech or discriminate. You'll see the same song and dance all over again.
I would like to put in a parent opinion of PCA...especially in response to the two "one star" reviews in 2013. I am just an average parent with an average child. I am not related to any administration at PCA. I have had a child at PCA going on seven years now. Is PCA perfect...no. Is any school perfect...no. The administration from the President down to the janitor give their best to this school and their students. They are constantly trying to better the school with curriculum, technology, staff, and facilities. God is at the center of this school...the aspect I love most about this school. My child gets a good education and loves it at PCA! As parents, we are very happy, as well. I highly recommend this school.
I've read all the positive reviews and have to question the criteria used. We've found the school to be overcrowded and the teacher does not have the capacity to give the kids the proper attention. Our son is bored out of his mind. Also, he comes home with unfinished work, which reinforces my view that he is not getting the attention any student deserves. Another point is the overexageration of "incidents" between kids. They seem to feel any spat between the kids is a an incident that warrants a visit to the couselor or a call to the parents. Let them be kids, and if the situations warrants some discipline, then they should know how to apply it. But, instead they "tattle" to the parents and the requisite punishment is delayed, which in most cases would probably help fix the problem. I know this may sound like I'm defending my child, but we've met with a behavioral therapist just in case, and she specifically pointed out to us that PCA tended to overexagerated things and were not too good at handling discipline cases. So, take if for what it's worth. We came here from Virginia and have become very aware of the disparity of education systems in this country. Thank you for reading.
Truly a blessing to our children and the community! PCA has made a very positive impact on both of my children. The staff, including the Principal, are all extremely engaged. The level of communication from our teachers is outstanding! There is not enough time or room to say all of the amazing and positive things about this institution. P.S. the tuition is extremely reasonable as well. Thinking about PCA? Call them and set up a time to visit. You will see, like we did, that this is a great environment for your children and for you.
This is easily the very best school in the area. The Principal is knowledgeable of all the students and they all love him. Academics, sports, activities are all leading the way for kids of all grades. They teach Christ but don't ram it down your throat. Teachers are tops in all aspects. We have been there 3 years and would not go elsewhere. Their Ministry Partners program and Booster Club provide necessary elements to round out the education offered there. Relatively new but offering more variety each year. Building a program and challenging each student to do their best daily. A waiting list in all grades tells parents of the quality that is offered to those enrolled. No bus pickup but arrival and dismissal is tightly controled by staff with safety paramount for all students and staff accessing the campus. Priced competitively but you get so much for the money spent. Take a tour of the facilities and it is obvious how everyone feels about PCA. A growing campus with potential and opportunities for all. You will be amazed as we were of what goes on there with a real 'team' spirit among the staff. Don't miss out to see and add to the total effort put forth for everyone.
We are a military family only in Prattville for a year. Our 3 children loved PCA. They were challenged academically. However, we were most thankful for the caring teachers and leaders who knew everyone's name and were able to lovingly assist them with any issues. We would definitely make the choice to go to PCA again!
My son has been attending PCA for 10 years and our daughter for 2 years. We love this school. The Principal is enthusiastic and friendly. The teachers and staff are fabulous. Keep up the good work PCA!
I graduated in 2009 from PCA, and I can easily say that PCA was the best school for me. Great teachers, great staff, and great leadership. The PCA family continues to grow, along with the athletics there which are improving by the day. I strongly recommend sending your child year, you will be happy you did.
PCA is a Christian school. This school takes any religion you are. A kid in my class was not a Christian ,but the opposite. He was not pressured to become a Christian. The teachers at Prattvillle Christian Academy cares about the students but it not that hard to do the work. As in other words it easy and not challenging. We all love the teachers and the staff there are very nice and cares alot.
My daughter loves this school and all the teachers and other staff are wonderful!
Our oldest child started in 7th grade and has now graduated PCA and moved on to college. Our youngest started PCA in the fourth grade and is now in 8th grade. Our family has never thought twice about our decision to move our children out of public school and into the private school setting of PCA. The teachers and staff are caring and considerate of each child's needs. The curriculum is top notch and I have always felt that families of all faiths are welcome no matter your religion or beliefs. The administration is always willing to listen to cares and concerns. It is just a wonderful Christian environment for children to thrive in.
This is our 2nd year at PCA. My oldest son is in 7th grade and loves it. We are in the process of moving our 3rd grader over as well. PCA provides a wonderful environment that encourages and supports high academic standards and opportunities, good sportsmanship in the many sports programs and development of life long friendships among its students. We are so happy to have found such a place.
This is the best private school north of Montgomery and south of Birmingham.Academics are rigorous in the lower school(my children are 2nd and 6th graders). For example, my 6th grader is reviewing order of operations in math as the year begins. Advanced public school students get to order of operations about middle way of 7th grade. Parents are very involved. The environment has relaxed both my children. High entrance standards, small class sizes and strict code of conduct make problem children and parents disappear. Bible classes are rigorous and basically teach scripture. Of course, the scripture offends some. So be it. So far, an outstanding investment.
I went to school here in 9th grade, and I absolutely loved it. The teachers were very helpful to the students, even when two of them left in the middle of the year, but their replacements were great. The classes are very small, which I loved, because all of us were very tightly knit. I'm at a different school this year, but I miss it so much, I think I'll visit if I can.
I have a child there in the middle school and Prattville Christian Academy has a good level of academic programs! They have very high standards for the kids that should help prepare them (the kids) for college. I feel the administration communicates with the parents well.
We love it. Our daughter just finished K-5, and can't wait to get back in school for first grade. Top notch staff and administration. They truly care about your child. Wouldn't have her anywhere else! We moved from Montgomery to make it happen!
I have been so pleased with the school. Last year was our first year and it was wonderful! There is great communication between the school and parents. You know what is going on at the school with most grades. I am proud to have my child go there.
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