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Parkridge Christian Academy

Private | PK-8 | 250 students

We are best known for our small class sizes and differentiated instruction.
 
 

 
 

Living in Coral Springs

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $320,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,680.

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Posted July 30, 2014

The 2014-15 school year will find staff and students "Equipped", 2 Timothy 3:16-17. The playground resurfacing campaign is complete and our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be held on Monday August 18th at 8:45 a.m.

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Posted June 14, 2014

I am so disappointed in the lack of ESE support. If an ESE student fails in multiple subject areas, that just proves the teachers have no support or proper training in making the accommodations needed in the ESE area. The school has A LOT of growing to do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2014

When we began this school year for VPK, I was not impressed. However, after a full year of preschool, I must say that this has been a great school with excellent teachers who go above and beyond. They had chapel performances and Mother's day celebrations that were adorable. My child matured and learned very much this year. I am glad we attended a Christian school that focused on the love of Christ. We will miss the teachers as we leave for Kindergarten now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2014

From a students point of view regarding middle-school, the teachers go over beyond what's necessary. They are genuinely incredible teachers. I got attention and care in every subject. Any problem I had spiritually, education and friends/family I would have guidance from a Christian point of view. I'm not lying when I say that my teachers are one of a kind, I could see myself still talking to them after I leave. The principal- mrs.wicker - is one of the kindest principals I ever had. She is stunning from the inside out. Mrs.wicker is kind-hearted,loving,interactive and funny(not lying). I feel as if PCA is my other family. The small classes are a huge benefit, they taught me to be more myself. But with all I said, don't assume its a easy free going school(if you know what I mean). It still has discipline and rules/consequence. -a happy student


Posted March 12, 2014

PCA is a GREAT school, it has a very friendly and Christian environment. The teachers are phenomenal, each one of them is outstanding at what they do, the administration is amazing and the principal, Mrs. Wicker is wonderful. My daughter is in 8th grade and her experience at PCA has exceeded all expectations.The teachers are always helping her to reach her full potential academically, socially, spiritually and emotionally through Christian values. We have been part of the PCA Family for 3 years and I'm extremely pleased with the level of education, love and commitment of the teachers and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2013

I have had the pleasure of having three of my special needs children in this school for three years. It has been a great way for my children to grow spiritually and academically.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2013

My daughter just graduated 8th grade after spending 5 years at the Academy. She is now enrolled in The Quantum Leap program at CSHS. She is taking dual enrollment classes and AP courses. Her ability to be in this program as a freshman is a direct result of the dedicated teachers at Parkridge. PCA is a place where extra attention can be given to those who need a little extra help or challenge those who are above grade level. My daughter went into High school with 2 H.S. credits, one of which was Algebra.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 5, 2013

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this school! They love my children as their own. As a fulltime working mom it is reassuring that when I drop my kids off to school I know that they are safe and well cared for and they transition in to aftercare and are loved just as much there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2013

The teachers are WONDERFUL here! Ms V treats my daughter as if she were her own , while teaching her sign language and much more. My vpk student has the best time with her positive teachers and the curriculum is far superior than her previous school, is doing simple math problems and reading, science projects !! So happy here!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2013

I am the parent of a middle school student. The program is simply amazing. The love that the teachers have for their job is evident. My son is excelling academically! The new administration is amazing as well Mrs. Wicker has taken PCA to a new level! Love her involvement with the program!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2013

I have a child in the preschool and it is amazing. Miss Jobbitt loves my little one. She is amazing with the kids, and is always so pleasant.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2013

I have to disagree with some of the negative comments here! Parkridge Christian Academy is a GREAT school- small class size, loving teachers, very strong leadership, and an amazing office staff! It's a shame that some are not able to see the "goldmine" that they have in PCA! I am proud to send my children to a school where Jesus is first! My children are thriving at this school and they absolutely love it! It is, in my opinion, the best kept secret in Broward County! Mrs. Wicker is a dedicated and sincere pricipal, committed to keeping the school Christ centered with a very strong academic program. I am proud to be a PCA parent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2013

My grandchildren attend the school and they love it. The one on one attention they receive from the smaller class size is amazing. The children have a real sense of belonging. The teachers and administration are caring and nurturing and clearly committed to quality and strong Christian values.


Posted February 9, 2013

We did not have a good experience at the preschool. They changed teachers like you changed clothes and I never got great feedback from the teachers. I met 2 preschool teachers who taught there after we had left the school and they also mentioned that they resigned because of the administrative issues in the school. One teacher actually advised me to take my son elsewhere since the school didn't have enough funding to keep the kids engaged. I will definitely not recommend the preschool.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2012

My Child is in 1st grade. It is now October and I have to say I am very impressed with the principal Mrs. Wicker. She has strong communication with all of the parents in my daughters class. I love the small teacher to student ratio it is almost half of what it would be at a public or charter school 9 to 1. This provides a learning environment that is non-existent in most schools today public or private. ACSI accreditation is why I picked parkridge though it is just my first year I am very happy. My sister has her son who is 3 in the pre-school program she is pleasantly surprised how fast her son learning. The school seems to me to be very caring for all the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2012

My two year old son is in the pre-school program. Parent communication is quite frequent. All I can say is my son loves Ms Jobbit she is a great asset to the PCA team. The children go out to the playground twice a day, which is very important to me. I love how much the teachers care they truly give my 2 year old the attention, care and love. I was so hesitant to put my baby in school but I am glad I did. PCA is my eyes is the best I will have my son stay until 8th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2012

I have two children in Parkridge CA and have had the great pleasure of experiencing both the preschool and elementary programs. My children are thriving both academically and spiritually under the care and attention of the dedicated teachers, pastors, staff and directors! They love, nuture and care for our children as if they were their own and we completley trust them with our children's education. The class parents, families and volunteers are amazing to work with as well. Our family is truly blessed that God has led us to Parkridge.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2012

I just met with Ms.Wicker this week and she seems sincere. She does have an intensity about her the previous principal did not but look at how she has had to enter this position??!! She was shown nothing but hatred and surrounded by pure gossip! How would all of you "Christians" respond to that welcome?! I believe my son will thrive even more this year then he did last year because we finally have a direction! The only thing in life that is constant is change...and we all know how scary change can be! Let's give her a chance! I will because I have faith in the Lord and a undying faith and love in my son. His plan is a plan for success! I prayed and found this school, I prayed and found his therapist, and I will continue to pray because I know God and not Mrs.Wicker nor Pastor Brad are in control. Only God. They will do what is right and honor gods will. Have faith and show the same respect you would want shown.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2012

I have my 2 year old son in this school. They care for my son like it was their own. I am currently a Kindergarden teacher and have seen kids in my class from this school grow to be very successful in the Kindergarden Curriculum. The learning is top notch the staff is very caring the environment is very clean. My only compliant is to have a healthier food options available to students who do not want to bring their own lunch.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2012

I will be short, not happy. Teachers make immature decisions and get away with it. They also don't know how or don't want to support the student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2012

Parkridge Christian Academy has the following 6th grade's great instructors: Mr. Halulko, Ms. Magee, Mr. Pierce (guitar instructor). They are innovative, creative, responsible, motivate the students to do their best. They really care. We are bless to have them as our child instructors. God bless them!
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 58% 42%
Hispanic 23% 29%
Black 11% 23%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff American sign language
Spanish
Afrikaans
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Association of Christian Schools International Accreditation (2011)
  • Gold Seal Quality of Care (ELC) (2012)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
Clubs
  • Math club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Clubs
  • Drama club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Afrikaans
  • American sign language
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 2:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Stacey Wicker, K-8 Principal
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • Infant
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Southern Baptist
Fax number
  • (954) 346-0013

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Project-based
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
  • Service learning
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Afrikaans
  • American sign language
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Aftercare bus from surrounding
School facilities
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Ultimate Frisbee
Girls sports
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Ultimate Frisbee

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Community service
  • Drama club
  • Math club
  • Robotics Enrichment
  • Safety Patrol
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$7000 - $8000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships

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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Local public high schools
Local Christian high schools
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5600 Coral Ridge Drive
Coral Springs, FL 33076
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Phone: (954) 346-0236

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