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Providence Classical Academy

Private | PK-9 | 330 students

We are best known for academics and discipleship.

 

Living in Bossier City

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $186,800. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $750.

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted April 30, 2014

I am a teacher and also a parent at Providence. I love this school for many reasons. The teachers and staff love God and strive to glorify Him. Teachers truly care about each other, the students and their families. The small ratio allows me to fully know each of my students and his or her abilities so I can better challenge or assist each one. The classical curriculum challenges the students. Math is a grade level ahead and PCA's phonics program produces proficient readers. My own child is challenged academically and loved on each day in her class. She loves school. I feel that Providence uses a proven method of teaching and learning and will teach students to not only use their lives for His glory but to learn to think and reach their potential.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 30, 2014

I have had my 3 children at PCA for 3 years now. I love the loving, caring, Christ-centered environment! I saw a huge difference in my oldest son's disposition when he first attended PCA in 2nd grade. He began to love school and have an excitement for learning! I am constantly impressed by what my kids are learning at PCA, and am sold on classical education coupled with a Christian world view. This school offers what we are looking for, along with a great community of parents, children, teachers, and staff!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 14, 2013

We made the move to PCA from public school when my oldest child was going into the 4th grade. This particular public school just was not a good fit for our daughter or our family. Moving to PCA was the best move we could have made for our child and our family. They are rooted not only in giving our children a fantastic education, but a sound and unmovable foundation in their belief and understanding of our Lord and Savior and the Holy Word. I am so very thankful for PCA and all that it has to offer our children and us!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2013

I have two children enrolled at PCA. This is our fifth year being a part of Providence. As a parent, teaching my children a Christian Worldview is paramount in my objectives of raising my children. Public school is not an option. I've never felt like my children have received anything less than an excellent education at the school. I am particularly impressed that my children are learning HOW TO LEARN & HOW TO THINK -- not merely how to memorize facts for a test. I am sold on the classical model phases of grammar, logic, & rhetoric as effective means of educating children kindergarten through twelfth grade. PCA has grown fast & experienced its share of growing pains. Some students and teachers are not a fit for PCA. What I tell everyone is that Providence is not a perfect school, but is the best school, in my opinion, in the community. If you are interested in becoming a part of PCA, I encourage your family to pray about the decision. PCA receives no government funding. Parental involvement is key. Visit the school; talk to parents; ask questions; and decide what is best for your family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2013

My grandchild attends this school. She has learned so much and loves to tell me the Bible story she learned for the week. She is in Kindergarten this year and she is reading!!! She is also memorizing math facts! It is a great comfort to know that my grandchild is not only receiving a wonderful education, but is also learning about God on a daily basis. I have heard more positive things about this school! Providence Classical Academy is a blessing to Bossier!


Posted September 13, 2013

Amazing school! My child is learning so much! This school is really Christ centered and it shows in the curriculum and in the teachers. Proverbs 3:6 tells us that if we put God first then he will direct and crown our efforts with success and this has happened at Providence! It's awesome to see God's hand at work and you can see it in the amazing growth of this school. I researched different schools when my first child was born and after hearing about Providence I was determined to send her here. It's more than I could have asked for! My daughter is in Kindergarten now and loves school! We were in love with this school last year and love it even more this year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2013

I went to this school for the year of 2012-2013.i was a middle school student and I wasn't impressed.they make it sound good but it is Not a good school they favortise the certain students, they let the students talk when the teacher is then have a terrible behavior system and I was a student and I think so. They don't handle situations well and they let students make fun of each other most of the time. And most kids that go their don't even like the school all of this is true. Almost every teacher has a student their and most of them teach them so that's more favoritism. So don't fall into their trap this is coming from a kid who went their. You would be better of at a public school. Or word of God it's a great school. Oh and they let students talk about people in the outside world and make fun of them and teachers sit and listen no joke.they say its a christian school it's almost like a public school. if u don't like ur child being made fun of and making bad grades because kids talk during test this is not the school for u


Posted May 16, 2012

I am a nationally certified teacher retired after thirty-four years of teaching elementary school. I also have an M.Ed. degree beyond my B.A. in Elementary Education. I currently serve as a substitute at Providence, and I am very impressed with both the quality of the curricula and with the teachers I serve. The curricula in reading and math are both cumulative, introducing a new skill but also including former skills on a daily basis where students continue to apply what they have learned and stay refreshed and comfortable using previous skills. The teachers and staff there have welcomed me with open arms. They are considerate and proactive with helping me and with helping each other. If any of the teachers with whom I have worked are not certified, it is certainly impossible to note. Providence does not appear to me to be a school where who you are or who you know affects how well you are taught or how you are treated. I choose to substitute here not at all for the pay but for the personal gratification of working with such inspiring students and such a wonderful faculty.


Posted March 15, 2012

Providence is such a blessing to our family! What we love about Providence: 1) Teachers who are really good at teaching, who love our kids, and who love God. 2) A curriculum that challenges our children, especially in developing the fundamental skills of math, reading, and writing, not to mention really studying history and Latin and having a great science program. 3) The community of families that are a part of Providence. We know that we are together with other students and parents who value both education and walking with the Lord. We don't know of a school in the area that offers both the academics and Christ-centered mindset as Providence does and are grateful that our children get to benefit from such a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2012

Great school! I had my doubts about spending the money for private school, but this has been by far the best investment I have ever made. My child is working far ahead of his grade level in all academic areas. While I am very happy about that, I am most encouraged by his behavior and the maturity level that he has learned from his teachers who consistently instruct him on how to live according to the Biblical world view.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2012

PCA is a great school. My kids enjoy the Christian aspect of being allowed to talk about God in history and chapel. Teachers are great and really love the kids. Latin class helps with Grammar. Math is ahead of other schools. We really enjoy this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2012

This school is about who your parents are. If your parents work there, you allowed to walk the halls and misbehave without any consequences. A few of the teachers are wonder but most of them are not certified teachers and know just a little more than the children do. They will not offer than information to you but you can go to the main website about classical education and they seem to encourage non certified teachers. I only wish that I would have known the information that I do now before I signed my child into the school. Be check into the school prior to enrolling you child!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2011

Our daughter started 9 weeks after school started. I wwas worried she would have problems catching up, but her teacher has been outstanding working with her and my husband and me. I can see that her teacher cares so much about her and it touches my heart! The main reason we chose pca is bc of the chrstian influence. We both love the lord and think its awesome that biblical principless are integrated into every aspect of learning! The added bonus is that my child loves school so much and is excited to go!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2011

Providence Classical Academy is an excellent school that is a "true" Christian school. By that, I mean that every aspect of the school day is centered around God, giving Him the glory. The academics are outstanding; my child is learning and retaining so much more than her friends who attend other schools. The teachers are loving and care deeply about your child, both academically and personally. PCA is a blessing to our family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2011

Providence Classical Academy has done an incredible job of partnering with me in the education and spiritual development of my children. My primary hope is that they will grow up to love Jesus Christ with all their heart, soul, and mind and that His peace would guard their hearts and their minds all the days of their lives. The education is very advanced and challenging. My children have grown from average students to now working multiple grades ahead in most of their subjects. Their IOWA achievement scores have been beyond anything I could have hoped for, and I attribute that to the excellent staff at the school. While I am very pleased with the education, my primary reason for being at Providence is that the Biblical world view is integrated into everything they do. It takes a concentrated effort for me to find 15 minutes each day to talk with my children about God's Word and then go to church on Sunday. Before we came to PCA I knew that we needed to do a better job with this. In PCA, I found a partner who literally spends 35 hours each week with my children helping me grow their minds and their hearts for the glory of God.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2011

PCA is a young school with a wonderful vision. The desire to successfullly combine Christian and classical with the ultimate desire to see children that we will be able to impact the world for God' glory. My son is in a kindergarten class now and is learning a worldview consistent with what he learns from his parents and his church. That worldview is that God is the center of all things and that we should live for his glory. Not only is the world view Christian, there is serious academic work taking place. I am struck at what my son is learning at his tender age that I did not learn until later and still have not learned. I also love how PCA wants and evens encourages parents to be involved in the education of their child. We know exactly what our son is learning and are asked to review material and do homework with him. It is demanding, but our son loves learning. As good as I think it is, PCA's faculty and staff tells us, the parents, that they want to get better, which excites me to know that they realize that there is room to grow and have not quit because they think they are perfect, which frankly is a problem in many organizations. Overall, this year has been a blast.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2011

Providence is a wonderful school that has given my children a biblical worldview unlike any other school in this area. The classical method is a fantastic way to teach little minds to absorb and remember information. My daughter will sing a song to help her remember certain things such as state capitals, etc. Every aspect of learning is covered with the gospel and the teachers and staff truly have a heart for our children's souls. Campus visits are welcomed and I encourage you to visit if you are looking for a Christian school for your children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2011

PCA has been a blessing to my child and my family. Overall, the curriculum is challenging; the content is presented in the classical method and determined by the child's level of development. While this format incorporates memorization in the lower grades, upper-grade students are able to apply this knowledge as they explore advanced lessons in ALL subjects. In fact, my perception is that my child is receiving a "gifted" level of instruction in all academic areas. From the beginning of daily chapel until the end of school each day, students are encouraged to live for God's glory and to achieve academic success. I am amazed each day by the thirst for knowledge my student has developed since beginning school at Providence. The teachers at the school have instilled this scholarly attitude through their knowledge of the material taught and their Christian compassion for each and every student. In the upper grades, the students get to further explore what they have studied through out-of-town field trips to various museums and other points of interest. God bless the faculty and administration of PCA as they pursue educational excellence for their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2011

We are in the process of joining the Providence family and it has not been a decision we've taken lightly. Through meetings with the HeadMaster and multiple teachers, reading and researching about classical education, many, many discussions with other parents as well as interaction with their incredibly bright, well-educated (for their respective ages),and well-mannered children, not to mention much PRAYER, we are 100% certain that this is the place for our child (who is struggling with major boredom in her public school kindergarten classroom despite the valiant efforts of her wonderfully educated, certified teacher. I happen to be a public educator as well, and the difference in what I'm required to teach at an elementary level and what the children at Providence are learning (and already know), is substantial.


Posted February 27, 2011

PCA currently has 1, maybe 2 certified teachers on staff. The school has at least a 50% turnover rate in its teaching staff each year. Compared to a public school curriculum, each grade level covers about 1/2 to 3/4 of the material that should be learned in a year. This school's standardized test scores are so low that they will not share them with prospective parents. The school's leaders have no experience in education, much less classical education and it shows. It is telling that every person who joined together to form the school has now left or been pushed out by 1 founding member who remains and who now serves as "Head Master" with his hand picked board of directors. BTW, board meetings are closed and the schools finances are secret even as they ask for $30,000+ pledges from each family to pay for a new multimillion dollar campus (for its 100 students). There is so much wrong with this school that it would take pages to share everything. Many parents will not be sending their kids back next school year.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 95% 47%
Black 3% 45%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hispanic 1% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School psychologist
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • 2nd & 3rd Place in Robotics Competition (2012)
  • 1st Place (Grand Champions) in Elementary Robotics (2013)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
Staff resources available to students
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Computer programming
  • Engineering
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
Clubs
  • Arts and crafts

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 5:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Howard Q. Davis
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Christian
Associations
  • ACCS
Fax number
  • (000) 000-0000

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
  • College prep
  • Gifted / high performing
  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Religious
  • Science
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Computer programming
  • Engineering

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Arts and crafts
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
  • Gardening
  • Robotics club
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


7 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
80
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
120

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$5000 - $6000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
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College preparation / awareness offered
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4525 Old Brownlee Road
Bossier City, LA 71111
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Phone: (318) 820-9465

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