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20 Seaborne Drive
Dover, NH 03820

(603) 742-3617
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April 30, 2014
We moved to the Seacoast area from Maryland last summer and finding a great school for our 2 daughters (7th/10th) was our highest priority. After touring the school, meeting with both admissions and administration, we selected PCA for the 2013-2014 school year. Our experience thus far has been incredible. Both of our daughters are loving the school and enjoying all the opportunities it has to offer. They are being challenged academically and the Biblical worldview that we were looking for is woven throughout the curriculum. We look forward to a long relationship with the PCA community! You will love this school!

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2014
Have you ever been to a school where the kids are genuinely happy; where the love of learning is so evident you just don't want to leave? The community feeling I get, as a parent, everytime I walk into this school gives me chills. Parents, students, and teachers come together in a way like nothing I have witnessed in other schools. This is the 4th school my children have attended, and we will do anything we can to keep them here until they graduate. The life lessons and relationships they are building are priceless. PCA keeps them challenged academically and continuously works with them building character through retreats, chapels, small groups, missions trips, and community service projects. The schools size offers them multiple extracurricular activies including sports, drama, academic competition, and much more. I cannot recommend PCA enough.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2013
We pulled our 2 boys out of Portsmouth Public schools because the curriculum was incredibly poor! They are half way through their first year at PCA and they are so happy there! on wis in Jr high and the other is elementary. We are a Christian family and are so happy with how they are growing in their faith and knowledge of the Bible. The academics are great! They are challenged in every way. We are very happy with everything. Our boys love it and never want to go back to public, they know they are getting a much better education than their public school friends.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2013
From the dedicated staff and faculty to the administration and volunteers, this place is excellent. The teachers CARE about their students. Students are challenged to work to their potential maximizing the gifts they have been given. What a deal PCA is!

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2013
This is our 10th year at PCA! My oldest child started in kindergarten and my other two started in preschool. My oldest is now in high school. Their years at PCA have been such a tremendous blessing. All of my children love this school and have a love of learning thanks to the wonderful teachers and staff who are so caring and committed to helping each child discover their gifts and succeed.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
Our daughter is in her 3rd year at the Lower School, and we could not be happier with PCA. We've been so pleased by the quality of teachers, their warmth and kindness, and their eagerness to help our daughter thrive. The administration communicates with parents in a timely and articulate manner, and we're impressed by the excellence with which every program and event is run. We are grateful to have this exemplary school in our community.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
Small class room and outstanding teacher!! I am so amaze of the quality of the education and how they handle learning/behavior challenges.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2013
My family moved to the Seacoast region almost ten years ago in order to attend PCA. We are so glad that we did! We love the school! As one of the other reviewers said, I'm not sure where some of the negative comments are coming from. PCA can't respond online to some of the complaining families because of student confidentiality-- I would caution readers that there are always two sides to every story. My own children are safe and loved at the school, have had wonderful teachers, and are challenged academically. PCA has won the state championship in math for the past two years, is the state's reigning Quiz Bowl champion (even beating Phillips Exeter and St. Thomas!) and has some of the highest SAT scores in New England. To say that PCA is sub par academically is ludicrous and unfounded. We're so glad that we've been able to be part of the school these past 10 years and are looking forward to another 10 years!

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2013
PCA a fantastic school! I have two students in the Upper School. Both are taking Honors and AP classes. As a family, we couldn't be happier with the academics and college preparation our kids are getting here. GO EAGLES!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2013
We are extremely pleased with the level of communication from school to home. PCA emphasizes and values school/family relationships! Looking forward to a great year ahead!

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2013
I m very surprised by the negative comments about PCA. My children have attended 3 separate Christian Schools in the seacoast area. One of their schools closed and another school was not academically challenging. My children transferred several years ago, and we have been extremely happy ever since. My oldest child is now in college and is doing very well. She scored very well on her SAT scores and was the recipient of enough scholarship money that her first year of school was reduced by 50%. She was not a writer when she first started attending PCA. PCA was instrumental to her growth; she received a 10 out of a possible 12 on her written portion of the SAT test, and scored a 4 on her AP test. I'm happy she doesn't have to take English as a freshman in college. My son is still attending PCA and I'm grateful for the wonderful supportive teachers that have dedicated so much of themselves to my children. As to the Christian aspect, my children and family have never seen any behavior that was not "Christ like". Extremely blessed to be a part of the PCA community!

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2013
As with all schools, some people will be happy, others will not. Our family is very happy with both the quality of education that PCA provides as well as the Christian atmosphere. We were not looking for a school to take the place of the church or the family in terms of teaching our children the bible. However, the teachers at PCA integrate biblical principals and moral values in all they do as well as concentrate on various books of the bible according to grade level. Our children are well adjusted, challenged and happy at PCA. PCA works hard to accelerate gifted children, allowing them to move forward in Math and other areas. PCA offers an extensive fine arts program and athletic opportunities. It is a joy to be part of the PCA community.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2013
Horrible school. Scholastically the curriculum does not prepare students for college and the "spiritual" side is plagued with hypocrisy and judgement. We sent our children there and promptly pulled them out. Do not waste your money. Go to St. Thomas as it is a much more superior school.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2012
We are practicing Catholics who absolutely love Portsmouth Christian Academy. Portsmouth Christian Academy is a blessing to our family. As parents, we are extremely pleased with the school. The faculty is committed to the personal growth in knowledge and faith for every student. The teachers are kind and understanding; you can feel the love in the school the minute you walk through the door. Our two sons love their school and the teachers that make it so special. We are grateful that our children have the opportunity to attend a school that they love and where the love of Jesus is present.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2011
I was raised with a Catholic education all of my scholastic life. Never ever in my life have I ever seen such un-Christian and hypocritical behavior from a community that prides itself in living in the "spirit of Jesus' teachings" Instead of ministering to students who need them at any given moment, they are quick to kick out students and abandon them. They should be ashamed of themselves. Sending our children there was a huge waste of our time and money. Disgusting, judgmental and false is what they are.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2011
The teachers in the lower school are underpaid, several are barely qualified to teach, and the leadership is downright strange, almost robotic. They are all about the money. Don't be fooled by their self proclaimed love of children...its all about the money. They wany your investment, yet time and again, they will not invest in the children nor are they committed to helping the kids that need a little extra attention.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 12, 2010
The teachers are very caring!

- submitted by a community member
July 06, 2010
My three children attended PCA for only one year because we moved out of state. I must say I was so pleased with the teachers and students, They all had wonderful years and met great friends that will last them a lifetime. I highly recommend this school! It was a true blessing for my children to be here. As far as the last comment, they only moved the graduation by 30 minutes. Being in the state championships is an opportunity that doesn't come around very often in smaller private schools.(by the way they won!) I was very understanding and was blown away by the graduation ceremony! The key note speaker was incredible! My daughter couldn't of been prouder than to graduate from this school. I pray God's blessings on PCA.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2010
Beautiful campus, some wonderful teachers, but be very careful! Nepotism reigns at PCA for school board members' children and family members and there isn't anything you can do about it! You cannot address the school board, in fact they are MIA. The Head of School works for the school board and he is not even a little bit helpful or interested. PCA is expensive for the education received, and Christian values never supercede the "almighty" dollar from our experiences. This year, for example, they changed the time for the high school graduation to accomodate a baseball game. VERY disappointing. We will not return.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2010
PCA is as it says a Christian school which encourages the people to be loving--as Jesus is. The school has excellent sports, library, science, and art programs. The school has a research program that starts around 2nd gr. that helps the children to learn to write and do coherent interesting research projects. There are also interesting hands on projects going on throughout the year. My 2 boys have enjoyed it there a lot--as much as 2 busy boys can enjoy being inside or away from their computers! The school library has helped keep them interested in reading when their interest was starting to flag. I appreciate knowing I will be told if something in the upcoming teaching might cause some concern for some parents. I'm responsible for my kid's education so I'm glad PCA is there to help work with me.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2010
PCA has so many problems we took our elementary children out in Decemnber. The headmaster is wonderful but the teachers and principal are too rigid. Lots of homework that is busy work, not valuable content. The academics are sub par (my oldest daughter went through Catholic schools and received a superb education). It's so dissapointing because the campus is beautiful, the teachers need more education themselves on how to teach and discipline children effectively.

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2009
Our son graduated two years ago and we still can t say enough about the excellent preparation he received at PCA preparation in time management; love of learning enhanced by faculty and administration that are truly invested and care; balancing social life and academics; and excellent foundational skills in the areas of math and science that are still serving him well for the rigorous electrical engineering program in which he is enrolled. Based on AP test scores, he was able to enroll at college with 12 credits (4 each in calculus, chemistry and English). Even as a sophomore, he is still earning top test scores in advanced math classes that he attributes in part to the things he learned at PCA. Academic preparedness = cost of tuition; making wise life choices = priceless.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 11, 2009
Very happy with school so far. I have seen a big improvement in many areas already and she's only been there a couple months. Much better than public school.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2009
I graduated from PCA two years ago. The school has a great environment but I do not find the academic challenging enough. There are not enough Honors or AP classes as other public schools in the area and without those, graduates from PCA do not have the same advantages as others when applying to prestigious colleges.

- submitted by a student
May 09, 2009
I had two kids that went through the bulk of their schooling at PCA. They are now attending the college of their choice because of the great academics at PCA. While the school does not offer all the 'extra' fluff (non academic) programs as some of the larger Public schools in the area, they make it up in academics where it really counts. The teachers care. The new Headmaster is as wonderful person. The price of tuition is very reasonable. I talkd to another parent once who was complaining because the school didn't offer some extra program that a local $20,000 prep school offered; I told her that if she wanted to pay 3 times as much just so her child could enjoy this extra (non academic) program to fork over the extra $14,000 and PCA would probably be glad to hire the additional part time coach. That shut her up!

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2008
PCA is a wonderful school where students can advance at their own pace in a caring and nurturing environment.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2008
I was very surprised by some of the negative comments here. I have had tow kids at PCA for seven years, one in the Upper School and one in the Lower School. I have very bright children and they are challenged and work hard. I think the school's overall standarized testing results speak for the quality education children here receive. The teachers are exceptional and very much care for the kids as individuals. The Fine Arts programs have improved and there are Honors and AP classes offered at the Upper School. I would highly encourage you, if you are interested, to take a look and see for yourself....

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 26, 2008
PCA is a great school the teachers are wonderful and I felt I was challenged and now that I no longer go to PCA, I miss all the teachers that really taught me to believe in my abilitys.

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 07, 2008
My child has attended PCA for seven years, starting in Kindergarten. In general I find the teachers to be wonderful. The way they are able to meet each individual child's needs and challenges constantly amazes me. My child has been challenged, and continues to grow academically, socially and spiritually because of the great people at the school. PCA offers parents a wide vasruet of opportunities to become involved as a volunteer. They have a true open door policy, if I have a question someone at the school will find the answer for me. As with any organization, there are challenges that need to be worked on, but I have never felt I was leading anyone astray when I have recommended PCA to them. I would, and do recommend PCA to whomever is looking for a better school than what their child(ren) currently attend.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 19, 2008
My son went to PCA from middle school thru high school. He is currently attending a good college and is quite able to handle the academics. I feel he was well prepared. He came into himself socially at the school and made some wonderful friends. However, the administration is very rigid and does not have a grasp of the real world and what young people face. Their expectations are that a teenager can behave like a saint at all times and this is just not realistic. There is also some favoritism with faculty children...

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2007
Having graduated from PCA, I felt prepared for what my Ivy League school has thrown at me. If you take advantage of all the accelerated programs the school has to offer, you will be fine at any university. PCA is not a school for those who need their hands held. It will prepare you for college, as many of the teachers in the upper school will try to create a college-like atmosphere. I enjoyed my time there. But like any school it has its 'cons'. There were incidents of favouritism, etc. Unfortunately my guidance counselor (to whom I owe many thanks) left the school (2007) as did two great leaders: the headmaster (2006), the former principal of the high school (2004?). Regardless, PCA is a great private school. If full advantage is taken, your child's education will surpass what he/she would have most likely received at a public institution.

- submitted by a former student
June 04, 2007
Be sure of what your priorities are before choosing PCA. Our son attended fourth grade after having attended catholic school for PreK - 3. Our experience was disappointing and at times, infuriating. Academics were sub-par. My son received a heavy load of homework, but the content was not challenging. Just time consuming. We embrace the message of Jesus' love and acceptance. Not exclusion. We are returning to his old school this fall.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2007
I am a senior at Portsmouth Christian Academy. Although there are some kids who drink and do drugs, it is a very low number and these students never pressure others to try anything. The students are generally good natured and hard working with much encouragement and individual help from the teachers. Most students get into good colleges. The art, music, and drama programs are good to get a credit or kill time, but very rarely will I see someone excel at any of the three. The sports teams are fairly competitive and a number of students have received sports scholarships to good colleges such as Texas A&M. I hardly see parents helping out at the school, there is not much for them to do. The school is very religious, but when a single student does something wrong, the entire student body is spoken to as if a criminal.

- submitted by a student
March 23, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2007
My oldest son went to PCA from K-8 and loved it. He made a lot of great friends and grew spiritually during his years there. He wanted to pursue sports and decided on boarding school. He wasn't as prepared academically as we had hoped, but his character and work ethic are helping him to learn what he missed. Still recommend the school for K-8. PCA is great for kids that are above average and don't have special needs. They have a very structured environment that might not work with really bright kids or kids with learning disabilities.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2007
I love this school! I have 3 children attending and we moved just to go to this school. The K-12 aspect means my children have an uninterrupted school setting and can share experiences with each other. Lots of homework, high academic expectations, very competitive. Caring and intelligent staff, lots of parent involvement. Art, music, sports, after school programming, bus service, lots of extracurricular at the high school level. Guidance dept. and testing services for high school. It's a sacrifice financially, but very worth it to us. Very positive atmosphere. My kids are happy!

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2007
Better than NH public schools, but sadly the academics are not what the school's promotional material indicate. Nice facilities, but did not prepare my 2 children for the 'average' colleges that they now attend.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2006
Portsmouth Christian Academy is a great school. One of the safest in the nation. The Curriculum is excellent, all of the teachers have masters degrees or are in the process of receiving their masters. The school is quite small. The lower school grades Pre-K through 8th containing somewhere around 750 students, and the high school 9th through 12th grade containing around 270 students. The school has a great Soccer and Basketball team. Other sports offered are Cross Country Running, Winter Track, Spring Track, Softball and Baseball, and Tennis coming soon. The Registration fee is $75 and the Lower school is around $5000 a year, where the upper school is around $7000 a year. If unable to afford, scholarships are available etc.

- submitted by a student
November 02, 2006
99% of the parents at PCA are very nice to work with.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2006
Be careful! This school is very much a fundamentalist school - they take the Bible literally and read Scripture everyday. The kids who go there are brainwashed and unprepared for the 'real world'. The administration is very Stepford wifish. Nice facilities. We pulled our child out after one year because of the rigidity of the curriculum and the extreme religious overtones. Most of the graduates go to lower tier colleges or Bible colleges. Many of the staff have 'advanced' degrees from on-line universities!

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2006
PCA has been a blessing to our daughter and our family. The teachers are all top notch and really care about their students. My child is thriving both spiritually and academically. After school activities are both optional and abundant. PCA is a wonderful Christian school!

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2006
PCA is an outstanding school. Coming from a public school with a very high amount of special needs this school is a breath of fresh air. The teachers are nuturing and caring. Both of our daughters teachers came to their music recitals and go the extra mile for the children. They feel that while the kids are in their class they are family. The academics is top notch. They have grade level but also advanced and excelerated classes for reading and math. I did not find that in public school! Comuter lab teaches even the youngest ones to type - a skill needed today. Extracurricular activites are great from jump roping to homework club. Instument lessons are right on campus, too. Parents are involved! You want to be at the school because it is so inviting. Our experience at this school has only been a postive one.

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November 12, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2005
The school is nice in quality, however tuition is unreasonably high and the education is not nearly as good as it is played up to be. I have two children enrolled in the school; one in high school and one in the junior high. The lower school dress code is madenning, to be honest. However, some of the people are nice, and it is good to be in an envirnment where you know everyone's name.

- submitted by a student
May 12, 2005
I have three chilren at the school, one in the highschool, one in the junior high and one in the elementary. PCA has been such a blessing to our family. Our children have grown, academically, emotionally and spiritually. I would not have them anywhere else!

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2005
PCA is an amazing school. It is so wonderful to be able to drop off my child and know he is in a safe place where values taught at home are carried through at school. The after school programs are outstanding. My son swims, takes music lessons, karate and 'mad science' afterschool without the extra transportation on my part. The teachers truly care and most have advanced degrees. The school is constantly seeking to improve. As parents, we see the results of this and are well informed. I love to volunteer and feel so welcome at this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2005
PCA does offer structure in the classroom which is needed in todays learning as well as God. But honestly the academic are no better then our Maine public schools if I had to compare. Chilxtracurricular which I am slowley finding out. To keep my two children in PCA is because of the religion aspect.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2005
The academic programs are alright in quality, but quite limited in quantity. Music includes just the basic band and chorus, Art is only 1 class until highschool where the choices are a little more varied. Sports are interesting, including soccer, volleyball, basketball, tennis, track, cross-country, and ski-club. Unfortunately they exclude the major sports of football, cheerleading, lacross, field hockey, and many others. Extracurricular activities are also quite limited due to schools loss for money. Parents are somewhat involved as volunteers in the lower school (i.e. making copies for the lazy teachers) but once the children are in highschool the parents are barely ever seen.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2005
This is a great school. My three kids attend, with the oldest in junior high. Expectations are high, but always with encouragement, support, and love. Most of all, kids are always reminded that God always loves and cares for them; they are never alone. Teacher/parent and school/parent communication is fantastic. Academic achievement is top-notch. check it out and compare it to public and other private schools!

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2005
PCA is the BEST school ever, my daughter loves it!

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August 25, 2003
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Portsmouth Christian Academy
20 Seaborne Drive, Dover, NH  03820
(603) 742-3617
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