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Pantego Christian Academy

Private | PK-12 | 845 students

Distinctively Christian Education
 
 

 
 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $124,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $730.

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
Based on 21 ratings

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Posted June 23, 2014

I have had my kids at PCA for three years. I started them both when my girl was in 2nd grade and my boy was in 6th grade. I can tell you it was the best decision that my husband and I have ever made. The entire staff has bought into the 'Distinctively Christian' education model. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you take a look at PCA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2014

My students have attended PCA for several years. The first year you are there everything is great, but then the longer you are there the more you will encounter daily situations from the administration level down that will make you question why the word Christian is in the title. YOU will as a parent will have to continually email the teachers asking them to update the online grading system because if you are not proactive weekly, your student will be given a 0 for assignments that you know have been done and turned in and yet the teacher has misplaced or lost,yet the student gets the 0. This happens in JR. high and High school classes and has been made known by multiple parents to administration but nothing is done to fix it . They have an awesome basketball ,volleyball, soccer coaches, however their baseball and football programs are constantly in TERMOIL and does not look out for the interest of the student. The administration operates on a cover up and delay technique: it is easier for them to cover up a situation and hope it will just disappear then to try and make things right or deal with issues. This review is TRUTHFUL. At one time we loved PCA to.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2014

Our son has attended public school since kindergarten. Every year we have had good experiences, and we are thankful for the teachers and administrators who have invested in his education and development. But as he entered Jr. High, we began to pray about attending PCA. It was important to us that he not just obtain a good experience, but rather a Godly experience. I can say with without hesitation that from day one our son has encountered Godly coaches, teachers, administrators, students, parents, band directors, and counselors. He has thrived both academically. Athletically, and musically. Our son has even been given a Godly response and rich counsel when he has made a less than wise choice in the classroom and on the field of play. We are extremely grateful that God has answered our prayer in the manner in which He has by using PCA. We plan on sending our two younger children to PCA in upcoming years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2014

Pantego Christian Academy is a joke! They are so far behind in so many areas. They are over priced for the education they offer. They do not have a cafeteria yet they try to promote healthy eating-- kinda hard to do with no cafeteria to prepare fresh food, each day. They are way behind in technology. The administration staff changes before the school year is over Depending on who you are, there are different sets of rules for different families. In the lower grades, there is way too much bullying that is allowed & not addressed. The middle school/ jr high is behind in technology as well. There are so many better schools out there- think hard before you spend your money here!


Posted February 8, 2014

My daughter is a graduating from PCA and will attend Baylor next fall. Last week, we met with the head of Baylor's Medical school. As the professor was describing what they were looking for in their candidates, It dawned on me that he was describing the vision of Pantego Christian Academy. For the last 13 years, my children have had real world/problem based learning opportunities.This had prepared them to think critically and succeed in any academic setting. My children have been mentored by incredible men and women who love the Lord, and truly care about their students.From Kindergarten through 12th grade- the PCA teachers and staff are the BEST! Servant-Leadership Opportunities, competitive academics and sports- PCA offers it all!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2014

Pantego Christian Academy is not a stuffy or strict school. While there are certainly standards for decorum and respect, the atmosphere is really one of grace and encouragement to be your personal best. I feel like excellence is taught, encouraged and nurtured, but never demanded. Our children truly feel a mutual respect between student and teacher. When a child falls short, there's grace, understanding, encouragement and/or consequence, depending on the situation. But there's never shame, never an atmosphere of competition and our teachers are so real in who they are, and how they sometime struggle too. I really felt compelled to make sure I shared that with you, because it is a very important part of confidence building,and the overall extraordinary experience our three children have at Pantego. Thank you! Jeff and Erin Steed
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2013

This is definitely a Christ centered school that will provide plenty of the "warm & fuzzies" - lots of parties, field trips, days off, etc. The problem is, with all of this, the academics go by the wayside & the academics are rushed through for the parents to take up the "slack", with either excessive homework, tutoring or both. With classrooms as small as they are & the price of tuition that they charge, there is NO excuse for the teachers to be rushing through & kids not fully understanding/"getting it" education wise. Upper level management loves to put the "cart before the horse" academically instead of making sure the first initial building blocks are mastered by the kids. I sincerely hope with the new elementary principal change things will now get better. Otherwise, we will be looking for a new school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2013

If you are looking for a school where everyone plays by the same rules, this school is NOT it. Administrative leadership continues to be a problem. Weigh carefully what is important to you when looking at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2013

The school's staff and teachers really care about their students' well being, whether it be academic or spiritual. With the respective administrative changes I was a little hesitate this school year but very impressed by the leadership of the new assistant princple Mr. Price. Any issues we have had at the school we have brought to the attention of either the teachers or the principle and they are discussed or resolved headon. I, as a parent, feel free to discuss or have access to any teacher or the principle and discuss anything. My children are ahead of the rest in academics and are closer to the Lord than I ever was at their age, which is something I totally admire and feel that we need more of nowadays! Go PCA!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2013

God is at the center of PCA Mansfield and you not only see it, you FEEL it. You FEEL it when you are welcomed at the door with a smile, you FEEL it when a prayer request form is in each room. You FEEL it on Wednesday mornings when you hear the students sing praises in worship. You FEEL it when your child is referred to as a SCHOLAR. From Ms. Robyn who greets us at the door to Ms. Heather the lunch lady, Mansfield PCA is a well oiled machine that will last a lifetime. We even have a teacher that was a student that came back! Ms. Robyn knows at the drop of a dime whether or not our son had to use his inhaler, Ms. Heather knows in a split second if our Kindergartener ate her whole sandwich or just half. The classroom teacher is working with us to help our second grader use his time more efficiently. They even have a tutor come in to help those who are struggling academically. The staff bends over backward to accommodate the families. But you would never hear it. PCA Mansfield has a staff of humble, God loving people that go about their business and Godly duty without bringing attention to themselves. At PCA Mansfield, I know that our family is safe, valued and respected.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2012

The wonderful benefits of working at Pantego Christian Academy, and with our staff and students, hit me yesterday while visiting with some other teachers after church. I had lunch with some friends who teach at different schools around Arlington and Mansfield. As my friends sat and groaned at the thought of the approaching school year, and lamented the disrespect they get from their students, and the lack of support they feel from their administrators, I found myself sitting very quietly. I simply had nothing to add to the conversation. I wanted to boast about all of the joys of working with great kids who are honest, respectful and seeking God's heart. I wanted to share the camaraderie and support among fellow teachers, and the warmth and genuine interest taken by many of the administrators and school leaders. I couldn't find a single way to join the conversation without feeling like I was bragging. But the experience reminded me what a blessing it is to work for such an amazing, loving, supportive and high-standard school. Please check out PCA! We would love to share our love of learning and the Lord with any child!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 25, 2012

Our kids have been attending this school for the last 8 years and we look forward to another great year. Parents that really care about their child's spiritual as well as academic growth will find a safe harbor here. The teachers in this school have multiple accreditation and are very caring and involved with each student, as well as being loving and fair. The school recently announced it is hiring a campus pastor to further invest in our childrens' spiritual growth and guidance. The teachers and staff in this school are already excellent Christian examples so this addition will really take the experience up a notch. We really enjoy the principals at all levels of the school and feel they set the tone for the way kids are treated, which is great! We are also excited to see the new Basketball Court and new additions to the high school when school starts back up. Last thought is that we really enjoy the other families we've gotten to know in the school. They are good, friendly, caring people and we are constantly amazed and grateful for how supportive of each other we are all able to be!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2012

1st year at PCA/Elementary. Overall, a WONDERFUL school. Love the small groups of kids/caring atmosphere. They truly teach the kids good study habits & great values. So nice to be able to pray in school. A few small suggestions that upper level management needs to pay attention to: 1.)As a paying parent, we should have more of a say academically. Surveys, feedback, suggestions, ideas.. 2.)How about a yearbook in the school colors?! 3.)Favoritism was slightly apparent during the school year but even more revealing in the memories video made at the end of school. 4.)For the high price of tuition, upper level management should not rely on the parents to supply everything when it comes to parties/events/supplies/snacks. 5.)Why no "show & tell"? 6.)Upper level mgt. needs to always ensure PCA students are doing at least as good and preferably better academically than public schools yet at the same time think of creative ways not to overwhelm them. 7.)Why no recycling bins beside the trash cans? None of these things were dealkillers to us, just made us question the decisions of upper level management. Love the school, just think there are some improvements that could be made.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2011

My son is enjoying being apart of the PCA Panthers! He has met plenty of friends that he talks about dearly everyday. He loves all of his teachers and the rigor he's getting in his academics. Trey is also apart of the band. He stated to me that he has a new favorite subject this year which is Bible. He comes home everyday holding bible study with me. He enjoys all of his subjects. However, he had to get use to the Spelling content because he was accustom to taking a spelling test on vocabulary words. In Essence, Trey has adjusted well to PCA and enjoys coming to school everyday. Thanks so much for what you all do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2011

My son is in his first year at PCA starting with 7th grade. He spent his elementary days at our local public school so we were a bit apprehensive about the transition. He seems to be adjusting just fine, has made friends and has done really better than we even expected with his grades. We are enjoying the constant communication and feedback from the teachers and staff at PCA and the ease with which information is readily available. We are very happy that we chose PCA and that Brooks has adapted so well. I think that is a testament to all of the staff at PCA that tney have made this such an easy transition.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2011

We have had one child graduate and currently have a child attending high schooll at PCA. Our experience has been overwhelmingly positive for both children, in academics and in the focus on each child's spiritual development and unique personality. Academics throughout the Academy are strong and continually improving. With the one-to-one tablet program and growing focus on innovative teaching, my child (and his friends) are far more engaged in, and responsible for, their education than ever before. The academics prepare them to succeed at select colleges. More importantly, I am very grateful to have an educational partner in PCA that is as focused and interested with my children's spiritual development as we are. The Bible courses, integration of biblical worldview in every subject, chapel, and mentoring by coaches, teachers and older students have all contributed dramatically to our kids' spiritual development and ability to defend their faith intellectually and logically. I can find great academics at several schools in the area but I cannot find another school that combines the academics, technology, athletics/extracurricular and Christian worldview as successfully as PCA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2011

My boys have attended the Mansfield PCA campus since it opened, and I can't imagine sending them anywhere else. The school is like a family, the staff is amazing, and my children are getting an education and learning about God every day! The class sizes are small which gives my children the opportunity to get one on one attention. They are ahead of the National average in all subjects and their knowledge of the Bible is awesome! I love this school!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2011

We love Pantego Christian Academy and the evident influence its Christian-based curriculum already has on our child. This summer during Vacation Bible Camp, a worship leader discussed John 3:16, then asked any of the kids if they knew it. Our 7 year old raised her hand and went up on the stage in front of 800 other kids and 400 adults and recited all of John 3:16. It was part of her Bible curriculum during first grade, so we knew she knew it. What we didn't know was she also felt so comfortable with both the verse and its meaning, she could easily grab a microphone and recite it in front of more than 1000 people. We love the parents, children and teachers in this school and the continuity between our values at home and their values at school. We encourage any family seeking a highly academic, Christian based school "family" to take a tour at PCA. Ask lots of questions and meet the people who will influence your children. You may be surprised at how strongly you're drawn to this school after you learn more about it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2011

My children have been at PCA since preK / Kindergarten and are now in the 8th and 10th grades. Prior to making the decision to enroll them in PCA, I taught for AISD for 10 years. I watched as bad behavior and teaching to the test cheated so many deserving students out of valuable learning time.I knew there had to be something better. We found it- PCA. My husband and I have NEVER regretted our decision! I can't even begin to explain what PCA means to us. The faculty and staff is a family of believers who know and love my children and work selflessly to challenge them academically and grow them spiritually. Through PCA from March-July 2011 my children have had opportunities to travel, do mission work, attend an Apologetics Conference, participate in sports and extracurricular activities, earn college credit and attend academic and art contests. That is only in the last four months. It would take pages to list the highlights from the last 10 years. If you are looking for a family of believers who will prepare your child to fulfill God s call in all aspects of their lives, then you have found Pantego Christian Academy!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2011

I recently visited an AISD Junior high to get a comparison of what my child is learning at PCA and found that the 8th grade science class is learning and performing activities that PCA doesn't provide until the Jr/Sr years. Their other classes are also doing computer related projects that put PCA's high school to shame. It is no wonder my child does not feel challenged. PCA has no checks on whether or not the teachers are teaching what they need to be teaching and whether or not they are keeping up with other schools and students. It is no wonder why their SAT/ACT scores are always so low. Putting my children at PCA was one of the worst decisions I've ever made. There are some good teachers and parents try to be involved as does the middle school principal. The problems start with the school board, administrators, hs principal, and athletic dept who aren't focused on academics. And the elementary is good. Even the teachers know the high school is lacking - just ask them how many of their kids went to public school after elementary at PCA.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 86% 31%
Hispanic 6% 51%
Black 5% 13%
Asian or Pacific Islander 2% 4%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Drill team
  • Drum line
  • Marching band
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language and culture club

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Diane Bunker
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 2 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Non-denominational
Associations
  • ACSI
Fax number
  • (817) 277-6749

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • College prep
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Project-based
  • Virtual school
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Foreign languages
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Religious
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Cyberpatriot
  • Drill team
  • Drum line
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
  • Foreign language and culture club
  • Marching band
  • National Honor Society
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • * One-toOne tablet PC program for high school - only high school in Tarrant County with powerful combination of tablet PC's and DyKnow * CLASS honors track at HS similar to college honors programs * 13 National Merit Scholars in last 5 years, including 5 Finalists, outpacing high schools many times our size. * Strong service and missions focus including mission trips for each high school class (including international trip for Seniors) and Sister School in Sierra Leone (western Africa) * Talented and Gifted Program as well as learning difference classes at elementary level; Learning Support Lab and Specialist at Secondary * Strong parental invovlvement * Covenantal school, which is different from most Christian schools in Metroplex (please see our Philosophy of Education on our web site) * AP and Dual Credit (from 4-year college) courses offered on campus * Strong Bible curriculum focusing on Apologetics in Secondary * Strong Fine Arts programs, including recent State Champions in Band & Art * Strong Athletic program featuring 13 State Championships
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Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$2000 - $13000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
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College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
Summer college prep programs
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
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2201 W Park Row Dr
Arlington, TX 76013
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Phone: (817) 460-3315

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