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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
Our experiences with Pantego Christian Academy continue to exceed our expectations. We are impressed daily with the influence of such a caring, Christian staff dedicated to modeling personal excellence and Christian compassion for our children. Their influence is evidence in the large and small decisions our children make each day. Academically, PCA is challenging our kids in all the right ways. The curriculum is impressive and science, technology, public speaking and academic competitions are all very heavily emphasized. We are so proud to be part of this school and we are thankful for an administration that cares about the families, the future success of the kids and has the long-term vision to keep the school on a competitive growth track for generations to come.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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!
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.
Today was our last day of the school year and I have to say, I have a hard act to follow this summer. The structure, fun and standards of excellence the school has perfected to lead our children will be something I strive to replicate at home. I have weekly Bible verses planned, a great habit we picked up from school. We'll continue to say the pledge to the Bible and the pledge to the Christian flag at home this summer. We have such great fellowship with PCA families we look forward to lots of playdates and get-togethers. I'm bummed school is out for the summer- not because my kids will be home all day every day, which is a blessing to our family, but because PCA is truly worthy of a 365 day a year experience.
Over the last 13 years I have seen and been amazed at the growth in PCA. The administration works diligently to make PCA a healthy Christian environment for the students to grow & prepare for their years ahead. Lots of blood, sweat and prayers are poured into this school. There are outstanding students and teachers working together with outstanding accomplishments.
As the school year comes to a close, I am prayerfully thankful for this year and the wonderful experience it was for our child. As a parent, I was welcomed to volunteer and be a part of as much of the school experience as I wanted to. I was able to spend a lot of time in the classroom, on field trips and at school activities and got to know the Mansfield campus elementary principal, staff, students and families well. I can't say enough about the positive learning environment this school creates. The very small class sizes, the camaraderie fostered among students and families and the very open expression of worshiping God and behaving according to His character add up to a priceless experience. We are so very blessed to be a part of Pantego Christian Academy
I am a PCA Dad, and was very resistant to the idea of putting our children in this school- sticker shock initially put me on the hunt for reasons *not* to enroll. Because I am also an accountant and wanted to truly examine the value of public vs. private education, I did some heavy research. I found that what I pay in school taxes, multiplied by the property I own and members of our family, cost more than a PCA education. Further, when we re-did our childrens' clothing budget to calculate for uniforms vs. outfits, accessories and shoes, we again came out ahead. But what stopped me in my tracks, and booted me out of my "dollar" mindset was the tour, where we met the educators and school leadership. I was actually ashamed that I had tried to value this based on dollars when I encountered a Christian atmosphere that instills good character, personal excellence, superior education and an environment a cold dollars and sense guy like myself can only describe as warm and embracing. We are now in our 5th year and after tithing and savings, PCA is our families top budget priority each year. In a word, PRICELESS!!!
Ask a lot of questions before choosing this school. Even though "Christian" is in the name of school, this is not the case in how the students treat each other. And the sad thing is the administration is slow or lacking in addressing this problem. There are no expectations set for character traits after first grade. The mentality is that "we" don't have those problems here. But unfortunately, meaness and bullying run rampanant while everyone turns a blind eye and hopes the problem will correct itself. There is also a problem with nepotism concerning teacher's kids in the middle and upper grades. While everything is in place here for a great school, it isn't happening. Lack of leadership is a problem.
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