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Maximizing God-given potential since 1979 Upper School

Contents Welcome to PCA.................................... 2 Upper School......................................... 4 21st Century Skills................................. 6 Christ-Centered Community..................... 8 Athletics............................................... 10 Fine Arts............................................... 12 Personal Growth.................................... 14

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Welcome to PCA You have already come this far and experienced a wide variety of learning, growing, character-building experiences to get here. We hope you will choose to continue your educational journey with us, as a member of the PCA community.

Our Values At PCA everything we do is centered around our Core Values: Christ-Centeredness, Biblical Integrity, Curiosity, Compassionate Community, Excellence, Joy, and Humility.

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50-acres on the Bellamy River


Christ-centered community


Academic challenge and individualized support


A broad array of AP and Honors classes


Athletic opportunities for every student


Award-winning Fine Arts program


Dozens of student-led clubs and activities


Local and global service projects

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arning community Our Mission PCA exists to honor God joyfully by inspiring students to maximize their God-given potential.

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Upper School PCA Upper School students are passionate and articulate, with a drive to change the world in which they live. Academically, on the athletic fields, on the stage, and in service, PCA students have consistently been recognized as not only high-achieving, but, more importantly, as men and women of character.

“We are proud of the fact that over 50% of the Upper School faculty hold masters degrees and 31% hold doctoral degrees.” Gretchen Nobles Upper School Principal

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Prepared for What’s Next

Faculty and staff at PCA are dedicated to helping students find their passions. With a wide range of classes, clubs, and extracurricular activities, students can experiment and discover their abilities. Dip your brush into artistic expression or gear up for Robotics; try on student government or Model U.N. for size. Wherever your curiosity leads, PCA is a safe place to discover your passion.

PCA’s Office of College Planning helps prepare students for a smooth college transition. This includes course scheduling, career and college exploration, standardized test preparation, one-on-one college counseling, college applications and visits, scholarship opportunities, and more.


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21st Century Skills at PCA From enrollment through graduation, through a myriad of teachable moments, a PCA education — in all grades — will equip you with highly sought after 21st century skills, preparing you to ask, collaborate, imagine, plan, create, and think critically to problem solve in ways that improve the world around you.

“I think PCA is different because it lets each student focus on what’s best for them. I like being part of the Tech Team for shows and chapel.” Krishram, Grade 10

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Christ-Centered Community At PCA we believe that Christ’s name on anything requires excellence in everything. At the heart of the Christ-centered community are faculty and staff modeling the responsibility we all have to each other by bearing the name of Jesus.

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Making a Lasting Impact As a result, we see “others-minded” students participating in Missions Club and service trips to Guatemala and rural Tennessee. There’s a recognition that we are all made in God’s image– and because we are created, we are creative. Students are safe to explore and debate big life questions, because we believe that all truth is God’s truth.

discover... Your Place in the PCA Community Our community is made up of unique individuals striving to maximize their God-given potential.

“There is a lack of the stereotypical high school groups such as jocks, geeks, and so forth. Each student here embodies many of these groups simultaneously, which demonstrates the diverse interests that students are comfortable pursuing.”


“I have an extensive musical background and I love bringing that experience to help train young musicians to use their skills to honor God.”

Katrina Veno, Junior High and Upper School Faculty

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“I have class after class of students who really want to learn, which makes my job incredibly rewarding. When I pass back papers to students, they can’t wait to read my comments. It proves that something right is going on here.” Peter Beal, Upper School Faculty

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“If you have a skill or talent, there’s a place for you here. You’re given the opportunity to explore and shine. And you meet friends and teachers who really care about you.” Dominic Junior High Student

“We LOVE PCA and what it has done for our girls. I couldn’t imagine sending them anywhere else. They love their peers, teachers, and the challenge. We couldn’t be happier with our decision to send them to PCA.” Jason PCA Parent

“The doors that PCA opens are because of the character it builds in you. Qualities of integrity, perseverance, maturity, and critical thinking will set you apart from other high school students.”

Danielle PCA Class of 2017

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Athletics It is our goal to provide competitive athletic teams that will represent Christ and our school with excellence. Our coaches make every effort to teach not only the rules and skills for each sport, but also the rules and skills necessary for life.

glorify and hon talents and abilitie Building Character Portsmouth Christian Academy involves its student-athletes in interscholastic sports in order to glorify and honor God with the talents and abilities He has given. We believe athletics are a great tool to build Christian character, to teach discipline, and to learn how to overcome adversity with a courageous spirit. 10

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PCA offers a variety of athletic teams, including soccer, cross country, volleyball, basketball, indoor track, baseball, softball, tennis, and track and field, with JV and Varsity options. We are a Division IV school known for both its athleticism and sportsmanship.

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Fine Arts Portsmouth Christian Academy’s Fine Arts Department seeks to cultivate artists of excellent craft and character who reflect God’s image through joyful, creative expression. From drawing, painting, and photography to ceramics, graphic design, and yearbook, visual arts students develop their talent and portfolios. Theatrical and musical performances abound, providing rewarding opportunities for students with a wide range of experience.

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Black Box Theatre




Fall Play


Jazz Band


One Act Play Competition




Spring Musical




Voices (Chamber choir)


Worship Team

“The theatre department is absolutely wonderful! I participated in my first PCA show when I was twelve years old and in sixth grade. Now, as a senior, I have performed in numerous PCA plays and musicals since! Each show has been a beautiful memory in its own unique way, and one of the things that I will treasure most when I graduate.” – Megan, Grade 12


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Personal Growth PCA has a vision for all students to be “Christ-centered graduates impacting the world for good.� This requires an intentional approach to developing the whole person and an integration of faith in learning. Your personal path at PCA will allow you to dive deeper into your areas of interest and explore new possibilities for the future.

Prepared to make a positive difference

PCA graduates are prepared to be good neighbors, employees, citizens, family members, friends, and leaders who are making a positive difference in our ever-changing times. 14

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Variable Tuition Tuition at PCA is not “one-size-fits all.” It’s a range that spans from 40-80% of the actual cost of a PCA education. Variable Tuition adjusts tuition rates to meet your family’s unique financial position.

“We travel 45 miles every day to educate our children at PCA. Is the money and time invested in our children at a young age worth the sacrifice? Absolutely. I would do it again.” – Anders, Parent

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Preparation for life 20 Seaborne Drive • Dover, NH 03820 603.742.3617 • Portsmouth Christian Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, tuition policies, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Portsmouth Christian Academy Upper School Viewbook  

Portsmouth Christian Academy has been inspiring students on the seacoast to maximize their potential for nearly forty years. Located just mi...

Portsmouth Christian Academy Upper School Viewbook  

Portsmouth Christian Academy has been inspiring students on the seacoast to maximize their potential for nearly forty years. Located just mi...