HISTORY OF PORTSMOUTH CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
The property was home to a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center which was closing. It became apparent that the building could be configured to school specifications and we began the negotiating process in earnest. Through a series of near miraculous events, we acquired the property in January 1999 and immediately began converting the hospital into a school. Working frantically, we were able to open in the fall of 1999, though without a gymnasium. That shortcoming was rectified the following year when the first gymnasium was built adjacent to the main school building.
It was also in 1999 when we decided to open a pre-school program. The new facilities in Dover provided a wonderful venue for such an initiative and the first Lion and Lambs joined the PCA family in the fall of that year.
The high school also moved from Kittery and was established in one wing of the new school building. This was to be a temporary arrangement and we began construction of three additional buildings in 2002 (an upper school humanities/administration building, a science and arts building, and a second gymnasium). The construction projects were completed in time for the upper school to take possession of the buildings in the fall of 2003. By this time, total enrollment at PCA was closing in on 800 making the school the largest independent Christian school in New England, a distinction that it still enjoys.