All Upper School courses of study – from the core curriculum to athletics, fine arts and enrichment opportunities – are integrated to prepare students for success at the collegiate level and beyond. We strive to instill in our students a lifelong love of learning, the ability to continuously investigate the world around you, and a desire to use your talents to serve your community in a positive manner.
The core curriculum consists of nationally recognized college preparatory materials buttressed with theological courses and upper-level electives that stress critical thinking skills. Honors and AP courses in calculus, physics and chemistry provide students with lifelong tools to assist them in exploring and understanding the world around them.
Foreign language instruction, writing-intensive English courses, and visual and performing arts opportunities allow students to develop creative and broad communication skills. Athletic and club programs provide students with training in the establishment and achievement of personal and group goals through personal diligence, perseverance, and teamwork.
All educational goals are accomplished within a framework that stresses a development of personal responsibility, character, and integrity along with sensitivity to the needs and concerns of others, as well as a daily demonstration of Christian values.
Twenty-two and one half (22.5) academic credits are required to graduate with the following minimum departmental distribution:
- 4 credits of English
- 1 credit of Theology for each year of attendance at Upper School
- 3 credits of Social Science
- 3 credits of Mathematics
- 3 credits of Science
- 2 credits of Foreign Language
- 1 credit of Fine Arts
- 1 credit of Physical Education
Electives bring the total to 22.5 credits. It is recognized that for selective college admission, students are best served by exceeding the PCA graduation requirements.