Portsmouth Christian Academy takes seriously the responsibility of assisting students in the college admissions and career selection process.
PCA’s Guidance Department provides assistance to students beginning in the freshman year and culminating in a highly personalized approach to the college admissions process in the fall of the senior year. PCA has developed a curriculum-based guidance model that allows the school to provide all students with grade-appropriate guidance.
There are a number of guiding principles that undergird the work of the Guidance Department
- Adolescents need time and guidance to explore the opportunities that exist for pursuing a college education and/or career path beyond high school. We want to help you discover who you are and the path that God has planned for your life. We want you to begin to understand those careers for which you may be well-suited.
- While test scores are part of the college admission process, we believe that too much emphasis is placed on the SAT. We will guide you regarding how to prepare for these tests while not forgetting that life and learning are so much more than that one test.
3. College admissions at selective institutions has become all the more competitive because of the growing numbers of students completing applications to the same schools. It is unlikely that just one college will allow you to accomplish your dreams. Since college costs have risen exponentially, most students attend the college that gives them the best financial aid package. It is truly more important what you do with your college years than where you do them.
There is a lot to learn about life and you only learn so much through the traditional academic program. You may be wrestling through difficult decisions in your life and our Guidance Counselor (Ms. Haskins) and our Director of Student Development (Mr. Foley) both want to help. While they may provide some basic guidance to you, they may also refer you to your pastor, a professional counselor or other resource.