What is tuition? Please visit the Tuition and Fees page for up to date information on tuition and fees.
Where is Pinnacle Classical Academy located? PCA rents classroom and extracurricular space from Covenant Presbyterian Church, located at 1 Covenant Drive, near the intersection of Chenal Parkway and Pride Valley Drive.
What grades are offered? PCA is currently 4K Preschool through 12th with plans to add a grade each year until we reach 4K-12 capacity. We will begin enrolling 4K Preschool-12th grade for the 2017-2018 school year. Visit the Admissions page of the website for more information.
Will the school always be small? We do plan for the school to remain small, having class sizes around 16 students per class. We feel that this is one way in which we will be able to effectively implement the classical method of teaching.
How do I submit an application for my child to attend PCA? Please visit the Admissions page where you will find the necessary documents for application along with additional information.
Will you be accredited? We plan to pursue accreditation through the Association of Classical Christian Schools (ACCS) as we become eligible. This typically requires the school to be open several years before applying.
Do you offer payment plans for tuition? We have three options for tuition payment: payment in full, payment by semester and monthly payment. The first payment for all plans is due July 1st before school starts each year. For more detailed information, please visit the Tuition and Fees page.
Do you offer services for students with learning disabilities? For a full understanding of our policy regarding learning disabilities, please download the Parent-Student Handbook.
Do you offer transportation to and from school?” Due to our small size and limited resources, PCA does not offer any type of transportation services to and from school.
Do all of the teachers and administration at PCA profess Jesus Christ as their personal Savior? Yes. All of our board members, administration, faculty and staff are professing Christians. This is a requirement to serve in each of these roles. Additionally, board members, administration and faculty are required to be in full agreement with the Pinnacle Classical Academy Statement of Faith.
Is there an entrance exam for students? The admission process for all grades involves individual evaluation through a visit with a member of the Admissions Committee. The evaluation includes age appropriate assessments of math, writing, processing and oral abilities, among other items. Please visit the Admissions page for more information.
How are the teachers trained to teach classically? We require thorough in-house training which takes place prior to opening and throughout each school year. In addition, we take advantage of the many excellent teacher training conferences nationwide which offer classical, Christian teacher training.
Can my child enter the school in any grade? Yes. However, because of the uniqueness of the classical, Christian educational philosophy and curriculum, entering in the higher grades may require additional summer preparation before attending.
Do you offer any extracurricular activities? Due to our small size, we do not currently offer extracurricular activities. We welcome any volunteers, however, who would like to help initiate these. We hope eventually to grow into an institution that offers a wide variety of extracurricular activities, including athletics.
Is there a music program? Yes. Music is integrated into the classroom as part of the liberal arts curriculum.
Is any after school care or pre-school care offered? We currently have an after school care program for the students in the Pre-K, half-day Kindergarten, and first grade programs. There is an additional fee to participate in this program, and the program begins at 12:40pm each school day and ends at 2:30pm each school day. We do not currently have plans to offer any pre-school care or programs after the regular 2:30 PM dismissal of the Upper Elementary school program.
Why does PCA offer half-day programs in kindergarten and first grades? We believe that every opportunity should be taken for children to remain under the care of their parents for as long as possible. This approach encourages parental involvement.
What curriculum does PCA use? Pinnacle Classical Academy is committed to a specific method of teaching children and not a prescribed curriculum. Our teachers make use of varied and excellent resources, using them as opportunities to train students to think classically. Curriculum is not seen as a predetermined path teachers must follow; it is the means of cultivating habits of the mind. Chosen texts, guides and literature are based on standards set by our curriculum committee and approved by the board. Some of the publishing companies from which we order texts are listed on the Resources page. To view the specific curriculum chosen for the 2015-2016 school year, please visit the Curriculum page.
What is the cutoff date for students entering kindergarten? Students must be five years of age on or before August 1, 2017 in order to begin kindergarten in the fall.
Will students be required to wear a uniform? Yes. Please visit the Uniform Information page for more information.
Is any type of financial assistance provided? PCA utilizes a service called FACTS. FACTS provides an online application which is used to assess financial need. FACTS reviews family financial information and makes a recommendation to the PCA financial aid committee which ultimately determines whether an award will be offered and what amount. PCA is committed to helping families provide excellent, Christ-centered education for their children, but PCA must work within its available resources. PCA encourages individuals to donate to its tuition assistance fund so that it can continue to help families fund their children’s education. Visit our Financial Aid page for more information.