Portsmouth Christian Academy

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Portsmouth Christian Academy Photo #1 - Our beautiful 50 acre campus sits along the Bellamy River in Dover, NH, a suburb an hour outside Boston.
Portsmouth Christian Academy Photo #2 - Small class sizes averaging 14-17 students allow individual attention and instruction.
Portsmouth Christian Academy Photo #3 - Our Lower School's differentiated curriculum allows students the opportunity to learn at their zone of proximal development. This approach encourages student to love learning.
Portsmouth Christian Academy Photo #4 - With many engaging projects, our students will build their skills in problem solving, working as a team and public speaking.
Portsmouth Christian Academy Photo #5 - The emphasis on Fine Arts beginning in preschool allows students to maximize their God-given potential in visual art, music, and drama.
Portsmouth Christian Academy Photo #6 - 14 AP and 6 Dual Enrollment classes bring high level challenge to our students in the Upper School.
Portsmouth Christian Academy Photo #7 - Competitive athletic offerings include Baseball, Softball, Basketball, Tennis, Volleyball, Soccer, Cross Country, Track and Field, Winter Track, Swimming, Gymnastics, and many club opportunities.
Portsmouth Christian Academy Photo #8 - Here, it's like family! With 25 clubs to chose from, as well as dances, coffee houses, and team building retreats, students develop great life-long friends.
Portsmouth Christian Academy Photo #9 - Students in AP Physics develop high level thinking skills as they create their own labs to solve problems.
Portsmouth Christian Academy Photo #10 - Math and Reading Buddies build relationships between our younger and older students.
  • PCA in a non-profit, Pre-K through Grade 12 private Christian day school located in Dover, NH. The classical approach to education forms the foundation of our program.
  • Math and reading differentiation in preschool through Grade 8; and college-prep, honors and AP courses allow differentiation in Grades 9-12.
  • Mandarin Chinese and Spanish begins in kindergarten.  STEM initiatives supported across all school levels.
  • Full-complement of music, theater, art and athletic programs.  Curriculum is developmentally appropriate and encourages cognitive growth in all disciplines.
  • Faculty review of the curriculum is an ongoing process that provides the means to add enrichment to units, defines the skills that must be mastered at each grade level, and determines the relevance and truth of the curriculum as seen through the light of Scripture.

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Portsmouth Christian Academy places among the top 20% of private schools in New Hampshire for:

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Religious AffiliationChristian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedSee our Mosaic Program
Year Founded1978
Awards Blue Ribbon School - Selected in n/a

Student Body

Total Students457 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
14%
State avg.: 15%
Students by GradePortsmouth Christian Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers44 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio10:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
44%
Average Class Size17 students
Number of AP Courses17 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAP Art History, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP European History, AP French, AP Language and Composition, AP Literature, AP Music Theory, AP Physics, AP Pyschology, AP Spanish, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art, AP US History, AP World History
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Chino pants, polo shirt)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$11,460
Tuition NotesTuition Preschool:$2,575-$7,720Tuition K-8 (Variable Tuition): $5,730-$11,460Tuition 9-12 (Variable Tuition): $7,450-$14,900International Tuition Grades 7-8: $19,820 (includes tuition, lunches and health insurance)International Tuition Grades 9-12: $26,660 (includes tuition, lunches and health insurance)
% on Financial Aid
35%
Average Financial Aid Grant$3,300
Acceptance Rate
85%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorElaina Russo
Admissions AssociateTristan Agasi

Sports

Total Sports Offered16 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Equestrian, Freestyle Skiing, Gymnastics, Nordic Skiing, Paddle Tennis, Snowboarding, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter TrackBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryEquestrian,
Freestyle SkiingGymnastics,
Nordic SkiingPaddle Tennis,
SnowboardingSoccer,
SoftballSwimming,
TennisTrack and Field,
VolleyballWinter Track,

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.26 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Arts Club, Chess Club, French Club, Granite State Challenge, Prom, Spanish Club, Tutoring Club, Worship Team

Club or Organization:
Bible Study Groups, Book Club, Chinese Club, Debate Club, Helping and Healing through Music, IT Club, Literary and Fine Arts Magazine, Math Club, Missions Club, Quiz Bowl, Robotics Club, Student Government, World War II Movie Club, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Drama, Theater Arts

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Golf Club, Ski and Snowboard Clu

School Notes

  • PCA in a non-profit, Pre-K through Grade 12 private, Christian day school located in Dover, NH. Set on 50 acres adjacent to the Bellamy River, the classical approach to education forms the foundation of our program. Curriculum is chosen that is developmentally appropriate and encourages cognitive growth in all disciplines. Faculty review of the curriculum is an ongoing process that provides the means to add enrichment to units, defines the skills that must be mastered at each grade level, and determines the relevance and truth of the curriculum as seen through the light of Scripture.

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  • Dover
    St Mary Academy
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: PK-8 | 317 students
    2.2 miles
    222 Central Ave
    Dover, NH 03820
    (603)742-3299
    2.2 PK-8
    317
  • Somersworth
    Grades: PK-12 | 262 students
    7.1 miles
    150 W High St
    Somersworth, NH 03878
    (603)692-2093
    7.1 PK-12
    262
  • Candia
    Grades: 9-12 | 48 students
    20.3 miles
    15 Stevens Lane
    Candia, NH 03034
    (603)483-5664
    20.3 9-12
    48
  • Concord
    Grades: NS-12 | 211 students
    32.1 miles
    37 Regional Dr.
    Concord, NH 03301
    (603)228-8888
    32.1 NS-12
    211
  • Concord
    St John Regional School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: PK-8 | 234 students
    33.9 miles
    61 S State St
    Concord, NH 03301
    (603)225-3222
    33.9 PK-8
    234

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (11 reviews)
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The teachers at this school are phenomenal and truly care about the students. It is an excellent school academically and, yet, the faculty understands that each student is unique and doesn't learn in a cookie-cutter manner. The campus is gorgeous with walking trails through conservation land and a private dock on the Bellamy River. And there are always school activities which help you feel part of the PCA family. LOVE this school! HIGHLY recommend!
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All five of our children have attended PCA since arriving to NH 12 years ago. Our oldest daughter graduated in 2016. From preschool through 12th grade, PCA is a true community where any young person can shine, find their place and contribute. Our children have participated in everything from Jazz Band to multiple theater productions, fall, winter and spring seasons of athletics, mission trips domestically and abroad and the Auction art gallery and contest. We have even benefited from hosting a Korean exchange student two winter sessions. PCA is a safe place where your young person is supported through the challenging changes of the junior high and teen years with loving and caring teachers and staff and supportive and informative educational lectures given by the Academic Dean. It has been a hugely positive influence on my family. My now Junior in college says she is very glad to attended the school, and was well-prepared for the rigors of the university.
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My daughter entered PCA in 8th grade. She was immediately accepted by the other students and formed strong friendships. The class size was perfect for her since she needed a smaller group setting to excel. The teachers had a personal interest in making sure she received a fantastic education. They immediately picked up on her strengths and weaknesses and provided great communication in regards to what she needed to succeed.
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My children, and our family, have been blessed to be a part of this school for the past five years. We chose the school for its academic excellence and its wonderful school community. I now have one child in the elementary school and one in the high school and we couldn't be happier. As parents, we love the high bar that the teachers set and then are able to guide the children to achieve. My children love their school as well--they look forward to attending every day, truly enjoy the companionship and mentoring of teachers, are excited about educational activities and eagerly attend school events with their friends. PCA has not only been a wonderful school, it has become a wonderful family!
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This was our first year at PCA. We chose PCA for our son because of the quality of the faculty, the staff, the facility, and the education our son has received and will continue to receive. PCA is a big family and the love and support is felt by each and every family. Regardless of your religious beliefs you will feel welcome and at home at PCA. You will also find the highest quality education available for your children.
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My family came here 8 years ago because of the strong fine arts program - a place where the arts are central to the curriculum because the school recognizes we are all made in the image of a creative God. Now I have the privilege of leading the department as fine arts director. It's a great school.
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As a teacher and a parent of two alums, I have been involved with PCA for 26 years. The things I appreciate most are the loving and individualized care that my daughters received from their teachers, the respect and hard work that I receive from my students, and the way our administrators never stop working to make PCA better. This school is truly a very special place, a place where lives are changed and the students are prepared to impact the world for good.
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This is the best thing that we have ever done for any of our kids. We are regretful that PCA wasn't on our radar with our older kids. This school is academically challenging, teaches compassion and kindness, and the teachers are incredibly trained, well educated and honestly care so much about the students. We thought it would be unaffordable. There is assistance. We assumed we may not be "Christian" enough. Wrong again. Very inclusive and involved faculty and parents. We are just so grateful to have found PCA.
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Five years ago we sold our home in MA and moved to the Dover area so that our children could attend PCA. Here, the teachers CARE about the students in such a genuine way. The level of professionalism and kindness far exceeds the previous schools (3) we have been part of. Now in the high school, they are challenged with honors and AP level classes in every area of study. This school does a fantastic job being both CHRISTIAN and ACADEMICALLY EXCELLENT.
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This is our 10th year at PCA! My oldest child started in kindergarten and my other two started in preschool. My oldest is now in high school! Their years at PCA have been such a tremendous blessing. All of my children love this school and have a love of learning thanks to the wonderful teachers and staff who are so caring and committed to helping each child discover their gifts and succeed.
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After having my children attend 2 other Christian School in New England, I am so very glad that we found PCA! This school has been such a great blessing to my kids. They are involved in sports and fine arts. They are taking Honors level courses absolutely love it at PCA.
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