ELEMENTARY

Park Row Christian Academy challenges our students to grow academically, emotionally, and spiritually. Our mission is to build an eternal foundation. Our students enjoy a low student/teacher ratio and the community of a small school. All of our teachers and staff know each and every child by name. 

 
 
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Our classrooms are infused with the latest technology. Students are assigned individual iPads and complete portions of classwork and tests digitally. Teachers help students access statistics, maps, and other data in a matter of seconds. Writing skills are enhanced through blogging, and Social Studies is reinforced through interactive maps and graphs. 

While Park Row Christian Academy enjoys freedom from state-mandated standardized testing, our students routinely score exceptionally on the Stanford Achievement Test, which is given annually. Our curriculum is a rich, diverse exploration of language, literature, science, social studies, and the arts. PRCA students enjoy special presentations from guest authors, visiting artists, guest speakers, and musical performance groups. 

Park Row Christian Academy students are bright, enthusiastic, and engaged learners. They are compassionate towards others and concerned about their community. They are free to express their faith in God and to study his word daily. 


CURRICULUM

Kindergarten 
Basic phonics, sight-word, and creative writing instruction begin in Kindergarten. Hands-on math and science lessons bring concepts to life and encourage a love of the subjects. The dramatic play center, as well as participation in other learning centers, is an important part of the kindergarten day. The organization of the program allows for many small-group activities. 

First Grade 
The first grade language arts program focuses on phonics and reading fluency. Students work in small, specialized groups as well as participate in whole group activities. Students begin to write paragraphs and study literature. They begin writing and reading cursive.

Our first graders continue using Eureka/NY Engage math program. Our primary focus is not only doing math, but building a firm foundation in math. Our children explain thinking and are taught many different strategies to solve math problems, including manipulatives, drawings, and mental math strategies. First graders focus on developing deep understanding of numbers, including addition and subtraction. Topics studied include geometry, measurement, time, money and adding and subtracting larger numbers. All science TEKS are taught using a hands-on science program where students participate in various activities in small groups. Students learn to use science equipment properly and are encouraged to ask questions and seek out answers.

Bible class is a mixture of singing, memory work, and Bible lessons from both Old and New Testaments. 

Second Grade 
Second graders will focus on improving reading fluency and comprehension, and building vocabulary. They continue phonics mastery to become good spellers. Students practice writing daily with more focus on language and conventions of writing, as well as cursive handwriting. They continue to spend daily time listening to great literature. Social Studies units include such topics as Early American Life and American Explorers.

Our second graders continue using the Eureka/NY Engage math program.  By second grade our students are very comfortable in problem solving situations using a variety of strategies. Topics studied include geometry, time, money, measurement, fact fluency, beginning multiplication and division, addition and subtraction using regrouping strategies.Our second  grade science program is taught in small group allowing for focused discussion and hands on activities.  All science TEKS are taught using interactive notebooks and experiments.

Bible class is a mixture of singing, memory work, and Bible lessons from both Old and New Testaments. 

Third Grade 
Strengthening and enriching reading comprehension skills is a major Language Arts goal during third grade. Students grow as writers by learning to compose paragraphs and stories, including details and different parts of speech. Science and Social Studies are frequently integrated with writing assignments. They solve multi-step problems using all the math operations, including division. Social Studies include the study of famous historical Americans and their contributions. 

Fourth Grade 
In Language Arts, students use the Pearson Reading Street curriculum. They also read a variety of novels and do activities to go with them. Each student is given an A.R. goal based on their reading level for each term which they are expected to meet. In writing, students are given a variety of prompts to write about including both fiction and non-fiction writing.

In Math, fourth graders achieve fluency with multiplication and division of multi-digit numbers, they begin working with fractions and analyzing and classifying geometric figures. In Science, students continue with the same textbook as a basis for their investigations. Students are giving the opportunity to apply their prior knowledge while making connections to new concepts taught.

The Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills are the basis and guide to instruction. In Social Studies, students begin the study of Texas History. Dating back to early American Indian groups in Texas; students read and listen to the history that shaped our state. Writing is often incorporated into the lessons as a cross-curricular lesson. 

Fifth Grade 
In Language Arts, students continue with the Pearson Reading Street curriculum. In fifth grade we try to do a plot chart with each fiction story. They too also read a variety of novels and do activities with them. Each student is given an A.R. goal based on their reading level for each term which they are expected to meet. In writing, students are given a variety of prompts to write about including fiction, non-fiction, and persuasive writing.

In Math, fifth graders achieve fluency with fractions and decimals and begin analyzing volume. Acknowledging the importance of fifth grade Science, three sections of Science are focused upon. Life Science, Physical Science and Earth Science. The textbook is used as a guide to multiple hands on experiments. Students express their knowledge of Science through the use of journals and hands on experiments.

Fifth grade Social Studies begins the students study of U.S. History. Each week, students explore a new period in American History, preparing the students for further U.S. History instruction at a later grade level. 

Sixth Grade 
In Language Arts, students continue with the Pearson Reading Street curriculum. In sixth grade we also do a plot chart with each fiction story, the author’s purpose, and point of view. They too also read a variety of novels and do activities with them. Each student is given an A.R. goal based on their reading level for each term which they are expected to meet. In writing, students are given a variety of prompts to write about including fiction, non-fiction, and persuasive writing, and a research paper.

In Math, sixth graders complete an accelerated curriculum which covers the sixth and seventh grade Eureka Math topics. They will learn about ratios and proportional reasoning, begin early expressions and equations, master the arithmetic of rational numbers and begin covering some statistics.

Sixth grade Science begins a new chapter in the student’s Science vocabulary. Students focus on new vocabulary for familiar topics, connections with student’s prior knowledge. Content focuses on physical science, testable explanations and predictions, and hypotheses are tentative and testable statements.

Sixth grade Social Studies is the study of World (or Global) history. Students explore the different continents and cultures, while engaging in geography at the same time.


 
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FAQ

Why choose a Christian school? 
Christian educators guide our students academically and socially. Science classes are based on the fact that God is the creator of our world. Our students study Bible every day and participate in a weekly, school-wide chapel service. Religious schools have higher academic performance, narrower achievement gaps, and better behavioral outcomes than traditional public schools and public charter schools, according to findings from a meta-analysis of 90 studies on the effects of schools conducted by William Jeynes, senior fellow at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, NJ, and a professor at California State University, Long Beach.

What is your student to teacher ratio? 
Our Kindergarten class has a ratio of 20:2 and our First through Sixth grade classes have a ratio of 16:1. 

What are the office hours of the school? 
Our office is open from 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM on days school is in session. We have limited hours during June. The office is open in July and August Momday thru Thursday, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. 

What are the times for your elementary classes? 
School begins at 7:30 AM and dismisses at 3:30 PM. 

Do you offer before and after school care? 
A limited number of spots are available in our before and after care program. It is available from 7:00 AM until school begins and then from 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM. 

Do you offer a school lunch program? 
Yes, students have the option to purchase lunches from Food 4 Life, our school lunch caterer. Check the Parents section for lunch forms.

Do you offer summer care? 
Yes! We do! Stay tuned on our website for more details.

Do your students wear uniforms? 
Yes, our uniform provider is Kid to Kid. Our uniforms are reasonably priced, kid-friendly uniforms. A complete list of acceptable uniform pieces is available at Kid to Kid and through our school office.