October 24, 2013

Providence FAQs

What is the mission of the school?

Equipping students with the skills and knowledge needed to become Christ-centered servant leaders in the communities where they live. 

What is the vision of the school? 

Providence Christian High School is committed to an excellent and challenging academic and co-curricular education that integrates faith in Jesus Christ into every area of learning by helping students:

  • Become lifelong learners - develop and maintain a curiosity about our Lord's world.
  • Have a servant's heart - develop a commitment to the Lord reflected in a life filled with service to others.
  • Become committed disciples of Christ  - develop a commitment to Christ and  His church as evidenced by faithful service, leading others to Christ and a personal walk with the Lord.
  • Be involved citizens - develop a commitment to their community and their world as evidenced by their desire to reclaim it for Christ.

How many students currently attend?  Do you hope to grow?

We currently have 67 students attending in grades 9-12.  We hope to grow significantly in the coming years!

What is the tuition cost for next year?

Tuition normally goes up between 2 to 3 percent each year. 

Is there anything I can do to reduce that amount? 

Yes!  There are a number of different ways to reduce your tuition bill:

  1. PCHS offers incentives for early enrollment.  Contact the school for specific information.
  2. TRIP - The Tuition Reduction Incentive Program, in conjunction with Fremont Christian School, can be used to reduce your overall tuition costs at Providence.  Gift cards are purchased at a reduced rate by FCS, and then resold to parents at face value.   A portion of the difference is credited to your PCHS account.

  3. Tuition Assistance - Please contact the principal at the time of application if you are in need of financial help.  In most cases we are able to offer significant assistance.

What type of curriculum do you use? 

We use a variety of texts from many different publishers, including Prentice Hall, Holt, and Christian Schools International. We also encourage our teachers to use additional resources, including print and digital resources, videos, audio recordings, and the internet. 

Are all your teachers qualified? 

Yes, all PCHS teachers hold valid teaching certificates, and most have significant teaching experience.  All core courses are taught by teachers teaching in their field of expertise. 

What sports do you offer?

PCHS values athletics as an important part of the high school experience.  We offer girls' and boys' soccer, girls' and boys' basketball, girls' volleyball, boys' baseball, girls' softball, and equestrian.

What other extra-curricular activities do you offer? 

Drama, String Club, Student Council, Debate, and Chapel Committee are some of the non-athletic extra-curricular activities available to PCHS students.

How many credits are required for graduation?

Twenty-two (22) credits are required for graduation.  Of these, a student must have four English credits, three math, three science, three social studies, two Bible, and two foreign languagePE/Health, computer, and fine arts classes are also required.  All students are required to take and pass a full year Bible course on worldviews.

How does PCHS handle denominational differences in the classroom?

It is the policy of Providence Christian High School to hold tightly to the Biblical truths outlined in its statement of faith, while at the same time recognizing differences of interpretation on less significant issues.  Teachers at PCHS are sensitive to these differences, and will refer students to parents and pastors whenever appropriate.  However, teachers may also challenge students in the reasons for their beliefs, not in order to force a particular belief on students, but to help them grow in their faith.

Are only students from Christian families admitted into the school?

While Providence Christian High School is clearly a Christian high school holding strictly and unashamedly to its statement of faith, there are students at the school who come from non-Christian homes and are themselves non-Christians.  These students will be expected to participate in all activities of the school, including those of a religious nature (e.g. chapels), and meet all academic requirements, including two years of Bible courses.  It is not required, however, that students become Christians in order to enroll or continue attendance at the school.  At the same time, the leadership of PCHS wishes to maintain an appropriate balance between those of the Christian faith (at least one parent or guardian is a practicing Christian active in a local church) and those not of the Christian faith.  By doing so, the culture of the school will remain decidedly Christian in nature, allowing the school to meet the student goals of discovering God's truth, developing skills in discernment, engaging in discipleship, and entering into the world to serve.

What do you do for students who are struggling academically?

Teachers are encouraged to stay in contact consistently with the parents of students who are struggling.  At the end of each marking period, teachers are required to meet with the parents of any of their students who are receiving a D or an F.  For students who are struggling in many classes, the administration conducts an academic intervention meeting (AIM).  In this meeting, parents, teachers, the principal, and the student meet together to discuss ways in which the students can improve academically. PCHS also works with NCRESA in the creation of Individual Educational Programs (IEPs).