Welcome to Plymouth Christian Academy Elementary where it is our desire to educate young people for eternity. Here at PCA, we have the opportunity to impact lives for Christ.
PCA Elementary offers a well-balanced program for grades K-6 and our goal is to partner with parents to provide the best education possible. Our students have a sophisticated understanding of the central disciplines of Bible, math, science, history, and language arts. Additional courses enrich our curriculum by the incorporation of music, fine arts, world language, physical education, and technology. We maintain a high standard of academics with many hands-on, innovative ways of reaching academic achievement.
Our desire is to achieve the highest level of knowledge, skill, and character development in order to serve God and others. Weekly chapels reinforce Biblical truths that are a part of our daily lives and determine the manner in which we behave and the choices we make. Through our Character Counts Program, six essential character traits are emphasized in the student’s day-to-day activities. These traits are:
This year long program concludes with an award ceremony in which each student is recognized for exhibiting these traits. PCA is an environment that prepares young people academically, spiritually, socially and emotionally in a positive environment that affirms the value of each child.
Our hope is that all students will come to know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior during their time at PCA. “And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please Him in every way; bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.” Colossians 1:10. May God bless you and your family as you seek His will for your children’s education.
PCA elementary features a small classroom environment with an average of 20 students per teacher. This gives children an opportunity to experience more individual attention to their needs and learning styles. The students at PCA receive daily instruction in mathematics, language arts, social studies, science and Bible. In addition, special classes, such as music, art, physical education, computers and world language also enhance student learning. PCA aligns its instruction to state benchmarks and national Common Core standards, all through a biblical worldview. In doing so, our students have the privilege of understanding the world in which they live from a meaningful and eternal perspective.
The curriculum at Plymouth Christian undergoes a regular scheduled review cycle. To view that schedule, click HERE.
Because Plymouth Christian Academy is preschool through 12th grade, our elementary students have the privilege of being instructed by some of secondary teachers for special events and labs. All elementary students go to the secondary science lab for science instruction on a weekly basis. While there, they are taught by our middle school and high school science teachers and have the wonderful opportunity to explore a deeper hands-on curriculum. The following is a testimony from one of our 1st grade parents:
“I just wanted to share with you that a few weeks ago at dinner when discussing the ‘highlights’ and ‘thankfuls’ of our day, my son Jadon in Mrs. Williams 1st grade class told us all about the Science Lab activity that day and said that Mrs. Hope is his favorite teacher! He LOVES science and he is really enjoying the Science Lab days at school. Thank you for making time in your schedule to involve the young students and for teaching them. What a cool opportunity for them. We appreciate you both very much!”
Learn More About our Elementary Curriculum & Goals by Clicking on the Classes Below
- 1st Grade
- 2nd Grade
- 3rd Grade
- 4th Grade
- 5th Grade
- 6th Grade
- Fine & Performing Arts
- World Languages
- Computer Lab
- Physical Education
- K-6th Grade Textbooks
Elementary Handbook 2016-2017: CLICK HERE
Elementary Testing Information
During the school year, PCA students take an assessment called Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®). We give the MAP assessments to determine instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year. This assessment is given multiple times each year in the areas of reading and math, with third through eighth graders also being assessed in language arts and science. This assessment is also offered to homeschool students at the beginning of the year as a baseline and an end of the year to measure growth.
MAP assessments are unique in that they adapt to be appropriate for your child’s level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing. With MAP assessment, we can administer shorter assessments and use less class time while still receiving detailed, accurate information about your child’s growth. A total of two and a half to three and a half hours will be the average time needed to complete these assessments. Following the September assessment period, you will receive a report showing your child’s baseline information. Future assessments will indicate the growth your student has made.
Click HERE to download the 2016-2017 Testing Schedule.
Elementary Extracurricular Events & Activities
PCA elementary students have the opportunity to see their artwork displayed during our Fine & Performing Art Nights. Hundreds of pieces of beautiful art created by students are displayed in a professional manner for this event.
This event is held on our last day of school each June. Awards for attendance, honor roll, safety participation and academic competitions are distributed. The event culminates with the graduation of the 6th grade class.
Our Media Specialist and classroom teachers promote Book Week annually during the month of March. Students enjoy reading-focused activities and contest throughout the week, which ends with the Battle of the Books Finale.
All PCA students in grades K-6 receive a Character Award at the end of the school year. these awards are based on the six pillars of godly character that are taught and emphasized throughout the school year: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship.
Each year in the spring, our 6th grade students travel to Chicago via Amtrak Train and Motor Coach bus. This is a two-day trip in which parents may attend as chaperones. The students stay in a Marriott Hotel, visit the landmarks of Chicago, take a boat cruise through the canals, and enjoy a dinner at Medieval Times. This amazing trip helps us mark the end of the elementary years at PCA.
Students in grades Begindergarten through 6 participate in both the Christmas and Spring Concerts. PCA strings, bands and choirs all participate in these concerts. These are full-scale productions that are a mix of music and drama, complete with costumes, props and choreography.
During the month of May, a chapel is set aside to honor the students in grades K-6 who have participated in band, strings and choirs. The Art Contest, Walking Club and Presidential Physical Fitness winners are also awarded during this chapel.
Students in grades K-6 have the opportunity to celebrate the fun of the fall season with a special day for class parties, games and song. Students are encouraged, but not required, to dress up as farmers, farm animals or vegetables. Parent volunteers are welcome and appreciated.
Students in grades 2-6 are invited to join the “PCA Jumpers”, a jump rope club that meets one day each week. Students learn a variety of individual and group jump roping skills and also develop a love for physical fitness.
“Mathematics expresses God’s creation in its absoluteness. Compared to other fields of science, it is quite free from contradiction. Its theorems and concepts, once established, seldom change with time and progress. It maintains rigid and exacting regulations, which show God’s perfect order. Mathematics proclaims for the student that God is unchangeable.” Taken from the ACSI 2013 Math Olympics Handbook, page 2. PCA shares the passion for strengthening our student’s understanding of math. Each year students in grades 3-8 have the opportunity to participate in the ACSI District Math Olympic Competition.
Each year our 5th grade students, staff and parent chaperones travel to northern Michigan during the month of September to enjoy the beauty of our state firsthand. The students stay at Crystal Mountain Resort, view a Lake Michigan lighthouse, climb Sleeping Bear Dunes, hike up an overlook of Lake Michigan and visit the Maritime Museum. This is an amazing educational trip and a culmination review of Michigan history.
Music lessons are available onsite at PCA for piano and strings. The elementary office has the list of music teachers available. Lessons take place before, during or after school.
Students in grades 1-6 participate in the annual Olympic Track & Field Day each spring. Students are divided into teams, which are led by 6th grade captains. Each team represents a country and they participate in a parade of nations. After taking the Olympic Pledge, the students compete in games throughout the day. The event ends with a closing congratulatory ceremony. Parents are greatly needed and encouraged to participate in this day.
Students in grades 5-6 meet together to investigate, design, test and program robotic models to accomplish a variety of tasks. Through our Robotics Club, PCA students develop an understanding of real world uses for science, technology, engineering and math.
Each year, Plymouth Christian Academy students, staff, and parent volunteers embark on a weeklong Servathon, Project SHINE. Project SHINE serves several purposes for PCA. The most important purpose is to open the eyes of their students to the needs of others and then train them to step out and serve. PCA strives to produce students who will lead lives dedicated to learning, leadership, and service. Project SHINE helps to fulfill this mission by educating students about the needs in their community and around the world, and then having them perform age-appropriate service projects or volunteer work. PCA uses the scripture, Mark 10:45, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” as the theme for the week.
Project SHINE also serves as a fundraiser for PCA. It works like any other “athon”; friends and family support the participant’s day of service by making a financial donation to the school. PCA is extremely grateful for the outpouring of support the school receives through this project.
This event occurs on the final day of school prior to Easter break. Students in grades 1-6 spend two hours skating at a local skating rink. The students are grouped and skate according to compatibility (1st & 2nd, 3rd & 4th, 5th & 6th). Christian music is played during skate time. Parents and siblings are welcome to attend.
PCA students in grades 3-6 participate in the annual Speech Festival. The students chose a literary piece from one of the following categories: serious poetry, humorous poetry, monologue, or scripture. After weeks of working with speech coaches, the students present their speech in front of a panel of judges. The trophy winners move on to present before the entire elementary student body. This valuable program helps the student to expand their academic program and gain poise and confidence through public speaking.
PCA students in grades 1-8 participate annually in the ACSI District Spelling Bee. Students are selected based on spelldowns within their classrooms. PCA students have consistently advanced to the ACSI Regional Spelling Bee.
During the summer, PCA students coming into kindergarten through 5th grade are encouraged to participate in the Summer Reading Program. The purpose of this program is to encourage students to enjoy quality literature and to continue improving their comprehension skills and developing independent reading habits. All students participating in the program receive a reward in the fall.
This event is held for students in grades K-3. Students are encouraged to dress like Native Americans or Pilgrims and are served a Thanksgiving breakfast feast. An All-School Thanksgiving Chapel follows this breakfast. Parents are needed to make this a successful event.
Students in grades 1-6 are invited to join the PCA Walking Club. Taking place during the fall and spring months, they walk laps during their lunch recess with the goal of encouraging lifelong physical fitness skills.
Elementary Calendar 2016-2017: CLICK HERE