What to Expect

Teachers are the heart of the school. Without dedicated, competent teachers, the best educational practices will never come to fruition in the classroom. PCCA’s teachers are expected to implement PCCA’s academic mission. In the classroom, the teacher is in charge. Outside of the classroom, teachers receive professional guidance with respect to specific goals and objectives from Hillsdale College and the Principal.

At PCCA education is derived from the philosophies found in the left-hand column of the table below. By enrolling your child at PCCA, you will witness firsthand the qualities and benefits of a Classical Education and specific character curriculum.

Role of the Teacher

What PCCA Is
Knowledge-centered/intellectualist

  • Acquiring knowledge from the past and
    present and recognizing patterns that may
    occur in future;
  • Developing skills important for the individual
    society;
  • A core curriculum

What PCCA Is Not
Student-centered/anti-intellectualist

  • Learning based on the learner’s interests
  • No required core curriculum;
  • Emphasis on integration

Moral Development

What PCCA Is
Knowledge-centered/intellectualist

  • Students learn right from wrong from their
    studies, from adult guidance, and from extra-
    curricular activities

What PCCA Is Not
Student-centered/anti-intellectualist

  • Morality develops from the individual’s
    experience
  • It is best learned when not taught directly

Curriculum

What PCCA Is
Knowledge-centered/intellectualist

  • Core subjects are taught separately;
  • History and Geography are defined
  • Explicit phonics instruction is used to teach
    reading

What PCCA Is Not
Student-centered/anti-intellectualist

  • Any subject can serve to develop problem-
    solving abilities and creativity;
  • Social Studies combines History, Sociology,
    Geography and Anthropology

Work Habits

What PCCA Is
Knowledge-centered/intellectualist

  • Students are expected to learn what is taught;
  • Students are taught important skills to help
    them become good citizens and learners

What PCCA Is Not
Student-centered/anti-intellectualist

  • The best learning comes when students are
    interested in what they learn;
  • Therefore teachers are to encourage students
    to follow their own interests in learning;
  • Students are assumed to have good habits

Promotion

What PCCA Is
Knowledge-centered/intellectualist

  • Promotion is largely by achievement;
  • Student may be remediated and retained if
    achievement is too low

What PCCA Is Not
Student-centered/anti-intellectualist

  • Social promotion is preferred;
  • Student is promoted with age group even if
    achievement is too low

Teacher’s Background

What PCCA Is
Knowledge-centered/intellectualist

  • Education in subject matter being taught is
    preferred;
  • Of course, excellent teaching methods are
    also required to help students learn the
    content

What PCCA Is Not
Student-centered/anti-intellectualist

  • Teacher’s mastery of subject matter is
    considered less important than an
    understanding of child and adolescent
    development