Providence Academics

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Providence Classical School does not use one particular curriculum but searches for the most appropriate in each subject and for those which best meet the Classical Developmental Stages of Learning. Classes are not centered on lecture and test taking but focus more on dialogue which provokes a true understanding of the subject. Teaching goes beyond mere fact-finding to inspire critically, reasoned thinking and logical decision making. The goal is to truly understand the material and not just excel at test taking. This is not to say that facts are not taught, but rather it says we ask why in order to understand the how.

School Overview

The Trivium

Classical education uses a three-step process called the trivium that gives students essential tools of learning while working with the grain of their intellectual development. Taking into consideration the natural gifts and abilities characteristic of each of the three stages, a classical education helps a student to progress from knowledge to understanding and, ultimately, to wisdom. The three stages of the trivium are Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric.

The Grammar Stage

Pre-Kindergarten through 6th Grade
Young children are naturally gifted at memorization. They enjoy reciting, collecting facts, and demonstrating what they know.

In the early grades, teachers take advantage of their students’ ability to memorize and equip them with the rules and basic facts of various academic disciplines, building a strong foundation for further study.

The Logic Stage

7th and 8th Grade
As students approach adolescence, they are no longer content to accept what their parents and teachers tell them is true. Rather, they want to ask lots of questions and find out the answers for themselves. Most students become somewhat argumentative at this stage.

Classical educators recognize that this is a necessary phase that students must pass through in order to become independent, thinking adults. Through the study of formal logic, teachers help students learn to reason and to think logically through arguments. Debate is incorporated as much as possible, giving students an opportunity to learn to argue in a winsome and respectful way.

The Rhetoric Stage

9th Through 12th Grade
High school students are ready to think great thoughts, to engage in the Great Conversation with philosophers from centuries past, and to learn to express themselves effectively.

Students in the Rhetoric Stage engage actively in their education, reading widely and coming to class ready to have a lively Socratic-style discussion with their peers guided by their teachers. In every class, including math and science, students are encouraged to think deeply and to communicate well.

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Curriculum

Please view our curriculum for Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade.

PCS Grammar Scope and Sequence
Pre-K Kindergarten 1st Grade 2nd Grade 3rd Grade 4th Grade 5th Grade 6th Grade
Bible Overview of OT/NT; Bible Stories

Overview of OT/NT; Bible Stories

Old and New Testament Books
Scripture Recitations

Reading Phonograms Phonograms/Beginning Reading Phonograms, Literature Literature Literature Literature Literature Literature
English Phonograms

Phonograms, Parts of a Sentence

Grammar Writing Johnny Can Spell, Phonograms Grammar Writing Johnny Can Spell, Phonograms Grammar Writing Johnny Can Spell, Phonograms Grammar Writing Classical Roots Grammar Writing Classical Roots Grammar Writing
History Unit studies: My family
Holidays
Animals
Unit Studies:
Colonial Times
Christmas Traditions
Entomology
Ocean Life
Ancient Egypt
Ancient
Greece and
Rome
Middle Ages
476-1300
Renaissance/
Reformation,
Age of Exploration; Texas History
Early American
History (1606-1812)
Modern History (1812-Present)
Math Math Your Way Math in Focus
(Houghton Miffliln)
Math in Focus
(Houghton Mifflin)
Math in Focus (Houghton Mifflin) Math in Focus (Houghton Mifflin) Math in Focus (Houghton Mifflin)

Math in Focus (Houghton Mifflin)

Math in Focus (Houghton Mifflin)
Science The Four
Seasons, The Five Senses, The Globe
The Four Seasons, The Five Senses

Biology, Earth Science, Chemistry, Physics

Biology, Earth Science, Chemistry, Physics Biology, Earth Science, Chemistry, Physics Biology, Earth Science, Chemistry, Physics Biology, Earth Science, Chemistry, Physics Biology, Earth Science, Chemistry, Physics
Foreign Language N/A N/A N/A N/A Latin Latin Latin Latin
Co-curricular Music/PE/Art Music/PE/Art Music/PE/Art Music/PE/Art Music/PE/Art Music/PE/Art Music/PE/Art Music/PE/Art
PCS Upper School Scope and Sequence
Area 7th Grade 8th Grade 9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade
Humanities Ancient Medieval Europe Modern Europe US History History of Philosophy 20th & 21st Century
English/Rhetoric Composition and Literature Composition and Literature Composition and Literature Composition and Literature Rhetoric I and Government Rhetoric II
Bible Hermeneutics Truth and Logic Old Testament Survey New Testament Survey Ethics Apologetics
Math Math 7

Pre-Algebra

Algebra I Geometry Algebra II w/ Trig
Algebra II
Pre-Calculus

College Algebra
Calculus
Science Earth Science Physical Science  Physics I Biology Chemistry
Advanced Chemistry
Anatomy & Physiology

Physics II
Latin Latin I Latin II Latin III Latin IV Latin V Latin VI
Modern Foreign Language French I/ Spanish I French II/ Spanish II French III/
Spanish III
Other
Electives Art, Advanced Art, Upper School Choir, Science Olympiad, Yearbook
PE
Mock Trial, Speech and Debate
Economics

College Advising

Our mission for College Advising at PCS – to partner with families to explore post-secondary educational options in which their students can continue to grow in their faith, develop their love for learning, and meet their academic and career goals. Students at PCS have a variety of interests and aptitudes, and the College Advising Office encourages families to pray and seek God’s guidance together for how He wants to develop these interests in their students at PCS and beyond.

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Historic PCS Acceptances

  • Abilene Christian University
  • Auburn University
  • Baylor University Scholars
  • Biola University
  • Brown University
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • Cairn University
  • Calvin College
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Covenant College
  • Dallas Baptist University
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Georgia Tech University
  • Hillsdale College
  • Hope College
  • Houston Baptist University
  • Lancaster Bible College
  • LeTourneau University
  • Northwestern University
  • Ouachita Baptist University
  • Purdue University
  • Rice University
  • Rhodes College
  • Samford University
  • Sam Houston State University
  • Stanford University
  • Texas A&M University
  • Texas Southern University
  • Texas Tech University
  • Trinity College
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Houston
  • University of Houston – Downtown Campus
  • University Of Oklahoma
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Texas at Austin Honors Liberal Arts
  • University of Texas at Dallas
  • US Air Force Academy
  • USMA Westpoint
  • Virginia Tech University
  • Wheaton College

Standardized Scores

While we are extremely proud of our students’ academic achievements, the goal of a classical and Christian education is to produce well-rounded young men and women who are equipped to impact their culture for Christ. Student academic achievement is the fruit, not the goal. Instead of teaching our students what to think, we teach them how to think, resulting in students who consistently do well on standardized testing of all kinds. Providence repeatedly ranks high on lists of the top 25 high schools in the greater Houston area.

Enrollment Total: 364 Grammar School: 216 Upper School: 148
SAT 2017 (Average) Critical Reading: 695 Math: 651 Writing: 630
ACT 2017(Average) Composite: 30.5
National Merit Recognition (2004-2017) Finalist: 3 Commended: 16 National Hispanic Honorable Mention: 5