Founded in 1999, Providence Classical School (PCS) is an independent, co-educational, PreK-12 day school that offers a classical and Christian education. Our classical method is rooted in the Trivium: the grammar, logic, and rhetoric of all subjects. Students trained in these disciplines are equipped with the tools necessary for effective accumulation, synthesis, and presentation of knowledge. PCS students acquire a love for learning, since the Trivium allows students to be trained according to their stages of development.
School of Rhetoric Curriculum
The primary purpose of the PCS School of Rhetoric (9-12) is to stretch students to reach their full academic potential through a rigorous program of academic excellence and Christian perspective. Instead of the cafeteria approach in most textbooks, PCS emphasizes reading and research in source documents and original writings. By integrating history, literature, philosophy, theology, art, and music throughout all disciplines, our students see the world as a whole and as a work of art, rather than as a disjointed groups of facts.
In their Humanities courses, students study the thoughts, events, people, literature, geography, and arts that shaped the mindset of that time. Students begin studying Latin in 3rd grade, progressing through a complete study of Latin grammar that culminates in a year of translation from source texts in 9th grade. Thereafter, students continue with at least two more years of language study in either Latin or Spanish.
Our accelerated math and science curriculum for all students includes Algebra I and II, Geometry, and Precalculus or College Algebra. Many students take Calculus. All students take Physics, Biology, and Chemistry. Many take Physics II or Anatomy and Physiology. PCS believes it is critical to train students in how to reason, to understand arguments, and to communicate effectively. As part of this training, students take Logic as their science course in 8th grade.
The culmination of a PCS education is a two-year course in formal Rhetoric, in which students are trained to effectively articulate the knowledge they have mastered through the writing, oral presentation, and defense of a senior thesis project before a panel of faculty and local professionals.
The student/faculty ratio is 10:1. All PCS faculty members hold college degrees, most in their field of instruction, and many have advanced degrees. PCS is committed to hiring and retaining exceptional teachers who have a passion for Christ, their students, and their subjects.
The school year is divided into three trimesters. Each day includes homeroom and seven class periods beginning at 8:00 a.m. and concluding at 3:00 p.m.
Admissions / Enrollment
Admission is selective based on academics and character. Twenty-one percent of PCS families receive financial aid.