Prince Avenue Christian School places great value on co-curricular opportunities as an integral part of a student’s holistic college preparatory experience.
The term “co-curricular” is delibarately used in the place of “extra-curricular” because opportunities such as fine arts, athletics, academic team, and service organizations are an important part of a Prince education, not simply an extra activity.
Lower School On-Going Missions Project
Each week, lower school students bring an offering to give in Chapel to be shared with the residents of the Village of Hope Orphanage in Morogoro, Tanzania. In recent years, PACS students’ weekly contributions have supplied greatly needed mattresses and mosquito netting for the orphans so that they can sleep well while being protected from disease-carrying mosquitoes. PACS offerings have also provided school clothing and food for the students and workers living in the Village of Hope. Each year lower school students eagerly anticipate a report and pictures from the Village of Hope in which they see direct evidence of the work God does with their small weekly offerings.
The Barnabas Program is a mentor program in which Prince Avenue high school students are paired with Prince Avenue lower school students to help and encourage them. The overall goal of the Barnabas Program is to enhance and develop the community between lower and upper school students, thus increasing unity among the body of Christ at our school. The course is called Barnabas, which translated means “son of encouragement.” The program provides a platform for students who are sophomores, juniors, and seniors to learn about service by teaching and mentoring students in the lower school.
The Barnabas Program began in 2008 through the vision of a former Prince Avenue student, Miss Anne Barron, who felt called to encourage the Prince upper school community to operate as Christ’s hands and feet while ministering to the socialization, spiritual, and academic needs of the lower school students. I Kings 22:13 states: “Then the messenger who had gone to call Micaiah spoke to him saying, ‘Now listen, the words of the prophets with one accord encourage the king. Please, let your word be like the world of one of them and speak encouragement.’”
Prince Avenue teachers integrate biblical principles and worldview into all subject areas. God’s design is evident in all subject matter, and teachers are very purposeful in their instruction.
All Prince Avenue lower school grade levels or classes plan and implement a “mission project” as a way for our school to reach out to the community and to give our students the opportunity to serve others as a part of their education and daily lives.
Lower school students have the opportunity to compete in Spelling Bees, Math Olympics, and Creative Writing Contests.
Accelerated Reader Program
Prince Avenue Christian School uses the Accelerated Reader Program to enhance students’ reading skills. The process is simple…students read a book, take a quiz, and get instant feedback about their progress. Teachers can use the students’ progress to evaluate reading skills.
Duke TIP Program
Each year, a select number of 4th and 5th-grade students are given the opportunity to participate in the Duke University Talent Identification Program based on their superior achievement test scores.
The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving academically gifted and talented youth. Duke TIP works with students, their families, and educators to identify, recognize, challenge, engage, and help students reach their highest potential.
The Prince Writing Team is comprised of 4th-6th grade students who meet after school twice a week. Students participate in a writing master class in which they learn specific skills and then submit their writing for adjudication in the ACSI Writing Festival.