Potomac Heights Christian Academy was the school of my children and is now the school of my grandchild. The Academy prepared my children so well that when they transferred to the public school system they were accepted into what was then called the 'scholars program'. My grand-daughter has a good grasp of the fundamentals and demonstrates understanding of math and science concepts well beyond what would be expected at the first grade level. The academics are not the only reason that I hold the Academy with such high praise. The children learn life skills - how to treat others patience social and communication skills self-esteem humility.... The Academy teaches Christian principles which although these are best learned in the home are reinforced and normalized for the student in a community setting. The Academy teachers and staff work with families on a one-to-one basis to provide the unique experience that best fits each child. I am grateful that this school exists and for the dedication of the staff to the education and raising of children. Raising a child is certainly a community effort and I am pleased that the Academy is part of my community.
Potomac Heights Christian Academy is a private middle school in Indian Head. 80 children attend Potomac Heights Christian Academy and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. The ratio of students to teachers at Potomac Heights Christian Academy is 6:1. General Smallwood Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.
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- Theater drama
- P.E. classes
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I am extremely impressed by what I have seen so far. This school is a diamond in the rough and one of Southern Maryland's best kept secrets. I say all of that with the preface of this being my daughter's first year and only having experienced one of their teachers. My daughter has the most amazing Kindergarten teacher. She makes me wish that I was in Kindergarten. I have taught in very well respected public and private schools and this K-5 teacher is one of the best I have seen. I would encourage anyone interested in Kindergarten to contact the school and schedule a visit. My daughter hasn't even turned five years old and she is reading and writing complete sentences. This is only the second quarter! She has also become quite a little theologian due to the Bible curriculum. If the rest of the teachers are anything like the K-5 teacher then this school will not be a secret very long. I don't have any first hand experience with the rest of the teachers but when I went to back-to-school night all of the parents gave a gentleman that I believe teaches 4th grade a round of applause.
I consider myself to be a bit fanatical when it comes to the educational success of my child. PHCA is a welcomed part of our lives. The school is truly more like a family. Everyone has each other's best interest in mind. The teachers are all very friendly and smile and greet all of the children by name. The school starts at K3 and it is as if the children in the older grades look after the younger ones. The curriculum is appropriate and if anything could be a bit more challenging in the early grades. Standardized test scores are very competitive. Technology can be updated some especially when compared to some schools where computers are available for each student even at the K3 level... and some schools assign iPads. Nevertheless my child is very happy and thriving well. There is now a new administrator and I hope she continues to foster the positive loving attitude at PCHA and implement new and exciting programs and enhanced study options.
After pulling my children out of public school I was very happy to see what a wonderful change has taken place in them academically and socially. The teachers obviously are very committed to each and every student and and after being lost in public education they are excelling in areas that they were previously failing. What a great school!
My daughter has been going to PHCA for 2 years now and my husband and i love the academics the care and love that is shown to our daughter and the time that is taken out for each child.
A waste of money. You don't find out until your child enters public high school (this school only goes up to the 8th grade). Much of what should have been covered before leaving middle school is never addressed. Your child will spend his/her high school years playing catch up and you will be a home tutor. Very disappointing. Could have kept our money in the bank and home schooled.
Great school welcoming atmosphere and wonderful students.
I taught in this school for 7 years off and my child attended there. I have a very high opinion of the quality of education. The new principal and administrator is outstanding. I highly recommend this school to any potential parent. I have also worked at SMCA and would recommend PHCA over Southern Maryland any day especially in the areas of discipling academics excellence and leadership.
My experience with this school left me with mixed reviews. Although Christian by name there were times when one would question whether this was a Christian school. Luke warm would best describe where the staff was on most days. Overall it appeared that the parents ran the school as the administration tried to please each parent - which is an imposibility. Consequently they lacked unity amongst the staff. Yes they have a library - if that's what you want to call it. Moreover there are absolutely no sport programs. The children seemed very nice however some of the staff came across as superficial. Enrollment has declined considerably over the past few years. It is no wonder since they have had several administrators over a short period.