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Providence Classical Academy 101
(Frequently Asked Questions)

What is Providence Classical Academy?
Providence Classical Academy is a Christian and classical school for Shreveport-Bossier City area.

How old is Providence Classical Academy?
Providence Classical Academy started in 2005.

How many students attend Providence?
245 students for the 2012-2013 school year.

Which grades does Providence Classical Academy offer?
Providence Classical Academy will offer:
2012-13: BR-9TH; 2013-14: BR-10TH; 2014-15: BR-11TH; 2015-16: BR-12TH.

How do students do if they need to transfer out to another school due to moves, etc.?
Our students are being trained to excel in academics, especially in the essential and fundamental areas of reading and math. If you nurture students to be great readers, to thrive in math, and to love learning, they will thrive in any academic subject in any school. Quite honestly, the one problem we have seen regarding this (echoed by other classical schools) is the students are so advanced that they are bored by the dumbed-down academic environment of other schools.

What about those transferring students in, how do they do?
The earlier the student enters is always better. During earlier grades, we teach through repetition, so that even new students can usually catch on. However, when they enter in later grades, it can be more difficult to catch on if the fundamentals are not there. Right now all the students in grades 3rd through 5th are relatively new to the classical approach and so most new students would assimilate well at this time.

What are some of Providence Classical Academy 's goals and dreams? Where is Providence Classical Academy headed?
Providence Classical Academy plans on adding grades until it offers Kindergarten through twelfth grades. Providence Classical Academy aspires to offer the best academic education available in the area, where students are immersed in the great books and ideas of western culture, and learn how to both appreciate and criticize those ideas from the standpoint of a Biblical view of all subjects. Providence Classical Academy's greatest dream is to glorify God by offering an education that prepares the next generation of Christian leaders.


What is unique about Providence Classical Academy?
Providence Classical Academy offers a classical education that emphasizes the centrality of the written and spoken word, the centrality of a "goal" in education? forming wise and virtuous young men and women, the centrality of the past, the centrality of the classical languages (Latin and Greek), and the centrality of rigorous thinking, speaking and writing. We believe the classical model, and our particular understanding of the relationship between the Gospel and the formation of young men and women is unique.


What does it cost to attend Providence Classical Academy?
$5000 with 10% cumulative discount for each sibling (5% 1st sibling, 10% 2nd sibling, 15% 3rd sibling, etc.)


What is Providence Classical Academy 's current student/teacher ratio?
Providence Classical Academy currently has a student/teacher ratio of 7:1. We have a cap on class size of 16.

Is Providence Classical Academy only for brilliant children?
No. While we are very proud of our students, we have found that virtually every student can thrive in the Christian and classical educational model. When you raise the bar, students do rise to the occasion!

Why study Latin?
Latin (and Greek) are the languages of Western culture, and for that reason alone are worthy of attention. However, Latin should be studied because it is simply an excellent way to train the mind to look for detail, and the study of Latin simply trains the student how to think well. Additionally, the study of Latin is excellent preparation for other subjects (advanced math and sciences), and helps students to understand English more thoroughly.

Does Providence Classical Academy offer any provision for students of families of more limited financial means?
Providence Classical Academy desires to offer admission to every eligible student, by aggressively funding a scholarship fund from which to offer need-based financial aid. Providence Classical Academy works with "Family Financial Needs Assessment" in making financial aid decisions. Please contact the Head of School if you seek more information about financial aid.


Does Providence Classical Academy offer after-school care for working families?
Yes. The hours are 3pm-5:30pm, Monday-Friday, at a cost of $55 per week. Please note that after-school care is only available on days that the school is open. There is a $25 registration fee per student.