Upper School: Grades 9-12

Prepared for College

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PVCP’s upper school is a structured college preparatory in which students graduate poised to succeed in college. Upper school students may also choose to pursue an honors track further preparing them for the challenges of college and beyond. Graduates find the academic rigor encountered at PVCP and the high level of critical inquiry required in classrooms produce in them the drive and discipline to perform ahead of their peers in college. The biblical foundation established and built upon during their time at PVCP results in spiritually formed students who stand as testaments of truth on their college campuses who are not easily swayed by the conflicting worldviews and philosophies encountered in higher education.

Not only are students prepared academically and spiritually, but year after year, PVCP upper school graduates are the recipients of significant academic financial aid upon entering college. PVCP graduates earn an average of more than $92,000 per student in individual college award offers. These graduates go on to become leaders on college campuses and later in the workplace.

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Average College Scholarship
$+
Offered to Each PVCP Senior
Teacher to Student Ratio
1:
In the Upper School
Percentage of Juniors Meeting
%
SAT Reading and Writing Benchmark for College and Career Readiness

A Well-Rounded Liberal Arts Education

PVCP upper school students thoroughly examine the humanities through the analyzation and discussion of the enduring works of Western Civilization. By graduation, seniors will have read and discussed the contribution of more than 136 classical works and original source documents including:

  • The Iliad by Homer
  • Selected works by Cicero
  • The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli
  • Second Treatise of Government by John Locke
  • Common Sense by Thomas Paine
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • The Inferno by Dante Alighieri
  • The Confessions of St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo
  • Othello by William Shakespeare
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

PVCP stands out in its utilization of elements of a classical education rooted firmly within Christian truth. This approach develops the student as a public speaker, emphasizes personal discipline, promotes an understanding of Western Civilization, and fosters a sense of civic duty and service. Socratic seminars provide students an outlet for exchanging ideas and challenging their classmates, thereby training them to think critically, articulate their beliefs, and ground all assumptions in objective biblical truth. Further study in apologetics, systematic theology, and competing worldviews prepares students to approach global issues through a biblical framework.

Upper school seniors produce a capstone thesis in which they pursue individualized research and study in an area of personal interest, with recent theses including A Protestant Work Ethic in a Postmodern World and The Exploration of Purpose and Responses to Suffering.

Prepared for Life

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PVCP faculty are dedicated to the formation of high school students into responsible adults. This begins with their own development, and faculty participate in weekly Bible studies to examine how to better integrate faith into their classroom pursuits. Instructors regularly serve as more than just teachers, watching for unique interests and aptitudes of the students, mentoring students on what paths will best help them utilize their gifts, interests, and strengths.

By the time a high school student graduates from PVCP, they have not only grown academically and spiritually, but they can articulate how their unique composition as an individual may be offered in service to God and His Kingdom in college and beyond.

Faculty Mentoring

High school students are assigned to a Tutorial Group which meets with a teacher-tutor once each week.  Tutorials are designed to assess and promote student progress in all classes and spiritual nurturing through small group devotionals.  Students report their weekly academic endeavors and receive a grade report.  From these, the teacher and student develop an action plan to improve academic performance in the coming week.  Results from the Tutorials also help teachers coordinate their assignment schedules to prevent student overload.

Leadership Development

During grades nine through twelve, a PVCP student embarks on a journey that prepares him or her for adulthood through leadership opportunities unmatched in the typical high school experience. Through National Honor Society and the Leadership Guild, every high school student has an opportunity to develop his or her leadership at the institutional level. Upperclassmen are presented with unique opportunities to not only lead and mentor underclassmen, but are also given a platform for speaking into the future of PVCP as they learn principles of servant leadership.

Extracurricular Clubs

Extracurricular activities are tailored to student interests, and qualified advisers create programs designed to develop skills and increase knowledge. Many of PVCP’s extracurricular activities, such as robotics, logic and debate, and worship band were all born of student talent and interest, and are guided by advisers who facilitate unique learning and social environments providing students with a well-rounded high school experience.

Athletics at PVCP

PVCP's athletics programs are formed as a fun and competitive way to develop the whole individual. Sports can teach many useful life skills such as working together, grace in victory and defeat, and endurance while working toward a worthy goal. Coaches include spiritual discipline and character development in all aspects of their programs while motivating students to work to the best of their abilities.

PVCP competes in the Canyon Athletic Association.

  • Boys Basketball
  • Boys Volleyball
  • Coed Cross Country
  • Coed Golf
  • Coed Soccer
  • Coed Tennis
  • Coed Track and Field
  • Coed Ultimate Frisbee
  • Girls Basketball
  • Girls Volleyball

Planning for our Future

Our planned expansion will use existing land to add a Performing Arts Center, additional classrooms and academic facilities, and will allow us to serve a planned capacity of 200 students. This number will allow us to maintain the level of individual attention that is best for the students, while continuing to improve our programs to produce the best graduates possible!

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Paradise Valley
Christian Preparatory
11875 N. 24th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85028
602.992.8140