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School Overview

Introducing PCA Hybrid

Prestonwood Christian Academy Hybrid provides a specialized delivery platform and learning design for our students. PCA Hybrid operates at the Plano Campus as part of the Prestonwood Christian Academy School System. This uniquely designed school model furthers our ability to expand Kingdom education and provide an additional high quality Christ-centered educational model for our North Dallas community. PCA Hybrid currently serves grades  Kindergarten, 1, 2, 5 and 6. Additional grades will be added as students advance.

 

 

Definition of Terms

Blended Learning

Blended Learning is a term that PCA Hybrid uses to  describe an educational strategy that combines the  use of online educational activities with more traditional  classroom methods. During on-campus school days  (three days a week for PCA Hybrid) both teacher and student are present and engaged in a variety of  teacher-led activities. Satellite Learning days (two days  a week) take place away from the traditional classroom.  These activities are designed to extend learning and  provide a framework for parent oversight.

Project-Based Learning (PBL)

Project-Based Learning (PBL) is a teaching method in  which students learn by actively engaging in real-world  and personally meaningful projects. The Seven Essential  Project Design Elements for PBL include: Challenging  Problem or Question, Sustained Inquiry, Authenticity,  Student Voice and Choice, Refection, Critique and Revision, and a Public Product. PBL requires critical  thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and various  forms of communication. To answer a driving question  and create high-quality work, students need to do much  more than remember information. They need to use  higher-order thinking skills and learn to work as a team. Boss, S. (2001, November 1). Project-Based Learning: Resources for Parents.  Edutopia.

 

Satellite Learning

Satellite Learning days take place away from the  traditional classroom school day and are directed by  the student’s parent(s) or another adult. PCA Hybrid  academic team provides parents and students the  academic activities designed to extend learning  during these two days weekly. Many of these activities  include computer-mediated content and delivery. The  classroom teacher is not actively involved in delivery or oversight of these activities during Satellite Learning  days.

Student Agency

Student Agency is when students set goals, devise plans to  reach these goals, and monitor and adjust actions as needed. Teachers and parents provide the necessary

support during this  process, and when done properly, students develop a strong sense of ownership and love for learning.