PHCA: K-12 + Preschool
GENERAL SCHOOL INFORMATION
We have chapel services weekly each Wednesday morning to reinforce the teaching of spiritual truths, the importance of prayer, and encourage a desire to serve the Lord. Parents are always welcome to attend. Please contact the school office to find out what time your child will be in chapel and join us.
Sunday School and Worship Attendance:
We strongly urge our families and students to attend a Bible-believing church of their choice.
We offer before- and after-school care for kindergarten through twelfth grade. Before-school care is available from 7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. and after-school care is available from 3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. If you are interested in this service, please complete an Extended Care Enrollment Form (which can be found on the "forms/handbooks" page) when you enroll your child/children in school.
Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF):
The PTF program is an integral part of our total school program. This program keeps parents involved in their child’s education as well as allowing the teachers to gain a better knowledge of the parents. Through this program, we acquire volunteers to help with various activities throughout the year. PTF meets regularly throughout the school year and all meetings are announced in advance. Most meetings provide Childcare and snacks for all.
School and Business Office Hours:
School begins at 8:30 a.m. and dismisses at 3:30 p.m. Half-day kindergarten begins at 8:30 a.m. and dismisses at 11:30 a.m. Unless your child is enrolled in morning Extended Care or has made arrangements to meet with his/her teacher, he/she should not be in the building before 8:00 a.m. Students should be picked up by 3:40 p.m. unless arrangements have been made for them to be under the supervision of a PHCA staff member. If students are not picked up by 3:40 p.m. and there have been no arrangements made for them to stay for extra help, clubs, or for some other reason, they will be taken to Extended Care and their parents will be charged according to the Extended Care fee schedule. If an emergency arises and you need to make special arrangements, please call the school office. All school business should be conducted during the regular business hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Cancellation of Classes:
If bad weather forces the closing of school, our school listing “Plaza Heights Christian Academy” will be on the radio and all major network television channels. We do not close in conjunction with any school district. We also offer a texting service through our Sycamore education program that will send you a text when we cancel school. Contact the school office if you would like to sign up for text alerts.
The school seeks the advice and follows the direction of the custodial parent(s). A parent that is not involved in the enrollment process is still allowed contact with and information about the student, unless contact is prevented by court action. It is the responsibility of the custodial parent to make the school staff aware of such action.
In order for the dropping off and picking up of students to run as smoothly and efficiently as possible, it is imperative that every driver follow the guidelines that govern the parking lot. The speed limit is 15 mph. From 8:15 a.m. until 8:45 a.m. and from 3:15 p.m. until 3:45 p.m. our parking lot is one way. Please enter the East parking lot and proceed to the very back, going around the large “island” at the back of the gym. Elementary pick-up is on the West side and cars should exit the West parking lot. Preschool pick-up is on the East side and should exit the East parking lot. Maps and details are available in the school office. Remember that we only ask you to follow these guidelines to be safe and have things flow as smoothly as possible. Please remember also that your children are watching you as their example.
A hot lunch program is available at an additional charge for those students wishing to purchase lunch at school. The cost for preschool meals is $2.75, K-6th grade meals are $3.25, and secondary students (grades 7-12) are $3.75. Each meal comes with one milk or juice. Additional milk or juice cartons may be purchased for $.40 each, or a milk card for $4.00 for 10 cartons. Pizza is served on most Wednesdays at the cost of $1.75 for the first slice and $1.50 for each additional slice. School menus may be picked up at the school office or printed from the calendars/lunch menus page.
A school supply list can be found in the office. Middle school/High school teachers will let their students know on the first day of school what supplies are needed for their individual classes. Secondary students should bring a pen and paper the first day to take notes.
Field Trips will be a part of your child’s educational experience. If there is a particular field trip that you do not want your child to participate in, you will need to talk with your child’s teacher so that arrangements for your child can be made while his/her class is gone. Parents are welcome to attend school field trips with their children, but should note that siblings are not permitted to attend.
We expect all students to participate in our school programs. These events provide a great opportunity to invite family and friends to discover more about and to support our school.
Students Leaving the School Premises:
All requests to leave the building while school is in session must be cleared through the school office. Leaving school without permission is classified as truancy.
Sign In/Sign Out Procedures:
Parents coming during class time to pick up children must report to the office and not to the student’s classroom. Teachers have been instructed not to dismiss a child early unless contacted by the school office. Parents must sign their children out in the school office before leaving. Parents must also sign their children back in when returning to school.
Visitors/Volunteers to the School:
All visitors/volunteers to the school should report directly to the office to sign in. Parents are always welcome to visit the classrooms, but we ask that you arrange for a visit in advance by contacting the school office. A parent who desires a conference with a teacher or the Administrator is also asked to arrange for the conference in advance.
Student visitors are usually welcome if the arrangements are made in advance. Our student must fill out a visitor form and have it approved in the office at least 24 hours before any visit by a student from another school. Approval for student visitors is at the discretion of the Administrator.
Children need fresh air and exercise and are therefore expected to go outside with their class. If your doctor recommends that your child stay inside, please send a note to that effect each day that he/she needs to stay inside. Normally, if the temperature is above 35 degrees, and it is not raining or snowing, students will go outside.
Below are questions that are commonly asked concerning PHCA. If you do not find your question listed, please contact the school office at 816.228.0670.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q#1. What are the school hours of operation?
A. School hours are from 8:30am-3:30pm. Office hours are from 8am-4pm. The doors open at 8:00am. Extended care is available from 7:00am-8:30am and/or from 3:30pm-6:00pm.
Q#2. How much will it cost to send my child to school?
A. For the education that is offered, the tuition is a bargain. It is roughly $600.00 a month per student, but there are several payment options to bring that number lower. Please see our Tuition and Fee Schedule.
Q#3. Are there various payment methods?
A. Yes. We offer a variety of payment plans, or you may pay in full before June 1st and receive a 3% discount on the tuition bill. There are no pre-pay discounts after June 1st. Payment plan options include 12-months, 11-months, 10-months, 9-months or 2-payments.
Q#4. Is your school accredited?
A. Plaza Heights Christian Academy received accreditation in June of 2012 from ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International). Our accreditation is for Preschool through 12th Grade.
Q#5. Do you require students to wear uniforms?
A. Uniforms are not required. Our Dress Code is one that teaches the students to dress modestly and cleanliness.
Q#6. What curriculum do you use?
A. We use a variety of Christian curricula for K-5 including Abeka, Bob Jones and Purposeful Design; and a variety of Christian and secular curricula for Grades 6-12 including A Beka, Purposeful Design, Saxon and Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Mosdos Press and Word Press.