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UPPER SCHOOL

MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAM

Equipping students to seek Truth, pursue academic excellence, and live with integrity.

UPPER SCHOOL CURRICULUM

THE MIDDLE SCHOOL EXPERIENCE

ACADEMICS

The upper school faculty recognizes the unique developmental needs of early adolescents, and strives to integrate quality education with purposeful Biblical application throughout our program. Core subjects are taught with the intent of encouraging students to think critically and to take a leadership role in their education. Through academic integration and weekly chapel services, students are challenged to develop their character and to grow in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

WHAT STUDENTS ARE SAYING

The teachers and staff care for you. You can be whoever you want without judgement. I am grateful to be at PVCA.

Leah

Grade 8

At Pioneer Valley Christian Academy you are surrounded by good influences. PVCA is fun and I love their sports program

Liam

Grade 7

At Pioneer Valley Christian Academy I am free to talk about God and pray openly. PVCA is a safe and caring environment where God is present!

Rachel

Grade 8

PVCA means a lot to me. It’s like a second home to me, and the friends I have made here are like family.

 

Andrew

Grade 7

AN OUTDOOR EXPERIENCE

The Highland Center 

Every fall, students in grades 6-8 participate in a four-day trip to the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Highland Center at Crawford Notch in Bretton Wood, New Hampshire.

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The Appalachian Mountain Club Trip

Every fall, the entire middle school takes a four-day trip to the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Highland Center at Crawford Notch in Bretton Wood, New Hampshire. This trip, except for transportation, is funded completely by a family outside of the school whose desire is to see Christian young people enjoy learning outdoors in God’s beautiful creation. Students and chaperones stay in a well-equipped lodge (bunk rooms, 4-6 in a room) and enjoy home-cooked meals served family style in the dining room. Our students are separated from other guests in both the dining room and the guest rooms. The students are grouped in teams of 10 with a PVCA chaperone and an AMC guide for each team. Each day, they take part in team building activities, short hikes, and then longer hikes up Mt. Tom, Mt. Willard, Avalon, and more. Eighth grade students are allowed to go up to “the huts”, a more rugged experience than the lodge, for Wednesday and Thursday nights. Their hikes will be a bit longer and challenging. On all hikes, students will be introduced to watershed ecology, animal behaviors, and proper respect for God’s world.

Chance encounters with wildlife are always possible, and groups have come back to tell of sighting deer, moose, foxes, and more on their hikes. The challenge of being out in nature all day is new for some students, but by the end of the week, all are agreed that they can’t wait to go back the next year. PVCA is grateful for the generosity of Hargreaves family in providing this opportunity for our students.

MAKE FRIENDS

During the four day stay at the Highland Center, you will have a blast getting to know your teachers and classmates better.

MAKE FRIENDS

During the four day stay at the Highland Center, you will have a blast getting to know your teachers and classmates better.

EXPLORE NATURE

Nestled in the White Mountains in New Hampshire, you and your classmates will spend your day hiking to nearby scenic destinations.

EXPLORE NATURE

Nestled in the White Mountains in New Hampshire, you and your classmates will spend your day hiking to nearby scenic destinations.

LEARN SOMETHING NEW

Your group will be assigned an upbeat and fun wilderness guide to help you  explore safely, learn outdoor skills, and take in some natural history.

LEARN SOMETHING NEW

Your group will be assigned an upbeat and fun wilderness guide to help you  explore safely, learn outdoor skills, and take in some natural history.

WASHINGTON, D.C. TRIP

Every other year, students in grade 7 and greade 8 embark on a five-day trip to Washington, D.C. with a stop in Philadelphia on the way. The purpose of the trip is to help the students see the amazing heritage of our nation, beginning with its founding based on Biblical principles, continuing through the various stages of the fight for freedom whether from Great Britain or from slavery and prejudice, and highlighting the intrepid American Spirit so evident in the grit, determination, and innovative thinking that has led to many technological marvels.

HISTORICAL SITES

  • Liberty Bell and Carpenter’s Hall in Philidelphia
  • U.S. Capitol
  • White House
  • Smithsonian Museums

HISTORICAL MONUMENTS

  • U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Ford’s Theater
  • Peterson House
  • George Washington’s Home at Mr. Vernon

 

Students also take part in a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. 

*All transportation is by motor coach, including the travel within the city. Meals, transportation, hotel, and all entrance fees are covered by tuition.

NEW YORK CITY TRIP

On the opposite year to the DC trip, the seventh and eighth grade students travel by motor coach to New York City to visit the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the 9-11 Memorial and Museum. This one-day trip is an integral part of the PVCA’s goals to broaden the horizons and perspectives of its students. Before the trip, students take part in classroom activities which prepare them to more fully appreciate the sacrifices and contributions of millions of immigrants who came to this country seeking a better life as well as those of the first responders who valiantly fought to save lives on Sept. 11, 2001. The ferry ride from Battery Park to the Statue of Liberty and then on to Ellis Island is a highlight of the trip for many. Climbing up the stairs to Lady Liberty can be a breathtaking experience. Students leave Ellis Island amazed at the difficulties immigrants experienced in order to live in the United States. The museum exhibits commemorating the sacrifices made on 9-11 help the students understand that freedom is not free, that Americans must fight to keep it free.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ferry ride from Battery Park to Ellis Island
  • Statue of Liberty
  • 9-11 Memorial and Museum

 

TAKE YOUR NEXT STEP

TAKE YOUR NEXT STEP

VARIABLE TUITON

Variable tuition rates are available to eligible families in grades Kindergarten through grade twelve. Maximum tuition level is for families who choose not to apply, or who do not qualify for,
the variable tuition rate.

2022 – 2023 TUITION RATES

MIDDLE SCHOOL

$9,818-$14,025/yr

Grades 6-8
Full Day | 7:45 AM – 2:40 PM

UPPER SCHOOL FACULTY & STAFF

Our teachers and administrators are committed to Christ, the welfare of each student, and the mastery of their subjects.  Each is required to be certified by the Massachusetts Department of Education and the Association of Christian Schools International.

Jimma Aikman

Spanish
jaikman@pvcama.org

Kim Annis

Art
kannis@pvcama.org

Russell Annis

Upper School, History
rannis@pvcama.org

Karen Boisvert

Music
kboisvert@pvcama.org

Carmen Callender

Upper School Choir Director
carmen.callender@pvcama.org

Cherie Callender

Upper School, Science, Health
ccallender@pvcama.org

Timothy Duff

Headmaster, Sociology
tduff@pvcama.org

Patricia Kasulinous

Upper School, Science
pkasulinous@pvcama.org

Kelsie Kokosa

Physical Education
kkokosa@pvcama.org

Gabriel Malloy

Upper School, Bible & Chemistry
gmalloy@pvcama.org

Wendy Maynard

Upper School, Math & History
wmaynard@pvcama.org

Daniel Mimeault

Technology
dmimeault@pvcama.org

Richard Mitchell

Upper School, Bible & History
rmitchell@pvcama.org

Nina Mozdzonowski

Upper School, English & Spanish
nmoz@pvcama.org

Stephen Porter

Athletic Director
sporter@pvcama.org

Laurie Snider

Upper School, Mathematics
lsnider@pvcama.org

Bethany Souza

Upper School, Mathematics
bsouza@pvcama.org

Jessica Sperry

Upper School, English & French
jsperry@pvcama.org

Lindsay Witherow

Upper School, English
lwitherow@pvcama.org

TESTIMONIALS

I think each of my children have had positive experiences with their teachers across the board. The thing that stands out most to me is how collectively the teachers embrace and love their students. I am grateful that my children have been able to be a part of the PVCA community.

Kolu Sharpe

My children are now 19, 17, and 13, and they have been educated by teachers who honor God’s word, who love them for who they are, and who seek to encourage them in their walk with Christ. I feel that my children are grounded in truth and that is a direct result of our teaching at home, our church, and the many hours they spend at PVCA.

Kirsten Ondrick

The impact of Christian education at PVCA is immeasurable. My children are in an atmosphere where strong academics are integrated with our Christian beliefs.

Michelle Shively

DISCOVER PIONEER VALLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 

Pioneer Valley Christian Academy

965 Plumtree Rd. Springfield, MA 01119
P: (413) 782-8031  |  F: (413) 782-8033
admissions@pvcama.org

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Pioneer Valley Christian Academy

965 Plumtree Rd. Springfield, MA 01119
P: (413) 782-8031  |  F: (413) 782-8033
admissions@pvcama.org

Pioneer Valley Christian Academy is one of New England's Private Christian Schools located in Springfield, MA. We offer students access to leading-edge opportunities for intellectual, professional, and leadership development to address the increasingly complex challenges of a global society. Pioneer Valley Christian Academy stands apart from other outstanding schools in New England by combining an exceptional education with Christian faith.

Pioneer Valley Christian Academy admits students of any race, color, and national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the academy. The academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and financial aid, athletics, and other school-administered programs.