Established in 1996, Providence Christian Academy is an academically advanced, inter-denominational classical Christian school without affiliation to any one church body. PCA is a non-profit school governed by an independent and self-perpetuating Board of Trustees. PCA’s mission is to teach students to seek God’s truth and equip them with the tools for a lifetime of learning.
Providence Christian Academy was conceived in the heart of Sheila Given in the spring of 1994. After much prayer and dialogue with various church and educational leaders, God led Mrs. Given to home-school educators Nancy and Jim Carter, who felt led to join her in God’s project.
In August 1996, a community-wide meeting was held which attracted more than ninety adults desiring a new, free-standing, inter-denominational Christian school committed to academic excellence in Murfreesboro.
From the community-wide meeting emerged a group of additional leaders including Melody and Bill Noah, Steve and Diane Preston, Glyn and Betsy Boone, Gary Holt, and Frank Hall. Each brought diverse gifts and abilities which they hoped to offer for the start of the new school. Particularly Mrs. Given, Mrs. Carter, and Mrs. Noah each brought elements that were to become the pillars of the future Providence Christian Academy.
In the beginning, PCA met in several local churches. In 1997, 10 acres of land and a horse stable were donated by the Northsprings Development Group. PCA remodeled the horse stable and that space served as the original school building.
In 2002, the PCA Board of Directors determined that there was significant interest within the school community to undertake a $2.5 million building project. The original building project was successfully completed in September of 2004.
Coinciding with the joyful opening of the new building, PCA experienced a heartbreaking loss on September 29, 2004, when the headmaster, Mr. James Frazee, passed away unexpectedly.
In May of 2010, PCA held an inaugural graduation ceremony for its first group of seniors.
In June 2010, PCA became fully accredited by ACSI, Association of Christian Schools International.
In February of 2011, PCA became fully accredited by SACS, Southern Association of Colleges and School.
In 2012, the PCA Board of Directors voted to move forward with developing plans for a second building project. This $5 million project was approved by the Board of Directors in the spring of 2013.
In September 2013, PCA began construction on an addition that included two new buildings adding more than 42,000 square feet to the existing school building. The building project was complete in July 2014.
The two newer buildings provide space for PCA to house additional classes from pre-K through high school. The buildings have been designed to provide separate, defined areas within the school for elementary, middle and high school students. In order to visually reinforce PCA’s commitment to the Classical model of education, separate hallways within PCA are labeled as School of Grammar, School of Logic, and School of Rhetoric.
The building located in the front of the campus serves as the Lower School building and houses all School of Grammar classes. This building features skylights in the entrance, an enclosed elementary courtyard, and cheerful, light-filled classrooms, all designed to provide a welcoming and caring learning environment for students. The Lower School building includes 25 classrooms, a library/ media center, and a Lower School office with a conference room and additional office spaces.
The building at the back of the campus includes two music classrooms, two art classrooms, a kiln room, boys’ and girls’ home and away locker rooms, a weight room, and a multi-purpose room.
The multi-purpose room features a specialized floor that allows it to be utilized as a lunchroom, gymnasium and theater space. It is equipped with sound-absorbing features including acoustical ceiling tiles to allow for optimum sound quality during presentations and special events. The room also features a lunch serving line and food storage spaces in order to allow for expanded food options at lunch.
The Upper School building includes Upper School offices, the School of Logic (6th-8th grade), and the School of Rhetoric (9th-12th grade).
The Lower School driveway entrance provides a separate area for Upper School and Lower School drop off and pick up. Parking spaces near the Lower School and Upper School office entrances offer convenient parking areas for parents and visitors.