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General FAQs

What methods of communication are used to relay important information to parents?

Once a child is registered, they are placed in our Bright Arrow email system which allows us to communicate important school-wide information, including but not limited to, reminders of closings, Health Department updates and emergency weather information. Parents will also receive newsletters from home room teachers with specific classroom information. Elementary teachers utilize the Remind app to communicate further with parents.

What happens if my child is placed on the waiting list?

As a courtesy to allow children to enter the program as space becomes available, PBCA offers a waiting list for each age group once enrollment is at capacity.  Please note, seats are filled on a first come, first serve and the waiting list does not roll over each year.  Due to the changing circumstances of each family, it is the responsibility of the parent(s)/guardian(s) to contact PBCA for updates and for new school year registration dates.  We appreciate your support in enabling us to offer this opportunity.

What is the school's uniform policy?

Children ages Pre-K through Elementary wear a uniform consisting of an embroidered polo and khaki or navy bottoms. Children in our Infant through 3 year old programs can dress in comfortable play clothes appropriate for the current weather conditions. Please refer to our handbook for specific guidelines and information on where uniforms may be purchased. 

What is the school’s policy on inclement weather?

PBCA follows Palm Beach County School System’s inclement weather safety procedures. If radio and television broadcasts announce that Palm Beach County Schools are closing due to severe weather, then this announcement also applies to PBCA. PBCA reserves the right to make its own reopening scheduling decision within reasonable safety boundaries and local authority approval. Such instances may include but are not limited to Palm Beach County Schools delay the reopening of their schools due to the aftermath of a hurricane or storm but PBCA is able to reopen sooner, PBCA will send an automated call out with the date and time of the reopening of the school.

We use BrightArrow Technologies to communicate with parents about school closings/openings. BrightArrow Digital Voice Dialer is an automated notification service designed for emergency notifications, attendance calls, informational messages, and a variety of other school-related notifications. Please contact the school office to be added to the list.

How does Palm Beach Christian Academy release records?

You can contact our front office at (561)671-5795. Non-payment will delay the release.

Do you have any partnerships for specials needs and/or Title 1?

Once a student has been accepted into our program, the School District of Palm Beach County may provide elementary students with programs for all eligible exceptional students including mentally handicapped, speech- and language-impaired, learning disabled, visually impaired, hearing impaired, physically impaired, emotionally handicapped and gifted students.

Eligibility for these programs is determined through the county's extensive screening process.

When will my child move up to the next age group/grade?

Our program functions on a traditional school year calendar (August through July), therefore students must turn the appropriate age by September 1st of that school year in order to be assigned to that age group/grade. Students will remain in the same classroom with their peers and teachers through the end of July, at which they will promote to the next appropriate age group/grade. 

Are you a VPK provider?

We participate in the Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) program through the Early Learning Coalition. Our VPK program runs through the school year (August-May) Monday-Friday from 9:00 am-12:00 pm. A student is eligible for the VPK program if they are 4 years old by September 1st of that school year and reside in the state of Florida. See Financial Sheet for costs if you are interested in wrap around care.

What is the Elementary admissions process?

Once you have toured the school and have decided to apply for enrollment, the Admissions Department will contact you to set up a time for your child to take the admissions test. Once the test and all other required documents are reviewed (see Elementary Admissions Checklist), a determination will be made for acceptance and you will be notified of the results. There is a non-refundable $50 testing fee that can be made by cash or check at the start of the test. 

Is there financial aid or scholarships available for my Elementary student?

We currently participate in the Step Up and McKay scholarships programs for Elementary students. Please refer to our Tuition and Financial link to find out more information and to link to their websites.

What is your school policy for sick children?

Because children tend to play in close proximity to one another, it is a natural part of childcare for children to pick up germs more frequently. Although teachers follow Palm Beach County Health Department guidelines for sanitizing and cleaning, common childhood illnesses can occur. Please read through our Parent Handbook regarding polices for illnesses and when children may return to school after being ill.