PCS High School Profile
Providence Classical School
Our mission is to assist parents in training their children to love the Lord their God with all their hearts, souls, and minds. Using a classical methodology and proven curriculum, the mission of PCS is to provide students the necessary tools to acquire, comprehend, express, and defend knowledge from a Biblical worldview and to equip them to fulfill the calling God has for their lives.
240 students are enrolled at Providence. The Upper School comprises 85 pupils. PCS welcomes students of any race, sex, religion, and national or ethnic origin.
The average PCS classroom does not exceed 17 students. By maintaining a small class size, PCS teachers are able to develop and maintain strong relationships with each student.
The PCS Upper School employs a college-style schedule which operates Tuesday through Friday and consists of 60-75 minute classes. The unique calendar places a premium on student efficiency, organization, and productivity.
PCS is accredited through the Classical Latin School Association.
PCS Graduation Requirements and Course of Studies
Math 4 Science 4
Latin 4 Logic/Rhetoric 1
English Studies 4 Fine Arts 1
Classical/Christian Studies 3.5 PE (4 years) 1
American/Modern Studies 4 TOTAL 26.5 Credits
Our Upper School faculty consists of 12 teachers, all of whom hold bachelor’s degrees, with half holding advanced degrees.
All upper school students are placed into one of three houses for purposes of camaraderie and friendly competition.
Academic Year Structure and Grading Scale
The academic year consists of three trimesters. Only final grades are recorded on the student transcript. Grades and course weight are assigned according to the South Carolina Uniform Grading Policy: 90-100 (A); 80-89 (B); 70-79 (C); 60-69 (D); and <60 (F). Grade point average is computed on a scale using all academic courses credited toward high school graduation. Class rank is based on cumulative GPA. All students in the class will be included in the rank, which will be printed on the final transcript at the end of each academic year from grades 9-12.
Selected Courses and Readings within the PCS Curriculum
- Greek Drama: Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides; selections from Classical Literary Criticism
- Classical Political Philosophy: Cicero (On Obligations, The Republic and The Laws)
- Socrates (Philosophy 101); Plato (Phaedo Anthology, The Last Days of Socrates); Cicero (The Nature of the Gods)
- Dante (The Divine Comedy)
- Church History I & II
- Christian Apologetics: Mere Christianity; Orthodoxy; Fundamentals of the Faith
Honors English Studies
- Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Hamlet, King Lear
- Beowulf, Canterbury Tales, Sir Gawain & the Green Knight, Poetry Anthology I: Old English and Medieval Periods
- The Scarlet Letter, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Great Gatsby, Poetry Anthology II: Tudor, Puritan, and Neoclassical Ages
- Jane Eyre, A Tale of Two Cities, Pride & Prejudice, Anna Karenina, Poetry Anthology III: Romantic and Victorian Ages
- Honors Latin III
- Honors Latin IV
- Caesar’s Gallic War
- Cicero’s Orations
Formal Logic & Rhetoric
- Logic: Traditional Logic I & II
- Rhetoric: Aristotle’s Rhetoric; [Cicero], Rhetorica Ad Herennium (selections)
- Honors and Dual-Enrollment United States History
- Dual-Enrollment European History
- Honors Government & Economics
- Honors Biology
- Honors Chemistry
- Honors Physics
- Honors Anatomy
- Honors Geometry
- Honors Algebra II
- Honors Pre-Calculus
- Honors or Dual-Enrollment Statistics or Calculus