Upper School

Grades 6-12

PCA provides an orderly, nurturing environment where Upper School students can safely experience the successes and failures that lead to mature, Christian adulthood. We seek to develop graduates with hearts and minds that desire to do what is noble, excellent, and of good repute. Our desire is to train Kingdom builders who think critically and will influence culture for Christ in a grace-filled manner.

Toward those ends, our program of study is a liberal arts model that develops strong core academic competencies while encouraging students to develop their unique gifts through co-curricular activities in academics, fine arts, leadership, spiritual training, and athletics.

At Palmetto Christian Academy, Christ is the center of everything we do. PCA is great because of the people who comprise our school community. We have an amazing faculty that loves its Lord and Savior and loves students. Our teachers are qualified to teach in any school, but they desire to influence students for Christ; therefore, they have chosen to teach at PCA where our Lord is honored. We want our students to have a great experience at PCA, and we want them to love their school and feel loved by their school community.

Sean Keiper 
Upper School Principal
(843) 881-9967 Ext. 2078


Program of Study, Grades 6-8
  • An interdisciplinary approach to the humanities that uses history as the framework for studying literature, ideas, and events that have shaped civilizations and worldviews
  • Spanish for foreign language in 8th grade
  • Bible courses that emphasize a knowledge of scripture
  • Earth Science, Life Science, and Physical Science
  • Field trips that enrich history, literature, fine arts, and science curriculum 
  • A path to earning high school credits of Honors Spanish 1, Honors Algebra 1, and Honors Physical Science in the 8th grade
  • Weekly chapel and lunchtime Bible studies
  • Co-curricular activities that support academic, fine arts, and character training including Drama, Choir, Band, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Student Government Association
  • Athletic teams including golf, cheer, football, basketball, baseball, tennis, swim, cross country, track and field, and volleyball


Program of Study, Grades 9-12
  • Four years of core coursework in English, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, and Bible that exceeds minimum South Carolina graduation requirements
  • Offerings at the College Preparatory, Honors,  Advanced Placement, and Dual Credit levels
  • Bible courses in Old Testament, New Testament, Systematic Theology, and Worldviews
  • English courses in World Literature, American Literature, British Literature and Senior Literature and Composition taught from a historical perspective
  • Math courses in Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, Statistics and Probability, and Calculus
  • Laboratory Science courses in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, College Science, and Marine Biology
  • Foreign Language courses in Spanish I, II, III, and IV (Dual Credit)
  • Capstone AP courses in all core subject areas including AP US Government and Politics, AP Literature and Composition, AP Calculus A/B, and AP Biology. Additional AP offerings include AP European History, AP US History, and Honors Art II with the option of preparing an AP Art portfolio.
  • A Senior Thesis project in which students establish and defend a position in a written and oral form
  • Co-curricular activities that support training in academics, fine arts, and Christian character including National Honor Society, Spanish Club,  Quiz Bowl, Leader Academy, Eagle Ambassadors, Choir, Drama, Palmetto Players theater performance group, Palmetto Show visual arts exhibit, Student Government Association, Future Business Leaders of America, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Worship Team
  • Athletic teams in football, volleyball, swim, cross-country, cheerleading, tennis, basketball, golf, track and field, soccer, baseball, and equestrian
  • Weekly chapels and lunchtime Bible studies
  • 20 hours of community service each year
  • Enrichment trips including American Literary tours, College Tour,  and Charleston County Public Library research training
  • College planning using the Naviance program for college research, personal strengths assessments, and college major/career match assessments