Academics

The goal of education is to “address the whole student, his emotional and spiritual sides as well as his rational”, according to David Hicks in his book, Norms and Nobility. This is much easier said than done, particularly in a culture that tends to devalue such aims.

Challenging curriculum

High expectations are crucial for a school that adheres to noble norms. Children don’t achieve high standards apart from high expectations. At Providence, we have a rigorous, classical curriculum that sets the academic bar at a high and achievable level. When students work hard in an environment that is structured, challenging, and filled with support and encouragement, they can thrive and achieve at high levels. With coursework rich is math, science, and the liberal arts, students develop into readers and thinkers about all areas of life. Our small student-teacher ratio ensures that teachers are able to work with each student, learning to see them as individuals created in the image of God.

Learn more about classical education

Academic calendar

Meet the staff and faculty of Providence

Christ-centered

There is hardly a more religious activity that we as parents are involved in than the education of our children. We have conformed everything about Providence to the Word of God—the school’s existence, the philosophy of teaching, and the selection of our curriculum. As Abraham Kupyer famously said, “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is sovereign over all, does not cry: Mine!” Jesus Christ is the Lord of our hearts and He’s the Lord of everything: poetry, mathematics, history, economics, politics, chemistry, athletics and literature.

All subjects are taught from a biblical worldview with Christ at the center of all learning. We select and develop curriculum to teach children how to think, speak, write, and live in such a persuasive way as to out-think this present culture in whatever discipline he or she might later pursue and to be able to do so self-consciously as Christians.

How Providence students perform

While we don’t build our curriculum with a view to higher SAT scores, we are confident that will be the case. As they graduate, Providence seniors regularly score in the top 20% of SAT scores nationwide—higher than other nearby schools—and more than 22% of students are recognized as National Merit scholars, semifinalists, or scholars.

Current School Year Profile

SAT Scores

Critical Reading Math Writing Mean Washington State (Mean)* United States (Mean)*
2007 627 617 590 1834
2008 670 608 636 1914
2009 585 558 613 1756
2010 637 517 560 1714
2011 644 649 627 1920 1519 1497
2012 564 600 613 1777
2013 605 622 622 1849
2014 654 537 601 1792
2015 644 641 629 1915
2016 624 609 612 1845

*According to CollegeBoard.com

National Merit scholars

Since 2005, the average graduating class includes 8 students, but they have shown outstanding National Merit achievements.

  • 2 National Merit Scholars
  • 4 National Merit Finalists
  • 12 Commended Students

Colleges and Universities

Graduates have been accepted to the following universities and colleges:

Azusa Pacific University, CA
Biola University, CA
Bob Jones University, SC
Calvin College, MI
Cedarville University, OH
Colorado Christian, CO
Colorado School of the Mines, CO
Corban University, OR
Culinary Institute of NY, NY
Digipen, WA
Eastern Washington University, WA
Embry-Riddle, AZ
George Fox, OR
Grand Canyon University, AZ
Grove City College, PA
Hillsdale College, MI
Masters College, CA
Mount Olive College, NC
Multnomah University, OR
New Saint Andrews, ID
Oregon State University, OR
Texas Christian University, TX
Trinity Lutheran College, WA
Trinity Western University, BC
University of Montana, MT
University of Arizona, AZ
University of Idaho, ID
University of Oregon, OR
University of Washington, WA
University of Washington-Bothell,WA
US Air Force Academy, CO
Washington St. University, WA
Western Washington, WA
Westmont College, CA
Wheaton College, IL
Whitworth College, WA