In 1952, Arlin and Beka Horton came to Pensacola to start a Christian school. After two years of preparation, the school opened, and God blessed their labors beyond their dreams. The goal of Pensacola Christian Academy remains unchanged: to give each student an excellent education and a truly Christian foundation.

  • 1954

    Arlin and Beka Horton started Christian Grade School in a new 3-classroom building at 1000 W. Avery Street with 35 students (K–2).

  • 1957

    Three 66-passenger school buses were purchased.

  • 1959

    Hot lunches served for $.30/day.

  • 1960

    Steady growth required several additions to the Avery Street building.

  • 1963

    Grades 10–12 were added after purchasing a school building on the north side of town on St. John Street.

  • 1965

    A new elementary building (24 classrooms) was constructed near the high school. Total enrollment that year reached 1,300 students. Several classrooms were later added.

  • 1967

    First science fair

  • 1967

    First graduation (4 graduates)

  • 1969

    A major renovation of the high school building added a new entrance, library, locker rooms, and additional classrooms.

  • 1972

    A separate building (25 classrooms) was constructed on Fuhrman Drive to accommodate the growing kindergarten program.

  • 1972

    First senior trip to Washington, D.C.

  • 1974

    Pensacola Christian earns accreditation status through the Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (FACCS).

  • 1990

    First computer Lab

  • 1994

    Name changed to Pensacola Christian Academy.  PCA’s facility was completed, allowing all grade levels (K–12) to move into one location.  Enrollment 2,265.

  • 2002

    Baseball field constructed on Airport Blvd.

  • 2012

    Students begin using iPads in class.

  • 2013

    Modern rubberized track replaces former asphalt track.

  • 2014

    PCA integrates digital textbooks.

  • 2014

    New outdoor basketball court facility with adjustable goals accommodates students of all ages.

  • 2017

    PCA completes a new playground for kindergarten and lower elementary students.

  • 2017

    Students enjoy a fleet of 10 new air-conditioned buses.