Our Mission

Christian Academy of America is an accredited, distance learning private school.  CAA is dedicated to helping families that desire to educate their children with an individualized, K-12, Bible-based, Christian program that maintains the Christian worldview and prepares them for 21st century challenges
to impact their local community.

Our Vision

The vision of Christian Academy of America is for each student to:

  • Understand that they are known and loved by God and that God has provided the means of redemption through the atoning death of His Son, Jesus
  • Grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • Embrace the Christian worldview which will equip them to make life-decisions that will honor their God, family, and community.
  • Make positive contributions in their communities by exhibiting Christ-like love to others, regardless of their differences, and to work with others to accomplish common goals, to demonstrate responsible citizenship, and to contribute time and talents to serve the community.
  • Exhibit the academic competency necessary to function independently and collectively in society.
  • Use self-reflection to set and pursue personal goals and relate the subject matter to their lives and seek opportunities for learning outside the required curriculum.
  • Pursue academic excellence as lifelong learners.
  • Demonstrate skills in accessing, processing, and evaluating information and its sources in order to effectively implement problem-solving strategies.
  • Communicate effectively in both speaking and writing.
  • Demonstrate integrity, responsibility, and respect for themselves and others.
  • Apply effective learning strategies as they progress by setting and achieving personal goals.

Our Staff

Jonathan Pulaski

Mr. Pulaski currently serves as the Administrator of CAA. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and has been involved in many aspects of Christian Education for 31 years. His experience includes teaching in the classroom, school consultation and evaluation as well as administration . He also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Private Schools . He actively serves in his local church as deacon, Sunday school teacher, song leader and choir director. His desire is to serve others and help them succeed. 

Karen Pulaski

Mrs. Pulaski currently serves as the Principal of CAA. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and has over 20 years of elementary and middle school classroom experience. She and Mr. Pulaski have been married for 31 years, have four children and four grandchildren. She actively serves in her church as a Jr. church leader and sings in the choir. 

Brittany Bearden

Brittany joined CAA in 2018 as an Administrative Assistant. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix as well as a Certificate in Project Management. She is a wife and mother of three young children who enjoys spending time with her family, interior design and furniture refinishing in her free time. She actively serves in her church as an Awana leader, sings in the choir and special music. 

Josh Pulaski

Josh serves as our Online Academic Coordinator and Technical Support. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media and Technology. Recently married to Beth Newsome who formerly worked for CAA and they now have a baby boy, named Joshua Jr.  Josh serves in the audio and video departments at church, and enjoys spending time with his family and being outdoors.

Victoria Morrison

Victoria is one of CAA’s Online Educational Consultants. She has an Administrative Assistant Certificate from Penn Foster Career School, and has also earned her English Teaching certification from International TEFL and TESOL Training. She was born in China, where her family served as missionaries, and lived there until she was 18. She is fluent in Chinese and enjoys playing several instruments, singing, reading, and running.

Allison Parker

Allison is CAA’s Guidance Counselor. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a minor in education. She student taught for one year in early childhood education for K4 at Pensacola Christian Academy. Allison is engaged and plans on being married in the fall of 2019. She enjoys traveling and music, and is actively involved in her church through the music ministry. 

MaryAnne Abel

MaryAnne is CAA’s Receptionist and Online Educational Consultant, and has been working in the education field for 10 years. She moved to Texas in August 2018 and started working with CAA in December. MaryAnne loves photography and has been pursuing that for 14 years. She enjoys being involved in the ministries at her church that include Jr church worker, choir and nursery, to name a few. She loves people and is always willing to help where needed.

Our Founders

Founders of Christian Academy of America, Dave and Pauline Adams began working in the field of education over 40 years ago. After teaching and administrating in several Christian schools, Dave became involved in providing quality curriculum to families choosing to home school. In 1983, Dave and Pauline founded Christian Academy of America (originally North Texas Academy) with the goal of making available an affordable, academically sound and parent-friendly distance learning school to families.

Philosophy of Education

It is the belief of Christian Academy of America that the responsibility of education comes directly from God to the parents and home (Deut. 6:4-10). The Academy exists in purpose to assist Christian parents with their responsibility to educate their children according to the teachings of Scripture that each student might exhibit Christlikeness and recognize their responsibility to grow in maturity, in obedience to God, and in service to others.

  Christian Academy of America believes in the utilization of modern educational materials and technologies in order to provide educational opportunities and experiences that are now available to every Christian family.

THE NATURE AND ROLE OF THE STUDENT

  Christian Academy supports the Biblical teaching that each person is a unique creation in the image of God and that each person is a spiritual, physical, and social being. Therefore, the Academy places an emphasis on training the complete person. Due to man’s fallen nature, discipline is needed to train the will and to build character, behavior and good habits in each student. C.A.A. strives to impact each student by appealing to those special talents and abilities with which each is gifted. By virtue of these differences, the Christian home should teach individual students where they are academically, emotionally, and spiritually gifted. Therefore, the Academy seeks to individualize the coursework with the idea of taking the students from where they are to where they need to be. This individualized process will provide each student with appropriate learning tasks, time frames, and standards for content mastery.

THE ROLE OF THE PARENT

 The parent holds the primary responsibility for the education of the child. Once enrolled, the parent has agreed to partner with the Academy to accomplish the task of educating the student. The Academy staff supporting the parent creates a very powerful combination. Daily parental involvement as the primary educator is essential to ensure the student’s success. “Primary” in this context means “first in line”. As the primary educator, the parent’s role is to establish the proper student work area and to supervise the student during their daily activities, while making sure that all procedures as set forth in the Handbook and Instructions are being carefully followed. The parent is further tasked with assisting the student when an impasse in the coursework is reached and monitoring the progress of the student throughout the school year. The Academy Handbook gives the parent the detailed instructions for the monitoring of student progress and the Academy staff is available to assist the parent at any time during regular school hours. The Academy has established the Tutors-on-Call program to assist parents when an impasse is reached in the coursework.

  Christian Academy of America does not encourage or condone parents to leave their children alone in the home. In most states this is not legal until the child is of a certain age. It is very tempting for a parent to leave students, particularly older students, to work independently at home and/or on the computer. C.A.A. highly discourages parents from such practices. Most students lack the maturity to manage their time wisely without adult supervision and many struggle with mastering new concepts and skills if left alone to learn by themselves. Parent involvement is absolutely essential for the success of this program.

THE ROLE OF THE ACADEMY STAFF

  The Academy staff is supporting the parents in their God-given responsibility to be the primary educators of their children.

  The staff further supports the parent by assisting in the determination of the student’s current skill level and placement of curriculum assignments to take the student to the next level in their education.

  By requesting and obtaining the student’s academic records from the previous school and exercising their education knowledge, the Academy staff can set forth a course of study for the student’s academic success.

  The Academy provides the parent with a Christian, self-instructional, individualized, curriculum to assist them in the education of the student.

  The Handbook and Instructions is provided to parents by the Academy.

  The Academy staff continues to support the parent by providing quality technical, academic, and administrative assistance on a daily basis.

  The Academy staff reviews and reports student progress, while maintaining the student’s academic records. Transcripts of the student’s academic work are available to the parent upon request.

  Upon successful completion of the graduation requirements, the Academy issues a High School diploma.

THE ROLE OF THE CURRICULUM

The curriculums used by Christian Academy of America were developed within the framework of the vision and mission of Christian Academy of America and aligns well with the Academy’s purpose and mission. The curriculum designers are experienced classroom teachers and experts who utilized the personalized, individualized mode for program delivery. The materials are designed to meet the academic needs of most K -12 grade students.

The original design for the curriculum was research-based, and that design incorporated a number of key features, which the research continues to validate. For example, the design includes both a formative and summative assessment system, the use of individualized learning goals, and a diagnostic- prescriptive instructional approach within a mastery-learning framework.

Both the workbook and the online curriculum materials provide a very structured learning sequence with a set standard of performance. Each subject’s content (scope and sequence) and performance (mastery level) can be thought of as the student’s learning base. The learning base provides an instructional base from which a highly individualized and personalized educational program may be delivered, while providing criteria for mastery competence level. This structured program guides and directs learning by using standards and by placing a benchmark for mastery learning performance levels within which students may experience and practice with independence. Thus, students are guided and directed through the learning process and at the same time are allowed to exercise freedom and learn responsibility. They learn to make proper choices and decisions, to set goals, and to accomplish them independently. They also exercise self- discipline as they work within standards and limitations of behavior.