Welcome to Parkway
Christian Academy!

Do we focus on academics or discipleship? The answer is a resounding YES! We believe that academics and faith are inextricably tied together. They are not separate or mutually exclusive objectives. Parkway students receive training in both. It is all part of our commitment to offer an excellent education with a biblical worldview.

The biggest influences in shaping a worldview are the home, the church, the school, and culture. We believe this generation of students is at risk like never before. It can be extremely difficult to hold a worldview as truth when society at large sees it as false. Our children are growing up in a culture that is increasingly hostile to anything Christian.

Our role at Parkway is to walk alongside and support both the family and the church in seeking spiritual transformation for our students. Knowledge and application of truth takes practical reinforcement and consistent training and support.

We believe that focusing on Christ and teaching with a biblical worldview sets us apart and makes our school distinctive. We teach that all truth comes from God and that Jesus is truth. We believe that this truth manifests itself in the pursuit of knowledge and wisdom (education) and morality and ethics (life principles). We do not just integrate a biblical worldview into Bible classes or chapel. We strive to integrate it into everything that we do. All learning leads to God, reveals His nature and offers opportunities for us to respond to Him.

Academic excellence and discipleship is what defines Parkway Christian Academy. Please contact our admissions office to learn more about how Parkway could be a great fit for your student and your family.

Parkway Christian Academy has been used of God to train thousands of boys and girls in the Lakeland area for over 40 years. Parkway Christian Academy began as Temple Christian School in 1974 under the leadership of Dr. Cham McMillen. The name Temple Christian School was changed to Highlands Christian Academy under the leadership of Pastor John Richardson. In 2018, Pastor Peter Grant officially changed the name of Highlands Christian Academy to Parkway Christian Academy.

Throughout the years, Parkway graduates have distinguished themselves throughout the community. PCA is seeking accreditation with NACSAA (North America Christian School Accrediting Agency) and is currently seeking membership with SSACS (Sunshine State Association of Christian Schools) and AACS (American Association of Christian Schools). Parkway is primarily college preparatory in its academic emphasis.

The ultimate goal of Parkway Christian Academy is to educate boys and girls from a biblical worldview while pursuing academic excellence for the glory of God. We aim to develop Christian boys and girls into mature disciples of Jesus; capable of and dedicated to accomplishing His will for their lives. We believe that includes an assurance of their personal salvation by faith, maintaining academic excellence, and learning to live a disciplined life of conviction and responsibility. We desire to work with parents in bringing their children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Parkway Christian Academy seeks to educate boys and girls from a biblical worldview with the Bible at the center of all we that we teach. We believe that the needs of the total person can only be met by synchronizing our philosophy with that of the Bible. Our vision is to provide an outstanding spiritual and academic environment where, working with families, students will be prepared to fulfill God’s purpose for their lives.

  1. To ensure that each student has a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
  2. To teach the Bible as God’s inspired Word and to develop toward it attitudes of love and respect.
  3. To develop a desire to know and obey the will of God.
  4. To encourage the student’s love for Christ.
  5. To develop the mind of Christ in each student and to teach students how to overcome sin.
  6. To teach students the importance of examining everything in the light of God’s Word.
  7. To encourage the development of self – discipline and responsibility.
  8. To encourage students to develop good interpersonal relationships with faculty, other students, and members of their own families.
  9. To give our students a solid, academic foundation in the fundamentals of learning.
  10. To develop an appreciation for the fine arts and to use their talents and abilities in Christian service.
  11. To promote proper physical and social development with the participation in physical education classes, an athletic program of their choice, and a wide variety of social events offered through the year.
  12. To instill a knowledge of and appreciation for the cultural heritage of each student and the cultural heritage of others.
  1. We believe in the plenary, verbal inspiration of the Old and New Testament Scriptures in the original autographs and that these writings are inerrant and supreme and final in all matters of doctrine and life.
  2. We believe in one God eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe in Jesus Christ’s deity and humanity, His conception by the Holy Spirit, His virgin birth, His bodily resurrection, and His personal, visible return with power and great glory.
  3. We believe that man being created by a direct act of God was a righteous, free, moral being; that he sinned and thereby incurred the penalty of physical and spiritual death not only for himself, but also for the entire human race, with the result that we are all sinful by nature.
  4. We believe that Jesus Christ, by His substitutionary death on the cross, made salvation possible for all who will receive Him as their only Savior; that these, who are regenerated by the Holy Spirit, will never perish; and that it is utterly impossible for anyone to be saved except by Jesus Christ.
  5. We believe that the universal, invisible church is composed of all believers; that the local, visible church is a congregation of baptized believers in a particular locality associated for worship, fellowship, service, and the observance of the ordinances; that this local church is independent and the only authority over it is that of Christ and the Word of God.
  6. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate, sexual activity be engaged in, outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, incest, adultery, and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex. We believe that God disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter one’s gender by surgery or appearance. We believe that the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one man and one woman.

Our Leadership

Rachel Guiel joins the family of Parkway Christian Academy in her 20th year of educational experience. She holds a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Bob Jones University and is currently pursuing a master’s of science degree in educational leadership.

Rachel has served on the leadership team of Christian schools in Atlanta, Georgia and Jacksonville, Florida. She taught English and freshman nursing fundamentals in a medical university in Shanghai, China. She taught remedial math and science classes to foreign exchange students in Saipan. She has had a wide variety of experiences in Christian education including teaching middle and upper high school science classes, teaching high school Spanish, coaching volleyball, basketball, and softball, serving as fine arts director and serving as supervisor of student behavior.

Rachel and her husband Scott are so thankful to have had the opportunity to travel to more than 25 countries and provinces around the world serving as short term missionaries and on short term mission trips. They and their two daughters are excited to be a part of Parkway Ministries.


Rachel Guiel


Amy Lewis

Kindergarten Supervisor

VPK, K4, K5

Xochitl Abbott

Academic Supervisor

7th – 12th Grades


Sharon Page

 Lead Teacher


Vicki Boyette



Amy Lewis



Jessica Piazza


1st Grade

Sara Giles


2nd Grade

Arielle Pagod


3rd Grade

Elisa Killough

4th Grade Teacher

Handwriting, History, Spelling

Linda Lewis

5th Grade Teacher

English, Science

Shelbie Effler

6th Grade Teacher

Athletic Director, Math, P.E.

Karen Shumaker


7th Grade Learning Center

Robert Shumaker


Literature, 8th Grade Learning Center

Sherree Ebersole


8th Grade Learning Center

Xochitl Abbott


9th Grade Learning Center

Menette Siasoyco


Math, 10th-12th Grade Learning Center

Dawn Robinson


Art, Elementary Spanish, Library, STEM

Gabriella Yat


Beginning Band, Chorus, Music


Michael Battle

Financial Administrator

Janey Edwards

Administrative Assistant & Photographer

Natalie Grant

 School Nurse

Sandy Mize

Cafeteria Manager

Ricky Pagod


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