Heritage Christian Academy

Heritage Christian Academy (HCA) is an independent, community, Christian School serving Kindergarten through 12th grade.
The mission of HCA is to assist Christian parents in their responsibility to equip students for life through academics and service to Christ.
The school, founded in 1974, is fully accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and is a member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).
HCA offers academics, athletics and arts all with a Christian worldview.
AP US history, AP Biology and AP Calculus are offered. Dual enrollment is available for English 101 and 102.

Quick Stats (2021)

  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Students: 220 students
  • Acceptance rate: 90%
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Year Founded
1974

Student Body

Total Students
220 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
25%
State avg.: 25%
Students by Grade
Heritage Christian Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
24 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
9:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
50%
Average Class Size
15 students
Number of AP Courses
3 courses
Advanced Courses
AP Biology, AP Calculus, US History
Average ACT score
24
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
(jeans, khakis, collared shirts)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Tuition Notes
Please visit www.hcachristian.org Admissions Page for 2017-2018 application packet for tuition & fee schedule
Acceptance Rate
90%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Beth Buyck
Admissions Associate
Kelly Hill

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
11 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Chapel Committee, National Honor Society, Prom Committee, Student Ambassadors, Student Council, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Concert Band, Concert Choir, Theatre

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Youth Basketball, Youth Cross Country

School Notes

  • Heritage Christian Academy (HCA) is an independent, community, Christian School serving grades K4 through 12.   The school provides a strong academic program with a Christian worldview.   The mission of HCA is to assist parents in their responsibility to equip students for life through academics and service to Christ.   The school, founded in 1974, is fully accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and is a member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).  AP US history, AP Biology and AP Calculus are offered. Dual enrollment is available for English 101 and 102.
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (5 reviews)
5  
Our daughter loves going to school at HCA. It has never been a fight to get her in the car in their morning. She has attended SMCS - now known as HCA - for 8 years. Her teachers are encouragers and knowledgeable. This is the school you invest in for your kid. I cannot stress it enough - this school is worth every penny of tuition - and more. The graduates they turn out are ready for an abundant spiritual life, college demands, and successful family.
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5  
We love our Heritage Christian Academy school! Our son started when he was beginning Kindergarten and he is now in 5th grade. The teachers are amazing and the leadership is full of integrity. They are all very good at communicating everything all the time to the parents so we always know what is going on. We have every intention of letting our son attend HCA until he graduates 12th grade. We ask him every year if he wants to go back and every year he says definitely YES!! We are praying for you and your family to find this school family as we have. It will change your lives forever!! God bless you all who are looking into Christian education. It is life-changing.
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5  
In an area of big schools - this small school is well worth a look. Our kids have been at SMCS for 5 years & it's a blessing to know our kids friends AND their parents. We enjoy a diverse community of Christians in a setting other than church. Academics are strong, with nurturing teachers that love on kids in the lower grades and mentor the older students. The principal appears to have made diffiicult decisions recently in a committment to raising academic standards with a focus on quality hiring decisions in math & science. The theatre and band productions are immensly enjoyable when you know the performers. In athletics, SMCS provides opportunities for kids to play multiple sports while at the same time having the flexibility to be a part of other activities. Numerous student-athletes in surrounding shools work tirelessly year-round from their middle school days through high school in hopes of making one sports team at the super-sized schools. Unfortunately, a lot of those kids burn out or loose their passion for the game just as they peak at a cost of never exploring the arts. The well-rounded multi-sport student athlete of 20 years ago is back at SMCS!
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5  
We move our kids from another good Christian school to Shades Mountain Christian a few years ago and have been very thankful we did. The academic experience and Biblical foundation have been just as good but the kids have thrived socially in the smaller class environment and with the more diverse population of students.
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5  
High expectations of students and teachers who know their content and encourage students academically and spiritually are the qualities we have experienced since our children started there 2 years ago. Small class sizes are also a huge deal!
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Quick Stats (2021)

  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Students: 220 students
  • Acceptance rate: 90%
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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