Heritage Christian Academy (HCA) is an independent, community, Christian School serving K3 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, seven varsity athletics programs, and both visual & performing arts all with a Christian worldview.
AP US History, AP Biology, and AP Calculus are offered. Dual enrollment is available in Math and English through Jefferson State Community College.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Students: 159 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $7,250
  • Acceptance rate: 90%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

School Overview

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

Student Body

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

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
22 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
12 students
Number of AP Courses
3 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
AP Biology, AP Calculus, US History
Average ACT score
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Please visit https://www.hcachristian.org/admissions/#tuition for 2021-22 tuition & fee schedule & to apply
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Beth Buyck
Admissions Associate
Kelly Hill



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
11 extracurriculars
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 is an independent, community, Christian school serving Kindergarten -12th grade. Heritage Christian Academy also has an Early Education Program for ages 3-5. Established in 1974, originally as Shades Mountain Christian School, Heritage Christian Academy has a rich heritage in Christian education and a foundation in partnering with parents in a vital ministry: the spiritual, academic, and social development of children. HCA offers a unique spirit of family and community while featuring more than 40 years of Christian education with an inter-denominational school representing students and faculty from over 100 local churches and small average class sizes (12:1). We have a devoted faculty whose lives reflect a personal relationship with Christ and work tirelessly to provide a nurturing environment for students to grow in their God given talents.The school's name "Heritage Christian Academy" is reflective of our rich heritage in Christian education and our commitment to Christ through excellence in the classroom and beyond.  We are fully accredited by AdvancEd (formerly Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) and a member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). The school is located just off Exit 1 on Interstate 459, less than a mile from Bent Brook Golf Course. We encourage you to visit us and experience this special place for yourself! 
Profile last updated: 06/18/2021

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (5 reviews)
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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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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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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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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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 (2021-22)

  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Students: 159 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $7,250
  • Acceptance rate: 90%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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