Hickory Christian Academy exists to support Christian families in preparing their children to reach their maximum academic potential while equipping them to love the Lord, walk in His ways, and obey His commands according to Scripture.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked NC School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Students: 485 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $5,600
  • Acceptance rate: 75%
  • Average class size: 16 students
  • Application Deadline: May. 31 / Oct. 1

Top Rankings

Hickory Christian Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in North Carolina for:

Category
Attribute
Sports offered

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded
1995

Student Body

Total Students
485 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
5%
State avg.: 21%
Students by Grade
Hickory Christian Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
41 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
12:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
20%
Average Class Size
16 students
Number of AP Courses
3 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
Additional AP Courses through Florida Virtual School, AP Calculus, AP English Language, AP English Literature
Average SAT score
1167
Average ACT score
27
Classroom Dress Code
Formal
(Land)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
May. 31 / Oct. 1
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Variable tuition rates for individual grades.
% on Financial Aid
15%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$2,800
Acceptance Rate
75%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Angela Hunter
Admissions Associate
Connie Peeler

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
5 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Art Club, Beta Club, Student Council

Club or Organization:
Chess Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Praise Band

School Notes

  • PHILOSOPHY ON EDUCATION AND CURRICULUM Our primary means by which we will accomplish our mission of "Equipping children today to become God's leaders tomorrow" is the Classical Christian methodology as defined by Dorothy Sayers in her essay, "The Lost Tools of Learning," and expounded upon in Doug Wilson's book, Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning. In addition, we intend to use the teaching methodology listed in The Seven Laws of Teaching, by John Milton Gregory. Simultaneously, we will accomplish our Mission Statement by combining rigorous academics with Godly standards of conduct and compassion. This can primarily be accomplished through dedicated Christian parents who entrust the education of their children to teachers who are devoted to prayer, and passionate about instilling Christ-centered knowledge into the next generation. In Sayer's essay, she states, "Is it not the great defect of our education today that although we often succeed in teaching our pupils "subjects," we fail lamentably on the whole in teaching them how to think They learn everything, except the art of learning.  " Learning is far more than memorizing facts. A true education should include the people (real or literary); not just their names and birth dates, but their ideas, passions, emotions, accomplishments, and shortcomings. It should involve constructive arguments and debates, with an opportunity to express one's opinions in light of the facts. Science class should be a hands-on experience of the incredible universe in which God has placed us, while math should involve critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are increasingly absent in today's educational world of teaching the test. Education is a gift from our Creator that He expects us to use in our quest to know Him, and His plan for humanity, more intimately. Learning should be seen as a privilege, but far too often, school is nothing short of drudgery for the average student. Many times, this can be explained through the fact that we do not understand the needs of those we teach. In Gregory's book, he says, "It is as needful that the teacher shall clearly understand the child as it is that the child shall understand the teacher.  " God has placed in each child an innate desire to learn. But that child's nature usually rejects education that is contrary to his human makeup. Gregory adds, "The mind cannot refuse to heed that which appeals with power to the senses. Whatever is novel and curious, beautiful, grand, or sublime in mass or motion; whatever is brilliant, strange, or charming in color or combination - the eye fastens and feeds upon these, and the mind comes at its bidding to enjoy and protract the feast."

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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked NC School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Students: 485 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $5,600
  • Acceptance rate: 75%
  • Average class size: 16 students
  • Application Deadline: May. 31 / Oct. 1

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The average private school tuition in Catawba County, NC is $5,780 for elementary schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Catawba County, NC is 84% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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