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Campus Life

Academics

Students have the opportunity to explore and develop their talents in academics, arts and athletics. Students are admitted on the basis of a completed application, minimum GPA requirements, discipline standards, and an interview with school leadership. You can see more detailed information about our academic requirements by visiting our Admissions page.

Early Education Program

The HCA Early Education Program provides an opportunity for foundational development in a Christ-centered environment during their early childhood years. Children will engage in whole group, small groups, and individualized learning opportunities. We desire to engage the students’ development physically, spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and socially.

Early childhood development is crucial; therefore, we intentionally give opportunity for children to grow in these areas. Children will engage in learning centers and whole group instruction which include math, language, handwriting, social studies, and science. Children also enhance creativity through art and hands on activities, outdoor play, and music class. Students participate in daily Biblical activities. We also provide enrichment activities throughout the year.

Elementary

The elementary school consists of grades K5–5th grades.  Elementary grades use various curricula with a focus on math, history, science, language and Bible.  All elementary students participate in enrichment activities such as art, music, technology, weekly Chapel and physical education, STEAM activities, and Spanish.


Middle School

The middle school consists of 6th - 8th grades.  The core curriculum consists of Christian Studies, English, math, science, and social studies. Electives include Spanish, visual art, band, choir, theatre, and home economics as well as other electives.

High School

The core curriculum consists of Christian Studies, English, math, science, and social studies.  Electives include Spanish, art, band, choir, theatre, home economics, technology,  leadership, film studies, forensics, yearbook, robotics, as well as other electives. Honors courses are available in English, Science, History, and Math. Instruction on a college level (Advanced Placement) is available for students in History and Biology.

Dual Enrollment is offered in English and Math. Two diploma plans are available: College Preparatory Diploma (25 required credits with a minimum 2.5 GPA) and College Preparatory with Honors Diploma (26 required credits, including four honors courses and one AP or Dual Enrollment course, with a minimum 3.5 GPA).


Athletics

Heritage Christian Academy is a member of the Alabama Independent School Association (AISA). We currently offer team sports at the Varsity and Junior High levels for Boys/Girls Cross Country, Girls Volleyball, Boys/Girls Basketball, Boys/Girls Cheer, Boys Baseball, Girls Softball, Boys/Girls Track & Field, and Boys/Girls Golf. Our program has had proven success over the years with appearances in state play-offs and championships. Several of our graduates have signed athletic scholarships to play sports at the collegiate level. These accolades are a testament to hard work, dedication and a desire to succeed.

Student athletes will benefit from the development of physical fitness, leadership, teamwork, self-discipline and integrity.  HCA Athletics believe the athletic program exists to glorify God and that the program’s success should be measured on the character and conduct of the student athletes, coaches and fans.  Our first concern is the heart of the student athlete. For information regarding our Athletic Program, visit the Athletics Page or contact Dave Scherbarth at 205-978-6019 or davescherbarth@hcachristian.org.


Spiritual Life

Heritage Christian Academy is foremost a decidedly Christian School where the spiritual development of students is central to all we do. Beginning with a faculty and staff committed to the spiritual mentoring of students, HCA offers several opportunities for students to grow in their Christian faith. Examples Include:

Weekly Chapel and Student-led Small Groups

Student-led Worship Team

Annual Retreat in the fall and Spiritual Emphasis week in the spring

Impact leaders to oversee spiritual life

Service Projects

Upper to Lower School Mentoring