Heritage Christian Academy is an evangelical Christian, college preparatory school in southern Johnson County, Kansas for preschool to 12th grade students, and a ministry of Redeemer Presbyterian Church. Our identity is defined by a particular set of beliefs which in turn govern our goals, priorities, educational scope and approach. The following is a brief overview of who we are.
The mission of Heritage Christian Academy is to glorify God by serving Christian parents and their children while providing a high quality, Christ-centered educational program marked by academic excellence and the development of a biblical worldview and strong Christian character.
Each word and phrase in this statement has significance worth considering:
Our ultimate ambition is to glorify God, our creator, Lord and Savior. Everything we do will come forth from this desire and be measured by this standard (1 Cor. 10:31).
We desire to support Christian parents in the discipleship, or training, of their children in the knowledge and love of God. We don’t aim to usurp parents’ responsibility to instill beliefs, morals and attitudes in their children. Nor are we able to solve every behavioral problem or meet every need. What we are able to do effectively is strongly reinforce biblically faithful beliefs and qualities that are taught and modeled at home and in church.
Out of our desire to glorify God and support Christian parents in the discipleship of their children, we are committed to providing an educational program of the highest quality in every respect. As image-bearers of our Heavenly Father, we honor Him by giving Him our best and diligently pursuing growth in all our God-given capacities. And we are committed to developing these capacities in each student to their fullest potential—for His glory and the good of His world.
This educational program is thoroughly Christ-centered. The Bible says that, “by [Christ] all things were created; things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him . . . that in everything He might be preeminent” (Colossians 1:16, 18). It is our firm desire that Christ be preeminent in all we do and teach at our school. The Bible also teaches that, as the one and only Son of God, salvation is available only through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. All aspects of the educational experience at HCA are intentionally designed to strengthen the relationships of our students to Christ and His mission.
Although we aim for excellence in every aspect of the educational experience, our commitment to high academic standards is worth noting in particular. Graduates of HCA consistently report that the education they received at HCA prepared them well for academic and vocational success as well as faithful witness in the midst of contexts where biblical faithfulness is strongly tested. To prepare students accordingly requires the kind of challenging academic program we provide.
Faithful disciples (worshipers and followers) of Jesus Christ understand and approach the world as Christ does, and this is learned from the study of Scripture through disciplines including systematic, biblical, and applied theology. A biblical perspective is integrated into every subject taught and every aspect of school life.
While most schools aim to teach character to some extent, we aim to cultivate character that reflects the whole mind and heart of Jesus Christ. Christian character not only finds its moral grounding in the Bible, but finds its transformative power in the work of the Holy Spirit on the consciences of those who embrace by faith Jesus as Lord and Savior. Only by pointing students consistently to Christ can their character be formed by Christ.
When all is said and done, our dream is to see the world profoundly impacted by the gospel of Jesus Christ through generations of Heritage graduates. In partnership with Christian families and churches, we are trusting the Lord to raise up thousands of students who have found life in Jesus and been equipped to discern and follow His call wherever He leads them.
Because a school’s name is a primary representation of its identity, much thought and prayer went into the selection process. The founders of Heritage Christian Academy identified several characteristics that they wanted emphasized through its name: