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What We’re Aiming for

HCA’s entire educational program is strategically driven by a set of well-defined student outcomes which we believe fulfill our mission in accordance with our beliefs and educational philosophy. The development of these outcomes was completed in 2012 as part of our accreditation with ACSI. As a best practice for schools, our student outcomes provide helpful guidance for both policy and programming as well as clear criteria to help us remain effective and on mission. They are divided into four rough categories: Academics, Fine Arts, Sports and Physical Wellness, and Spiritual, Social and Emotional Maturity.

Academics

The purpose of the Bible Department is to reveal God, His sovereignty, and His deep love for mankind. Students will be challenged to embrace and apply the gospel of Jesus Christ for salvation and a life of daily obedience and power, growing in grace and giving all glory and honor to God. Accordingly, Heritage Christian Academy students will…

Content:

  • Grasp the overall narrative of Scripture (both Old and New Testaments) and understand it as a cohesive story of God’s redemptive plan of salvation culminating in the life, death, resurrection, and return of Jesus Christ.
  • Learn why the Bible is textually and historically reliable and infallible.
  • Know the essential doctrines of Protestant Reformed Theology, as understood by the Westminster Confession of Faith.
  • Understand the importance of worldview analysis and apologetics (both evidential and presuppositional).
  • Be familiar with today’s most common objections to Christianity and know a variety of possible biblical responses.
  • Understand the biblical Christian worldview perspective(s) in a variety of fields (theology, philosophy, ethics, science, etc.), and how it differs from other worldviews.
  • Earn (1) credit of Bible for each year enrolled in HCA high school.

Skills:

  • Study and interpret the Bible with sound hermeneutic principles (2 Timothy 2:15).
  • Articulate and defend the essential doctrines of the Christian faith, and explain the differing Christian views on nonessential doctrines.
  • Recount the prominent stories within Scripture and explain how they fit into God’s sovereign plan of salvation and the prophecy of Jesus the Messiah (Luke 24:27).
  • “Always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks” them for a reason for the hope that is within them, “yet do it with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15).
  • Discern worldview assumptions within various forms of media and, when necessary, “destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God” (2 Corinthians 10:5).

Behaviors:

  • Practice the spiritual discipline of loving God with all their mind by studying the Bible passionately and rigorously.
  • Apply the truth of the Christian worldview to their everyday lives by making wise biblical choices.
  • Use their God-given knowledge and gifts to glorify God by being agents of redemptive change within a culture that is often hostile to Christian beliefs and aims.
  • Critically filter the films, books, music, and art they consume through the lens of an evangelical Christian worldview.
  • Recognize, filter, and counteract the cultural, social, and spiritual impact of media and technology in daily life.

The purpose of the Communication Arts Department is to cultivate among students an appreciation of literature and the ability to evaluate literary quality in light of Scripture. In addition, Communication Arts studies provide students with the tools to communicate the written and spoken language clearly and concisely. Accordingly, Heritage Christian Academy students will…

Content:

  • Acquire a sufficient speaking vocabulary to articulate a broad range of thoughtful ideas in a variety of social and cultural topics.
  • Understand empathy, cultural context, social convention, and courtesy across a range of social and business interactions.
  • Determine the most appropriate form of media for communicating a particular type of information.
  • Develop and critique individual and group speaking presentations.
  • Earn a minimum of 1/2 credit of Communication in high school in addition to four years of English classes.

Skills:

  • Effectively contribute to structured conversations across the disciplines.
  • Express ideas with precision and clarity by applying knowledge of organization, development, and style appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • Choose appropriate modes of communication based on purpose and audience.
  • Evaluate information derived from research sources in various modes and integrate it into presentations appropriately.
  • Use reasoning, rhetoric, and evidence accurately and effectively in presentation of ideas.
  • Use a variety of media to enhance the effectiveness of presentations.

Behaviors:

  • Speak competently and confidently in front of large audiences.
  • Demonstrate competence and confidence in both planned and extemporaneous speaking situations.
  • Practice courtesy, respect, and empathy while speaking.
  • Practice restraint in communication when uncertain of any or all information.
  • Strive to avoid exaggeration, misinformation, or the spread of misinformation.

God has designed the human mind to be a unity of both analytical and intuitive thinking processes. The analytical is often associated with logical and critical thinking. While the intuitive is associated with nonlinear, creative thinking. HCA students will be challenged with learning activities and opportunities across the curriculum that cultivate both forms of thought, and show how they are related and integrated in a unified, holistic framework. As a result, Heritage Christian Academy students will…

Content:

  • Understand God as the Creator and source of reason and thought (the Logos).
  • Learn the nine rules of inference and the three laws of thought (Logic).
  • Know the major logical fallacies, both formal and informal.
  • Understand the complementary, interdependent relationship between reason and faith.
  • Understand God as the Creator and source of all beauty and aesthetic standards.
  • Learn the art and science of creative design, proportion, and composition.

Skills:

  • Be able to “destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God” (2 Corinthians 10:5).
  • Construct a persuasive argument that is based on sound reasoning and evidence.
  • Locate, evaluate, and select appropriate evidence to support or discredit an argument.
  • Devise and defend a logical hypothesis to explain observed phenomena.
  • Be able to apply learned knowledge and skills to new and varied situations.
  • Develop comparative and critical knowledge of works of art in various media, including connecting that knowledge to philosophy and history.

Behaviors:

  • Recognize their own learning style and make necessary adjustments to improve their ability to receive, process, and synthesize information.
  • Compare, contrast, and apply biblical principles and concepts in a diversity of fields.
  • Demonstrate creative problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrate skills in an artistic field (music, photography, painting, sculpture, graphic design, architecture, drama, etc.).
  • Show an appreciation for all things true, beautiful, and good.

The purpose of the Foreign Language Department is to lead students to an appreciation of cultural distinctives which glorify God by reflecting the creative capacities of people made in His image. Foreign language students will do so by learning the language skills of such cultures and seeking to integrate their personal faith with their study of language and culture. Specifically, Heritage Christian Academy students will…

Content:

  • Appreciate God’s creativity through the lens of another culture and language.
  • Discern what God is doing currently in foreign countries and what current opportunities exist for advancing God’s mission internationally.
  • Be exposed to worship in a target foreign language.
  • Learn syntax, pronunciation, reading, and writing in target foreign language.
  • Be familiar with culture including geography, music, food and famous historical figures and/or landmarks from target language country (region).
  • Understand how culture, including history and religions, of target language country (region) has impacted past and current global and U.S. culture.
  • Understand how God’s plan of redemption includes all languages, peoples and cultures.
  • Earn a minimum of (2) Foreign Language credits in high school.

Skills:

  • Possess a vocabulary of at least 750 words in the target foreign language.
  • Possess a basic understanding of idioms in the target foreign language.
  • Carry on a conversation including the use of idiom in the target foreign language (e.g., ask for directions, order from a restaurant menu).
  • Read and understand written language including the use of idiom in the target foreign language.
  • Express oneself through writing in target foreign language.
  • Articulate current main concerns and/or issues for country (regions) of target language; including economic, physical and spiritual.
  • Share the gospel message in target foreign language.

Behaviors:

  • Apply foreign language knowledge in a missional setting, either local or international.
  • Compassionately reach out to people from other cultures and languages, including refugees and immigrants.
  • Have confidence in everyday interactions with people from other countries and cultures.
  • Demonstrate intercultural aptitude working in multicultural and multilingual contexts.
  • Respond to God’s calling to “go to all nations” (Matthew 28:19-20) through financial, prayer, and/or physical support (local or international).

The purpose of the Mathematics Department is to help students better understand the person and purposes of the Creator through the study of His creation by imparting the knowledge and skills necessary to model quantitative and spatial situations across disciplines. Furthermore, we strive to build skills in the use of logical reasoning, problem solving and technology, thereby preparing students for their pursuit of a college degree. Specifically, Heritage Christian Academy students will…

Content:

  • Realize that the universe was created with perfect mathematical relationships, while our ability to comprehend them is imperfect.
  • Observe that God has created mankind with the ability to discover and use mathematics in understanding His creation.
  • Understand how to construct viable arguments and critique the validity and reasoning of an argument.
  • Understand mathematical theory, concepts and principles in various branches of mathematics, including numbers and algebra, geometry and trigonometry, statistics and probability, and discrete mathematics.
  • Earn a minimum of (3) credits of Mathematics (Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2) in high school.

Skills:

  • Demonstrate skill in efficiently using mathematical theories and methods in problem solving in preparation for college-level mathematics.
  • Demonstrate the ability to reason abstractly and quantitatively by developing logical, critical and creative thinking skills.
  • Clearly communicate the problem solving process in both written and oral form.
  • Practice the requisite precision in communicating definitions, signs, units of measures, and labels as appropriate.
  • Proficiently use current technology as a tool for calculating, data processing, and problem solving.
  • Collaboratively work with peers to explore patterns and make predictions.
  • Analyze data to make inferences and predictions, and then evaluate the accuracy and significance of results, generalizing when appropriate.

Behaviors:

  • Value the knowledge of mathematics as a gift from God and use it in an honest manner and for noble purposes.
  • Routinely consider the reasonableness of a formulated answer before presenting it as correct.
  • Tenaciously pursue problems in which strategies and solutions are not obvious.
  • Confidently employ mathematical concepts and problem-solving strategies when applicable.
  • Understand the power and beauty of math as it helps explain God’s universe.

The purpose of the Communication Arts Department is to cultivate among students an appreciation of literature and the ability to evaluate literary quality in light of Scripture. In addition, Communication Arts studies provide students with the tools to communicate the written and spoken language clearly and concisely. Accordingly, Heritage Christian Academy students will…

Content:

  • Understand and differentiate among the various genres: fiction, poetry, drama, informational texts, history texts, science/technical texts, and other media sources, both print and electronic.
  • Study world, American and British literature.
  • Understand and explain the major literary eras including authors, representative works and key characteristics.
  • Discern the worldview of a text and evaluate it from a biblical perspective.
  • Determine the theme(s) or central idea(s) of a text.
  • Develop an appreciation for literature as a source of entertainment and/or information.
  • Earn a minimum of (4) credits of English in high school.

Skills:

  • Use close reading strategies to determine the explicit and/or implicit meaning of a text.
  • Analyze the development of theme(s)/central idea(s) within a text noting any supporting ideas and details.
  • Draw inferences from text based on specific textual references.
  • Support conclusions drawn from text with specific textual evidence.
  • Identify key individuals and events within a text and analyze the significance of each to the overall purpose of the text.
  • Analyze the diction of a text assessing how an author’s use of language shapes meaning and tone.
  • Analyze the structure of a text to determine how an author’s choices in crafting sentences and organizing ideas contribute to overall meaning and effectiveness.
  • Identify point of view and evaluate its contribution to the style of a text.
  • Identify and assess an argument and the specific claims of a text.
  • Trace themes or topics across several texts comparing the approach of various authors to the same ideas.
  • Recognize ambiguities within a text.
  • Annotate a text for study and analysis.
  • Recognize the elements and devices of literature including their uses and effects in creating meaning.

Behaviors:

  • Regard reading as a valuable use of leisure time.
  • Choose to read as primary source of information gathering over other types of media.
  • Limit reading of only contemporary literature and choose classic works from various literary eras and disciplines in order to benefit from the rich storehouse of western thought throughout the ages.

The Library & Technology Department exposes students to the fields of Library Research and Applied Technology. This program uses an applied, problem-based approach that emphasizes project-based learning and integration across the HCA curriculum. Accordingly, Heritage Christian Academy students will…

Content:

  • Recognize accurate and comprehensive information as the basis for intelligent decision-making.
  • Identify a variety of potential sources of information.
  • Determine accuracy, relevance, and comprehensiveness of information.
  • Participate in four distinct writing/research projects during their high school career related to English, History, Science and Bible/Theology.
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of appropriate formats for producing and communicating information.
  • Understand how to integrate new information into one’s existing knowledge.
  • Understand how to retrieve and select resource materials that are appropriate and useful to the task, problem or question at hand.
  • Devise strategies for revising, improving, and updating work.
  • Understand the basic principles and tools of visual and mass communication.
  • Know how to gather information from diverse sources, contexts, disciplines and cultures.
  • Earn a minimum of (1) credit through an online course in high school.

Skills:

  • Access information efficiently and effectively.
  • Formulate questions based on information needs.
  • Evaluate information critically and competently.
  • Distinguish between fact, point of view, and opinion.
  • Use information accurately and creatively.
  • Organize information for practical application.
  • Apply information for critical thinking and problem-solving situations.
  • Participate effectively in groups that pursue and generate information.

Behaviors:

  • Use discernment in the selection of information sources and in the evaluation of information presented in those sources.
  • Practice appropriate digital citizenship by discerning the appropriate uses of texting, email, and face-to-face communication.
  • Evaluate information on the basis of biblical truth.
  • Pursue information related to personal interests.
  • Ask the right questions in order to properly filter information.
  • Critically evaluate the perspectives of others and identify bias where applicable.

The purpose of the Science Department is (1) to prepare students to perform at the highest level in post secondary studies in the basic sciences, and (2) to enable them to see how God has revealed himself through the things he has made (Romans 1:20). Through their study of science, students will become more knowledgeable about the works of an all-knowing God, more fully awed by His works, and more responsible in the care, use and appropriation of them. Accordingly, Heritage Christian Academy students will…

Content:

  • Understand God as the Creator, Designer and Sustainer of all contingent things, “in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible” (Colossians 1:16).
  • Have proficient knowledge of the current scientific concepts, methods and assumptions employed in the fields of astronomy, geology, biology, chemistry and physics.
  • Know the major discoveries, theories, developments and current practice in each of the aforementioned scientific fields.
  • Be conversant with the type of reasoning and logic employed in scientific research.
  • Understand the process of theory formation, modeling, prediction, testing and measurement as the rational method(s) used in scientific studies.
  • Know the proper procedures and safety protocol for working in a science lab.
  • Be familiar with the strengths and weaknesses of universal theories of origins such as evolution and Big Bang cosmology.
  • Have a firm grasp of the basics of human health and nutrition.
  • Know the religious beliefs of major scientific figures throughout history and how those beliefs both informed and inspired their research.
  • Understand the deep compatibility of science and the Christian faith.
  • Earn a minimum of (3) credits of Science (including Biology and Chemistry or Physics) in high school.

Skills:

  • Discern and distinguish between different interpretations of data.
  • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of a particular scientific theory in comparison to other competing theories.
  • Design a testable hypothesis and accompanying experiment.
  • Produce a formal lab write-up with hypothesis, processes, data collected, graphs and conclusions.
  • Exercise precise and accurate measurement techniques.
  • Make clear distinctions between theory, fact and speculation.
  • Articulate and defend the compatibility of the Christian faith with scientific facts.

Behaviors:

  • Apply scientific reasoning and methods to analyze data in real-life situations.
  • Practice logically-valid judgment when evaluating the merits of a scientific hypothesis or theory.
  • Exhibit the responsible use of scientific knowledge, tools, equipment and technology.
  • Show proper care and stewardship of the environment and all living things.
  • Make life choices that edify the body, mind and spirit.
  • Develop a curiosity for and love of learning about God’s creation.

The purpose of the Social Studies Department is to equip students to participate competently and redemptively within culture and society through an understanding of the story of humankind, including history, economics, government and geography, in light of God’s providential purposes. In particular, Heritage Christian Academy students will…

Content:

  • Study world history (western emphasis), American history, geography, American government and economics.
  • Recognize human history as unfolding in a linear progression, with a definite beginning and end point, from Creation to Fall to Redemption to Consummation.
  • Understand God’s providence as the underlying principle and animating vehicle of human history.
  • See the birth of Christ as the apex of human history.
  • Understand the continuing relevance of the “cultural mandate” of Genesis 1.
  • Gain a general knowledge of the major eras of western world history and American history.
  • Understand the causes and effects of significant events in western world and American history.
  • Recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to or had a major impact on western world and American history.
  • Gain a broad overview of African and Asian history.
  • Understand the structure of American government and the responsibilities of each branch of government.
  • Recognize and evaluate significant beliefs and ideas of many diverse groups and their impact on individuals, communities, states and nations.
  • Have a general understanding of the geographical layout of the world.
  • Recognize the major land masses and bodies of water in the earth.
  • Recognize the difference between primary and secondary sources.
  • Understand the stewardship principle as the biblical underpinning of economics.
  • Learn the basic principles of economic theory.
  • Gain a general knowledge of various economic structures and their implications.
  • Understand the rudimentary principles of personal finance.
  • Develop an appreciation for the norms and conventions of history as an academic discipline.
  • Discern the interpretive framework used by historians when relating the facts of history.
  • Understand domain-specific words and phrases used in historical study.
  • Develop the capacity to evaluate arguments, synthesize information, and follow detailed descriptions of events and concepts.
  • Understand the major legal issues and structures that affect everyday life in the U.S.
  • Understand the major governing and legal structures and their impact on culture and history.
  • Earn a minimum of (3) credits of social studies in high school.

Skills:

  • Identify the types of evidence used in the communication and study of history.
  • Recognize details and evaluate arguments.
  • Synthesize complex information.
  • Follow detailed descriptions of events and concepts.
  • Gain knowledge from the independent reading of sophisticated, non-fiction texts.
  • Use diagrams and data to gain knowledge, convey information and illustrate concepts.
  • Recognize and evaluate the significant choices of individuals, communities, states and nations that have impacted our lives and futures.
  • Analyze the contexts in which choices are made and draw conclusions about the motivations and goals of the decision-makers.
  • Investigate examples of causes and consequences of particular choices and connect those choices with contemporary issues.
  • Recognize and evaluate the rights and responsibilities of people living in societies and communities.
  • Analyze the context under which these rights and responsibilities are defined and demonstrated.
  • Investigate specific rights and responsibilities of individuals and connect those rights and responsibilities with contemporary issues.
  • Use one’s knowledge of rights and responsibilities to address contemporary human rights issues in light of the Bible.
  • Draw conclusions about these beliefs and ideas analyzing the origins and context under which these competing ideals were reached.
  • Use one’s own understanding of beliefs, ideas and Scripture to demonstrate the error or truth of various belief systems.
  • Use one’s own knowledge of history and explain how God uses people in diverse ways for His glory.

Behaviors:

  • Demonstrate gratitude for where God has placed them in life.
  • Declare God’s goodness for working all history for His glory.
  • Use history as a basis for responsible decision-making to further God’s Kingdom.

The purpose of the Communication Arts Department is to cultivate among students an appreciation of literature and the ability to evaluate literary quality in light of Scripture. In addition, Communication Arts studies provide students with the tools to communicate the written and spoken language clearly and concisely. Accordingly, Heritage Christian Academy students will…

Content:

  • Be acquainted with a variety of writing strategies for creating text in each writing genre including narrative, expository (e.g., explanatory and informative), technical (e.g., business letters, memos, resume, brochures, and email etc.), analytical (e.g., literary analysis and rhetorical analysis), persuasive, and research texts.
  • Participate in four distinct writing/research projects during their high school career related to English, History, Science, and Bible/Theology.
  • Combine elements of different types of writing to produce complex and nuanced text.
  • Use a variety of rhetorical patterns (e.g., cause and effect, definition, comparison and contrast, etc) to develop various texts.
  • Produce quality first-draft text under a tight deadline; revisit and improve writing over multiple drafts.
  • Demonstrate a command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage including capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing or speaking.
  • Understand how language functions in different contexts; make effective choices for meaning or style to maximize comprehension for readers or listeners.
  • Understand and apply various sentence structures to improve fluency and style.
  • Employ knowledge of Greek, Latin, and Anglo-Saxon roots, prefixes and suffixes to understand words and specialized vocabulary in areas such as math, science, and social studies, and build upon an appropriate knowledge of word derivatives.
  • Earn a minimum of (4) credits of English in high school.

Skills:

  • Demonstrate working knowledge of various writing strategies including:
    • Prewriting: plan, generate, and organize ideas appropriate for audience and purpose such as brainstorming, clustering, free writing, questioning, discussion, reading and viewing.
    • Drafting/revising: write successive versions after re-reading, adding and reorganizing information to clarify meaning and achieve goals for one’s audience, using techniques such as self-assessment, reading aloud, considering rubric and audience, returning to prewriting, peer review, and teacher/group/collaborative conferences.
    • Editing: correcting non-standard grammar, sentence structure, sentence variety, usage, spelling, mechanics and format using tools such as technology, checklists, MLA and APA guides, peer feedback, and/or rubric.
    • Publishing: producing a final draft which meets the highest standard/expectation for audience and presentation.
    • Noting when and how to use various modes or rhetorical patterns of writing to achieve a goal and to guide organization through the use of description, narration, cause and effect, definition, example, division and classification, comparison and contrast, and process analysis.
    • Draw upon several patterns of development to support the major point in any given text to achieve a goal of self-expression, entertainment, exposition or persuasion.
    • Demonstrate excellence in the Six Traits of Writing as follows:
    • Create texts with ideas that are clear, complete, and well-developed.
    • Organize texts in a structure that enhances the ideas and makes the text easy to understand, moving the reader through the text.
    • Develop a voice that is individual, compelling, engaging, enthusiastic and suitable for purpose and audience.
    • Use vocabulary that is powerful and engaging.
    • Compose texts with sentences of strong, varied structure to create flow, rhythm and cadence, inviting expressive oral reading.
    • Demonstrate a strong command of the conventions used in standard writing (writing, spelling, capitalization, punctuation, paragraph breaks) to enhance the readability of a text. Grammar usage will be correct and will contribute to clarity and style.
    • Use technology, including the internet, to produce, publish and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology’s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically.
    • Choose appropriate modes of communication based on purpose and audience.

Behaviors:

  • Publish various writing samples in the Heritage Christian Academy Literary Magazine.
  • Generate yearly cross-curricular extensive projects.
  • Write routinely over extended time frames (allowing time for research, reflection and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes and audiences.

Fine Arts

The Fine Arts Department supports visual and performing arts/artists. By using higher-order critical thinking skills, students learn to identify problems, explore original solutions and complete the problem solving process. While pursuing excellence in their craft, students and teachers work together to use their skills to express devotion and praise to God, the Creator, through all artistic endeavors. Accordingly, Heritage Christian Academy students will…

Content:

  • Develop the discipline needed to take a piece of work from conception to a point of display or performance.
  • Identify and understand historical periods and cultures and their influence on the development and practice of the arts throughout the past and present.
  • Realize the adventure of developing and submitting all artistic talents and disciplines to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
  • Participate in at least two semesters of fine arts courses from among the following: Music (Choral, Band, Orchestra); Visual Art (Drawing, Painting, Sculpting, Photography); Drama (Theater/Acting/Speech).
  • Earn a minimum of (1) credit in Fine Arts in high school.

Skills:

  • Demonstrate performance ability in their area of interest (school play, school musical performances, visual arts) either alone or with others.
  • Express and create imaginative works through artistic expression (photography, painting, sculpting, drawing, musical performances).
  • Understand and appreciate expressions of art and describe, analyze and evaluate these expressions.
  • Observe and identify different styles of visual and performing art, both historical and contemporary.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the history and origins of music, theater and art.
  • Apply critical, artistic and biblical analysis to contemporary works of art.
  • Apply creative methods to enhance other areas of learning/core subjects.

Behaviors:

  • Develop an appreciation for the ability/talent that God has given them.
  • Bring glory to God through the use of his/her talent.
  • Choose to view/listen/read uplifting, quality materials and performances and recommend such materials to friends and family.
  • Develop an understanding of how to hone their skill/talent through practice.
  • Analyze and appreciate the gifts and talents of others.

Sports & Physical Wellness

The Athletics program is an extension of the physical education curriculum and has defined educational goals. The highest of these goals is to glorify God by approaching and joyfully practicing/performing all athletic activities from a distinctly Christian set of commitments. In its proper context, athletics offers a unique opportunity for students to learn and mature. Along with fitness and motor proficiency, sports teach citizenship, respect for authority, self-discipline, self-control, the pursuit of excellence, and how to deal with success and failure.

Heritage Christian Academy is designed to enrich the spiritual, social-emotional, physical, and intellectual well-being of all students by providing a competitive environment that develops lifelong habits and values such as sportsmanship, perseverance, integrity, self-discipline, commitment, and teamwork. Therefore, every student is given the opportunity to participate in a high school sports experience, where they are able to develop their potential and perform at their personal best to help the team achieve its goals. Accordingly, Heritage Christian Academy students will…

Spiritual:

  • Honor Christ and the game in our conduct.
  • Represent Christ and our school with pride.
  • Love Christ and our coaches, teammates and opponents at all times.

Social-Emotional:

  • Demonstrate compassion, responsibility and dedication to their team and teammates.
  • Compete with integrity and honor to obtain realistic team goals.
  • Learn to work cooperatively with teammates and coaches.
  • Demonstrate team spirit, loyalty, confidence, self-esteem, and joy.
  • Respect opponents, spectators, officials, coaches and teammates at all times.
  • Understand that character and sportsmanship are more important than winning.

Physical:

  • Practice the qualities of discipline, perseverance, attention to detail, and structure associated with the development of measurable athletic skills.
  • Learn how to maintain a healthy lifestyle commensurate with competitive athletics.
  • Work to stay in strong physical shape.

Intellectual:

  • Use a strong work ethic and disciplined judgement to support the goals of the team.
  • Value team accomplishments above personal achievements.
    • Understand and appreciate the opportunities for holistic personal growth that athletics offer.

The purpose of the Physical Education & Health Department is to teach students the skills necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle through fitness, leisure, and competitive athletic activities. Particular emphasis is placed on cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility and body composition. Students also learn to practice Christian stewardship and social interaction while participating in various physical activities both in and out of school. Accordingly, Heritage Christian Academy students will:

Content:

  • Acquire and practice the skills necessary to perform a variety of sports and fitness activities.
  • Learn the skill sets and rules to a variety of team sports (e.g., football, volleyball, basketball, soccer, etc.)
  • Understand movement concepts, principles, strategies and tactics in physical activities.
  • Gain a working knowledge of various recreational and competitive activities as they relate to one’s overall health.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the health-related fitness components.
  • Comprehend concepts related to personal health, mental health, emotional health, nutrition, injury prevention, safety, and the prevention and control of disease.
  • Know how to access valid health information and to interpret and apply the information to one’s own health.
  • Earn a minimum of (1) credit of Physical Education in high school.

Skills:

  • Demonstrate and apply mature motor skills during individual and team activities.
  • Assess, interpret and apply the health-related fitness components to their personal physical fitness status.
  • Analyze how behavior can impact health maintenance and disease prevention.
  • Analyze how their family, peers, community and church influence the health of individuals.
  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate health information and services for validity, reliability and effectiveness.
  • Identify and practice strategies to manage stress.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use goal-setting and decision-making skills to enhance health.

Behaviors:

  • Value physical activity and its contributions to a healthy lifestyle.
  • Participate regularly in physical activity.
  • Take an active role in developing and maintaining appropriate personal fitness.
  • Exhibit appropriate, biblically-based personal and social behavior in physical activity settings.
  • Pursue God-honoring choices related to the health and well-being of self and others.

Spiritual, Social and Emotional Maturity

HCA seeks to develop Christ-like behavior in the lives of all students. The study of the Bible, fellowship with teachers and students, prayer, chapel, and involvement in a local church are actively promoted to provide opportunities for the Holy Spirit to mold the heart and mind of each student after the person and pattern of Christ. Accordingly, Heritage Christian Academy students will, with God’s help, exhibit growth in the following aspects of Christian character, or virtue:

Committment to Christ

  • Grows in love for God and in knowledge of and obedience to His will (Mark 12:30–31)
  • Maintains a prayerful and worshipful spirit (Ephesians 6:18; Romans 12:1)
  • Is active in ministry through service, evangelization, and defense of the faith (Matthew 28:18–20)
  • Understands and embraces his/her identity in Christ (Gal 2:20)

Respect towards All People

  • Respects all cultures and ethnic backgrounds (Acts 10:34–35)
  • Is kind and loving to all people, including those who hold different opinions or make different choices (Gal 6:10, Romans 15:1–2)

Social Competence & Courtesy

  • Speaks clearly with appropriate eye contact to all people (Titus 2:7–8, Col. 4:6)
  • Knows and practices good manners and respectful communication skills (Romans 12:18; 13:7)
  • Demonstrates appropriate balance between humility and confidence (Phil 2:3–4)

Responsiveness to Authority

  • Is willing to listen to and heed godly counsel (Proverbs 12:15; 19:20)
  • Accepts adult instruction (Romans 13:1–2)

Trustworthiness and Honesty

  • Is truthful, upright and fair, acting without trickery or deceit (Ephesians 4:25; Colossians 3:9–10)

Optimism & Encouragement

  • Expresses hope for the future (Hebrews 10:25; 1 Thessalonians 5:11)
  • Is joyful (Phil 4:4)
  • Demonstrates contentment (Phil 4:11–13)

Responsibility

  • Takes responsibility for one’s own choices and actions (Romans 14:12)
  • Takes risks for Christ (Acts 17:6)

Diligence & Perseverance

  • Persistently and consistently pursues tasks to their end (2 Corinthians 8:6)
  • Works hard in the face of adversity (Hebrews 12:7; Romans 5:3–4)
  • Uses gifts and resources to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31; Exodus 31:1–5)
  • Exhibits an appetite for learning (Proverbs 5:5–6, Psalm 1:1–3)

Thoughtfulness & Discernment

  • Knows basic ethical implications of biblical teaching (Psalm 19:7–11)
  • Lifestyle reflects judgements or choices based on Biblical wisdom (2 Timothy 3:16–17)
  • Controls the tongue (Psalm 34:13)
  • Shows purity in thoughts, actions, and relationships (1 Corinthians 6:19–20)

Compassion toward Others

  • Demonstrates true, Christ-like compassion for other people (Matt. 9:36)

Spiritual Fruitfulness

  • Growing in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22–23)

Heritage Christian Academy students will develop appropriate God-honoring skills and behaviors related to interpersonal relationships, social responsibility, evangelism and discipleship. These will be cultivated through participation in a number of outreach projects and initiatives within the school and in the local community and beyond.

Projects & Initiatives:

  • Mentoring program – upperclassmen mentor a middle school student or underclassman, encouraging them in their Christian faith and serving as dialogue partners on topics of social concern and other areas of interest to the mentee students.
  • Upper school students assist with opportunities and needs identified at the elementary school, serving as role models for younger students.
  • Participation in a variety of Leadership 101 activities.
  • Participation in student-led local outreach programs facilitated by teachers, parents and other community adults.
  • Serving Mission Southside, a local community outreach focusing on meeting the physical and spiritual needs of underprivileged elementary age students and their families.
  • Participating in the senior class mission trip.
  • Participate in Global Orphan projects that provide assistance to families in Haiti.

Likewise, Heritage Christian Academy students will…

Skills:

  • Work effectively as a leader and/or participant in group settings.
  • Apply biblical principles for conflict resolution.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and respect of, and Christ-like compassion for, all people, especially those of differing race, gender, religion, socioeconomic background, age, moral values, linguistic background or physical abilities.
  • Develop an ability to work with all above mentioned groups, in both a domestic and international setting.

Behaviors:

  • Confidently identify needs and facilitate programs that will engage the school community to assist in project implementation.
  • Compassionately reach out to people from other cultures and languages, both domestically and internationally, as opportunities are available.
  • Have confidence in everyday interactions with people from other countries and cultures.
  • Demonstrate aptitude for working in multicultural and multilingual contexts.
  • Participate actively and consistently in a local church community.

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