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Heritage Christian Academy is committed to providing a high standard of academic excellence for its students, while developing Christ-like character in them. To achieve this, we utilize a superior curriculum and maintain a community of outstanding teachers with a strong commitment to Jesus Christ, His word, and His church.

Curriculum

As followers of Christ, we believe that it is only through God’s word that we understand our true identity as God’s people and how God relates to His people over the centuries. Our Bible curriculum—Walking With God and His People by Christian Schools International—immerses students in the Story of Scripture, helping students know the Story (head), believe His promise (heart), and live in faith and obedience (hands). Sound theology from a Reformed evangelical perspective, taught with educational best practices including Scripture memorization, provide a structured foundation of biblical knowledge. Beginning in first grade, we also utilize Young Peacemakers to teach biblical principles of conflict resolution, forgiveness, and other Christian character qualities.

God has given humankind His word in written form that we may read it and come to know Him. He also gave us the ability to formulate, convey, receive and comprehend ideas. In whatever mode language is used, it is a primary means of communication and thus foundational for all areas of learning.

  • To teach Reading, a receptive form of language, we utilize a phonics-based curriculum, providing students a logical way of learning to read. Scholars begin with reading anthologies and add novels to expand their study of literature.
  • Grammar and Writing are both expressive modes of language. Grammar is the set of principles by which language functions; by analyzing language, the student is better equipped to understand what he reads and writes. Writing is the art by which ideas are conveyed in written language and emphasizes accuracy and clarity of meaning.
  • A component of Writing is Spelling, the way we combine letters to write new words.
  • Handwriting is a skill that also must be developed for clear written communication.

Mathematics practically integrates God’s orderliness and beauty with everyday life. Just as the Bible says, “precept upon precept, line upon line,” (Isaiah 28:10), students must build concept upon concept in math. The sequential mastery of mathematical concepts is the primary objective of our math curriculum. 

Saxon Math emphasizes manipulatives and mental math with a multi-sensory approach that enables students to develop a solid foundation in math language and concepts. Incremental development and continual review are essential to this program, which builds knowledge from unit to unit, and from year to year.

In Science, teachers have numerous opportunities to highlight the order and design of God’s world. Our focus is familiarizing students with the language and basic facts of science. Each grade level offers a life science, a physical science and an earth science. We use Delta Science Modules because its hands-on approach engages students and lays the foundation for an interest in the sciences.

The nature of God is apparent in the rules and systems by which He orders and governs His creation. The study of the divinely-ordered “social systems,” which we call Social Studies, reveal a God of order and justice. Social Studies education focuses initially on social relationships and family and expands to community, then national and international relationships. As students mature, the aspects of geographic features, cultural distinctives, citizenship, law, political functions and economic principles are added.

Current Events are examined in World Kids, a monthly, age-appropriate student magazine produced by the publishers of World Magazine, which presents news from a Christian perspective.

Scope & Sequence

 K12345
BibleWalking with God & His PeopleWalking with God & His PeopleWalking with God & His PeopleWalking with God & His PeopleWalking with God & His PeopleWalking with God & His People
Language ArtsSaxon/SPIRE Sounds Sensible Reading - EPS
Sadlier Phonics
Saxon Reading
w/ Writing & Spelling components, BJU Precursive Handwriting
Saxon Reading;
A Beka Spelling; Four Square Writing;
Shurley Grammar w/ Writing component; BJU Precursive Handwriting
Open Court Reading - SRA/McGraw-Hill; A Beka Spelling; Shurley Grammar; Four Square Writing;
BJU Cursive Handwriting;
Novels: Homer Price, The Magician’s Nephew
BJU Reading Anthology; BJU Cursive Handwriting; A Beka Spelling; Shurley Grammar; Four Square Writing;
Novels: 21 Balloons, The Beloved Dearly, Dangerous Journey, The Family Under the Bridge, Trumpet of the Swan
BJU Reading Anthology; A Beka Spelling w/ Handwriting component;
Shurley Grammar; Four Square Writing;
Novels: Ben and Me, Sign of the Beaver
MathSaxon Math KSaxon Math 1Saxon Math 2Saxon Math 3Saxon Math 4/5Saxon Math 5/6
ScienceDelta Science Modules:
Sunshine & Shadows
Delta Science Modules: Properties, Finding the Moon, Butterflies and MothsDelta Science Modules: Using Your Senses, Weather Watching, Force and Motion, States of MatterDelta Science Modules: Plant & Animal Life
Cycles, Sound, Earth Movements
Delta Science Modules: Electrical Circuits, Food Chains & Webs, The Solar System, Water Cycles
Delta Science Modules: Pollution/Oceans, Rocks & Minerals, Simple Machines
Social StudiesNew Friends and New
Places
(Nystrom);
World Kids magazine
World Kids magazineLiving in Communities (Silver-Burdette-Ginn); World Kids magazineComparing Communities (Silver-Burdette-Ginn);
World Kids magazine
Comparing Regions (Silver-Burdette-Ginn); World Kids magazineThe United States (Silver-Burdette-Ginn); World Kids magazine

Kindergarten

HCA offers an all-day kindergarten program. The subjects which receive the greatest attention are Bible, reading and math. Other subjects include social studies, science, art, music, physical education (P.E.) and library/computer. Your Kindergartener will also have the opportunity to participate in weekly Chapel services with the rest of the student body (one of the highlights of our week, without a doubt).

  • Students must be 5 years old by August 30th to enroll in Kindergarten. Children with May, June, July or August birth dates will be administered a Kindergarten readiness test by one of our experienced Kindergarten teachers to ensure they are at the appropriate level to succeed in our program.

Enrichment Specials

Art, Spanish, Music and Physical Education are offered weekly along with Computer/Library time. Our computer objectives are aligned with national computer skills standards. Grades 4–5 each have an additional Choir period weekly.

Spiritual Formation

In addition to our Bible curriculum, we offer weekly chapel services conducted by Redeemer church pastoral staff. Young Peacemakers is studied in grades 1–5.

Standardized Testing

  • Ongoing DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Learning Skills) reading assessments are done in grades K–3.
  • TerraNova 3 tests are administered regularly to grades 3–5 and scored through ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International).

Co-Curricular Opportunities

Band is offered starting in 5th grade.

Student/Teacher Ratio:

The average class at HCA varies, depending on the grade level. Kindergarten classes of more than 15 students will have an aide. Grades 1–3 are between 15–20 students per class. Grades 4–5 are capped at 22 students.

Grading Scale

A B C D F
100–90
89–80
79–70
69–60
59–0

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