Private Christian Middle and High School
HCA has grades 6th-8th in our middle school and 9th-12th in our high school.
Academics- HCA offers a wide variety of academics to help encourage students to enjoy learning and find practical applications to content learned in school. We follow state of Florida guidelines for required middle and high school courses for promotion and credits. Students complete community service hours so they can qualify for Bright Futures Scholarships and to learn to be mission minded.
Our class sizes are below class size amendments for Florida schools. Middle school classes are 1:14 teacher to student ratio. High school classes are average 1:12 teacher to student ratio.
HCA is accredited through the League of Christian Schools and Cognia. Students in high school have the opportunity to take the SAT at school during the fall or spring semester. Academic advisory helps students select career or college paths as students lead towards graduation.
Our HCA mathematics program is superior to most schools. Students can take middle school courses through trigonometry and statistics/probability on campus. Students are given the opportunity to take math at the level at which they succeed, moving to higher math as needed.
Our HCA science program in secondary is above and beyond! Using innovative programs for Engineering in high school and hands on project based learning in middle school, students can see the real life application of science. Students in high school also take traditional science classes such as biology, conceptual physics, and chemistry.
Technology is integrated into all classes. Chromebooks and iPads are available for use in any subject. Students use the Google Suite to communicate with teachers, turn in assignments, and research as needed.
Elective Classes- HCA is constantly adding in a variety of electives for students. Middle school students participate in a rotation of electives including agriculture, Spanish, PE, STEM, and art. Middle school students also complete one year of Spanish each year and may take Spanish 1 in 8th grade for high school credit. High school students can also request an independent study course to pursue an area of interest.
Brain Breaks- HCA believes students need a little down time each day to get a snack, talk to their friends, and decompress. Each day students are given a 10-15 minute break to do just that. It is scheduled into the morning schedule by grade level. This helps the students have a time of rejuvenation before tackling the remainder of the day.
Honor Roll and Pride of the Pride- Students that earn a 3.0 GPA or above earn academic awards each semester. Those students that earn a 4.0 GPA and have Excellent citizenship earn the Pride of the Pride award. An Awards Night is held at the end of the school year to recognize all those that earn academic, character, and class leader awards.
Field Trips, Clubs and Academic Enrichment- Various activities are scheduled throughout the school year to enhance the content taught in the classroom. Field trips to distant locations like St. Augustine, STEM field trips for indoor skydiving, and cultural field trips like to the Orlando Repertory Theater are included in the curriculum. Fun day activities are also scheduled like 12 Hours and off campus trips that are not academic. Once a month, students get to participate in a club of their choice for club day. Students have a variety to choose from to add another enriching experience.
College Visits- Students in 9-12th grade visit 1-2 colleges per year. College recruiters also visit campus to give students an opportunity to learn about Christian, private, and public colleges and universities. HCA partners with Southeastern University for dual enrollment. Each year, dual enrollment students get to visit SEU in Lakeland for College for a Day. Find more college resources here.
House System- Every student at HCA is assigned to a house- Braveheart (blue) or Lionheart (green)- upon acceptance. The HCA House system awards points for positive behaviors and great academics. Students can also earn points for participating in Spirit Days, mission projects, and other school wide activities. Families can access their child's house points through a special app so they can see the positive behaviors the student has at school.
Senior Privileges- Seniors get added benefits at HCA:
Lunch off campus
Senior Skip Days