The preschool at Highlands Christian Academy (HCA) prepares young students for elementary school and beyond. Our preschool program capitalizes on a time when children’s brains are rapidly developing by laying a foundation of academic knowledge and biblical instruction.
Experienced Christian teachers help children integrate socially so they learn the rules and structures of a classroom, all the while giving each student individualized attention and nurture.
We believe it is critical to instill courage into young children so they will have the confidence to be and do all that God has planned for them. We want preschoolers to not only feel comfortable in a school setting, but also to develop a life-long love for learning so they can achieve their God-given dreams and goals.
HCA’s Preschool consists of two levels:
Our Pre-K3 classes are for children who are three years old on or before September 1. Our three-year-olds learn alphabet letters and sounds through songs, poems, and hands-on activities. Numbers 1-10 are taught by rote counting and by recognition. The children learn social skills and receive age-appropriate classroom instruction. Bible lessons are incorporated throughout the morning, and a weekly chapel service provides a fun time for learning about Jesus Christ. PreK-3 classes are held Monday through Friday, 8–11:45 a.m.
HCA participates in Florida’s Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) program for four-year-old children. VPK is a legislatively mandated, tuition-free program designed to prepare every four-year-old in Florida for kindergarten—and build a foundation for his or her educational success.
Any child who is four years old on or before September 1 is eligible to participate in VPK. Classes are held Monday through Friday, 8–11:15 a.m.
The curriculum includes phonics, numbers, Bible, writing, social studies, social skills, character development, and language development.
By the end of the school year, 85 percent of VPK students will be able to read short and long vowel words, recite 24 Bible verses, and recognize and count numbers 1-20 aloud. The students also participate in a chapel service each week and other special events throughout the year.