At Highlands Christian Academy, we believe God has uniquely gifted each child with individual skills, abilities, and interests. That’s why we desire to educate the total person—mind, body, and spirit—with a broad-spectrum education.
Our educational philosophy is based on the view that all truth is God’s truth, and the Bible is the inspired, infallible, authoritative Word of God that contains this truth.
HCA strongly believes Christian education starts with the family. A child’s foremost need is to have a saving relationship with Jesus Christ, and the family “classroom” has an incomparable influence on children. That’s why HCA is dedicated to assisting parents and caretakers in the biblical training and Christian education of their children. We desire to closely collaborate with parents in every phase of their students’ spiritual formation and mental development.
At Highlands, teachers incorporate and communicate scriptural truths not just during designated Bible classes but into all areas of the curriculum—including the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical aspects.
Intellectual—We believe that loving God begins with the process of knowing Him through the unique human gift of intellect. Our minds lead us to a heart relationship with our Savior and Creator as our minds are transformed by the Word of God. Since God has revealed Himself to us not only in His Word but also in creation, a focused study of our world reveals to us His glory, His power, and other aspects of His righteous character. At HCA, students diligently study God’s creation and pursue high academic standards as a means of equipping themselves to become credible, effective Christian leaders in every sphere of influence for which God has called them.
Social—God has created us to live in community settings and to function as salt and light in our world. Therefore, HCA provides students with opportunities for appropriate interaction with their peers, with faculty and staff, as well as interaction in our community. We emphasize relationships that are characterized by respect, compassion, truthfulness, forgiveness, and purity.
Emotional—HCA strives to provide an atmosphere that is genuine, safe, and uplifting. We believe that emotions are a gift from God, and that part of a student’s education is learning to handle his or her emotions properly—in ways that are pleasing to Jesus. Our students are encouraged to positively express their creativity and emotions through the Arts as well as in their everyday interactions with others. As educators and role models, we believe it is our job to pour courage into children so they can be and do all God has for them.
Physical—Because the Bible says we are fearfully and wonderfully made, HCA believes physical education is important for each student. Physical education includes participating in athletics, learning about health and nutrition, and receiving age-appropriate instruction about purity. Our goal is to ensure each student learns good stewardship of his or her body.