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Welcome to Highlands Christian Academy, a K3 through 12th grade school where we’ve been preparing the next generation for success for more than 50 years.

Highlands may be the place for your family, and we’d love to show you around our school! This simple checklist (numbered 1-7 on left) will help you through the admissions process which begins with a tour of our 27-acre campus and comes to completion with your student’s new enrollment at Highlands.

While you work through the admissions process, be sure to browse our website for all the exciting things an education at Highlands offers you and your family. Please contact the Director of Admissions at 954-421-1747 x1026 for more information about your child’s future at Highlands.


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3. Family Interview

Family Interview
Prior to an enrollment decision being made, all students entering K5 through 12th grade, accompanied by a parent, will be scheduled for an interview with the appropriate grade-level principal. The principal is given the opportunity to meet the new family and become familiar with the needs and interests of the student. This meeting also allows the student and the parent to learn additional information about school life at Highlands.


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4. Financial Meeting

Financial Meeting

In the meeting with our financial office, a review of all financial responsibilities will be communicated to the family. The parent/guardian responsible for the financial liability must be present and in agreement. All decisions are final and review or revision of any financial aid or assistance would have to take place the following academic school year.

Step Up for Students Scholarship
In 2001, the Florida Legislature created the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship (income-based scholarship) to assure that low-income children have learning options. Under the law, the scholarships are based on financial need, not on how well your child does in school.

Step UPStudents learn in different ways and parents need to find the best school for each child. Step Up For Students exists to help low-income families enjoy other options such as a private school. The scholarship helps cover private school tuition and fees.

For information, go to the Step Up for Students website or call the Main School Office at 954-421-1747.

FAST (Financial Aid for School Tuition)
Financial aid for Highlands is open from March 15 through October 1.  If you try to apply after October 1 for that school year or before March 15 for the following school year, the application will not be available on the FAST website.

Highlands offers a financial assistance program to families through FAST. Assistance is offered to families who are going through temporary setbacks, such as loss of job, severe illness, or injury. Our financial aid program is meant to be used one or two years during the student’s educational stay.

Students must first be registered and accepted into Highlands in order to be evaluated for financial aid assistance.

Families interested in financial aid must go to the home page of our website (bottom half of page) and click the blue button “Financial Aid Application.” Please fill out the form thoroughly and submit it online. Once you have completed the application, you will be required to mail a copy of your tax return for the previous year to FAST.

FAST will then offer a suggested amount for aid, and Highlands will contact you as to the percentage of aid your family will be given. Financial aid applies to the upcoming year’s tuition and daycare only, and does not apply to any fees, such as registration, consolidated, class fees, previous tuition or charges, etc.

Families must apply for financial aid each year. Highlands takes into consideration many factors when evaluating for financial aid including financial need/ability, expenses, family background, academic and behavioral standing of student(s), previous financial aid granted, payment history, grade level/capacity, number of families applying for aid, and discount money available.

Pastors Discount
This program is for pastors, who according to I Timothy 3:2, are head of household, work as senior or youth pastor, derive 90 percent of their income from the church, and are ordained by the governing body of the church. Proof required with tax returns and a letter from church affiliation or association. An application must be submitted through FAST. (More information available in the main school office.)

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5. Acceptance/Enrollment

Acceptance/Enrollment

A letter of acceptance from the Registrar’s Office will be sent to all students who meet the requirements for admissions into Highlands Christian Academy.

Please note that all new students at HCA are placed on academic probation for the first grading period.  If any exceptions or conditions apply to a student’s admission, they will be outlined in writing and must be agreed upon prior to the student’s first day of school.

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