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Spring Hill Christian Academy

Private | PK-12 | 308 students

We are best known for Christ-centered education.

 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $89,200. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,000.

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
Based on 9 ratings

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Posted April 10, 2014

Spring Hill Christian Academy is a great school! The faculty and staff care about the kids educational and spiritual growth. My son is in 5th grade and has been here since kindergarten. His SAT test scores (like FCAT) rank him well above his grade level. The sports program is awesome. This school has so much to offer. I am so glad to be a part of the SHCA family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2014

I have taught in public schools and in a private schools. Spring Hill Christian Academy is one of the best! I am very blessed to work in a place that feels like working with family. Our principal and staff are concerned, not only for the students education, but their physical and spiritual welfare as well. Mr. Willis strives to bring in training and technology to help equip the teachers do the very best for the students. Where else can you see a principal helping in car line who know the names of the families and which child belongs to them?
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 10, 2014

I have found that the teachers are supportive of each other and their students and families. It is great to see parents and teachers who are so involved.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 10, 2014

I have had my daughter at Spring Hill Christian Academy since she was 3 years old, ( this is her 6th year there). Each year her teachers have been a tremendous Blessing to her. They have been and continue to be an instrumental part of her academic and spiritual growth. I also have worked at the Academy for the past 3 years (with a college degree), and I have never seen a more professional, well educated, and 4committed staff then here. The principal is devoted to the students and their famlies. He is very supportive to the staff and provides ongoing training and advancing classroom technology to equip teachers with the best tools for their classrooms. This school provides an enviroment where students grow spiritually and are challenged academically. If you are looking for a school for your child/children make the time to come and visit this school, you will see why its been voted best private school in Hernando county for the last 2 years.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 10, 2014

I have two daughters at SHCA. My oldest has been at the school for 6 years & my youngest is on her 3rd year. One of my daughters has dyslexia & a language processing disorder. So reading & spelling has always been hard for her. After seeing my desperation when she started falling behind, the school looked for options for her & students like her. They brought in Speech Therapists trained in dyslexia, educated all their teachers on learning disabilities, & recently hosted a dyslexia seminar for local teachers. She has improved so much! I haven t had a teacher at SHCA who hasn t work with her one-on-one & also kept in constant contact. My youngest excels at reading & is even in advanced reading. They really do have the curriculum for all types of students. Parents are such a big part of the school and are welcome to be involved in so many ways. There are also so many activities for the children to participate in. The teachers have a degree & are well educated. I must truly thank this school, its caring teachers and staff, & amazing principal for allowing my shy little one to blossom & also showing my oldest that she is smart & so talented. I owe them more then they know.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2014

Spring Hill Christian Academy is an amazing place to send your children and to work! In answer to the negative post about the middle and high school faculty, this has apparently come from someone who was and still is very disgruntled. This is sad because so many of the statements simply are not true. Teachers have degrees in their field of study, the principal has a background in education, and the curriculum is chosen to provide quality learning with a Christian world view. That is what a CHRISTIAN school does. Incendiary comments such as "cultish" and "fundamentalist" have no place in this discourse. Parents who want to know more about SHCA are welcome to come by and tour the school. The principal will be happy to meet with anyone.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 9, 2014

Certainly no school is perfect in every instance, but I have thoroughly enjoyed my time teaching at this school. The principal has demonstrated time and time again that he is committed to the success of both teachers and students, as well as to the task of performing the duties of principal in the most prepared, even-handed way possible. Our middle and high school textbooks are, indeed, mostly from BJU Press; regardless of your view on the University itself, these books are some of the finest, most up-to-date textbooks available that are written from the Christian worldview that SHCA strives to cultivate in our students. Those FEW areas in which the textbooks may fall short are easily supplemented by the skills and knowledge of the teaching faculty. As a faculty member, formally trained in both teaching and in my subject area, I can say with absolute assurance that I have great confidence in the competence of my fellow teachers in ANY of the grade levels. I would recommend this school, without any equivocation, to those parents and students who desire a school that seeks to encourage academic excellence and spiritual growth in a conservative environment.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 9, 2014

SHCA is a fantastic school to send any children. As a parent of two I spent my time looking for a safe environment I could send my children to. I also looked for the best education that could be offered. SHCA offered both with a bonus: it offered a Christian world view filled with love. After reading some of the negative posts I feel sad that someone will carry so much hatred in their hearts. I am also a teacher here and I have to say that in the years I have been teaching I have had the most support from the Principal. I have the most respect for him! In regards to the under qualified teachers, what qualifies a person to teach? A degree? Rest assure I know many teachers that have obtain a degree and are far from being qualified teachers. Our staff is over qualified by having both, the degree and the heart for education. Our handbook says: SHCA Desires to minister to the needs of the WHOLE child to promote his or her SPIRITUAL and MORAL growth, ACADEMIC and INTELLECTUAL progress and PHYSICAL and SOCIAL development. I work here and send my kids here. I know firsthand how SHCA runs and I couldn t be more proud of it.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 9, 2014

As a parent of a forth grader, I can say I am extremely happy with how this school has handled my child. They go above and beyond for my child's education. My child loves attending SHCA and gets a lot of support from his teacher as well as all the other teachers he comes in contact with. They show the love of Christ to him everyday. We are truly blessed to be a part of this school. I highly recommend this school to any family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2014

I thank God for a safe and loving Christian environment in which my child was encouraged to grow academically, spiritually and socially into a healthy, intelligent young woman due to the nurture, love and mercy she was shown the 13 years she attended SHCA. She was challenged to read, research and think outside of her own world and became exposed to the myriad of academic disciplines that are part of the wonderful SHCA curriculum. My experience as a parent was an excellent one as I saw situations handled with love, mercy and respect. The principal, Mike Willis, was always available to hear any input I had as a parent. I do not believe that I could have made a better choice in schools. Communication with teachers was always available those 13 years. The Academy assisted me as a parent when needs and concerns arose with future college decisions. Mr. Willis has a passion for our youth and academia. He is one of the finest Christian leaders I have met. My daughter is now finishing her first year of college pursuing a career in teaching. She says she wants to be a teacher as a result of the teachers at SHCA. Thank you Mike Willis and SHCA teachers and staff for a wonderful 13 years!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2014

Spring Hill Christian Academy is a great family atmosphere where learning takes place. Smaller class sizes allow for more individual attention for students. Love the spirit within the staff. Great choice for your family!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 9, 2014

Spring Hill Christian Academy is the premier private academy in Hernando County. Following the Biblical mandate for education, the teacher-parent team partner together in both the academic and character development of the student. A variety of sports opportunities are available at both the elementary and high school levels. SHCA is also very competitive in music and the arts. We are a twenty-first century school - totally plugged into the technology of the day. It is geographically desirable, and still stays true to its original mission of providing an affordable Christian education close to home. I think it's a great place to raise a child. I did!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 7, 2014

As far as sending your ELEMENTARY kids here, I say go for it. But when it comes to anything past 6th grade, the teachers are under qualified, most do not have teaching degrees. The principal does not support the teachers at all and the turnover rate is alarmingly high. The elementary and preschool programs are great, but after middle school, give your kids a solid education and DO NOT SEND THEM HERE! Most of the good teachers were fired or left on their own terms. The principal doesn't have a background in education. He was hired bc he was a charismatic deacon in the church. As far as their curriculum goes, the preschool uses A Beka Books and phonics. It's a fantastic program for little ones just starting to read. In high school, they use Bob Jones curriculum (a cultish fundamentalist school that the principal graduated from). Most of the subject matter is slanted to portray a worldview designed to alienate "Christians" from reality. I worked here and sent my kids here. I know first hand how the place is run. Other than the great preschool program, I can't say too many good things unfortunately.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 13, 2013

The teachers and administration at this school are amazing! Our daughter works very hard to do well in school, but she receives constant encouragement and help from her teachers. The principal takes time to meet with any parent and truly cares about each child. We are thankful to be at this school. I would highly recommend SHCA for your child's Christian education!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 27, 2012

This school is only for the 'normal' child. I have 2 children in this school. One that excels easily and one that struggles. Neither child's needs are met and after several attempts to get help from the teacher's and principal we are leaving the school. There are some amazing teachers here also some horrible ones but the structure doesn't allow for the good teachers to help your children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2012

The teachers are excellent. The administration is wonderful. All of the staff are very accessible and deal with problems promptly. Bullying is not tolerated. The sports program is very well run and have excellent records. They even have private lessons in a variety of instruments offered as part of the school day and after school on premises.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2011

We love the school! Students are given many oppotunities and challenges that are not available in other schools. My child enjoys his classes and the sport programs. The students treat one another like a family! I have been very pleased with my son's academic progress, as well as his spiritual development and social life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2011

I am overwhelmed by the kindness and love bestowed upon my 4 1/2 year old daughter by the teachers and students at Spring Hill Christian Academy. It just amazes me how much she has progressed in just six short months because of what she is learning and how she is being taught. We are proud that at 4 1/2 she can read a hard cover book on her own! I am also very impressed by the leadership of the Principal. He really cares for the children and their educational success! We are very particular parents, we did our research and we LOVE this school. Our daughter is growing by leaps and bounds! Thank you SHCA!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2011

My son started attending this school when he was in 6th grade. After 6 years of public school, it was a big change for him, but quite a welcome one. The teachers and staff encourage the students and my son continues to grow in his faith everyday. There is much more communication here than at public schools. I would definitely recommend this school to others.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2011

I am very pleased with my daughters progress at SHCA. It is nice to see her excited to go to school each day to learn. No other school can offer that.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 77% 42%
Hispanic 13% 29%
Black 8% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 2-year college 30% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 50% (2013)
Percentage of students going to the military 10% (2013)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 10% (2013)
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Best Private School in Hernando County (2010)
  • Best Private School in Hernando County (2012)
  • Best Private School in Hernando County (2013)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:45 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Michael Willis
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • www.springhillca.com/request-information
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Baptist
Associations
  • AACS
Fax number
  • (352) 683-5087

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Honors track
  • Standards-based
  • Virtual school
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


8 out of 10students were accepted for the 2014-2015 school year.


Students accepted for the 2014-2015 school year
63
Applications received for the 2014-2015 school year
75

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$3000 - $4000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
Outside scholarships
SUFS, McKay

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Pensacola Christian College
Pasco-Hernando Community College
Southeastern University
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 30%
4 year college - 50%
Military - 10%
Workforce - 10%
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3140 Mariner Blvd
Spring Hill, FL 34609
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Phone: (352) 683-8485

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