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Harvester Christian Academy

Private | PK-12 | 312 students


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Posted July 14, 2014

Had a bad experience with this school. The headmaster does not take bullying serious and blew out two different accounts of my daughter being bullied. I would NOT recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 22, 2014

Harvester has provided an academically rich environment for my students. But more than academics is the Spiritual love and teaching that is given. I highly recommend this school to anyone looking for a Christian Education.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 28, 2013

I will not recommend this school to anybody who is looking for a Christian environment especially if you belong to a minority group. Like a few parents posted, your child will be bullied and nothing will be done about it. Your child will be harassed by other students, by teachers, etc and you will be ignored completely. This is so sad that we encounter this kind of treatment in Private Christian Schools in 2013...what a lot of people forget is that Christ wasn't white, why do you call yourself Christians??? My daughter attended this school for 7 years, I kept her in there just because I wanted her to become stronger, she did survive the discrimination but the time has come for her to move on, she needs to know that there are true Christians elsewhere, the little group of real Followers who will enter the Kingdom of the Almighty when Jesus comes back. And at the same time I want to remind the Students, Staff and Parents of Harvester that Jesus is at the door...Peace and Love!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 30, 2013

Harvester is a wonderful school. The Headmaster, Administrator, teachers and staff are very dedicated to the children. Our children are very happy and challenged academically. The school was under a different Headmaster through the 2012/13 school year, but Mr. Slater has come in and brought new life to the school. We are truly blessed to have him as as the new leader of our school. The parents and students are very involved in school activities and in the various sports programs. The teachers personally take an interest in your kids and are always providing feedback about our children's progress and/or need for improvement. I would highly recommend this school, if you are searching for a school that is truly blessed by our Lord and Savior and one that truly cares about the outcome of your child's academic and spiritual life. They do go hand-in-hand.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 25, 2013

I would not recommend this School They have had a lot of turn over in their teaching staff, headmaster, and sports director. They no longer participate in GISA in their athelitic division, they are in a lower division. Would check into other schools before going to Harvester
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 21, 2013

The headmaster from 2011/2012 was replaced last year with an amazing leader. Our new headmaster, Mr. Slater has proven himself to be an exceptional administrator who has that elusive ability to be a resolute figure of authority, yet still be able to "cut up" with his students - they love him, and so do the parents!!!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 28, 2013

This is our first year at this school and WE are so very happy here. The staff and families are so caring. The staff truly cares about your kids and how they do in school. The class size is small and the headmaster is the most dedicated leader I have ever seen. You would not be disappointed if you choose to come here!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 26, 2011

Not having much of a diversity speaks for itself and should send up a red flag. Front office staff pleasant people, principal has a sweet spirit and pretty mellow, new headmaster has NO personable skills whatsoever! Must admit both children loved the school, unfortunately they don't understand discrimination and racism at an elementary age. One teacher was constantly unfair to my child who was not a child that got into trouble. he received demerits for being academically challenged. when teacher was questioned, her response was that she has too many students to tend to, meaning my child and tuition meant nothing. my child was bullied by the opposite race being physically hurt which was never reported until I contacted the school and on another occasion a racial slur was made to him which got brushed under the rug as well. witnessed many disruptive children at this school. Money wasted! will have more peace homeschooling or even returning to public school. with all the incidents, not one parent whose child was at fault even apologized for the distress. some type of christian environment i placed my children in. WWJD
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 26, 2011

I would not say that this is a bad school. Harvester offers many christian values to the children which is great! On the downside, there are many cliques in this school, beginning from parents down to the students and even the teachers. The school prefers parents to substitute over highly educated individuals outside the school. If you are not in the clique, you are pretty much out of the loop on things and can pretty much feel that you don't belong there. No diversity so if this is what you are looking for, then this school is for you. Also, you may want to be a little wealthy to fit in with the other parents. Otherwise, you are invisible in meetings and events. No huge scholarship opportunities either which helps to maintain that same group/class of people at this school. The same parents talk to one another in groups and it appears they intentionally make you feel unwelcome. Kids love chapel and have learned many things from the bible. however, feeling accepted and just as important as the one that have attended HCA all their years is just as important as well.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 13, 2011

My daughter is new to Harvestor this year. I can say that there is little diversity here but my daughter seems to love it all the same. I haven't had any problems with her teachers or the staff. If a problem arouse, it was handled promptly. I love the school so much that I am entrusting my baby to go there next year as well. It sounds as though some of the previous reviews may have been isolated situations. And these feelings can arise anywhere. Wherever you are, be positive and encourage success of the program.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 1, 2009

This school did not have the diversity I was seeking for my child. The office staff is very pleasant. I felt a superficial sense of tolerence among some teachers and parents. I had serious problems with my child's teacher nothing was done about it. The principal simply ignored my note to him and sided with the teacher. He and the teacher also discussed my situation with some other parents during a meeting of concern that they were having with their child. I could have sued them in court. However, the Bible says that Chritians should not take Christians to court. I turned it over to the Lord and decided to walk in love. I have no bad feelings toward the school.I had to find another school for my child. This was a christian experience that the Lord taught me many things. I will never forget it.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 20, 2009

My daughter has attended Kingsway, Heirway and Harvester. Harvester is by FAR the best Christian school in this area. I like the fact that they do not have to wear plaid uniforms they can just wear khakis and collared shirts. Their lunches are kind of expensive but they are much better food quality then public schools. I do wish they had buses but that would not be practical :). I do think they should be open earlier then 7:30 for parents who have to be to work in Atlanta by 8. There is no way you can get to Atlanta from there in 30 minutes! We did have a problem with a teacher and a lot of the kids were failing her class and NOTHING was done about it. They continued to blame it on my daughter.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 23, 2009

My son is a graduate of this school. He attended there from ninth grade through graduating. The godly teachers modeled Christ before him and challenged him to grow spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually. The most influential person during his time there was the Headmaster. This man has made a tremendous positive impression on my son. I will be forever grateful for his kindness and wisdom in helping in the raising of my son. As long as he remains at the head of this school I will support the school financially, with my prayers, and in any way that I can to promote the great things going on there each school day.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 2, 2008

This school is really weird. The Lord is not going to teach these kids SAT vocab, but that is what the school preaches.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 11, 2006

I am not a parent, but I am an alumnus from this school. HCA gave me the knowledge I needed to go to a great college and I was able to go with an almost full ride. The school is very focused on Christianity and it helped me to be prepared to stand for what I believe in. The teachers are some of the most caring people and they love God with everything they have. I never had a teacher who did not care about what they were doing. The school has a great size to it. It gives the students the one-on-one teaching needed to really get kids to want to learn. I find HCA to be a place where I would want to send my kids one day and a place where I would like to work.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted March 26, 2006

I absolutely love this school. The teachers are great and really care about the kids. This is definitely a Christian environment - the school is bathed in prayer. The other parents are great too - lots of involvement.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 15, 2005

I have a son at this school who has had trouble academically this year. Unfortunately, I have not been able to get his teachers to co-operate in attempting to raise his grades. They do not respond to my telephone calls or notes. Even after having a conference with 2 of his teachers, there has been virtually NO assistance offered. I'm beginning to wonder exactly what it is I'm paying for at this school. I thought private education was supposed to be top notch.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 7, 2005

HCA provides an excellent education. Most graduating seniors earn scholarships to college. Faculty members are Christians and encourage Biblical standards for students. God's Love abounds at HCA. Parental involvement makes HCA fabulous. The most important aspect of HCA is the focus on Jesus Christ. All things are done for His Honor and Glory there. HCA is a small school, yet we know that our son's education having Jesus Christ as the foundation and the Cornerstone is the most important aspect. HCA offers art, music, basketball, soccer, cheerleading, football, baseball, and track. There may be others~not sure. Academics are excellent. My son was doing the same work a fifth grade teacher friend was teaching when he was in the third grade! As a public school teacher, I see many perks at HCA which aren't available in larger classes/schools. Research shows~sense of family is very important to students through high school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 22, 2004

Harvester has its pro's and con's. One very good thing about Harvester is that the Christian life is very brought into this school and its teachings. Also the kids their are almost all very nice pure kids. A con is that the school is not very well organized. If you need something it may take a while to get it. Also the dress code is rediculus. They make a dress code st the beginnig of the year and they change it through out. One thing is that the students pants must not touch the ground, you may not wear undershirts, you may not wear hoddie sweatshirts, and you cant wear jackets inside they building. My child and I think these rules are goin a bit overboard and they should stick 2 a better dresscode or just switch to uniforms. I would suggest looking into other schools before sending your child here.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 5, 2004

My son loves Harvester. I like it too. It is really a good school. We like small schools. I feel like he gets a lot of attention. The Public school systems is totally different. I know that your child can't get a lot of attention. My son is a kindergartner and he loves Mrs. Forlaw. She is an awesome teacher. She treats all kids the same. He is learning a lot from her. She is special in our lives. We thank God, Harverster and Mrs. Forlaw. The Williams Family
—Submitted by a parent

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 86% 44%
Black 6% 37%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Hispanic 4% 12%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Joel Slater
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
  • Coed
  • Presbyterian
  • ACSI


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Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish


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  • Basketball
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  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball

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4241 Central Church Rd
Douglasville, GA 30135
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