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Highland Christian Academy

Private | PK-8 | 119 students

Academic Excellence, Bible Worldview and Christ Centered Character.


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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $107,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $940.

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Posted April 17, 2014

The teachers are compassionate, caring and are genuinely interested in your Child and their education. TOP NOTCH!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 17, 2014

I cannot begin to explain what a true Godsend Highland Christian Academy has been for our family. Our journey with HCA began when my son was turning five years old and I wanted him in full-day Kindergarten rather than the 2.5 hours a day in a public school setting. The teachers and staff are beyond amazing and the small class sizes really allow for a lot of one-on-one time for the students. My son is learning in a Christian setting, but above all, he is having so much fun that it doesn t even feel like learning. Not only does he love being at school, love his classmates, love his teachers, and love learning he is THRIVING, both academically (straight A report card for the past 2 years) and spiritually (he loves talking about how good God is). Highland Christian Academy is definitely the right fit for us, and it wouldn t be possible without the financial scholarships that are offered to families to help offset the cost. I appreciate everything that the staff at HCA has done for both myself and my son. He is excelling in all areas and I couldn't be happier.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 6, 2014

We have 2 kids in HCA and coudn't be happier. They are testing a year ahead (or more) of their grade level and they are growing in their faith. But what sets HCA apart is that every child feels included and loved. Every color and economic situation is represented. My kids didn't feel like they fit in and didn't want to go to school before and now they love it and feel welcomed and loved. We also didn't think we could afford it but HCA worked with us to make it possible (69% of kids on scholarship) . We are very thankful for the school.
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Posted February 2, 2010

Small christian school that really feels like a 'Family'. My kids are a full year ahead of public schools academicly, and their spiritual walk has grown tremendously since transferring in. We are so blessed to have found this school, wish we would have came here first before spending so many years at the other,larger christian school up the block. What a difference being in a smaller school makes on a child's spiritual life. Learning to serve the Lord, pray and journal each day, and give back to the community are just as important as academics. Thank you HCA for what you are teaching our children. There is no price you can put on what they are learning here!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 27, 2009

This school is cool because all of the nice teachers expecally Mr. backey
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 21, 2009

A great Christian structure with wonderful teachers who truly care for each student's individual needs and success. I can not say enough about the faculty and the outstanding education my son has received there.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 14, 2008

Due to an increase in my work hours, I had to stop homeschooling and start looking for a school. HCA had everything I was looking for and more. From the curriculum, ABEKA (which is what I used as a homeschooler) to the small class sizes to the all Christian faculty. I thank the Lord everyday for HCA.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 8, 2008

My son has been going to this school for three years. It has been a blessing for him and us. I am most thank-ful for the foundation that he is building and the friends that he is making. The staff and teachers are excellent. I like the fact that the school encourages good work/school habits. This will carry my son far in school. Check this school out! You will like what you see.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 2, 2005

Wonderful, small Christian school. Progressive A Bekka Curriculum, A++ teachers, and a super-charged young Pastor. Small class size = more teacher time! Many Willow families are here too! Check it out before you register anywhere else! A refreshing return to our own youth/school days! Great Library and computer lab too!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 2, 2005

We began searching for a school when our oldest daughter was 2. We looked at other Christian schools in the area, Catholic schools, and other 'private' schools. We immediatley felt a sense of 'Home' when we walked into Highland Christian Academy. It was like stepping back in time to our own childhood, yet it had all the modern day advances, like a computer lab & cool library with bean bag chairs. There is a great teacher to student ratio, my daughter had 11 kids in her Kindergarten class and was reading by Christmas of Kindergarten! We have 3 of our children in school here now, the oldest in 6th Grade. This year they will go serve at a Christian Workcamp, and 7th/8th graders go on a Missions Trip! I am excited to see my children learn to love and serve the Lord at an early age here. Come see it!
—Submitted by a parent

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 56% 51%
Black 15% 18%
Two or more races 13% 3%
Hispanic 12% 24%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Bill Warren
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
  • Christian worldview
  • ACSI
Fax number
  • (847) 741-6397


Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated Christitan Education
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None


Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • None
Transportation options
  • bus for school field trips
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Spotlight Theater
School leaders can update this information here.


Boys sports
  • coed volleyball & basketball
Girls sports
  • coed volleyball & basketball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • volunteer in school office
More from this school
  • We are a place where staff and students become family. We care about kids!
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Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$6000 - $7000
Vouchers accepted
Financial aid offered
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2250 West Highland Avenue
Elgin, IL 60123
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Phone: (847) 741-5530


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