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5217 149th Street
Oak Forest, IL 60452

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(708) 535-1524
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February 25, 2015
I'm a newer parent, my children CURRENTLY attend this school and I'm not employed by HCA. I feel that I'm qualified to write an honest & unbiased review of this school. Many parents, myself included, are not enrolling our children next year. Disorganization, lack of leadership, zero communication, the inability to control classroom behavior, favoritism to staff's children, and lack of quality teachers are hurting this school. There have been many cases of unethical behavior. I agree with the other reviewes. The school had the potential to live up to the claims of high expectations but failed to deliver. HCA today is not the HCA of the past. Splitting from the church was the worst thing that could happen to this school.

- submitted by a parent

February 17, 2015
Speaking from my own experience I think Homewood Christian Academy is a far superior school than any I have seen or been a part of. My 34-year-old son went there from kindergartento a junior in high school. The curriculum is fabulous the teachers are more than qualified. the principle of the past along with the current brilliant, tenderhearted and some of the most godly women I know. My youngest son attended summer school last summer for one month.his grade point average for reading jumped up nearly a year and a half putting him at the end of the current year he was going into. The small class sizes allowThe luxury of almost having a one-on-one education system. If I lived closer my son would be in attendance there but my 45 minute drive does not allow it.I hope and pray to see a high school there again in addition to the elementary school.

- submitted by a parent

February 16, 2015
Both of my children have attended HCA for several years. I continue to be impressed with their academic progress and the values and practices that are grounded in the school teaching philosophy. They provide my children with a Christ-centered, family environment that I know I won't find anywhere else. Although HCA struggles with acquiring funding for the extra-curricular things, as do most private schools, the administration and teachers continue to provide a stellar education for their students. The small class sizes allow for a personal touch. The teachers are able to spend one on one time with the students and always go above and beyond to make sure they succeed. The school achievement tests speak for themselves. My children consistently score at least 1 or 2 grade levels ahead, which is the norm for most students. I can't say enough great things about this institution, and I'm grateful my children have the opportunity to attend.

- submitted by a parent

February 14, 2015
The principal is asking for donations to totally revamp HCA's technology program. Public schools have taxpayer dollars for these types of needs. Many private schools of all faiths are facing a financial crunch. By God's grace HCA has been providing excellent Christian for 40 years and will continue despite the challenges all private schools face.

- submitted by a teacher

February 06, 2015
You know the school is having a financial crisis when the school principal writes a post on her facebook page begging for a $19,000 check to the school. I'm praying for the parents, teachers, and children of this school.

- submitted by a parent

February 03, 2015
The school had the potential to live up to the claims of high expectations however there are financial and ethical considerations that are are taking away from making decisions that are in the best interest of the children. New administration and the inability to attract and retain good teachers is an obvious problem. Poor communication with parents, disorganization and questions of integrity and accountability are other issued observed. Public school a better choice with resources and government oversight.

- submitted by a parent

April 11, 2014
This is a great school that provides an excellent Christian education! This school prepares students with a quality education that enables them to become successful students, that succeeded in college and in life!

- submitted by a parent

April 09, 2014
Homewood Community Academy is a phenomenal educational institution. The teachers sincerely care about my childrens' academic career and they make sure they do everything in their power to ensure their success. My children love going to school everyday and they compete with each other on who can get the best grades. Parents are really involved in their childrens education at HCA. The Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is very strong. One of the most important aspects of the success of HCA is that there is a partnership between the teachers, parents and students. When you have that combination its a WIN-WIN!!!

- submitted by a parent

June 15, 2013
I had a one year dealing with this school, and I have to say that the teacher that my son had was phenomenal. Mrs. Boston is one of the most caring, dedicated, and God Fearing woman I have ever met! She really took the time to work with my son who had a learning disability. SHe was very patient and worked with him to find the best fit and gave him the high-quality education that he deserved! I cannot say that many teachers would go that same route. SHe went above and beyond the call of duty! Thank GOD for Mrs. Merichco, she deeply cares for the children and is very blessed to have Mrs. BOston on her team of teachers.

- submitted by a parent

February 04, 2013
I am a extremely grateful and proud parent of HCA. I have a child that started in their first PreK3 program and now who is in the third grade. My second child is now currently enrolled in their Prek3 program. I never planned for my child to go to school at the age of three. I thought is was way to early for a child. I decided to do so anyway because i didn't want daycare. I am so glad i mad this choose. My child is testing at levels well passed her grade level and her classmates. Not only that she is getting a excellent education, but is able to be apart of such an amazing family at HCA. The Teachers and Principals at HCA not only show up to do their jobs, but do over beyond for our children. They treat all the children as if they were their own. I've never seen such compassion from a school. i cant say enough greatness about this school. I would be writing for days. I know that some people were a little disappointed about the school having to move, but I've never seen people work so hard to keep a school going. Especially when i'm seeing private schools close left and right. I am here with them as they continue fight for the education of our children. Grateful Parent

- submitted by a parent

January 11, 2013
I am a grandparent of a current HCA student. I have been fortunate enough to see my children, as well as grandchild, benefit from attending HCA. The satisfaction of seeing young ones educated and very well equipped to compete in the academic arena is only one benefit. It is a testimony to the commitment of HCA staff to educate, address learning issues, and instill Christian values into the lives of each student as long as they are there. Unfortunately, HCA had to make moves to two different locations over tnhe past three years. Enrollment suffered. These economic times are difficult for many organizations, schools, and families. Having "experienced" the two moves of the school (after over 30 years in existence in the same location), I am still confident of the caliber of an HCA education. I believe the benefits far outweigh the financial, social, and educational challenges placed on our society today. Homewood Christian Academy has met my family"s needs exceedingly well - regardless of what "town" it is in. I pray that God meets the needs of families and staff of HCA

- submitted by a community member

December 14, 2012
I am a past parent from this school and this school is just falling apart. They should of been shut this school down! They move every year, the staff members are terrible, and is a waste of money. Honest to God, your children are not learning anything different from public school kids. All parents i suggest you take your child out immediately like i have and put him in a better environment.

- submitted by a parent

October 22, 2012
I will keep this real short.....This is a really bad school, I saw other reviews that stated it may have potential but I beg to differ... this school has not one bit of potential... first let s begin with the children, my kids where bullied and mistreated the whole time they spent there, the office staff treat you like you are stupid , and let s talk about the name "Homewood" when have they even been in Homewood, IL this school has moved almost all of the south suburbs seems like every two years and expect parents to just follow them, the education is less than comparable to the nearest public school and they have the nerve to charge a arm and leg for tuition, in my opinion this school should have closed their doors months ago. Please take your children to a better school.

- submitted by a parent

October 20, 2012
This is no where near a stable school, if you are the type who enjoys moving from location to location every two years then by all means this is the place for you. But if you are looking for someone where stable where there isn't a revolving door of students and staff I would say keep looking. The office staff is God awful, they seem to have no clue on any question posed to them it's a big guessing game. I wouldn't advise anyone who cares about their childs education to enroll. Only if they have better leadership, better communication, less highschool mean girl attitude then maybe this place would have potential, but I would doubt that happens. really bad school to attend for such a high cost of tuition

- submitted by a parent

September 17, 2012
The school has great potential...however the professionalism and organization is below average. If they got this together I could rate the school much higher. Poor communication, favortism and the level in which they treat the families was the reason I pulled my child out. The first year...I gave them the benefit of the doubt because of the "move" the second time when they "moved" and the lack of professionalism and communication I was done. Tuition is too high to pay for such horrible treatment when there are other schools that offer much more and a much lower cost.

- submitted by a parent

October 13, 2011
I love Homewood Christian Academy and the education and spiritutal growth my children are receiving there. I love hearing my children quote scripture they have memorized at school and I love that they know how to apply those scriptures to real life situations. I love that my children are challenged so much that they have post high school scores on state tests. I have and always will be impressed with HCA. I also love the administration and the ministry I constantly receive from Mrs. Merichko. I know she cares for my children and my family. She and Mr. Culbertson do so much to keep H.C.A moving forward. My children will always be there.

- submitted by a parent

October 06, 2011
My son has attended Homewood Christian Academy since 2nd grade. Daily, I watch him grow by leaps and bounds in stature, character and spirit. The learning setting is intimate--which is a great plus for my child's learning style. In addition, the teachers and staff are excellent, devoted, and they genuinely care about the academic and spiritual growth of their students. HCA is a rare gem; I trust the school to provide the pieces necessary for my child to succeed in high school and beyond. When our little ones enter pre-school, we also plan to enrol them at HCA.

- submitted by a parent

February 15, 2011
HCA, really needs to get their act together before they end up like a lot of other private schools with this downward spiraling economy; and that's closed! This new location, is not an improvement and the attitude of the administration is void, regarding concern for the student body getting their learning essentials. They're just $ in seats. There's no innovation and good programs like other schools have, yet they are charging the same or even more tuiton as the better schools.

- submitted by a parent

January 26, 2011
My son attends HCA, he is in the 7th grade He loves it and is on the Honor Roll. This is a transition year for the school, moving from Homewood to Oak forest. The move was difficult for the school and they are still adjusting. It has not affected the high standards of teaching or the efficiency of the teachers. The staff is easy to talk to as long as I have an appointment. I am a pleased about my son and the schools progress. The school is also posting a web site, which wil be a plus for being informed and monitoring my son's progress. Please parent.

- submitted by a parent

May 11, 2010
My son has been attending HCA since k5 now he is in the sixth grade and it has gotten drastically worse over the years. The admisinistration showblatant favoritism towards certain kids and it seems that the needs of the children are put on the back burner. This was certainly not the case years ago. I am afraid now that my child is not learning what he needs to know to prepare him for high school.

- submitted by a parent
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April 19, 2010
I'm getting frustrated with the administration of HCA. They are quick...to approach on any matter regarding fees, fundraising and such. However, when ever you need to discuss a matter or have an issue regarding recording keeping, and such, no one gets back to you. It's as if they ignor you long enough....the problem will just go away. It's very frustrating and annoying. Especially, when you are dealing with your child. They act as though everything has to be a confrontation and they don't want to deal with you, your calls, or your notes that you may leave.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
March 09, 2010
HCA started out as a great school, however this year has been very dissappointing. The staff seem to geared toward breaking the students spirit. Demerits are given out even when the situation does not call for it. The teachers are yelling one in particular screams at the kids all day. I am not sending my child back next year. I think they need to pray and go back and re-think how they are running the school. The administrators are biased as well as the principal. Things need to change or I am afraid for the future of HCA.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
November 26, 2008
i go to HCA im in the 7th grade and the school is strict but it is preparing me for things later in life such as high schoool and college. and im getting good grades i love HCA and if you are putting youre kid there they will have lots of friends ive been ther since third grade and i can say the teachers care about you .

- submitted by a student

July 19, 2007
My daughter has attended HCA since kindergarten, and overall I am very pleased. She has enjoyed her time there. However, when she first attended HCA, the school spirit was at such an all time high, and students were supportive of all grades and each other no matter what. I watched that spirit being slowly taken away,with sayings like okay, okay, that's enough, or please applaude when all have gone forth etc. This was a big disappointment to my child and the school spirit has not been the same since, as teachers and staff have preached constantly the need for silence. My other concern is that there are not a lot of choices where sports are concerned. I wish they would add track or some others to help in this area. The education is great, are they exceeding public school children, I'm not so sure. The staff is great however!

- submitted by a parent

February 23, 2007
This is my daughter's third year attending the school and I love it. The school is small and intimate. The teachers and staff love the Lord and from my observation they practice what they preach. My daughter loves to go to school and she loves the staff and students. The school has a liturgical dance ministry that is second to none. I would like to see a little more participation from the principal. She is not very approachable. I highly recommend this school for your children.

- submitted by a parent

April 27, 2006
Great School! I loved it. I just graduated from there in 2005.

- submitted by a student

September 18, 2005
Nice school with a homey atmosphere

- submitted by a parent

December 12, 2004
I think it really is a great school with a wonderful Christian environment. I agree with the parent who wrote about the K-4 program, but I think this year (2004-2005) is a lot better academically. Ms Swartwood & Mrs Alexander are great teachers - the children love them. However, the parents should take a more active roll in what they would like to see. Instead of sitting back and doing/saying nothing or only communicating among one another - they should give suggestions. Ms Swartwood and Mrs Alexander are always open to hear comments and work with the parents to help educate our children. As far as the emphasis on Christ and the Bible...I love it. That's the whole purpose of choosing a Christian school over any other type of school. I want my children to know Christ first...everything else will fall in place. Matthew 6:33

- submitted by a parent

June 14, 2004
My child attended this school during the 2003-04 school year. The Pre-K program. The progam was brand new this year and it took the school a while to work out the problems. Overall the program was good. The teacher Ms. Swartwood was very patient and my child really enjoyed her. Unfortunately, I think that the program lacked direction academically and that religion was over emphasized.

- submitted by a parent

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Homewood Christian Academy
5217 149th Street, Oak Forest, IL  60452
(708) 535-1524
Last modified Homewood Christian Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Homewood Christian Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 31 reviews. Top