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Holmesburg Christian Academy

Private | PK-8 | 200 students

"Big Thinking. Small School."

 
 

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Posted July 18, 2014

Horrible School!!!!!! My child went here and only lasted 6 weeks! They instantly wanted to medicate my child after I paid my full tuition fees! This school is bogus! I was very disappointed in the quality of education recieved there. Too many kids in one class for all this money you pay.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2013

This school is over the top!!! My child has learned so much from her teachers. They go all the way to making sure your kid learns and understands the work. Not only, do they also learn to obey, respect and honor their parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2012

My child has attended HBCA since 2nd grade and this school has been such a blessing to her and our ENTIRE family. If there is an issue best believe they are on the job. The teachers are wonderful and they see to it that children with learning issues are being adequately helped. There have been a couple new teachers that "would not be returning" after one year. I personally think it's because they did not deliver. One thing that we as parents are a little tired of is the fundraising (smile) but that is in place to keep activities free or at a very low cost . Keep in mind this is private and privately funded so there is no state help. I would recommend this school to any family who wants to instill Christ and the real world and not just religion. I could never thank these people for what they have given my child. We love our Holmesburg family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2012

My son has been attending HBCA for 6 years. The staff is wonderful!! They are very caring and show it to the students. I wouldn't want my son at any other school. I'm thankful for a safe place for my child, where Jesus is taught.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2012

Perhaps there is a reason this teacher is no longer at the school and it has nothing to do with the quality of the school. I hope people who read the previous statement read between the lines.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 28, 2012

I taught at this school for a while and it has gone down dramatically. It's a shame.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 16, 2012

DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO THIS SCHOOL!!!! The staff at this school does not care about the children, only when they will receive their next tuition payment. They don't take action on serious matters. the whole staff are friends with eachother and I have caught them even talking bad about parents and children. NOT WORTH THE MONEY, POOR TEACHER QUALITY. I have removed my kids from this school a year ago I they are much happier at their new school, and so am I.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2011

Holmesburg Baptist Christian Academy has been a blessing to me and my family. The teaching staff, support staff and Administration go beyond what is required of them professionally. They care about the whole child and the whole family. My two children are growing, academically and spiritually, in ways that public school and other private schools cannot measure up too. H.B.C.A. is every parents' dream.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2010

I had two children attend Holmesburg Baptist Christian Academy. After they graduated they often commented how well H.B.C.A. prepared them for high school. They are now in college and I credit H.B.C.A with their continued success. H.B.C.A. is a secret that needs to be told!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2010

HBCA provides a high quality education with strong Christian values . The students and teachers are like family and the faculty genuinely cares for each student . The small class size environment fosters a close relationship between student and teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2010

This is a great school!The staff and students and parents are all like one big happy family!When you send your child to HBCA,not only is your child getting a great education but they are taught wonderful christian values1The children are sweet .The staff and teachers genuinly care about their students.The art teacher is wonderful and now they even offer summer art camp1Send your child here...you will not regret it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2010

This school is absoluteely wonderful! Staff are very involved and caring (genuinely). Some invite their children and their families to their home for summer BBQs and their weddings! They celebrate your child's success in national winnings of art contests by joining the ceremony on their days off! There share their private home and cell numbers to thee parents:-) The parents are awesome too and everyone I have met has been more than happy w/ the cirriculum and w/ the CHristianity they are surrounded by. It's not a question of 'Can we afford this for the children?' It's more like 'How can we/I not?' Consider HBCA:-) It would be the best move you made.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2009

This is a great small school. The teacher's are great and are open minded to children with learning disablities. They do provide services but are limited.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2009

I love this school! The teachers and administration truly care about the students and work hard to help each student. I am especially impressed with the amount of Biblical knowledge they teach. As for 28 kids, I'm not sure what the poster is referring to. Most classes have 15-20 students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2009

When I initially sent my child to HBCA, I was like any parent wanting the best for their child, however HBCA did not deliver. There is a total lack of management from the administrators to the teachers. When there is a situation that calls for action or answers all they can provide is excuses. If you can, save your time and money because HBCA is not worth effort.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2009

If you're looking for a school that witholds academic and spiritual teachings, this is you're jackpot. I'm a graduate of HBCA (2008) andi have been in that school for over 10 years. I can tell you that I had made many friends and learned more and more about God every day. Your child will be blessed if they were to go there. They have a gret staff and all the kids are like one big family. If I were amazed by this school, you will too.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 8, 2008

I have enrolled my child in the pre-k program and can already, in October of the school year see great progress. She is confident and eager. The teacher is very caring about everything that has gone on in the child's life. I feel I made an excellant choice in HBCA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2008

Love this school. My son has been there for 5 years and it has helped him grow academically and spiritually. One more thing, I have never seen a class with 28+ kids. I cannot speak for preschool but from 3rd to now 7th grade we have had 20-22. Much better than the 30+ that you hace in public/schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2008

I'm not impressed. The classes are very over crowded. 30 kids per class, 1 teacher, no aids. They will tell you that it's 'Only temporary', but my daughter has been there 2 years in a row and both years her class has been 28+ kids. Not worth the money.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2008

I attended Holmesburg Baptist Christian School for 1 year then I moved, but in that time I became more social and the Students are very nice they were very accepting of new children. The techers are very nice and make learning fun. At my new school everthing that I learned at HBCA has helped me with what I am learning now. Even though I am in public school now The religious teachings are helping me with everyday decions.


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 50% 71%
Black 24% 15%
Two or more races 13% 2%
Hispanic 9% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
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Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Drama club

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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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
  • Mrs. Linda C. Lewis
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Baptist
Associations
  • ACSI
Fax number
  • (215) 335-2013

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
  • Special education
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Modified Curr.
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Softball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Drama club
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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.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$3000 - $5000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships
Tax credits

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Christian High School
Parochial High School
Public Charter Schools
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7927 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19136
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Phone: (215) 335-4323

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