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North Central Texas Academy

Private | PK-12 | 192 students

Caring teachers and great academics, athletics, music, and art.
 
 

 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $125,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $798.

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Posted July 8, 2013

My kids have been at this school for several years. I can assure you that the school does not tolerate bullying, as someone else posted. We have gone to the office with concerns and suggestions regarding or kids many times and have received nothing but professional and caring results. The opportunity my kids have at NCTA to learn from and interact with such a diverse and academically focused student body can not be matched anywhere near Granbury.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2013

This school has students from all over the world, and that will not be found in any other local school. With boarding, day, and international students, the education is remarkably similar to what students will face in college. NCTA has won dozens of TAPPS state championships in art, music, and athletics. These accomplishments can only be done with happy staff and students. For those who have nothing better to do than make disparaging remarks, I'd suggest they move on with their lives and take care of their children. It's an unfortunate aspect of the internet that anyone can sling untruths as easily as they desire. My children received a wonderful education and are doing fantastic in college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2013

As a parent, I have to say, North Central Texas Academy has been a wonderful experience for my children. Mrs. Smith, the Principal and Mrs. Schwausch, the Assistant Principal have been wonderful, effective, articulate and professional. Their focus and knowledge of curriculum and education is really impressive. Mrs. Schwaush's family started this school like 40 years ago. I think it is neat that she is the third generation joining her families ministry. We are excited about the education for our kids. The seniors this year got into some really amazing colleges and there was like just under 100,000 in college scholarships given away. My daughter is really good friends with the boarding students. They come over and just seem like really happy, well-adjusted, smart kids. We are blessed to be a part of such an amazing school. And the fact that my kids get to interact with other people their age from all over the world is amazing. It has really opened their eyes up to the world. I think when it comes time for them to go to college, they are really going to be equipped. Submitted by a parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2013

This school is a great school in preparing students for college. However, it is very elitist and tolerates bullying if the staff and administration do not care for the student or the family of the student. I would highly suggest alternative schools to send your children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2012

The school has high standards, as they prepare students for university studies. Parents with children who need emotional care should not become angry at a school that is not designed to best work with their child's disabilities. HHFA will accept any student who is able to do the work and has high aspirations, whether they can afford a private, Christian education or not. The staff works amazingly hard to find scholarships for those who cannot afford it. If you are looking for a K-12 school that is Christian, yet with a diverse student body that will prepare them for what they will encounter at a university, then you can do no better than HHFA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2012

The mission of HHFA has never changed. It was always to offer the ability for a first-class education to be available to underprivileged students who could never afford one. In the past, HHFA did accept students who had more emotional needs. Great work was done even with those who needed residential treatment, but there are thousands of children with normal ability and high goals who also need help. Several years ago, those were all helped to transition to residential treatment. The Academy now functions like a university, with students from diverse backgrounds -- caring parents, underprivileged, day, boarding, and international. All desire higher education. Almost 90% are on scholarships, yet now, the students come with the ability and desire to do college-preparatory work. The Academy did wonderful work many years ago, even with those who had severe problems, but they still work with underprivileged students whom no one else is willing to help. By combining them with other students in order to make the overall program better, and even more successful, should be praised, not criticized. Lives are still being changed, and society will be better because of HHFA!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 14, 2012

HHFA is truly a great school. It is Christian and college-preparatory. It has an amazing program with day students from caring families, boarding students with caring families, boarding students from underprivileged backgrounds with high personal goals to succeed, and boarding students from almost 30 states and countries around the world who desire a top-notch education to prepare for university life. It is truly unique in a K-12 school to offer scholarships to almost every boarding student and have such a diverse student body. There are students of every race, every socioeconomic level, and no discrimination. Students come, knowing the Academy is Christian, even if they arrive from a home or country that is not. There are thousands of children who come from poor backgrounds, yet they have the ability and desire to attend a private boarding/day school. There are thouands of families who want their children to attend school with a student body that is made up of the very same kinds of students they will encounter once they go off to college. The student body is diverse, yet they all have in common the desire to succeed and go on to higher education.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 14, 2012

Please read the critical comments for what they are - bitter words from disgruntled former employees and a few parents with severe children who need residential treatment or more, and HHFA is not a residential treatment center. HHFA continues to help underprivileged students succeed, while also helping Christian families who want an alternative to the public system. The staff and parents get along and love the school. No school is perfect, but HHFA does their best to provide a college-preparatory education to every student and instill core values. They provide scholarships to those in need. HHFA is really one of those rare schools that is changing the world for the better, and it is sad to see some criticize such a great organization. My children received a wonderful education and learned to get along with others they would encounter in college. HHFA is winning State Championships in sports, art, and music, and the student and parent body has tons of spirit. People working very hard in a Christian environment to help others and turning out great students who will make the United States and the world a better place. That is something to praise! GO PIONEERS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2012

Amazing school helping all children succeed. Caring Christian staff. Happy Hill Farm Academy brings together poor, rich, middle class, white, black, brown, American, foreign, young, old, and everything in between to educate and train up leaders for tomorrow. Thank God for caring donors and caring families who supply the students and the finances to reach out to so many who would never have this opportunity! Students have a chance to study in a University setting in their K-12 grade years. Program offers things other boarding schools cannot, like FFA and 4-H. School is growing, with almost 170 students enrolled and goals for almost 300. Happy Hill Farm Academy is not for students with severe emotional problems. Those students need residential treatment, and parents should not be angry when HHFA advises them to seek other schools. If you are looking for a great, Christian college-preparatory education for your student, go and tour HHFA. If you know of an underprivileged student with ability and goals, but their socioeconomic situation keeps them from succeeding, call HHFA, as they are one of the few boarding schools in the country that will help underprivileged students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2011

Terrible for children with Bipolar Disorder, Depression, OCD, or any child on the Autism Spectrum. Happy Hill doesn't care about any child's differences. Every child at that school is "at risk" and that means the same thing to the entire staff. If your child has real issues, takes medication, and truly needs to be cared for - do not send them to Happy Hill. I would go so far as to say it would be a danger to them.


Posted May 5, 2011

The original mission of this school was wonderful. Now that it has been transitioned to a private day school and an entire family has been brought in to run it, most of the caring, committed teachers and faculty have been run off and replaced with inexperienced, cold, and uncaring staff. There is a lot of yelling and discord and the current administrators seem content to let a once great institution fall to pieces. Don't let the name fool you. This school is anything but happy and one wonders if the original founders are aware.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2011

I contacted the admission office to obtain information about the school. They were extremely rude and asked what I wanted- hadn't I gotten all my information from the website!? Unbelievable!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2010

School continues to help at risk children free of charge and also has great scholarships for children in our community. The day academy kids have only added to the Christian mission and is a great social and economic mix of children from different backgrounds. A+ curriculum, staff and amazing setting with junior master gardening, horseback riding fine art and bible studies. They also have a bus route that travels through Granbury. The Lord is working here and the parents and children are so blessed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2010

Happy Hill Farm was at one time dedicated to help at risk children. Many childrens lives have been changed. However over the past several months Happy Hill Farm changed their focuss towards being a private Christian boarding school. There is nothing wrong with being a private school, but they no longer help at risk children. Now they just cater to the needs of certain individuals. Donor money was for a childrens home, not a private boarding school for kids who want a better education. All the efforts of previous staff, and donors was to make a safe place for at risk children. It saddens me to know that now only priveledged individuals with the money to pay for a private education are able to enjoy the facilities and school that many private donations paid for in order to help at risk children.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 7, 2010

Best Christian Priavte school in Texas. Dr. Marc Evans is amazing. he came to our home, met our children and blew us away with his vision for the future. The facility is incredible, the staff is wonderful and the future is bright!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2010

Happy Hill Farm is going through transitions. It used to be an amazing rehabilitation facility for teens with emotional and behavioral disturbances who were highly at risk. All of a sudden they have started to be just another private school..... not a Christian school, just private catering to a select few, ignoring thier original mission for which they built the farm with all the charitable donations that were given to that original purpose. For educators that have relied on Happy Hill as a resource for troubled youth, we are sad.


Posted April 19, 2010

God has blessed Happy Hill Farm and its entire staff. Past and present. Had it not been for their efforts, diligence and true patience and still working to help and improve the lives of the young people along with our grandson; the kids have a new start on life. It gave us all a second chance as a family and with the help of everyone at the farm, we feared for the worse. It is a wonderful place that gives us as parents the peace of mind that he is growing and learning. The Lord has blessed the farm and everyone involved. After 2 years of our grandson being there, we are seeing progress now that we wouldn't have seen otherwise. We thank God that he put such a place on this earth for our grandson. Thank you so much for all of your personal and group support. Thank You !!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2010

They are great in every aspect of the children's lives!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2009

God bless Happy Hill Farm and all the staff! Not to mention the Founder, Mr. Ed Shipman. My daughter would not be where she is today had it not been for the Love and care that my daughter recieved there. She got a second chance at life when she was there. Words cannot express how much this place means to my whole family and to my daughter. I highly recommend checking out this place if you are in need of some help wth your child. It has changed a lot since my daughter went there but the Mission Statement is still the same. We owe so very much to Happy Hill Farm and the Shipmans! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!! We love you always!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2008

Wonderful! My daughter would have never graduated from highschool, here she made friends played varisity volleyball, raised goats three years, went to Fort Worth Stock show, meet Dallas Cowboys, did Bible Studies, this is a school out of paradise, strict, but can bend when they need too.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 73% 31%
Black 14% 13%
Hispanic 14% 51%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Pacific Islander 0% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 2-year college 5% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 90% (2013)
Percentage of students going to the military 5% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Southwestern University
Texas Christian University
Texas A & M University
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gardening teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Tutor(s)
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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)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Industrial shop
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Clubs
  • Drum line
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Other
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Swimming pool

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
School Leader's name
  • Jennifer Smith
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Some boarding, some day
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Christian
Associations
  • SACS
Fax number
  • (254) 897-7650

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Independent Study
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Other
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Agriculture

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Drum line
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
  • Math club
  • Model UN
  • National Honor Society
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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  • Uniforms
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.)
  • Volunteer time after school
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What are your chances?


3 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
30
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
100

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$5000 - $35000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Southwestern University
Texas Christian University
Texas A & M University
College preparation / awareness offered
College presentations or information sessions
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 5%
4 year college - 90%
Military - 5%
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3846 N Hwy 144
Granbury, TX 76048
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Phone: (254) 897-4822

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