My child attended HCA the past school after having attended a different private Christian school for his entire school career. We have been so pleased with HCA. Our child is an excellent student, and HCA has been more academically challenging and rigorous, which we very much appreciate. We have been pleased with the open communication from the administration. It is difficult to adjust to change sometimes, and HCA is making changes to some of it's staff and curriculum for the upcoming school year. The new curriculum is not some wild ride, but in use in many private Christian schools. It is sad to see some teachers leave since they were good teachers. However, in setting higher standards for certifications and qualifications, change is required. I feel that my child is receiving an excellent education in a respectful Christian environment. We also love the many extracurricular opportunities.
Harvest has had 3 Headmasters, 2 Interim Headmasters, and 3 Principals. The school is constantly changing direction. It is doing it again this year. They have decided to let go of many fantastic long-term teachers and replace them with new teachers for "change" sake. Some teachers are even resigning. The headmaster and principal are trying a new unproven teaching technique next year. Parents and students are upset and families are leaving the school.
As a former parent at Harvest Christian Academy I feel this year was phenomenal until shortly after we had ALREADY paid the registration fee for the following year. Then they decided to let us know that there would be changes for next year. The administration is VERY EXCITED about the new changes, but as a parent it is fearful. They are making drastic changes to the current curriculum and there are no guarantees the new curricuium will work any better. With this change, they have let go of atleast 25-30% of their faculty, which means many new faculty members next year learning the new curriculum while the students are in the process of learning as well. This "change" is not well established, and the administration did not do a good job at making the parents feel comfortable with the change. So, we are leaving HCA as a result of this.
My sons attended Harvest for 4 years. We left after a particularly difficult year when both of my sons' teachers quit right before school started which meant they had temporary teachers for part of the year. When it looked like the same thing was going to happen the next year, we decided to leave. Leadership was lacking at the school and we were concerned about what in our opinion was a lack of control in the classroom.
It is a great educational experience and challenges you to push to your highest possible but socially your child will acheive no more exceptance than the average schools.
Christ-based curriculum with a quality, college preparatory academic focus. Caring teachers and a headmaster with a seminary degree and a history as a college administrator. Tremendous Drama/Speech teacher. Athletics is presently experiencing growing pains (and needs an experienced, full-time Director), but offers students excellent opportunities for playing time in quality facilities.
We have two children here and are very pleased with both the curriculum and the social environment. School emphasizes Christian learning and values while providing a well rounded and college prep academic program. The kids are not numbers are are thriving, learning and growing.
My three kids have gone to Harvest their entire school years, with my oldest going into 10th this year. We love Harvest--the teachers are great, caring, loving and most of all Christian believers who want the best for them. The administration is great--alot of new excitment for the school, great athletics, and christian friends for my kids that are priceless. Thanks Harvest for making my kids experience with school so great and I can't wait for many years of greatness from this wonderful school!
The quality of support and level of learning are fantastic. We have not found a school comparable to this one. The academics and spirtual aspect go hand in hand. We are blessed to have such a great school in our area.
The facilities are decent, however, the exterior athletic facilities are above average. The administration is lacking leadership and might even want to please too much as apposed to leading the next generation into the future.
Great classical Christian worldview curriculum; awesome athletics, drama and music programs; kind, caring teachers and helpful office staff; decisive and great new administration; high family involvement and school events!
Quality curriculum and discipline. Lacks leadership, focus, organization, and variety of classes. High tuition and cost. Nice facility.
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