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Harvest Christian Academy

Private | PK-12 | 325 students

HCA provides a great balance between academics and spiritual discipleship.

 

Living in Watauga

Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $90,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,200.

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
Based on 10 ratings

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Posted June 11, 2014

You pay a lot of money for your child to get a better education. What you get is lip service. When your child struggles there is no communication! Had to go up to the school on three different occasions to correct the English teachers math! When grading assignments. What she replied was you must do math different than me? I replied the correct way!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2014

You can do better than HCA in the area. Mixed views on spiritual focus. They do a lot of the motions well but not as concerned with outcome of real spiritual growth. Academics are not super challenging, and you need to take at least one science class online or off campus to graduate. OK if you want to take and pay for a lot of college classes, not so good otherwise. Mentorship program is a charade. Go elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2014

Top Notch school and warm and inviting. Students needs are put first. Excellent labs and technology. Been to other private schools in area and this school does what they say they will do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2013

My oldest son graduated this past year and is off to his college of first choice. My youngest is in high school. We love the balanced focus on academics and spiritual growth.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2013

Weak academics, poor organization, and this school is not worth your money. After just a short time at this school, we are moving our child to a different school next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2013

I have been going to school at Harvest for 13 years and I would never change schools. This school you honestly get treated like a family. There are some kids who choose to neglect this and feel like the get treated unfairly, but they don't. They will tell their parents the only part of the story and then the parents get mad. I honestly could not think of a better place to go to school.


Posted July 11, 2012

Harvest is a great school! I received my children's testing results for the past school year, and both of them are above average. Athletics are competitive, but the coach's care about the students attitude. You will never find a perfect school, but this school is pretty close. We would highly recommend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2012

Harvest is more than a school, its a family. my sister and i have been in harvest longer than i can remember and sure they have had their ups and downs but find me a school that hasnt. The students at harvest are so amazing; from highschool bible studies every weekend, to praying before classes, to chapel lead by an amazing praise band and a Godly man there is no question about the sincerity of everyone's faith! A few years ago, many of the secondary teachers were let go, in particular an amazing science teacher who i looked up to. To be honest i was afraid harvest was going down hill. But now i see that God was just doing his thing and through that we now have some amazing teachers who are role models and i couldnt imagine school with out them! The caywood family is by far one of the sweetest families i know! They sacrifice so much for our school and genuinly care about the school! Other private schools in the area have great and maybe even better athletics or academics, but i know for a fact that the love and christ centered student body cant be found anywhere else. Its my home! and i am proud to call Harvest my Family!


Posted August 23, 2011

In response to the May 30th post, I feel this person is trying to mislead and is just plain bitter by many of their statements. Academics are top notch, as can be proven by comparing standardized test scores compared to public school as well as percentage of graduates recieving college scholarships and becoming productive members of society. If athletics are a "joke", I will laugh all the way to the state playoffs in most every sport, both male and female, as well as displaying Godly character to each other and their opponents. As far as sprirtual emphasis, chapel is a daily occurence, lead by the students under the direction of a Godly man of character. Many lives have been changed and lifelong friends made during these chapel times. The students also lead worship and share frustrations and accomplishments with each other. Prayer is a daily occurence. I feel that a reviews such as the May 30th and March 4th are nothing but attacks by parents that feel entitled and the need to tear apart a Godly school. Please visit, tour the school, talk to "your" students teachers and coaches, interview the headmaster, but most of all pray about your decision and form your own opinions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2011

I attended High School at HCA and it was a great school to attend. It is a Christian enviroment and we attended Chapel onces a week. It was also a very small teacher to student ratio so there was more 1 on 1 learning.


Posted May 30, 2011

I agreed with the parent who posted on March 4, 2011. Harvest is a total disappointment. Academics are weak, athletics are a joke and any type of spiritual emphasis is seriously lacking. Beware....the Headmaster can talk a good talk, but he definitely does not walk the walk. The School Board has repeatedly failed to find a Headmaster that can set the school on the path to success. This school has and always will be unstable. If you are a family currently looking for a top notch Christian education, keep looking because it is not at HCA. For those families still at Harvest, it is just a matter of time and you will be looking elsewhere too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2011

We would give 6 stars if possible! We cannot imagine allowing our children to go to any other school in this area. What they have learned and experienced at Harvest is priceless! We have had one graduate of HCA who has excelled more than we could imagine in college. Our other children are following her footsteps with more and more opportunities each year. But more than all of the academic knowledge our children have gained, we see Christ in our children. There are three major areas of input into a child's life; home, church and school. Harvest Christian Academy believes this and provides excellent input in the spiritual growth of each and every student. Thank you, HCA!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2011

HCA is great. I have both my sons in the Academy in middle school and high school. They are receiving a great education in a true Christ-centered environment. They love getting to participate in academic competion and multiple athletic teams. The faculty and staff are qualified, certified, and love the Lord. This school truly is partnering with me to build an academic and spiritual foundation in the lives of my boys. I wouldn't place them anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2011

I don't know who paid the people in the previous posts but it's strange that they all posted their reviews within the same week perhaps the people at the school are writing these raving reviews. I would not be surprised one bit. This school was the worst mistake I have ever made as a parent and I know more than one person who feels the same way. They preach about Christ but do not treat people the way a Christian would. These people where mean uncaring and belittling to a small child I have no respect for anyone who would behave the way the kindergarten teacher and the headmaster of this school did. We put our child in this school thinking it would be better than public, but we were incredibly wrong. Knowing then what I know now I would not trust the people at this school with my dog let alone a child. Please don't fall for the Christian facade because true Christians they are not, they are not even affiliated with the church that is attached to the school. There have been a few other honest reviews please consider them carefully before even considering this school it is the worst of the worst.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2011

After being in the highly rated Keller school system for 11 years, we decided it was time for a change. While Keller ISD does a great job of educating students we felt a need to take it a step further. We wanted to see how are child would respond in an environment that cared about her spiritual development as much as her academic development. Two years later we could not be happier with Harvest! We have had great experiences with teachers. She has had the opportunity to play several different sports and has been a part of student council. She has shown growth in character and a real desire to please God in all areas of her life. I very much trust that the administration is prayful in all decisions. We would not change a thing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2011

We moved into the Keller ISD area for the schools. After reviewing the elementary school in our area, we were not pleased with the class size, and other areas that were lacking. Our desire was for our kids to be taught by Christians in a school that was small enough to know them, but big enough to challenge them. HCA is that school. Amazing teachers and dedicated staff. Best decision we ever made! GO SAINTS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2011

My grandchildren have attended Harvest for 9 years, and I can't tell you how very pleased I have been with all aspects of the school. It provides a safe and encouraging environment where learning on all levels occurs. The entire staff knows your children, and loves them> It is truly a refuge from the liberal, undisciplined pubic school system.


Posted January 12, 2011

Harvest Christian Academy is a discipleship model school, which gives it a distinct and different personality than other private and Christian schools in the Fort Worth Area. We found HCA after hearing wonderful things about the spiritual atmosphere, academics and athletics. We have been very happy with the social and academic development of our children over the last 8 years. HCA has an incredible heart, and works to constantly improve all areas of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2010

Harvest Christian Academy is a great Christian School. Yes, they are going through some changes and 7 years ago when our oldest son attended, they went through some pretty drastic changes then. However, they are a better school today than they were 7 years ago. Personally, I really miss some of the teachers that no longer work there, but my faith and trust are in God to direct the path of the school. "Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.. " 2 Corinthians 5:17
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2010

We enrolled our son at HCA in the 2009/2010 school year in kindergarten but after one challenging day the teacher decided this was not the place for him. I was very disappointed in the school not even caring enough to try again or to help him adjust. The teacher was a very unfriendly rigid woman and I now thank god we did not stay at this school he is attending another school and has had tremendous success and has been blessed with wonderful, smart ,caring teachers for kindergarten and now first grade and we could not be happier. Please do your kids a favor and don't subject them to this harsh unkind environment.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 80% 31%
Asian or Pacific Islander 7% 4%
Hispanic 6% 51%
Two or more races 4% 2%
Black 2% 13%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Promote through our PK program
Area public schools
Several private schools
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 100% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Hardin Simmons University
Abilene Christian University
University of North Texas
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Special education coordinator
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

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

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
  • Improv
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

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

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:15 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Terry Caywood
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • Infant
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Non-denominational
Associations
  • ACSI
Fax number
  • (817) 514-6279

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Dual College Credit
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Hybrid
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Academic Support and GT
  • Career/college counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Transportation options
  • Provided for extended care
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Keller ISD
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

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

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • National Honor Society
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Harvest Christian Academy provides a Christ-centered educational environment that equips students to develop character, demonstrate competence, and discover their calling.
School leaders can update this information here.

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6 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
83
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
150
Students typically come from these schools
Promote through our PK program
Area public schools
Several private schools

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$7000 - $9000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Hardin Simmons University
College preparation / awareness offered
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
College presentations or information sessions
College prep programs/courses during the year
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
4 year college - 100%
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7200 Denton Hwy
Watauga, TX 76148
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Phone: (817) 485-1660

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