The curriculum at HCA recognizes the diversity of learning styles, educational levels, and personal interests of our students. Skills groups, hands-on activities, performing arts, and recreational opportunities give children an environment which stimulates learning.  Students learn more effectively when their attention is focused and when multiple layers of the context are used to support learning.  The message our teachers give students is that the complex activities that take place in the classroom are of the greatest importance.   Classes at HCA consistently have students engaged in higher-level thinking activities and require students to process information in a variety of ways.  Because our classes are involved and engaging, students are expected to focus, participate, and submit their very best work each day.

Kindergarten
To encourage a child’s natural development, the kindergarten program is a “readiness curriculum”. Through extensive use of learning centers and multi-sensory instruction, the curriculum emphasizes listening skills and social skills. Curriculum materials include Abeka reading and social studies, ACSI daily Bible lessons and CSI hands-on science activities.

Kindergarten is a full-day academic program (8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.), with parent-provided snacks, rest time and the option to bring or buy your lunch.   Discover more about our Kindergarten program.

Grades 1-6
Grades one through six use a wide range of curriculum, including an integrated language arts program with a strong emphasis on phonics, literature and language skills. Materials include ABeka, BJU Press, CSI, ACSI, Saxon Math, and HCA curriculum.

Curriculum is enriched for the high achiever, and specialists assist in specialty subjects. Students take conversational Spanish, art, physical education, music, computers (grades 3 and up), and library classes.

Students in the elementary school are taught in self-contained classrooms in grades one through four with some skill groups in grades five and six. Parental involvement is strongly encouraged in the elementary school, in the classrooms and in other areas of the Academy program, including lunchroom and library.

Grades 7-12
Beginning in the 7th grade, students move between classes to various department disciplines. Although the curriculum on the secondary level is governed principally by the requirements of college preparation, students are also encouraged to take courses in speech, computer and other sciences, creative arts, keyboarding, yearbook, and drama.

HCA offers an Honors Diploma Program to eligible students.  In addition, Honors, Dual Credit and Advanced Placement courses are offered in certain disciplines. Course work offerings prepare students to meet the college entrance requirements of  many universities. The Guidance Department oversees the testing program in all grades and assists students in preparing college and scholarship applications.   HCA students are also eligible to participate in National Honor Society and the National Junior Honor Society.

Dual Credit courses are those in which students simultaneously earn high school credit and college credit hours. Through an affiliation with an accredited university, HCA offers Dual Credit in English, Math and Bible.  Students must apply for admission into these courses.  To be eligible for dual credit courses students must take and complete the Accuplacer college entrance exam with a 78% accuracy in reading comprehension, or be exempt from testing with SAT scores of 1070 (minimum of 500 on math and verbal sections) or an ACT composite score of 23 (minimum of 19 on math and reading tests).  A fee will be charged for each dual credit course and students will be required to cover the cost of the course textbook.  An HCA student has the opportunity to graduate not only with a strong secondary education, but also with a potential of  15 college credits.

Harvest graduates have been accepted at:

  • Baylor University
  • Dallas Baptist University
  • Hardin Simmons University
  • Howard Payne University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Ouachita Baptist University
  • Pace College
  • Pepperdine Univerisity
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Stephen F. Austin University
  • Texas A&M University
  • Texas Christian University
  • Texas Tech University
  • Texas Wesleyn University
  • University of North Texas
  • University of Texas – Arlington
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Wayland Baptist University

 

 

Testing Overview

Entrance Testing

Students requesting admission into Harvest Christian Academy will be required to take an entrance exam and will be considered for entrance once the application process is complete.  The entrance exam will be scheduled through the office of Admissions.

PSAT/NMSQT

The PSAT/NMSQT is the qualifying test that students must take to enter the National Merit Scholarship Corporation competitions for college scholarships.  Juniors are required to take this test in October of each year.  Grades 9 and 10 will also have the opportunity to take the PSAT in October.

Advanced Placement Examinations

These exams provide students with the opportunity to gain college credit by taking the AP exams in the spring of each year.  Students will be responsible for the cost of the test.  Students are also encouraged, but not required to take the AP Exams in the spring.

Stanford Achievement Tests

The Stanford Achievement Tests are given in April of each school year.  Grades K-10 are required to take this test.  Grades 1,3,5,7, and 9, will also be given the Otis- Lennon School Ability Test.  These tests are used to evaluate student academic growth, academic ability, and student achievement.