Academics

Pre-K

Our Pre-Kindergarten program is not only designed to develop readiness skills for reading and math; care is taken to plan developmentally appropriate learning activities to cultivate a child’s social, emotional, and spiritual growth.

Our Pre-K students will also participate in music, art, Makerspace, JumpStart, Spanish, and P.E. classes.

We offer flexible half- and full-day scheduling to meet individual family needs.

Elementary

Our elementary program includes Kindergarten through Grade 6. We will honor and encourage our students’ interest in learning and asking questions. Instruction will not only include well-tailored academic content but will also include hands-on learning, field trips, explorations, and projects.

We want our students to understand how important they are to God. Because of this, we intentionally weave God’s Word and a dependence on Him throughout the day. They see God as Creator in science, as sovereign through history, and as designer of all, intending us to live lovingly and respectfully in community. We practice restorative discipline as a way to resolve conflicts and encourage personal responsibility for better choices.

Since learning to read well is foundational to all other learning, there will be a strong balance of phonics and comprehension skills, incorporating not only leveled readers but also trade books and classic children’s literature.

Elementary students will have weekly art, P.E., chapel, Spanish, music, and Makerspace classes. Grades 2-6 will also develop digital literacy through weekly computer classes.

Curriculum for  our Elementary School includes:

  • D’Nealian Handwriting
  • Abeka Math
  • Journeys Reading, Language, Spelling & Writing
  • Positive Action for Christ, Inc. for Bible
  • Unit Studies planned by teachers for Science & History

Sixth Grade

At Hershey Christian Academy, 6th Grade is a transitional year to middle school. In addition to solid academic learning, students learn how to keep notebooks and storage spaces, change classrooms, and use study halls productively. They develop formal study skills, consider how to manage social media in a Christian context, and both understand and practice social skills and manners. Sixth grade is a springboard to greater responsibility and privilege through creative leadership and active service to others in the school and community. In the 2019-2020 school year, we combined 6th grade with the Middle School.

Middle School

Middle school (7th-8th grade), is a unique and curiosity-friendly transition from elementary to high school. HCA’s program is a hybrid model type of education where some courses are classroom-based for a few days a week and project- and study-based for the other days.

In the 2020-2021 school year, HCA middle schoolers will

  • study geography, history, culture, arts, and cuisine in a project-based World Tour socials studies
  • read, discuss, and study classic books for youth like Swiss Family Robinson and The Bronze Bow in a new project-based approach. Our English course will also build vocabulary and spelling skills through a study of Latin and Greek roots. Lots of practice with writing and oral presentations will round out this course.
  • learn and apply Scripture through a worldviews-themed Bible 
  • build confidence in writing and speaking a second language with the help of a teacher fluent in Spanish.
  • keep progressing in Math and Science with the expertise of on-site teachers.
  • manage money better through a Junior Achievement budgeting class.
  • actively explore career choices through the presentations of frequent guest speakers. This is the first step in an intentional guidance program at HCA that will lead to shadowing, internships, and apprenticeships in our community.
  • learn and practice traditional and modern tech and handcraft skills in Makerspace; progress in digital literacy, computer skills.
  • Music, Health, Art, and PE are also part of a varied and rich middle school experience at HCA.

 

Curriculum for  our Secondary School includes:

  • Abeka ProTeach 
  • Spanish with a Mission
  • Code.org Computer Science Discoveries
  • Total Health

 

High School

HCA is excited about the benefits of preparing for adulthood in a whole-person, Christ-centered environment. We believe that the years before graduation should help to launch students into meaningful and interest-driven work and service. Our care and interest in them includes guidance counseling, actively seeking out local opportunities to job shadow, intern, and apprentice. We hope to set our students up for success by offering time and mentoring to pursue certification in digital literacy, life skills, and other specific job- and trade-related professions. But it isn’t just job preparation that motivates us; we want to encourage our students to develop conscience and choose to serve others in need according to Jesus’ example. Opportunities to do this are found both in the school and the local communities through a developing Christian Service program.

Like the middle school, the high school courses are a hybrid model type of education where courses are classroom-based for a few days a week and project- and study-based for the other days.

Our high school consists of 9th and 10th grades for the 2020-2021 school year.

  • The Englishcourse, Analyzing & Interpreting Literature, is designed to help students identify literary devices and develop discernment in communication. This class will prepare students to take the related CLEP course at the end of the year for a possible 3 college credits.
  • Western Civilization I is the content for 9th & 10th grade social studies. This class is one-of-a-kind in that it prepares students both to successfully take the related CLEP exam at the end of the year for college credit andpresents and invites study and discussion on the movement of God in the story of mankind. Students will learn how to take notes, how to research and lead investigative discussion, how to fuel their curiosity for knowledge with biblical and archaeological evidence, and how to work together to create interesting presentations based on their discoveries.
  • Our year-long Bibleapologetics course will encourage and challenge students to learn, discuss, and apply foundational truths of a life of faith in Jesus Christ.
  • Learning about this thing called MONEY and how to use it wisely is the focus of a Junior Achievementcourse, Finance Park, which will be shared with the middle school.
  • Mathand Science are full-year courses taught on-site.
  • Level-appropriate Spanishclass by a fluent teacher will help our students to grow in skill and motivation to step out of the English “comfort zone” to care for and serve those who speak a different language.
  • This year’s Makerspacewill be a shared class with the middle school, focusing on learning and practicing traditional and modern crafts; there will also be opportunity to develop tech skills through 3D printing, robotics, and computer science. Our students need to function comfortably in a digital world; we provide opportunities, time, and mentoring to help them deepen their abilities.
  • Specials classes include Art, Music,and Physical Education (details to be announced).

 

Check out some pictures from the current school year!

Visit our website again soon or call our office to keep up-to-date with the developing plans for the 2020-2021 school year!

What is a Makerspace?

There are numerous ways to name a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) lab. We call ours The Makerspace. It’s a class intended to celebrate hands-on learning and discovery. In the Makerspace, all kinds of learning happens. We could be programming robots to navigate a block maze,  hand-sewing pillows, creating scrapbook pages, watching what open and closed circuits do, or making something that does something. We might be tracking bird migrations or fashioning flower arrangements or taking apart old gadgets. Guided inquiry invites more questions and experimentation, which then leads to repurposing, new inventions, and more enthusiasm to explore. Robert Louis Stevenson wrote, “The world is so full of a number of things, I’m sure we should all be as happy as kings!” This is the invitation of the Makerspace. It’s a favorite place to be!

The theme of the Makerspace is Genesis 2:15 (NIV)…

“The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”

Our philosophy about Makerspace education is based on these core observations.

    1. God is Creator.“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)
    2. As God’s image-bearers, we celebrate and develop the desire to explore, experiment, and create that He placed in all people.“So God created man in HIs own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.’” (Genesis 1:27-28)
    3. Teachers and students are both learners and can therefore share the process of discovery in humility and wonder. “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?” (Psalm 8:3-4)
    4. As followers of Jesus, Christian educators are called to lovingly provide students with a safe, affirming environment in which to discover and develop their gifts and interests. “Jesus said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:14) 
    5. Inquiry-based discovery learning from a faith perspective is an effective and respectful way to explore the physical realm, engage in its care, and understand God’s ways. “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” (Matthew 6:26-27)

What are Digital Skills?

Do Digital Natives need digital skills classes? Our students represent a generation that has never known life without mobile devices. Their global perspective has largely been formed by the World Wide Web.

Digital skills are of utmost importance to these learners. At Hershey Christian Academy, we will honor our students by mentoring them for present and future success In both computer literacy (hardware, software, keyboarding, word processing) and computer science (problem-solving STEM applications, coding/programming, CAD/3D modeling).

Digital citizenship and online safety accompany all aspects of our digital skills program. The fact the the Internet is a useful tool does not mean that it is morally neutral. As followers of Jesus, we want to obey HIs instruction to be “wise as serpents and harmless as doves” in the way we live and represent Him. This has great significance in the digital world. There must be intentionality in the way we build discerning, blameless, compassionate, and courageous young people who lead balanced and successful lives with the help of technology.

Physical Education

The goal of physical education at HCA is 3-fold:

(1) teach students motor skills and movement patterns that enhance physical activity and fitness;

(2) teach students concepts, principles and strategies related to athletic performance;

(3) teach students behavior patterns that reflect principles in God’s Word.