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Innovative Programs

Hershey Christian Academy embraces many unique approaches towards academics.


Makerspace

There are numerous ways to name a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) lab. We call ours Makerspace. It’s a class intended to celebrate and stimulate hands-on learning and discovery. In Makerspace, all kinds of learning happens. Guided inquiry invites more questions and experimentation, which then leads to repurposing, new inventions, and more enthusiasm to explore.

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.”

Jump Start

Every morning, elementary students at HCA get their minds and bodies pumping with a fitness program called Jump Start, twenty minutes of brain-strengthening exercises that require right and left crossings of the midline. Studies have shown that midline-crossing activities help to activate both sides of the brain, making connections that enhance the learning process. What a fun and lively way to “jumpstart” the rest of the school day!

Elementary & Secondary Spanish

Every student from Pre-Kindergarten to grade 10 will be learning Spanish. A second language is so beneficial in our world. Younger students will be learning simple conversation, color words, months of the year, days of the week, etc. while older students will progressively develop competency in speaking, reading, and writing Spanish.

Music

Music classes help students to realize the primary purpose of music is to glorify and worship God, to discover and develop their musical abilities, and to create an atmosphere of love and enjoyment for music listening and performance. Children will prepare for concerts and other school performances throughout the year. We also offer instrumental music lessons for an additional cost (see the Admissions page).

Art

Our art curriculum explores a variety of artistic media including drawing, painting, sculpture and textiles. While creating artwork, students are introduced to famous works from art history, forge connections with other cultures and learn how artistic skills are applied to other academic subjects.

Digital Skills

Computer literacy and the development of programming logic and critical thinking are the core of our digital skills program. This class will guide children in a way that honors God with these digital skills and will instill ways to be a good witness to the world through competent use of word processing and media arts.

Learning Support

We are pleased to have learning support from the Capital Area Intermediate Unit, as well as, our Student Success Teams.