In the fall of 1994, God provided a vision to two young moms at Highland Baptist Church to begin a school for their children, and for the kids of other dedicated believers in the community. Desiring their kids simultaneously have a strong spiritual foundation as well as a strong academic environment, they were discouraged by the lack of choices, and followed the Lord’s lead to begin Hickory Christian Academy.
Four children entered Mrs. Ennis’ 1st grade, Five kids were in Mrs. Huffine’s Kindergarten class, and Mrs. Ragan had 10 in her K4 class. And, all of a sudden, HCA was off and running! The original Mission Statement, which we still adhere to today, was written as “Equipping children today to become God’s leaders tomorrow.”
25 years later, as the school hovers around 500 students and 40 teachers, a lot has changed. We have our own campus, students through 12th grade, over 325 alumni (seven of whom now have their kids back at HCA as current students). We have student athletes, a daily lunch program, hundreds of college graduates, an alumni association, and a community footprint where we are respected and appreciated as a beneficial asset to the Catawba Valley.
But, the mission has not changed. Our desire was, and is, to produce Christian leaders. That does not necessarily mean that every student becomes a boss, but rather that they become steadfast in their faith, unwavering in their commitment to Jesus through a combination of true biblical worldview (Christian) and training of the mind (Classical). Upon graduation, an HCA student will be a combination of spiritual and intellectual strength, making them difference makers for the gospel.
|From year two. Wearing uniforms for the first time!|
As Hickory Christian Academy celebrates 25 years of Classical Christian education, I invite you all to be a part of the celebration. For now, we cannot hold a large gathering, but maybe soon we will be able to do something a little more formal. Until then, let me simply say THANK YOU to all who have played a part in the success of this school, from founders to teachers to board members to parents and students. And, let me just say Happy Birthday HCA! to each of you. So, wherever you are, and however you choose, please join me in celebrating God’s faithfulness to our precious school. Whether you have been with us for 25 years, or just a couple weeks, you are now part of a very special story, and we are excited to rejoice over this milestone, and the ones to come, alongside each of you.