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Holden Christian Academy

Holden Christian Academy is a coeducational private Other traditional school for students in grades Pre-K through 8.

Institution Type: Private Setting: Suburban

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Overview

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Holden Christian Academy is an interdenominational Christian school serving grades PS-8. We serve families from 38 different churches and 23 different communities within Central Massachusetts. HCA is fully accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International. Holden Christian Academy's mission is to challenge children to a lifetime of learning, working in partnership with families, to integrate Biblical truth with academic pursuit. During the elementary and middle school years the minds of children are developing at a remarkable rate. Patterns of thinking, reasoning, and analyzing are being formed that will last a lifetime. Because this is the most opportune time for faith and reason to grow together, we seek to create an environment which nurtures both. In this way children are given the tools to cultivate a world view based upon Biblical truth, enabling them to think and reason from God's perspective. This training provides them with a dependable framework through which to interpret the world, make wise decisions, and pursue future learning.

Curriculum

Concept-Based Instruction Each school year concept statements are developed. These statements provide a superstructure for the curriculum out of which flow the units of study for the year. They provide the thread that weaves our entire curriculum together thus minimizing fragmentation of subject matter. Our concepts are often based on the Bible content for the year preventing the artificial separation of secular and sacred studies. Some of the concept areas for the different years may include: Our Heritage, Unchanging God in a Changing World, Great Civilizations, & Cultures in Contact.

Integrated Studies Using our concept statements as a guide, units are developed that integrate traditional disciplines. Studies in history, geography, science and Bible will have a common unit theme reinforcing and expanding one another. By using an integrated, unit based approach, teachers as well as parents work together to combine resources and expand the units indefinitely. Children are often able to explore aspects of particular interest to them in each unit and individualize their learning. Children are given time for presentations, each learning from one another.

Basic Skills At the heart of every good elementary education are the basics. Learning well the skills of reading, writing and mathematics will enable children to read, think about and understand Man and the world of ideas in relation to God. These basics will be taught using logical, sequential and enriching methods (our integrated units). Because mornings are opportune times for learning, our mornings will be carefully protected so the children will have uninterrupted time to grasp these basic skills.

Curriculum/Textbook Choices Our concept statements serve as our guide and a valuable tool for textbook and other resource materials selection. Instead of searching for a good textbook and then basing our curriculum on it, we are able to plan our units then find the best of the best to meet our needs. We freely use the best of both secular and Christian books and materials.

Mission Statement

Honoring God through creative learning and strong academics, in a caring, fun-filled school!

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Financial Aid Information

Financial Aid is available for enrolled families in need. All families who are awarded assistance will be required to actively participate in the Development Team’s activities to raise funds for the following year’s recipients. Applications and supporting documentation required by FACTS Grant & Aid are due by April 22, 2016, to be considered in the first round of financial aid awards. If families miss this initial deadline, they may apply and provide supporting documentation by May 20, 2016, for consideration in the second round. Please be aware that the majority of financial aid monies will be awarded during the first round. Applicants will apply online through FACTS Grant and Aid, who processes our applications. There is a fee per family application payable directly to FACTS. Award decisions are made by the HCA School Committee and will be reviewed on an individual basis.

Finance

Finance

Private schools, including parochial and boarding, are funded through tuition and fees. The cost varies from school to school, but most families pay tuition to attend them. Many private schools offer financial aid or discounts, so it's worthwhile to ask about these options.

Admissions

Admissions
Phone
  (508) 829-4418
Email
  info@holdenchristianacademy.org

Admission Considerations

Very Important: School Record

Admission Requirements

Required: Recommendations, Interview, Competence Demonstration

Academics

Academics

Academic Calendar: Semester

Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 116
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
Pre-K 18
Kindergarten 10
1 13
2 8
3 9
4 10
5 11
6 12
7 13
8 12

Holden Christian Academy's relatively variable enrollment profile may offer insights into student retention rates, local population changes, real estate costs, and the accessibility of alternative educational options. to find out more about the specific factors influencing Holden Christian Academy's enrollment numbers.

Student Teacher Ratio 11 : 1
Gender 51% Male / 49% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage of Student Body
White 66%
Multi-racial 12%
Hispanic/Latino 5%
Black or African American 8%
Asian 9%
Principal   Susan Hayward

Extracurriculars

Before School Care Policy and Fee: Our doors open at 8:00 a.m. for K-8 students, however a 7:30 a.m. drop-off is available for a fee of $5.00 per day per student. After School Care for K-8 students will be provided Monday through Friday, beginning at 2:45 p.m., until as late as 5:30 p.m. 1 child $10 until 4:30, $15 until 5:30 2 siblings $12 until 4:30, $17 until 5:30 3 siblings $14 until 4:30, $19 until 5:30
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