Heritage Classical Academy exists to equip students to think and live for the glory of Jesus Christ. HCA offers two distinct tracks to serve our families. At the Academy, students attend classes on a traditional five days per week schedule. At the Study Center, we partner with homeschool families two days per week to support their efforts to educate classically by providing a proven curriculum, passionate teachers, and a Christ-centered environment.

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In his work The Glory of Christ, John Owen, the 17th century Puritan theologian par excellence, wrote:


“Without the knowledge of this [the gospel of Jesus Christ], the mind of man, however priding itself in other inventions and discoveries is wrapped up in darkness and confusion.”


In saying this, Owen relayed the truth that all knowledge and truth comes from Jesus Christ and points to Jesus Christ.  If I could know all things about the created order but not know the truth of Jesus Christ and his gospel, it is loss.  If I know or discover other wonderful truths but I do not know Christ, my mind is wrapped in darkness!


Owen’s words summarize why, in 2003, Heritage Study Center began with the motto: “Equipping students to think and live for Christ.”


As a classical Christian school, we strive to educate our students to see how all knowledge is interrelated and points to Jesus Christ, the Author of Truth.


Fourteen years later, as Heritage Classical Academy, we continue to operate with this motto flying as a banner over all we do:  “Equipping students to think and live for Christ.”


On behalf of the HCA Board of Directors, faculty, and staff, I invite you to navigate our website and contact us with any questions.  We are happy to meet with you and answer any questions you may have.


In our Lord Jesus, who is the Author of Truth,


David Nees

Head of School

Heritage Classical Academy

David & Goliath


A classically educated student is taught according to the Trivium (grammar, logic, rhetoric), which emphasizes that as children develop cognitively, they learn differently.  Young children love to memorize and learn facts.  During their elementary years, students learn the grammar of each subject.  Middle school students are inquisitive, so we teach logic to develop their ability to reason and discern truth.  In high school, students develop a deeper sense of how they are perceived by others.   Therefore, an emphasis is placed on rhetoric where students learn to write and present their ideas persuasively.


We believe that God’s character is revealed in His Word and in every facet of creation. Therefore, we teach that all knowledge is interrelated and instructs us about God Himself.  We affirm that all our actions should be done “heartily, as unto the Lord” (Colossians 3:23), so we encourage quality academic work and maintain high standards of character and conduct.  Our highest goal is to honor Christ by providing instruction that challenges our students to live and think within a Christian worldview.


As an independent school, Heritage Classical Academy does not accept funding from local, state, or federal governments.  Our independence permits us to provide a true classical and Christian educational experience that is pure in mission, vision, and result, and free from governmental oversight or control.


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