• We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative, inerrant Word of God. 
  • We believe there is one God, eternally existent in three persons—Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe in the deity of Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death, His resurrection, His Ascension to the right hand of the Father and His personal return in power and glory.
  • We believe in the absolute necessity of regeneration by the Holy Spirit for salvation because of the exceeding sinfulness of human nature, and that people are justified on the single ground of faith in the shed blood of Christ and that only by God’s grace and through faith alone are we saved.
  • We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
  • We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.


  • Christ-Centered – We follow the teachings of Jesus Christ as found in the Holy Bible.
  • Excellence – We are committed to excellence, not perfection, as Christ is reflected through us in what we say, think, and do.
  • Personal Leadership – We will have a positive influence on our relationships, community, and culture.
  • Integrity - We will lead from the heart-side out, fostering trust among one another because of our character.
  • Community Outreach – We seek to serve as we show God’s love to the community.
  • Distinctive – We distinguish ourselves through a diverse learning environment partnered with community relationships.

I understand you are on two campuses. What grades are on what campus?
Currently, Pre-school through grade 3 is located at our Junior Campus at New Covenant Church on 767 Lee Road, Clyde NC. Grades 4-12 are located on HCA’s main campus, the Senior Campus at 1400 Old Clyde Road, Clyde, NC. The two campuses are just a block away, less than 2 minutes apart. We are currently pursuing a consolidated campus.

How long is your school day?
Students may arrive as early as 7:30am, classes begin promptly at 8:00am. For students in grades Kindergarten 3rd grade, school starts at 8:00am and ends at 2:50pm. For students in grades 4-12, school starts at 8:00am and ends at 3:00pm. The ending time of school is staggered so that parents who have children on both of our campus locations can pick up their children with greater ease. 

When does the school year start and end? Does your school calendar follow the Haywood County Public School calendar?
Usually, we start in mid-August and finish the year in late May. HCA sets its own calendar – independent of other school systems in the area with the exception of Christmas break and Spring break which we intentionally try to keep the same as the public system for the convenience of our families.

What is the dress code? Do students wear uniforms?
Currently, HCA has a modesty policy. Students may wear their own clothes to school as long as they are modest and not distracting. Our modesty policy provides specific guidelines on tops and lengths of shorts and skirts. See separate policy in our ‘Family and Student Handbook’ for details.

What is your discipline policy?
The student code of conduct is outlined in our Family and Student Handbook which is given to prospective families during their tour.

Are your teachers certified and/or licensed to teach?
All of our full-time teachers are college graduates and are certified through the Association of Christian Schools International. Several of our teachers have obtained their master’s degree or are in the process of completing their master’s. All part-time teachers are certifiable by the ACSI.

What is your student to teacher ratio?
Generally speaking, our average class size is 8-12 with one teacher per class. Rarely do we exceed 15 students in a particular class.

What curriculum do you use?
HCA acknowledges and references the N.C. common core standards and McRel when creating course standards and objectives. Teachers have the flexibility to utilize Christian and secular curriculum and resources when teaching objectives. A biblical worldview is interwoven into all academic disciplines.

Do you have a cafeteria?
No, currently HCA does not have a cafeteria. We receive daily meals from area vendors such as: Kaninis, Subway, Chick-fil-a, Bojangles, and Pizza Hut. Students may choose to order or they may pack lunch from home. The current lunch cost ranges from: $1.25-$6.25.

Is Haywood Christian Academy accredited?
Haywood Christian Academy is dually accredited through AdvancEd. HCA is accredited through the Association of Christian Schools International as well as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. We are the only accredited K-12 Christian School in WNC located west of Asheville.

What about after school sports and activities?
HCA is a member of the Western Carolina Christian Middle School Conference (WCCMSC). HCA’s middle school athletics program offers soccer, basketball, cheerleading, and volleyball. HCA offers an afterschool baseball club in the spring of the year. An athletic fee of $110 is due per sport played at HCA.

Do you have a regular chapel program?
HCA students attend a weekly chapel program. HCA’s chapel coordinator invites area pastors and youth pastors to be guest speakers. HCA’s student praise band leads in worship. Parent are welcome to join us for chapel services.

Do you have a PTA or other parent organization?
HCA has established a PAC group, Parent Advisory Committee. This group of parents serve the school and its staff by supporting the school’s mission, supporting and planning social engagements, assisting in fundraising efforts, and finding unique ways to boost and enhance the overall community of HCA supporters.

How do your test scores compare with the public school End of Grade Tests?
HCA does not administer End of Grade (EOG) test like the public school system. EOG tests are curriculum-based tests which measure the acquisition of learning benchmarks. HCA offers the Terra Nova 3 (TN3) which is an achievement/ability nationally normed test which helps us
compare the progress of our students by age and grade in the US and with other ACSI
schools. Questions are not specific to the curriculum we use, but identify generally what is taught in each grade level and subject. We are able to view potential as well as achievement so adjustments can be made to close gaps in skills and abilities.
Students in grades K-10 take the full battery TN3 in the spring while students in grades 11-12 take the PSAT and SAT. High school juniors are given the PSAT and/or ACT, high school seniors take the ACT and/or SAT. We also use the HCC Accuplacer for reading and math.

Do you have a learning center for students that struggle?
HCA’s Bridge Learning Center provides additional support to the student with average to above average cognitive ability who may be having difficulty in language-based areas of study. Our center also provides support in math. The tutoring support is an additional cost to our families but we do offer a reduced rate to the students of HCA.

Do you have scholarships or financial assistance?
The school has a limited amount of need-based financial assistance available for grades K-12. There is a formal application process (with a processing fee) through FACTS Tuition Management which must be completed online. Families may apply here.
The ideal time to submit the financial aid application is early March for the following school year. Tuition assistance will be awarded in June prior to the start of the new school year.

Qualifying families may also apply for the NC Opportunity Scholarship. This is a state-funded scholarship offering funds of up to $4,200.00 per school year to qualifying families. To be a qualifying family you must meet ALL of the eligibility standards in part 1. *Eligible families must apply for the NC Opportunity Scholarship PRIOR to applying for a FACTS scholarship through the school. Families may not receive funds from both programs.

Eligibility Part 1

  • Student is 5 years old on or before August 31
  • Lives in an eligible household
  • Has not graduated from high school
  • Is a resident of NC

Eligibility Part 2: Must meet at least 1 standard of part 2

  • Received an Opportunity Scholarship last year
  • Was a full-time student attending a NC public school last spring semester
  • Is entering kindergarten or 1st grade
  • Is in foster care
  • Was adopted within the last year

What is the standard for admission and how do I enroll my child?
New students entering 3-12th grade are expected to take an entrance assessment and must score a minimum of 60%. Grades should be mostly C level or above. The student should have a clean history and have a desire to be a student at HCA. Students who qualify must understand the commitment level of an HCA student as well as the school’s core values and doctrinal beliefs.


  • Contact the Admissions Office of HCA at 828-627-0229 to schedule a tour OR fill out the online inquiry form HERE.
  • Following the tour, the family must complete the online application and submit it with a non-refundable application fee.
  • The office will contact you and an entrance assessment will be scheduled.
  • The Admissions Committee makes final decisions about enrollment.

Early Learning Center (Pre-k) Frequently Asked Questions
The above Frequently Asked Questions are specific to K-12. Here is more information speficif to our Pre-K or Early Learning Program at HCA:

How long is the school day?
Three and four year old children have the option of three mornings (M/W/F) or five mornings (M-F) from 7:30am-11:30am and three full days (M/W/F) or five full days (M-F) 7:30am-5:30pm.

When does the school year start and end?
In general, ELC/Pre-k students begin in mid-August and end their school year in late May, mirroring the K-12 schedule of HCA.

Does HCA’s ELC adhere to the NC Child Care Licensing laws?
Because our operating hours exceed 6 1⁄2 hours per day of care, we are required to follow the NC State guidelines that apply to Religious Exempt schools (GS-110).

What meals are included in your rates?
The ELC or Pre-k program will provide breakfast and afternoon snack to the full day students. Lunch is an additional cost to our families. Parents may order from the school’s menu or provide their own meal so long as it meets the licensing requirements (NC meal guidelines) for pre-school aged children. The school orders lunch from area vendors since we do not yet have a facility in which to cook our own meals. Breakfast is provided for the half day students.

Do you have nap time?
Pre-k or ELC students that stay a full day are encouraged to rest quietly.

Is there a dress-code?
Students may wear clothing of their choice as long as it is appropriate for play and is easy to slip up and down when using the restrooms. We do not allow pre-school children to wear flip flops to school. Shoes should be fully enclosed or have a heel strap to ensure safe play.

What kind of curriculum do you use?
The ELC or Pre-k program uses the A Beka pre-school curriculum along with teacher created units and materials. Our ELC is a kindergarten-readiness program that offers a well-balanced program that includes structured activities, creative play, and free choice activities.

Do pre-school students get to play outside daily?
We recognize that preschool students learn best through play. Students need large motor activities offered to them each day, as well as fresh air. Weather permitting, outside playtime is provided daily. Students are also provided movement once a week during a music class.

What is your child/staff ratio?
The state of N.C. provides child/staff ratio requirements for licensed preschools, however, HCA’s ratio is lower than the required ratio due to our emphasis on an optimal learning environment and quality care of our students.

Is the Pre-k teacher licensed?
Our lead teacher has a two-year degree in childcare education and over 18 years of experience teaching pre-school aged children. Regular staff training and safety workshops are attended each year.

How do I secure a spot in the ELC or Pre-k Program?
Qualified students may enroll at any time during the school year (provided that space is available). Please call our office to schedule a tour. Once we have received your completed online application and application fee, a spot is secure.

In general, a student that qualifies should be able to:

  • Meet the appropriate birth date guidelines; appropriate age by July 1st
  • Meet normal growth and development guidelines
  • Successfully separate from their parent
  • Verbally communicate their needs to the teacher
  • Be fully potty trained and self-sufficient in the restroom 

How can I be sure that my Pre-k enrolled child will be able to attend Kindergarten at HCA?
Although we cannot make absolute guarantees, we are usually able to enroll most of the children in Kindergarten for whom we have applications. If your child is not currently enrolled in our 4-year old preschool program, we recommend that the Kindergarten application be submitted by March prior to the child starting Kindergarten the following August. HCA’s current pre-school students will receive the first spots available in HCA’s kindergarten class. 

Is there financial assistance for preschool families?
No, pre-school age students are not eligible for financial aid.


  •  Contact the Admissions Office of HCA at 828-627-0378 to schedule a tour OR fill out the online inquiry form HERE.
  • Following the tour, the family must complete the online application and submit it with a non-refundable application fee.