Haywood Christian Academy History
Haywood Christian Academy (HCA) is a private Christian school in Waynesville, North Carolina offering kindergarten through 12th grade. Haywood Christian pre-kindergarten provides a unique learning experience for 3 and 4-year olds.
HCA was established in 2007, when parents and community leaders desired to establish a Christ-centered, community-minded school that was independent of any specific church affiliation and driven to provide an excellent educational program.
At that time, four organizations in our community found themselves pursuing a God-given vision. Woodland Baptist Church was looking for a buyer so they could pursue their vision of a new facility. New Covenant Church was looking for a way to open their doors more to the community. A new church, Providence Presbyterian, was looking for a place to worship and fellowship every week. HCA was looking for a campus to pursue its vision of being a leading independent, inter-denominational, innovative Christian school in Western North Carolina.
HCA began and remained a two-campus school for the first 11 years of existence. The main campus was housed at the former Woodland Baptist Church, of which HCA became the owner in September 2017. HCA’s pre-kindergarten and elementary school was housed in New Covenant Church’s educational wing. In pursuit of community mindedness, HCA leased the main campus to Providence Presbyterian Church for their weekly services and special events. HCA students have enjoyed traveling to area facilities for physical education and monthly visits to the local library. HCA was able to secure field space for its athletic program at Central Haywood High School and gymnasium usage at Central and First Baptist Church in Maggie Valley. HCA has found itself in the midst of just what it set out to be - a part of community!
Since its inception, HCA has pursued a vision of a united campus that offering room for expansion and athletic facilities. Over the years, the vision became more vivid through concept drawings, seasons of prayer and fasting, and a passionate and relentless staff and board of directors who believed in faith that God would birth the vision to life in His timing.
In May of 2018, HCA found itself at the close of a time of due diligence with New Covenant Church for a tract of land for the school to build upon when God turned the attention of school leadership in a new and very unexpected direction. Similar to the school’s beginning, four ministries found themselves at interesting crossroads. Calvary Road Baptist Church (CRBC) had outgrown their facility and had just purchased Eagle Nest Entertainment, Providence Presbyterian Church (PPC) was looking for greater ownership and visibility for their church body, New Covenant Church (NCC) was looking to God for direction and possible campus expansion, and HCA was actively pursuing their vision of a one-campus school. Upon hearing about Calvary Road’s purchase of a new facility, HCA’s leadership visited the church campus on February 22nd to explore the possibilities and the rest became history! The school issued CRBC a letter of intent to purchase on March 1st and purchased the property on May 21st. HCA immediately began necessary renovations including transforming the existing fellowship hall into six new elementary classrooms and renovating the youth house to become HCA’s new Early Learning Center. The school is set to open its doors for students on August 23rd of 2018 at its new location.
During our recent accreditation visit, the team noted, “God’s thumbprint is all over this school”. We are both honored and humbled to be serving the Lord through Christian education. By God’s grace and provision, the school has also flourished academically. Since 2007, HCA has graduated 76 students in ten commencements. Colleges attended include Pepperdine University, Western Carolina University, Lenior-Rhyne University, Le Tournaeu University, Montreat College, Lee University, Asbury University, UNC-Charlotte, UNC- Wilmington, Liberty University, Charleston Southern University, Covenant College, East Tennessee State University, East Carolina University, Piedmont International University, Haywood Community College, Southwestern Community College, Pensacola Christian College, and UNC-Asheville.
Recognizing the need for an academic support program for our students, as well as students in our community, HCA founded The Bridge Learning Center in 2015. This unique program offers highly effective language therapy using the Orton-Gillingham approach. This program has since expanded to offer academic tutoring and support in most subject areas.
The desire to pursue excellence in all things has been a commitment of the school since its inception in 2007; therefore, the school began its pursuit of national accreditation early on. The school received its initial accreditation for the K-12 program on July 1, 2013. The school just successfully completed its first five-year curriculum review cycle. It is our goal to begin the accreditation process for our Early Learning Center in the 2018-2019 school year.
Today, HCA employs 34 employees, including 23 faculty members, with 12.5% holding masters or advanced certifications. We have 135 students enrolled in the 2018-2019 school year, representing 9 neighboring towns in Western North Carolina. The families at HCA represent a diverse Christian population of 27 churches and 7 denominations.
Over the past 11 years, our mission of providing an excellent education on the foundation of biblical truth has not waivered. Opening the doors on our new campus this fall, we anticipate more success for the school as we strive to provide this unique offering in our area. We have been blessed to see many students come to know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior over the past 11 years. As we teach a biblical worldview, we pray that our students gain understanding through Christ, "in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge."