History of Heritage Christian Academy
In 1993, “God had a notion,” as he brought together a ten-member steering committee to meet and pray about the need for a Christian school in Christian County.
On March 29, 1994, the first town meeting was held in the Hopkinsville Community College auditorium to determine community interest in establishing a private Christian school. An overflow crowd of 625 people attended.
The Wadlington family donated 28 acres of land to the school in 1995, and three years later, HCA purchased an additional ten acres. In May 1998, HCA graduated its first class of nine students.
In 1999, HCA first received its Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) accreditation, and in the fall of 2000, it opened the 65,000-square foot building where the Hopkinsville campus still resides.
HCA’s student enrollment reached a new milestone in 2002 with more than 400 for the first time. During that year, the first Advanced Placement class was added to the curriculum – AP U.S. History. In addition, HCA now offers AP Chemistry, AP European History, and AP Language and Composition. Dual-credit college Biology and Spanish are also available at the Hopkinsville campus.
HCA continues to be accredited through ACSI and is now dually accredited through AdvancEd (formerly SACS). Acquiring accreditation from these internationally known organizations ensures every stakeholder that the processes and procedures by which the school makes decisions – around curriculum, instruction, and assessment – support student learning. As a result, universities worldwide recognize and accept HCA’s graduates.
In March of 2017, community members in Madisonville expressed an interest in establishing an HCA satellite campus in Madisonville. Once again “God had a notion,” and the doors of HCA – Madisonville opened for the 2017-2018 school year.
HCA now offers the same quality and fully accredited Christian education for children in pre-school through 10th grade in Madisonville. As the Madisonville campus continues to grow, it too will graduate quality citizens with diplomas recognized worldwide.