Heritage Christian Academy (Fort Collins, Colorado)

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Heritage Christian Academy
Heritage Christian Academy logo 2012.jpg
Academic Excellence. Nurturing environment. Authentic faith.
2506 Zurich Drive
Fort Collins, Colorado, 80524
United States
Type Private
Established 1970
Principal Michael Cuckler (Head Administrator)
Brian Ness (Elementary Principal)
Dr. Stacy Loyd (Academic Dean)
Grades PreK - 12
Color(s) Forest Green, Black, and White               
Athletics conference Mile High League
Mascot Eagle
Information (970) 494-1022

Coordinates: 40°35′23.79″N 105°2′0.33″W / 40.5899417°N 105.0334250°W / 40.5899417; -105.0334250

Heritage Christian Academy is an independent, private, non-denominational Christian K–12 school in Fort Collins, Colorado, United States, with grades pre-kindergarten (four years old) through twelfth grade. It was formed by families and educators committed to making available a nonsectarian, Christian education in the Northern Colorado region.

Heritage Christian Academy is accredited by and a member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).


Building on Zurich Drive

Heritage Christian Academy is an independent, non-denominational Christian school, serving grades Pre-K through 12. The school is incorporated in the state of Colorado as a non-profit organization, under the direction of a nine-member board of directors. Originally founded in 1970 by three local churches, HCA opened its doors to fifty-six students, four teachers, and one administrator under the name Heritage Christian School. Today, Heritage is supported by the Heritage Christian Foundation, is fully accredited, and has over two hundred students.


HCA uses a curriculum that emphasizes a Christian world and life view. The school employs the Principle Approach teaching method, which places principles found in the Bible, such as the principle of self-government, at the center of each subject.


Elementary includes grades pre-kindergarten - sixth grade and includes full and half day kindergarten. In addition to the academic curriculum, the elementary school also provides instruction in art, music, P.E., and library use. Students Kindergarten - fifth grade also have the opportunity to join an afterschool chess club.


The junior high school covers 7th and 8th grades. The high school covers grades 9th - 12th. The graduation requirements include a classical requirement as well as a senior thesis which is started in the junior year and is defended before a panel of teachers during April of the senior year.

In 2007 through 2010, HCA won the judge’s choice, over-all best yearbook from the Rocky Mountain Regional Yearbook Competition sponsored by ACSI. This competition is against Christian schools from a six state region including Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

Fine Arts[edit]

Heritage offers art grades Pre-K through 12, music grades Pre-K through 6, band in grades 5-12, and drama for grades 7-12.

High School Sports[edit]

The Eagles are affiliated with CHSAA and the Mile High League. There are teams at both the junior high and senior high levels.

Boys' Varsity Sports[edit]

  • Cross-Country
  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Track & Field

Girls' Varsity Sports[edit]

  • Cross-Country
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Track & Field

Athletic achievements[edit]

  • The HCA boys basketball team won the Mile High League regular season title in 2009[1] and advanced to the state tournament where they captured the consolation trophy[2] bringing to completion the best season for basketball in either HCA or the previous Heritage Christian School.
  • The HCA boys cross-country went to State in its very first year of existence (fall 2012).
  • The HCA track were both represented at State in their very first year (spring 2013), with the boys team winning first place and the girls team placing fourth.[3]


  1. ^ Coloradoan Staff (8 March 2009). "Heritage Christian Headed for State Thanks to McGinley's 3s". Fort Collins Coloradoan. 
  2. ^ Coloradoan Staff (15 March 2009). "Heritage Christian Caps Historic Season". Fort Collins Coloradoan. 
  3. ^ Coloradoan Staff (18 May 2013). "Heritage Christian boys win team title in program's first year". Fort Collins Coloradoan. 

External links[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Slater, Rosalie (1965). Teaching and Learning America's Christian History: The Principle Approach. 
  • Hall, Verna (1960). The Christian History of the Constitution of the United States of America: Christian Self-Government. 
  • Youmans, Elizabeth (2004). The Noah Plan Self Directed Study in the Principle Approach.