Heritage Christian Academy (Fort Collins, Colorado)
|Heritage Christian Academy|
Academic Excellence. Nurturing environment. Authentic faith.
|2506 Zurich Drive
Fort Collins, Colorado, 80524
|Principal||Mike Cuckler (High School)
Brian Ness (Elementary)
Dr. Stacy Loyd (Academic Dean)
Patricia Hahn (Dean Emeritus)
|Grades||PreK - 12|
|Color(s)||Forest Green, Black, and White|
|Athletics conference||Mile High League|
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).
Heritage Christian Academy was founded in 2007 by parents of children that had been enrolled at Heritage Christian School of Northern Colorado. That school folded in the summer of 2007 due to financial difficulties associated with making payments on their building, but a group of businessmen associated with the school formed a new school based upon the same curriculum and staff.
These men formed a charitable foundation, now called Heritage Christian Foundation, which entered into a contract to purchase a warehouse building (previously owned by Ultimate Support Systems of music and bike stand fame). In the 10 weeks starting August 1, 2007, they worked with contractors with a lot of volunteer labor to retrofit about 40% of the building into a school facility. HCA started operations in September 2007, in two churches in Fort Collins, while construction continued. Then, on October 10, 2007, they started classes in the new facility on Zurich Drive. In the fifth year of operations, the enrollment is above 250 students.
The previous school had never owned a gymnasium but instead rented the use of a local church gym. During 2008 work proceeded on the construction of a gymnasium inside the warehouse building. In May 2007, the school was offered the used bleachers from Golden High School, in Golden, Colorado, for free. Over one hundred volunteers showed up in Golden on a Saturday to dismantle an 80-foot wide section of bleachers and loaded it into a semi trailer. On September 16, 2008, the school hosted the first home volleyball game in its own gymnasium with bleachers in place.
In April, 2009, the bank which held the mortgage (New Frontier Bank) for the building was taken over by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). The loan has been sold to a joint venture between the FDIC and Colony Capital.
HCA uses an American classical 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 American classical curriculum, the elementary school also provides instruction in art, music, P.E., and library use.
The junior high school covers 7th and 8th grades. The high school covers grades 9th - 12th. The graduation requirements include a year of Latin 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.
Heritage offers art grades Pre-K through 12, band in grades 5-12, and drama for grades 7-12.
High School Sports
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
- Track & Field
Girls' Varsity Sports
- Track & Field
- The HCA boys basketball team won the Mile High League regular season title in 2009 and advanced to the state tournament where they captured the consolation trophy 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.
- Nelson, Taylour (14 July 2007). "Christian School Swaps Hands". Fort Collins Coloradoan.
- Coloradoan Staff (8 March 2009). "Heritage Christian Headed for State Thanks to McGinley's 3s". Fort Collins Coloradoan.
- Coloradoan Staff (15 March 2009). "Heritage Christian Caps Historic Season". Fort Collins Coloradoan.
- Coloradoan Staff (18 May 2013). "Heritage Christian boys win team title in program's first year". Fort Collins Coloradoan.
- Heritage Christian Academy (www.heritagechristian.info)
- Association of Christian Schools International (www.acsi.org)
- The Principle Approach (www.principleapproach.org)
- Foundation for American Christian Education (www.face.net)
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