Lower School (K5-5)

At Hernando Christian Academy elementary students embark on a challenging academic course that will successfully prepare them for future endeavors. Our comprehensive program builds successively upon the mastery and discipline acquired at each grade level, setting a high standard that equips students to excel in any future educational endeavors.

Hernando Christian Academy strives to make educational learning an exciting quest. Lessons ignite the imagination and stimulate thinking. Students grow in their love of literature and in their ability to use written and spoken language skillfully. Students are encouraged to recognize the hand of God in history and explore the patterns of His creation through science and mathematics.

Learning environments and methods are varied to stimulate the mind, body, and soul. Physical activities such as running and playing during physical education classes, shooting a basketball hoop or playing soccer in our physical education classes help to establish athleticism, coordination, and the importance of physical health. Researching topics in our computer lab, or finding a special book in the library help develop the mind.

Our music program provides students with the opportunity to gain confidence and poise as they perform before audiences of family, friends, and peers. The HCA art program exposes students to the world's most celebrated artists, and in classes students develop their own personal expression and artistic gift.

Specifically designed field trips at each grade level present God's world as an integral part of learning and development. Our students learn about the history of Florida and much more. Second grade students hit the road to a fun filled day at Cracker Country, where students experience activities from the days of the pioneers, and buildings and exhibits revealing life before television and radio, a time when families relied on each other for entertainment and work began with the rooster's crow. Children at Hernando Christian Academy, from kindergarten to fifth grade, revel in the rich experiences they gain from these memorable journeys.

Our specialized method of developing study and organizational skills begins in each student at an early age. As schooling progresses, Hernando Christian Academy students increasingly become independent learners, learn to efficiently plan their time, organize their materials, and communicate effectively - invaluable skills in this age of fast-paced information. By training students to use discernment, teachers skillfully prepare them to weigh the ideas and opinions of the world today against the truths in God's Word.

In elementary school, as with all of our programs, classroom lessons, daily Bible classes, and weekly chapel programs encourage students to love God with their hearts, souls and minds (3 John 4). At Hernando Christian Academy loving God with the mind means applying His truth and discovering His principles in every academic area. Loving God with the heart and soul is to know Him and honor Him with every area of our lives. We seek to reflect His character in our lives...to exhibit joyfulness, compassion, honesty, dependability, kindness, respectfulness, diligence, self-control, initiative, and generosity. All curriculum is biblical integrated and taught from a biblical world-view, utilizing both Christian and secular textbooks, to encourage the development of Godly views and character throughout the academic process.

Both in and out of the classroom, Hernando Christian Academy students are trained and encouraged to be virtuous leaders, leaders who are a blessing to those they serve...leaders and lights that will impact the present and the future. Hernando Christian Academy students that complete the elementary program emerge with leadership skills and qualities that will equip them to pursue God's calling in their lives.