Hernando Christian Academy participates in ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) student events throughout school year. These student events enhance learning beyond the classroom by challenging students toward God-honoring applications of their fine art and academic abilities.
ACSI Piano Festival
Each student memorizes an approved selection at his/her own level of participation and performs before an adjudicator. The festival is not a competition: each student is judged against a standard of excellence and not in comparison with other students.
Participation is open to any student enrolled in grades kindergarten through twelve (K–12) in an ACSI school who is presently taking lessons from a qualified teacher. In selecting the composition for performance, the student and his/her teacher will need to refer to the ACSI Piano Festival Coordinator's Handbook to determine the appropriate level of difficulty.
Divisions: Hymn and Classical (solo or duet)
Levels: Preparatory through Advanced
Students may enter one or both divisions (Classical or Hymn). A student may not enter more than two categories. Two students may enter as a duet (note duet fees). The duet is adjudicated once.
Each student receives a certificate and ribbon, as well as a written adjudication (constructive criticism and encouragement) on his/her performance. Students participating in Level 1 through Level 4 receive ribbons, those above Level 4 receive rosettes.
The festival is generally a half-day event. The level in which the student plays determines the time allotted per performance (5–7 minutes).
ACSI Math Olympics
The ACSI Math Olympics challenges students in two categories: Arithmetic Computation and Mathematical Reasoning. Students in grades three through eight (3–8), compete with students in their own grade level.
ACSI Spelling Bee
The ACSI Spelling Bee exists to help students develop good spelling habits, awareness of accurate word usage and pronunciation, and grace under the pressure of competition. This competition is for students that are in grades 5-8.
ACSI Speech Meet
The ACSI Speech Meet gives students in grades 2-6 the opportunity to develop techniques to speak audibly, articulately, expressively, and with poise and confidence. Students demonstrate their ability by delivering a memorized poem, speech, or passage. Participants do not compete against one another, rather, they are judged against an established set of criteria.