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Frequently Asked Questions
We know choosing a new school can be daunting. Let us help you answer a few frequently asked questions.
What are your school hours?
K-5 hours are 8:00 AM-3:00 PM and grades 06-12 are 7:50-3:00 PM. Half-day preschool runs 8:00 AM-11:00 AM or 12:00 PM-3:00 PM. Full-day preschool and prekindergarten are also available.
What if I can’t get there by 3:00?
No problem. After Care is available on a drop in basis from 3:20-6:00 PM. After 6:00 is considered late After Care and is $5.50/quarter hour.
Can I afford private school?
HCA is one of the best values in private school in the Chicagoland area. You’ll find our tuition rates at harvestchristianacademy.org/tuition. Financial aid is available through FACTS, and a 10-month payment plan makes it doable for most families. Any awards given are “need based,” determined by the previous year’s tax documentation and are not to exceed 50% of tuition. Ask about the HBC member discount and multi-child discount.
Is Christian education that important?
There are many reasons parents choose to partner with a Christian school to help disciple their children. Take a few minutes to listen to “5 Reasons for Christian Education,” by Pastor James MacDonald.
What is the student/teacher ratio?
There are many ways to answer this question. We know your concern is that your students receive the attention they need in the classroom. Our ratio is 17:1. Each grade level has an average of 45 students. We hope to keep our K-5 classes very close to this ratio. Our preschool classrooms meet all of the state/local requirements for teachers/students/space.
What curriculum do you use?
Our Curriculum Director Andrea Burzlaff would be happy to answer your specific curriculum questions. Her email address is [email protected]. We go through an annual curriculum review, which takes a field of study and thoroughly evaluates it once every five years. For 2016-17 we reviewed our science curriculum K-12, resulting in a significant investment in updating and adding labs as well as replacing all science text books. For 2017-18, our review will focus on language arts.
Do I have to attend Harvest Bible Chapel? Will my child feel left out if we don’t?
Of course not! Believe it or not, we have 45 different Christian church families represented at HCA. About 70% of our students attend Harvest Elgin. We do ask that one parent from each family is a believer in Jesus Christ.
Is there an academic screening process?
Yes, for students entering grades 2-9, we use MAP testing, which is used by many Illinois school districts. If your student’s school does not administer MAP, we can provide that service. It is included in your $50 application fee. You may submit an online application for admissions to begin the process.