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August/September 2008

Hebron Christian Academy
Developing Mind, Body, Soul & Spirit
by Carrie Whitney

Hebron Christian Academics  

For nearly a decade, Hebron Christian Academy has embodied success in education. The school has not only offered quality academics, but it has also taught its students the meaning of compassion, inspiring them to make a difference in the world.

Beginning with approximately 300 students in 1999, Hebron has more than tripled in size and will educate over 1,000 students in grades kindergarten through 12 this fall. The school's mission is to prepare students spiritually, mentally, physically and socially to become disciples of Jesus Christ. This goal is present in every aspect of the school's environment, from academics to athletics to theater productions.

Hebron students of all ages are challenged by experiential learning, with plenty of hands-on activities, including field trips. Field trips are taken in and around Atlanta, and the students have also traveled to Washington, D.C., Savannah and England. Additionally, according to director of development Deborah Lee, Hebron incorporates other teaching methods with the understanding that children do not all learn the same. This academic strategy has proven successful, and Hebron students consistently score far above average on national tests such as the SAT and CRCT.

With the goal of building character through competition, Hebron incorporates a strong athletic program that reinforces the school's mission and supplements the entire school program. Middle school and high school students at Hebron can compete in football, soccer, basketball, baseball, swimming, volleyball, softball, cross-country and golf. Cheerleading is another option, and the school participates in competitive cheerleading as well as spirit squads. In its various sports, Hebron has ranked high, and the school has sent several students to Division I colleges on sports scholarships.

Students also have a chance to participate in other types of extracurricular activities such as math club and technology competitions, for which Hebron students have won first place in the state. Hebron has a strong theater department, and students participate in theater competitions as well. In addition, the school recently added an instrumental band program to its student offerings.

To maintain a Christian-centered curriculum and environment, students at Hebron attend age-appropriate weekly chapel services. The school also offers relevant Bible curriculum, in which students engage in life-applicable Bible study. Hebron students are also offered a chance to participate in mission trips, traveling to West Virginia, Mississippi, Mexico and Costa Rica. In addition, the students can participate in community impact projects such as Operation Christmas Child, where students create gift-filled shoe boxes for children in desperate situations around the world.

Hebron Christian Athletics
Hebron Christian Academy comprises two campuses-one for the elementary students and one for middle and high school students. As the student body grows, the campus follows suit. This fall, the high school campus will welcome a new $3.2-million science and technology building, which will feature science rooms and labs for biology, physics, chemistry and general science and two technology labs that allow for interactive learning, as well as rooms for art, chorus and drama. "This building will allow us to take science and technology education to the next level," says Lee.

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