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Like the small group of visionaries who founded Hilton Head Christian Academy in 1979, we are excited about the future and look forward with excitement. HHCA has recently navigated a season of growth through which we have marveled at God's continued faithfulness and provision. For over 45 years, He has paved the way for our school at every turn, giving us an unprecedented opportunity to impact the educational landscape of the Lowcountry and beyond.

As the father of five, I’m confronted daily with the reality that the years we have been given to teach and guide our children are short. Every year matters. Wherever this season of life finds you, I personally invite you to come and see if this is the place for your family. We would love to get to know you.

For His Glory,

Doug Langhals, Head of School


HHCA is committed to offering students a school culture built on respect that reflects our statement of faith, vision and mission, and our values.


Various aspects of the HHCA experience were discussed by Head of School Doug Langhals in fall 2023 through a series of messages shared here


Guests and visitors often tell us "We could feel the difference when we walked through the door". Read below to learn about a few of the things that make HHCA a special community. 

The value of forward-thinking in education cannot be overstated. As the world evolves at an ever-increasing pace, we have to make certain that the educational system is preparing students appropriately for future jobs, preparing students to be as nimble as tomorrow's workplace will be. During this time of great change, there is great opportunity. We have to lead-not chase. 

- Doug Langhals, Head of School

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With a passion for Christian education and the help of several other families, George and Mary Winn Lent founded Hilton Head Christian Academy in 1979. The school first assembled at Grace Church on Matthews Drive on Hilton Head Island (HHI). A few short years later, the school moved to a new location on Arrow Road on HHI. God's faithfulness has been evident ever since. 


1979 HHCA was founded when a group of Christians passionate about eduction followed God's call. The school first met at Grace Church on Hilton Head Island.
1981 The first Board of Directors was formed.
1984 HHCA graduated its first group of students.
1987 With growing enrollment, God planted the seed for a dedicated school campus in the hearts of HHCA's earliest pioneers. Read about how the Lord called on them below. 

HHCA opened its first campus at Gardner Drive on Hilton Head Island where it was located for over 30 years.

2002 A group of local visionaries acquired and donated 27+ acres of land in Bluffton.  
2020 Construction was completed on HHCA's current campus Bluffton.
2021 HHCA moved to Bluffton and opened its doors to a brand new campus in Bluffton built from the ground up to accommodate its distinctly Christian, unique learning model
2023 HHCA announced it would expand its campus amid historic and growing demand.
2024 A groundbreaking was held to mark the milestone of construction on a new Upper School building, allowing HHCA to serve more families with students in all grades.


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HHCA founders celebrated the dedicated of learning suites in their names when our campus in Bluffton was opened in January 2021.

In 2024, HHCA Founder Mary Winn Lent spoke to Lower School students in the learning suite for which she and her late husband, George, is named. She shared the story of listening to God's call to open a Christian school and the importance of holding strong to His word.


"As I was driving over the bridge to Hilton Head, it was as if the Lord said, 'Robert, Hilton Head Island has been so good to you. What are you going to do for Hilton Head?' 

- Robert Graves, HHCA Pioneer

Graves shared his vision for a new school with his close friend Konrad Marcus and Marcus replied with excitement and great confidence: "Robert, you're going to help me build a school for HHCA!"  Plans for a new campus began to develop.  Robert Graves, Konrad Marcus, John Reed, and many other families worked tirelessly and sacrificed collectively to build the Gardner Drive campus on Hilton Head Island, which opened in 1989 and was home to HHCA for over 30 years.