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Lower School

Developing Lifelong Learners from the Start

HHCA’s Lower School curriculum is designed to provide each student with a strong foundation for intellectual, social and spiritual growth. A safe, nurturing environment encourages an early love of learning and positive character development while engaging students in authentic, Christ-centered learning challenges. 

Just the right balance of structure and exploration is provided throughout the curriculum to reach each student’s maximum potential in all areas of development.

In these foundational early years, our project-based model emphasizes creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration in every subject, and provides opportunities for students to explore their passions within the framework of foundational content.  

Like the curriculum used in Middle and Upper School, the Lower School curriculum is distinct with a Christian worldview.  Biblical principles are woven throughout the entire curriculum, with the goal of making the Bible meaningful and relevant in our students' lives. We want to help students see their lives through the lens of God's Word.

- Shira Thompson, Lower School Bible 


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Intellectually Gifted Program

HHCA's Intellectually Gifted Program (IG) provides an enhanced experience for individually selected second through fifth grade students who demonstrate advanced academic ability.

Differentiation, inter-disciplinary enrichment, and emphasis on critical thinking create a solid framework for accelerated instruction.

In addition to regular classroom requirements, IG students are expected to complete independent and group study projects, increasing their depth of learning.

IG students are invited to participate through a multifaceted selection process based on the following components:

  • Objective, third-party assessment of intellectual ability
  • Cognitive capability as demonstrated from Cogat/ITBS and MAP scores
  • Academic achievement
  • Teacher recommendation and rating
  • Parent observations and feedback