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Who We Are

HHCA’s vision, since its inception, has been To Know Christ and Make Him Known.
Our mission takes our vision one step further: We partner with families by providing students with a firm foundation, comprising a growing relationship with Jesus Christ, and a relentless pursuit of excellence in academics, athletics, and the arts, through which students are equipped to impact the world for His glory.
Throughout our more than 40-year history, HHCA’s core values have helped us stay on mission and guide us toward success in the pursuit of our vision. These values touch everything we do and everything we believe at HHCA:
Our culture is one of positivity and connectedness. Similar to a family, we encourage an environment of honest and respectful interactions. Within the HHCA community, each student is known, held accountable, and shepherded to realize his/her passions and gifts. We want every HHCA student to experience a sense of self, a sense of purpose, and a sense of family within this larger community.
Our passion is to help your student define what personal excellence looks like in academics, athletics, and the arts. And then, we want to help each one fulfill his/her God-given potential.  It’s a tall order, but one we are called and capable to deliver.
Collectively, the HHCA team is deeply committed to that which we have been called. We believe it is our responsibility to maximize the gifts of time, talent, and treasure that God has entrusted to us and we are careful to do so. Stewardship initiatives guide everything from the purposeful design of our Board of Directors and prudent financial planning to the development of impassioned students who use their time and talents to impact the world for God’s glory.
Bolstering our core values of Culture, Excellence and Stewardship are three distinct, sustainable traits that we aim to live out daily and instill throughout the HHCA community:
  • putting others first
  • being fully dependent on God
  • open to feedback
  • prioritizing collective wins over individual wins 
  • having a growth mindset
  • yearning to serve God with excellence in all we do
  • becoming a life-long learner with intrinsic motivation
  • self-awareness
  • strong interpersonal skills
  • thoughtful, intentional communication
  • understanding of the impact of words and actions
1. We believe the Bible is the written Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and without error in the original manuscripts. The Bible is the revelation  of God's truth and is infallible and authoritative in all matters of faith and practice. 
2. We believe in the Holy Trinity. There is one God, who exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. 
3. We believe that all are sinners and totally unable to save themselves from God's displeasure, except by His mercy.
4. We believe that salvation is by God alone. We believe salvation is based on His grace alone, not on any  human individual merit. 
5. We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, who through His perfect life and sacrificial death atoned for the sins of all who will trust in Him, alone, for salvation. 
6. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells God's people and gives them the strength and wisdom to trust Christ and to follow Him. 
7. We believe that Jesus will return, bodily and visibly, to judge all mankind and to receive His people to Himself. 
8. We believe that all aspects of our lives are to be lived to the glory of God under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. 
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 assembled at Grace Church on Mathews Drive when it opened its doors.
HHCA's first Board of Directors was formed In 1981, and a few short years later HHCA moved to a new location on Arrow Road. In 1984, HHCA had its first graduating class with only one graduate. In 1987, just three years later, the kindergarten class was overflowing with 31 children.

Around the same time, the Lord began planting the dream for a new campus in the hearts of HHCA's earliest pioneers, Robert Graves and Konrad Marcus. Graves recalled about that day, "As I was driving over the bridge to Hilton Head, it was as if the Lord said, Robert, Hilton Head has been so good to you. What are you going to do for Hilton Head?” Graves shared this with his close friend, Konrad Marcus and Marcus replied with great confidence, "Robert, you're going to help me build a school for HHCA!" With that, 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 that HHCA called home for over 30 years. The Gardner Drive campus opened its doors in 1989, just one short decade after its founding, with over 170 students enrolled.

HHCA celebrated its 42nd anniversary in 2021 and today, with over 460 students enrolled, the HHCA community is excited about the next chapter on its new state-of-the-art Bluffton campus. While much has changed through the years, HHCA's vision has remained constant throughout: to know Christ and to make Him known.