The Application Process
Your HHCA Story Begins Here.
Thank you for your interest in Hilton Head Christian Academy. We are honored that you are considering HHCA for your family. For the current school year, we are fully enrolled.
We are still accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year.
Applications submitted prior to our initial January 15, 2021, application deadline are currently being evaluated. Once these applications are evaluated and students are seated, we will consider applications received after January 15, 2021, and continue to offer remaining seats until each grade is fully enrolled.
If the grade in which you are interested becomes fully enrolled while you are in the application process, you will be notified that you are applying your student for our candidate waiting pool.
After you've completed your application:
- Our Admissions Team will schedule student and parent interviews with the appropriate principal.
- Please submit all supporting documents.
- Benchmark testing is conducted for all potential students.
- Our Admissions Review Committee then reviews each candidate and awards admission based on the following criteria:
Desire: Applicants must express the desire and ability to be an active contributor to the HHCA school community. Students admitted to HHCA must agree to adhere to the Christian philosophy of education and all policies outlined in the Student Handbook.
Success: The Admissions Review Committee must be confident that the student will be successful in the HHCA educational environment.
Partnership: Families must be committed to partnering with HHCA in the complete education of their student(s) and support the principles of Christian Education outlined in the Parent Partnership Agreement (included below).
- When the Admissions Review Committee completes its evaluation, our Admissions Team will notify you.
- Upon acceptance, all families intending to enroll their student(s) will be asked to submit an enrollment contract. This is the final step in accepting seats offered to your student(s) and serves as a binding contract between applicant families and HHCA. Applicants seeking tuition adjustments will receive award notification from the Business Office and will be asked to confirm any awards prior to solidifying the Enrollment Agreement.
INFORMATION ABOUT HHCA & FAQs
What does it mean to be a Christian school?
Does my family have to be Christian to apply?
The HHCA Statement of Faith
Family Partnership Agreement
- Christian education is a cooperative partnership between the school, parents and students. Consequently, the educational philosophy, objectives, practices, and policies of the school will receive my support and that of my child(ren) at and away from school. The lack of such support may be grounds for being denied admission, re-enrollment, and in some cases, dismissal from school in accordance with school policies.
- I have carefully read and submit to the Mission Statement and Statement of Faith of Hilton Head Christian Academy and commit to partnering with the school in the total education of my child(ren). I pledge to support the aims and ideals of HHCA and will bring any criticisms directly to the faculty and/or administration so that those in authority may properly consider them.
- In accordance with the philosophy of Hilton Head Christian Academy, my child(ren) will respectfully participate in the spiritual life of the school, including bible classes, chapels, scripture memorization, spiritual emphasis activities, service projects, and retreats.
- The faculty and administration of the school have the responsibility, as well as the authority, to discipline my child(ren) and assign consequences in keeping with the discipline system outlined in the student handbook. If for any reason my child does not cooperate with the academic, disciplinary, or spiritual life standards in accordance with school policy, I will cooperate with the administration as it handles these situations and will avoid discussion with those not involved, so as to avert a spirit of dissension and division. HHCA reserves the right to dismiss, suspend, or otherwise discipline any student who does not adhere to the standards stated in the Student Handbook as determined by the administration.
Will my child be prepared to attend a selective college or university?
HHCA Financial Policies
HHCA offers multiple payment plans: an annual one-time payment, or bi-annual, quarterly, or monthly payments. A discount is offered for tuition paid in full by June 15th prior to the start of that school year. If paying monthly, payments are required to be set-up as an auto-draft.
In order to reserve a student’s seat for the coming year, HHCA requires at least 25% of tuition to be paid before the start of school. This is composed of payments due in June, July, and August if paying monthly; or the first quarter or semester if paying quarterly or bi-annually.
A late fee of $40.00 will be assessed for non-timely payment of tuition and fees. A $25.00 bank fee will be assessed for returned checks or failed payments.
Payment of tuition is a condition of continuing enrollment. The individual(s) who signs the enrollment agreement is ultimately responsible for all payments to the student’s account.
Accounts Receivable Policy
- Initial communication from Smart Tuition, notifying the family of late payment.
- At 30 days past due, communication will be initiated by the Business Office, either electronically or via phone call, to request payment.
- At 60 days past due, communication will be sent requesting payment and notifying the family that the student(s) will not be allowed to participate in the following services:
- Access to report cards
- Transcript requests
- Extracurricular activities, including but not limited to athletics, drama, and school trips
- At 90 days past due, a certified letter will be sent explaining that non-payment of tuition is equivalent to withdrawal, and the withdrawal process will be initiated for the student. No student with a balance that is 90 days or more past due will be allowed to start a semester.
- All Flex Tuition applications are submitted through a third-party processor, Smart Aid. Evaluation of completeness and validity of the information submitted, as well as the initial analysis of need, is provided by Smart Aid. When the family has completed the entire process with Smart Aid, including submitting all supporting documentation and follow-up requests from Smart Aid, the HHCA Financial Aid Committee reviews the Smart Aid Analysis. The Financial Aid Committee makes final decisions for Flex Tuition awards, including for appeals that are made to the original award granted to a family.
- Families receiving Flex Tuition awards must re-apply in each year for which they enroll. Flex Tuition awards will not be “grandfathered” for any family from year to year.
- For families receiving Flex Tuition awards, the enrollment agreement is not binding until they have formally accepted or declined the award.
HHCA Health Policies
Medical RecordsHilton Head Christian Academy uses Magnus Health, which is a secure online portal for the collection of student medical records and parent/guardian release and consent forms. ALL forms within the Magnus system must be completed prior to a student's first day of attendance at HHCA.
Health Physical Requirements
Is transportation available?
Do HHCA students wear uniforms?