Enrollment at Greater Houlton Christian Academy is obtained by written application, testing, and personal interview. A child should be four years old on or before October 15th to be eligible for pre-kindergarten.
Parents must be interviewed and the family approved. Students in grades 7-12 are required to be a part of the interview and must express a desire to attend GHCA. They must also fill out a Student Application and sign in agreement to the Student Honor Code. A letter of recommendation is required.
Prospective students are tested for proper grade placement. The Academy is not currently equipped to enroll handle children with serious learning disabilities, who are seriously deficient academically or who manifest consistent behavior problems.
If all steps are successfully completed, the student is admitted to the school, assuming space is available in their grade level.
For more details, go to our Enrollment page.
GHCA strives to provide a caring, safe environment for children of all ages. We also work hard to maintain a classroom atmosphere conducive to learning. Small class sizes (nominally capped at 20 students) provide a good teacher-to-student ratio. Teachers are encouraged to use a variety of tools to inspire curiousity and learning, even during times that official teaching is not taking place. To view some of our "showcase" classrooms, take the building tour.
GHCA uses curriculum from outstanding publishers like A Beka and BJU Press. The goal of our curriculum and our faculty is to not only teach necessary information and skills from a Biblical world view, but to foster creative and critical thinking skills that will allow our young people to internalize and apply what they have learned. Knowing why one believes in a Christian world view and how to defend those beliefs using reason and logic is crucial for young people entering the post-modern culture.
Our Pre-K and Kindergarten Programs are designed to prepare students for success in the elementary years. We offer a delightful, loving and secure environment so critical for the child's first year of school. Academic training includes numbers, phonics, reading, writing, science, Bible. Time is also spent in art classes, music, sharing and playtime. Pre-K is a half-day prgram, while kindergarten is a full day program.
Our Elementary Program spans grades 1 through 6. A traditional curriculum is used consisting of phonics, reading, language, spelling, writing, penmanship, math, history, geography, science, computer skills, and Bible. Classes in music, instrument, band, physical education, and library are offered. Time is also spent in choir, art, nursing home ministry, and recess. By the time he or she has finished sixth grade, student educated at GHCA is enabled to succeed academically and spiritually in high school, college, and career. Loving and concerned Christian teachers, the best available curricula and high academic and spiritual standards are the cornerstones of our foundation.
Our Junior High School (grades 7 & 8) offers a transitional program between the self-contained elementary classroom and the departmentalized high school. It is more student-centered than subject centered. The junior high school is a place where students feel secure and can be guided daily by their homeroom teacher. The curriculum of the junior high is geared to their needs and includes Bible, English, math, history, world studies, science, computer fundamentals, and physical education. Elective classes include choir and band. Extracurricular activities such as retreats, class fellowships, clubs, athletics, and the like are essential for a well-rounded junior high program.
Our High School classes (grades 7 - 12) are departmentalized. The high school curriculum is designed to prepare students for college and other post-secondary education options. Core courses include Bible, English, algebra I and II, geometry, trigonometry, physical science, biology, chemistry, foreign language, history, geography, world view, government, public speaking and more. Electives include advanced math and sciences, practicums, foreign languages, band, choir, and specialized online courses.
Extra curricular activities include sports, community service, social events, and a variety of clubs. Greater Houlton Christian Academy offers areas of career preparation, including senior practicums and job shadowing opportunities. Other events that fit into the students' curriculum include Maine Academic Day, Spirit Week, Science Fair, various field trips, guest speakers, chapel, etc.
Our school benefits greatly from the involvement in and around the school by the students' parents. Parents are always welcomed in the school. In fact, we depend primarily on parents for the upkeep and maintenance of the building as well as the planning of events. We have a parent organization (PTF) that meets regularly and supports a variety of school activities. Your participation is encouraged! To learn how YOU can be involved, check out our "Parent Ops" page!
This is the end of our overview, but it's just the beginning of your exploration of all that Greater Houlton Christian Academy has to offer! Check out the other sections of our website, and also make sure to download our School Handbook for more details!