Deciding where your child will go to school is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Parents know intuitively that schools have a big impact on their children, not only academically, but socially, emotionally and spiritually. In fact, your child will spend one quarter of their waking hours in school during their educational years.

At Heritage Christian Academy, our mission is to partner with you to reinforce and build on the same biblically based values you strive to instill in your child at home. We understand that, now more than ever, it is a battle to counter the non-Christian messages that the world is sending. The only way we can do that as parents and educators is to daily plant the Word of God in them. In I Corinthians 3:6 Paul states, “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.” It would be our privilege to partner with you in cultivating the soil, planting the seed, and watering as your child grows up in the “training and instruction of the Lord.” No school can guarantee that your child will not have disappointments, failures, peer struggles, and normal childhood and adolescent challenges. But, what we can guarantee is that as your child goes through the normal challenges of growing up:

  • They will be guided, encouraged and challenged with biblical principles in an atmosphere of the same grace and encouragement we have in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
  • They will be surrounded by teachers and administrators who are committed to pray for them every day.
  • The Word of God that is being planted in them will not return empty.


Heritage Christian Academy is a biblically-based, college-preparatory private school that desires to work in partnership with families from across the body of Christ to establish a strong educational and biblical foundation that equips students to become Christ-centered leaders who will impact the world.
Providing an education that is Christ-centered, college-preparatory and family-focused.
  • We believe in the verbal inspiration of both the Old and New Testaments, i.e., that the very words of the original Scriptures are infallible and inerrant and that they are our final and absolute authority in every area of life and knowledge. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Isaiah 40:8)
  • We believe in one God, eternally existing in three coequal persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (2 Corinthians 1:21-22; Ephesians 4:4-6)
  • We believe that Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and that He is both undiminished deity and genuine humanity in one person forever. (Luke 1:35; Matthew 1:23; John 1:1 & 1:14)
  • We believe that God the Holy Spirit is a personal being who convicts the world of sin and who regenerates, indwells, empowers, guides, and bestows spiritual gifts on believers, and who seals them eternally for God. (John 16:8; Titus 3:5; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:14; 1 Corinthians 12:4; 2 Corinthians 1:22)
  • We believe that man was created by a direct act of God in His image, not from previously existing life, that all men sinned in Adam (the historical father of the entire human race) and thus incurred both physical and spiritual death; and that all men have inherited sinful nature. (Genesis 1:27; Romans 3:23; Ephesians 2:1-3; Romans 5:12-13)
  • We believe that Jesus Christ died as a substitutionary sacrifice for our sins and that through faith in Him as Lord and Savior, we are declared righteous by God. (1 John 2:2; John 3:16; Romans 3:22)
  • We believe that salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, totally apart from human merit, and that the experience of regeneration produces a new creature in Christ, eternally secure. (Ephesians 2:8-9; 2 Corinthians 5:17; John 10:27-29)
  • We believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead and that He ascended into heaven, where He continually ministers as our great High Priest and Advocate. (Luke 24:1; Hebrews 4:14; 1 John 2:1)
  • We believe that this age will be consummated by the literal, visible, bodily return of Jesus Christ to this earth. (Hebrews 9:28; Revelations 22:12)
  • We believe in the resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting punishment of the lost. (Acts 24:15; John 3:16-18)
  • We believe that all believers are under the mandate of Jesus Christ to proclaim the Gospel to the world. (Matthew 28:19)
  • We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We therefore are called to defend, protect and value all human life. (Psalm 139)

2017-2018 School Profile

School Code: 445943


Head of School: Dr. Brad Helmer
Secondary Principal: Billy Pringle
Elementary Principal: Leslie Minter
Dean of Academics: Taylor Griffith
Secondary Counselor: Marty Barbieri
Athletic Director: Don McEvoy



Learning Lab

Director: Nan Breeden


Community Data:

Located in the Northeast Dallas suburb of Rockwall, a rapidly growing business and professional community.


School Data:

A K3-12 independent, coeducational, college preparatory school founded in 1995; biblically based, multi-denominational. Heritage Christian Academy (HCA) has had 14 AP Scholars, 1 National Merit Scholar, and 2 National Merit Commended Scholars.



Accreditation Commission of the Texas Association of Baptist Schools



Association of Christian Schools of Texas, Association of Christian Schools International, Texas Association of Baptist Schools, National Association of Secondary School Principals, Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, The College Board, ACT, North American Coalition for Christian Admissions Professionals, Texas Association of College Admissions Counselors, Texas Association of School Administrators, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development


Student Body:

Grade Number of Students
K3 through grade 12 398
2017 Graduating Class 37
Elementary (K-Grade 6) 224
Middle School (Grades 7 and 8) 46
High School (Grades 9-12) 128



36 weeks; four quarters; two semesters; Modified block schedule with eight 45 minute class periods meeting three days a week with 90 minutes class period two days a week.



55 full-time teachers, 9 part-time teachers


Advanced Courses:

Honors Courses: English 1, English II, English III, English IV, Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy and Physiology, Environmental Systems, Chemistry 2 AP, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, Spanish II, III & IV, ASL III & IV, Economics, Government

Advanced Placement Courses: Chemistry 2 AP

Dual Credit Courses with Collin College: English 1301, English 1302, Microeconomics 2302, College level math courses determined by testing placement

Dual Credit Courses with John Brown University: US Government and Calculus


GPA Computation:

GPA is determined by adding the equivalent GPA quality points and dividing the total by the number of semester credits. Please note the following:

  1. GPA is computed on all subjects, grades 9-12.
  2. GPA is on a weighted 4.0 scale.
  3. H denotes Honors course.  D denotes Dual Credit. Semester grades in all Dual Credit classes are given an extra weighted grade of 0.75. Semester grades for all Honors classes are given an extra weighted grade of .50.
  4. Cumulative GPA is based on coursework taken at Heritage Christian Academy only.
  5. HCA does not rank.
  6. Transfer credit is not included in GPA calculation.
  7. Honors graduates must complete 5 or more honors courses (at least one being dual credit) with a minimum of 3.75 cumulative GPA.


Grading Scale:

Letter Grade Grade Range
A 90-100
B 80-89
C 70-79
F 69 and below



Grade Range GPA
97-100 4.33
93-96 4.00
90-92 3.67
87-89 3.33
83-86 3.00
80-82 2.67
77-79 2.33
73-76 2.00
70-72 1.67
D (only applicable in Dual Credit) 1.34


Graduation Requirements:

Total credits to graduate are 24 plus Bible for each year of attendance including:

Credits Subject
4 English
4 Math (Must complete Algebra I, II, and Geometry)
4 Science (Must complete Biology, Chemistry, and Physics)
4 Social Science (Must complete W. Geography, W. History, U.S. History, Government and Economics)
1 Fine Arts
2 Foreign Language (in the same language)
1.5 Physical Education/Athletics
4 Bible (1.0 credit/year of attendance)
0.5 Health
0.5 Speech
0.5 Computer Technology
1 Life Skills/College Prep
1 Electives
SAT Average:                1014 (Graduating Class of 2016) (Average of Critical Reading and Math, previous SAT)
ACT Average:                21.16 (Graduating Class of 2016)



Heritage Christian Academy seniors were awarded over to $2.5 million in scholarships in 2016.

College Choices:

100 percent of HCA graduates are eligible to attend college. Approximately 80 percent of each HCA graduating class attend a 4-year university with the remaining percentage choosing to attend a 2-year institution or the military. HCA graduates have attended colleges and universities throughout the United States.

The class of 2016
was accepted and/or attended Abilene Christian University, Anderson University, Angelo State University, Asbury University, Azusa Pacific University, Baylor University, Bethel College, Biola University, Blinn College, Central Christian College, Collin College, Concordia University, Colorado Christian University, Dallas Baptist University, East Texas Baptist University, Hardin-Simmons University, Henderson State University, Hendrix College, Howard Payne University, John Brown University, King’s College, LeTourneau University, Liberty University, Louisiana Tech University, Marshall University, Midwestern State University, New Mexico Military Institute, Oklahoma Baptist University, Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma State University, Ouachita Baptist University, Sam Houston State University, Samford University, Southern Methodist University, Stephen F. Austin State University, Tarleton State University, Texas A&M University – College Station, Texas A&M University – Commerce, Texas A&M University – Texarkana, Texas Christian University, Texas Lutheran University, Texas State University, Texas State Technical College, Texas Tech University, Texas Women’s University, University of Alabama, University of Arkansas, University of Colorado-Boulder, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, University of Dallas, University of Dubuque, University of Mary-Hardin Baylor, University of Memphis, University of Mississippi, University of Oklahoma, University of North Texas, University of Texas–Arlington, University of Texas – Austin, University of Tulsa, and West Virginia University.
In previous years, our graduates have also been accepted and attended several in-state and out-of-state colleges and universities such as Arizona State University (Honors College), Austin College, Belhaven College, Butler University, California Polytechnic State University, Clemson University, Coastal Carolina University, College of Charlestown, Columbia College Chicago, Colorado School of Mines, Covenant College, Creighton University, Drexel University, Evangel University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Hofstra University, Houston Baptist University, Iowa State University, Louisiana State University, Loyola University of New Orleans, Maryville University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Menlo College, Milliken University, Mississippi State University, Northwood University, Ohio State University, Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Oral Roberts University, Otterbein University, Pepperdine University, Radford University, Renessalar Polytechnic Institute, Savannah College of Art and Design, Seattle University, St. Edwards University, St. Johns’s University (Honors College), Southern Illinois University, Southern Nazarene University, Southwestern Assemblies of God University, Southwestern University, Taylor University, Texas Wesleyan University, Trinity University, University of California – Santa Barbara, University of California – Davis, University of Denver, University of Kansas, University of Nebraska (Honors College), University of North Carolina – Pembroke, University of Southern California, Westmont College, University of Texas – Dallas, West Texas A&M University, and University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Warren Wilson College, Washington College, and Wichita State University.