mission vision and philosophy

The membership of First Baptist Church of Highland Park founded Highland Park Christian Academy in 1983. Quality education, both spiritually and academically, has been its hallmark through the years. In carrying out our mission, we strive also for excellence in all that we do to educate our children. Therefore, all who are a part of the Academy team take our core beliefs seriously. We envision success for all children and strive to individualize instruction to ensure that each child reaches his or her maximum capabilities. We are members in good standing of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and meet the core standards of the State of Maryland Department of Education.

The Academy is divided into three academic areas:

  • Pre-Kindergarten (PreK 2-4)
  • Elementary (Kindergarten – 5th Grade)
  • Middle School (6th – 8th Grade)

We endeavor to provide clean, bright, and cheerful classrooms and learning environments. Our teachers and staff love children and are dedicated experienced Christian professionals. They devote their skills and knowledge to reinforce the “mission, vision and core principles,” and are positive role models for our students.

Vision, Mission, and Philosophy

To educate and develop youth who grow up to be ready, respectful and responsible citizens and ambassadors for Christ.

To promote Christian principles and develop children who are academically and intellectually prepared; who are respectful of the process of learning and of the people who are part of their lives; and, who are responsible young citizens preparing to assume a leadership role in their church, professions, and community.

Highland Park Christian Academy operates within the philosophy of:

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it….”

Proverbs 22:6

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Therefore, we believe that the positive development of a child’s intellect and character is not accidental, but rather a direct result of deliberate and purposeful training and education. In light of this, as the African proverb states, “It takes the whole village to raise a child” — parents, teachers, church, and community. To this end, we believe children are an inheritance from God (Psalm 127:3) and the parents, the Academy, the church, and the community are the stewards of these special gifts.

Therefore, the involvement of all parties is critical to the well-rounded and comprehensive education of all children enrolled in HPCA.