HPCA aligns its curriculum with National and State of Maryland Education standards in Math, Language Arts, Social Studies and Spanish. Students and faculty augment subjects utilizing Discovery Education and measure skills through the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA).
Pre-School Level (PreK 2-4)
Students 2 to 4 years old learns the basics that form the foundation for social development, mathematics and language arts. The focus is learning to become independent by putting on their clothing properly, expressing themselves verbally, following directions, and working in groups and teams. Academically this age group gets their first experience in a formal learning environment where they form an enthusiasm for learning. Students fashion their individual creativity and learning habits through songs, coloring, cutting, drawing, listening, storytelling, sports, physical education and Bible study. Fine and large motor skill development at increasingly difficult skill levels is consciously included in curriculum activities.
Elementary School Level (Kindergarten – 5th grades)
Students 5 to 12 years of age begin their formal academic and skill development. They will engage in mathematics, language arts, writing, conceptual thinking and reasoning skills, social development, geography, history, physical development and sports, science and a strong sense of self. Character development is emphasized that is undergirded with Bible study. Children develop public speaking and comfort before audience by weekly chapel services. In this environment, they not only express Biblical concepts, but assume roles of master/mistress of ceremonies, parts in theatrical vignettes, program planning, dancing and singing. Physical development includes exercise, recess, and team sports. Field trips augment the classroom curriculum.
Middle School Level (6th – 8th grades)
HPCA middle school is the first step in adolescent development that commences adult behavior. Therefore, it is important to nurture responsible and thoughtful citizens who are prepared for life in an increasingly interdependent global society. Students will be challenged to explore, create, and make decisions that lead to their participation in becoming accountable for their own behavior and learning. Therefore, students will build upon previous academic and learning experiences to explore new areas of interest that will give them direction for future choices emotionally, academically, socially and physically. They are preparing to make the transition from the elementary school level to high school. Students, through a flexible and supportive environment that subscribes to individualize instruction, will engage in a challenging and vigorous core curriculum encompassing math, science, social studies, foreign language, English and spiritual development. Included in the curriculum is experiences in the areas of art, music, theater, physical education, sports, health, civics, and other activities to enrich their lives and discover their passions as well as enhance their sensitivity to the issues important to the welfare of their communities and development of leadership skills. Instruction about Christianity helps them learn about and respect their spirituality.