3260 6th Street Drive NW | Hickory, NC 28601 828-324-5405

School Profile



  • Pre-School – 12th Grade Enrollment: 466
  • High School Enrollment: 176
  • Alumni as of 2019: 327
  • High School Class Size Limit: 22
  • High School Teacher/Student Ratio: 1 to 10
  • Teachers with College Degrees: 100%
  • Graduates Attending 4 Year College: 88%
  • Calendar: 176 days
  • High School Tuition: $7,866
  • Over $200,000 + Annual Tuition Assistance gifted




Hickory Christian Academy began in 1995 with three teachers and 19 students. The school added a grade each year until its first senior class graduated in 2006. Even with five other private schools in Catawba County, HCA’s enrollment has increased every year as the school’s reputation for offering a rigorous Classical Christian education has spread throughout the community. Our student body is comprised from families from every socioeconomic level residing in six counties: Catawba, Lincoln, Burke, Caldwell, Alexander and McDowell.

A Classical & Christian Education

HCA is both Classical and Christian; therefore, our curriculum is different from most Christian schools. HCA seeks out the best textbooks and relies on our teachers to impart a Christian worldview into the subject instead of using only Christian textbooks. With its excellent teachers, curriculum, and Trivium methodology, every HCA students receives an academically comprehensive education – a truly classical education.

Hickory Christian Academy takes students from different skill levels, abilities and backgrounds and provides them with an extraordinary education. From pre-school through 12th grade HCA students receive:

  • Thorough instruction in phonics and math facts (Pre-school – 3rd grade)
  • Rigorous instruction in classical and modern Western literature and history (4th – 12th)
  • Intensive instruction in English grammar, vocabulary, and spelling (1st – 8th)
  • Demanding instruction in writing: essays, research papers, and thesis papers/presentations (6th – 12th)
  • Comprehensive foundation in math (1st – 7th)
  • Focused instruction in Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, & Calculus (8th – 12th)
  • Opportunity to take AP courses: AP English Lit, AP English Language, and AP Calculus
  • Comprehensive foundation in science (1st – 8th)
  • Rigorous instruction in high school lab sciences: Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry, Honors Physics, Honors Anatomy (9th – 12th)
  • Five years of Latin instruction (3rd – 7th)
  • One year of formal Logic (8th)
  • One and a half years of formal Rhetoric (11th-12th)
  • Thorough training in the Scriptures (1st – 12th)
  • Thorough training in fine arts, including the study of great artists and classical composers (1st – 8th)
  • Opportunity for further fine arts training through drama productions, choral performances, and art classes (9th -12th)


AP and Honors Courses

As a Classical and Christian school, Hickory Christian Academy teaches all courses at a level and pace that prepares students for success at selective and highly selective universities. HCA currently offers:

  • AP English Language and Composition
  • AP English Literature and Composition
  • AP Calculus
  • 13 honors classes

Additionally, eligible juniors and seniors may choose to take one or more online dual enrollment courses through Catawba Valley Community College. Students cannot replace an HCA course with a dual enrollment course.