History of Hebron Christian Academy
In June of 1999, Hebron Baptist Church purchased Northeast Atlanta Christian School and established Hebron Christian Academy. Scott C. Smith was appointed President of HCA, and John Doran was appointed President of the Board of Directors. Classes began in August 1999, with an enrollment of 386 students. Nine students graduated in 2000.
During the 2000-2001 school year, a new eight-classroom modular building learning cottage was installed on the Elementary campus. The High School met at Hebron Baptist Church. HCA received accreditation from the Georgia Association of Christian Schools. Enrollment grew to 497 students, with 16 graduates. In September 2001, a second campus was added and the High School relocated to 570 Dacula Road. In HCA’s third year of operation, enrollment reached 584 students, with 14 graduates.
February 2003 brought more changes as an eight-classroom building was completed on the High School campus. In Atlanta’s 75 Largest Christian Schools, published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Hebron Christian Academy ranked 25th in largest private Christian schools in the Atlanta Metro area. Enrollment extended to 660 students, with five graduates.
A new student activity center with four classrooms, concession stand, weight room, home and visitor locker rooms, and a 1200-seat gymnasium was opened during Homecoming 2004. Hebron Christian Academy adopted its mission statement, “Helping parents prepare their children spiritually, mentally, physically, and socially to become disciples of Jesus Christ.” HCA received Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accreditation. Enrollment continued to climb to 750 students, with 18 graduates.
In the fall of 2005, another eight-classroom modular building learning cottage was completed on the Elementary campus. Enrollment reached 825 students, with 34 graduates.
In 2006, HCA was fully accredited from SACS and Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). Published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle ranking Atlanta's 75 Largest Christian Schools, Hebron Christian Academy ranked 16th in largest private Christian schools in the Atlanta Metro area. Enrollment climbed that year to 884 students, with 39 graduates.
A 10-classroom building opened on the High School campus in 2007, along with three practice fields. Enrollment reached 956 students, with 37 graduates. Hebron Christian Academy also ranked 16th among Atlanta’s 75 largest private Christian Schools in the Atlanta Metro area.
In 2008, Hebron Christian Academy undertook the largest building program in its history. A groundbreaking was held in August to dedicate a 32,000 square foot building to be used for classroom and office space. In addition, Mr. Richard Burslem was appointed as Headmaster of Hebron Christian Academy by the Board of Directors. Enrollment climbed to 1,004 students, with 50 graduates. Hebron Christian was ranked 14th among the 100 largest private Christian schools in the greater Atlanta Metro area, as published in the Atlanta Business Chronicles.
In 2009, Hebron Christian Academy continued its growth pattern with 1,050 students and 67 graduates. In the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s List of 75 Largest Private Christian Schools, Hebron Christian Academy ranked 12th, in the greater Atlanta Metro area.
2010 brought tremendous growth in the athletic program, and plans were undertaken to expand the athletic facilities for our students. Enrollment for that year was 1,007 students, with 52 graduates. The Atlanta Business Chronicles ranked Hebron Christian Academy 13th in Atlanta’s 75 Largest Private Christian Schools.
In 2011, Hebron Christian Academy had an enrollment of 1,007 students and a graduating class of 79. Building for the Sports Complex was set to begin in the spring of 2012. Atlanta Business Chronicle ranked Hebron Christian Academy 12th among Atlanta’s 100 Largest Private Christian Schools in the Atlanta Metro area.
In 2012, Hebron Christian Academy played its first GHSA football game on its home field. Before the first game, faculty, staff, and students dedicated the field, and all that would take place upon it, to the Glory of God, before the first game. Mrs. Ethel Wynn was appointed Interim Head of School by the Board of Directors for the 2011-2012 academic year. Enrollment for that year was 970 students, and HCA graduated its largest class of 89 students. Mr. Tim Hillen was appointed as Headmaster in the spring of 2012 and began his work at HCA in the fall of the same year.
In 2013 - 2014 Hebron Christian Academy expanded their athletic offerings and won several state championships. HCA invested in several architectural elements to enhance the campuses aesthetics and safety. The first electronic signage was added on the middle/high school campus.
During the 2015 - 2016 school year, Hebron Christian Academy welcomed Dr. Tracey Pritchard as the new Head of School, beginning July 1, 2016. The school launched a $10m expansion project which includes a state-of-the-art Middle School facility complete with a Fine Arts Center.
Hebron Christian Academy is a ministry of Hebron Baptist Church. The school and church work hand in hand in providing an outstanding ministry, both spiritually and academically to the community. Although the church and school have separate financial and administrative entities, they both serve with the same spirit of unity and vision to connect people to life-changing faith in Jesus Christ.