High School - Bridge Program for Ninth
One of the most significant benefits of attending Hebron Christian Academy is the opportunity for a student to receive his/her entire formal pre-collegiate education at HCA. To that end, it is our intention that a student’s transition from one grade level to the next is as seamless as possible. There are, however, transitions that are more crucial than others, and we believe the change from middle school to high school is one of them. The Hebron Christian Academy Bridge Program was specifically created to assist students and parents with the transition to ninth grade. Our goal is to partner with parents to facilitate a smooth transition by beginning the process early and providing parents/students with crucial information well in advance.
- The program begins each spring with the Freshman Forum.
This forum provides families an overview of the academic offerings
in ninth grade. The academic counselor provides information
regarding the high school track in each subject area, and parents
are directed to a High School 101 packet
available on the HCA website.
- In the spring the academic counselor meets with eighth grade
students and reviews the academic and college preparatory details
of high school, including graduation requirements, the difference
between honors, Advanced Placement, and dual enrollment courses,
and how their performance each year impacts their course options
for the following year.
- In April, a Preview Panel is held for
eighth-grade students during an extended pizza luncheon. After
enjoying a meal and time of fellowship together, eighth-grade
students will hear from a panel of current high school students
and be given the opportunity to ask questions about the high
- In August, the Bridge Program continues with Freshman
Orientation. This orientation provides students with
pertinent information regarding the start of the school year and
walks students through their daily schedule. This orientation also
provides students the opportunity to meet each of their teachers
and gather key information regarding each class prior to the first
day of school.
- The Bridge Program draws to a close in September, when the
academic counselor meets with each freshman homeroom class.
Students are again reminded how pivotal their high school academic
achievement is to their success. In addition, the fall PSAT
testing process is reviewed and members of the school student
leadership team will walk through the transition to high school
(from a student’s perspective) and be available to answer
- We trust this intentional partnership with our HCA families
will provide rising freshmen with a smoother “bridge” to high
“The LORD Himself goes before you and will be with you…” Deuteronomy 31:8