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. Eight students graduated in 2000.
During the 2000-01 school year, a new eight-classroom modular building learning cottage was installed on the elementary campus and 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 of 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 of 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 Metro Atlanta. Enrollment extended to 660 students, with 15 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. HCA was ranked 14th among the 100 largest private Christian schools in the greater Atlanta Metro area, as published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle.
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 students. Enrollment that year was 1,007 students, with 52 graduates. The Atlanta Business Chronicle 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. The 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 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 2013-14, Hebron Christian Academy expanded its athletic offerings and won GHSA state championships in volleyball and boys cross country. 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 2015-16 school year, Hebron Christian Academy launched a $10 million expansion project which included a state-of-the-art middle school facility complete with a Fine Arts Center.
A new lower school building was completed following 2017-18 school year, which allowed all students K-12 to be on one campus.
In July 2020, Hebron Christian Academy welcomed Dr. James Taylor as the new Head of School. Dr. Taylor navigated HCA through a safe and healthy return to school during the Covid-19 pandemic and launched a five-year strategic plan called "God Sized Dreams." Included in the strategic plan was a new beautiful brick front entrance to the school, one-to-one technology for every student, a lower school expansion, a new STEM center, a new Enrichment Center, a Fine Arts auditorium and dining hall, a Special Needs Academy, an Athletic Field House and a Student Center.
Just two years after unveiling the new Lower School building, an expansion to the building opened in the fall of 2021, adding eight new classrooms, an expanded cafeteria to accommodate an additional one hundred students, and an imagination-inducing new playground. The F Building also debuted a new Enrichment Center and STEM Center in the fall of 2021. The new spaces allowed students to receive additional learning services in the Enrichment Center, while the STEM Center became the hub for project-based learning, completely changing HCA's philosophy of education.
As enrollment continued to climb and hit an all-time high of 1,152 students, HCA broke ground on a new state-of-the-art dining hall and auditorium, which is expected to open in the fall of 2022. The 16,000 square-foot expansion to the F Building will house a new dining hall that seats 575 students, along with a fixed seat auditorium to accommodate 475 students. Along with the new dining hall, the school transitioned to SAGE Dining for the 2022-23 school year, offering a catered lunch experience included in the cost of tuition.