HCA begins 'Tours on Tuesdays'
Haywood Christian Academy has a new spin on what many schools call “open house;" HCA now offers Tours on Tuesdays.
“The old format of holding an open house one night of the year for prospective parents just doesn’t work well for today’s busy families,” said Melanie Sandefur, HCA’s development director.
And it does not work too well for the school either, according to school administration. HCA’s headmaster believes touring during the school day is much more effective.
“This way parents are able to see the school in action during class activities,” said Sandefur.
HCA begins enrolling new students for the next school year in March of every year. The process involves an application, transcripts and testing. Typically an inquiring family makes an appointment to meet with administration and tour the campus.
“When a family spends any amount time here, they not only understand the educational program, they understand the atmosphere,” said Blake Stanbery, HCA’s headmaster.
That is why the school is making itself more available during the school day. Staff will be ready to host families on Tuesday mornings, with the exception of spring break and testing week, for the remainder of the year.
Considering a child’s school is an important decision that warrants personal attention. That was difficult to provide in a large-scale event at night. Although school staff knows it is not easy for a parent to come during the workday, they believe it is a must. Dr. Kristen Stevens, HCA’s current school board chairperson, feels it is a great opportunity for the community to check out the program.
"I’m so excited that families can come see HCA during the school day," said Stevens. "Where we have our children educated is one of the most important decisions we can make as parents. This gives families an opportunity to get a true feeling for the uniqueness of HCA. We have to take care of business matters and doctors’ appointments during the workday. How much more important is our children’s education?”
The private Christian school in Clyde offers Pre-K through 12th grade. The average student-to-teacher ratio is 11 to 1. HCA boasts an internationally accredited program and 100 percent of graduates have entered college.