About Us

Our Superintendent

The administrative team of Cathy McAllister, Principal; Mike Drummond, Director of Community Affairs; and myself want to thank you for your interest in our exciting programs. We consider it the highest honor to partner with you in the growth and development of your children. We take that responsibility very seriously and commit our best to them and to you.

Hernando Christian Academy has been serving families in Hernando County since 1981. As we reflect on the past three decades, we are humbled by being given such a tremendous opportunity to serve our community. We praise God for the faculty, staff and families that have been a part of the HCA family over these years and look forward to adding to that family in the coming school year. No achievement is celebrated alone, and we are excited to share this accomplishment with past, present and future Lions.

One of our primary goals is to facilitate excellent communication between our faculty and parents. This year we will continue to send email reminders of upcoming activities. Additionally, you will receive a weekly report including absences and tardies to date, lunchroom account information and any disciplinary matters involving your child. We will continue to post and archive our monthly newsletter, The Lions Ledger, on our newly designed school website, hernandochristian.org.

As a community of educators, the staff, faculty and administrative team at HCA understand the challenges and vast potential met by each of our students. We are committed to seeing your children overcome those challenges and seize their potential through continual spiritual development, a wide range of dynamic extra-curricular opportunities and sustained academic excellence. We are proud to maintain the high level of quality that parents expect and depend upon, evidenced by HCA's above-average test scores, athletic and academic successes, strong families and, above all, the faith displayed by our incredible students.

You can be confident that HCA is a school of integrity, quality and passion. We seek to honor God by giving our very best. It is this mission that has carried us through the last thirty years and will prepare us for the distinguished future ahead. HCA will not only prepare your children for their own bright future, but will also provide the tools and opportunities they need to honor God and impact their world today.

In His Service,

Ken Alvarez

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History of HCA

Hernando Christian Academy was founded in 1981 by a group of concerned parents who were afraid that Eden Christian School was going to have to close. A group moved from Eden to hold classes at Ken Woodruff’s accounting office as a temporary site. As the school grew, it moved to Masaryktown Baptist Church and then into a donated trailer. In the early 1980’s the property where the current main building is standing was donated by Joseph Mena, and the first building was built in 1984. The philosophy of the parents was to provide a private, interdenominational, non-profit Christian school designed to provide a Bible-based education in a loving environment.

HCA opened with 135 students ranging from pre-school through the 12th grade. Enrollment climbed to a high of 530 students during the 1995-1996 school year. HCA is a college-preparatory school, offering an academic program for grades K3 – 12. HCA is a member of the Florida High School Athletic Association and fields teams in boys’ football, basketball, and baseball; and girls’ volleyball, basketball, cheerleading, and softball as well as co-ed soccer and tennis.

As the athletic program grows, the school has seen tremendous successes. In 2000, Aaron Moneyhan competed against 23,000 other students and won the prestigious Wendy’s Heisman Award. In 2008, HCA’s football team had an undefeated season, only the second in the history of Hernando County prep sports, both public and private. The softball team made it into the final four of the state tournament for two consecutive years.

Students also have opportunities to take part in activities such as Student Government, their award-winning Yearbook and honor societies, including the National Honor Society, the National Junior Honor Society (added in 2008), and one of the first schools in the state to be awarded a charter for the National Elementary Honor Society in 2008. ACT results show that HCA students have scored higher than the state averages in every category over the last five years and over 60% of the graduates have earned Florida Bright Future Scholarships.

The school earned ACSI accreditation in 1995 and SACS accreditation in 2008. HCA completed its latest accreditation update in 2009. The school was re-certified by SEVIS to allow international students to attend HCA. The school currently has 19 international students enrolled at HCA. HCA has also earned the distinction of being named “Hernando County’s Best Place to Work” multiple years.

Today, the school has many second generation students and even a grandchild of one of the founding families.

What We Believe

Hernando Christian Academy is a non-denominational school. As such, HCA is very diverse in its student body and faculty as it relates to particular doctrinal positions that vary from denomination to denomination. All students are required to take a Bible class each year and attend weekly chapel programs. Doctrines not specifically addressed by the following statement of faith constitute beliefs that we feel are best left up to the home and the local church the student chooses to attend. (Note: Foreign Exchange students should attend church with their host families if they attend church as part of the American experience and to gain knowledge to help them in their required Bible courses.)

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative, inerrant Word of God. (II Timothy 3:15; II Peter 1:21)

We believe there is only one God, eternally existent in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1; Matthew 28:19)

We believe in the deity of Christ (John 10:33), His virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:35), His sinless life (Hebrews 4:15; 7:26), His miracles (John 2:11), His vicarious and atoning death (I Corinthians 15:3; Ephesians 1:7), His resurrection (I Corinthians 15:4; John 11:25), His ascension to the right hand of the Father (Mark 16:19), His personal return in power and glory (Revelation 19:11)

We believe in the absolute necessity of regeneration by the Holy Spirit for salvation because of the exceeding sinfulness of human nature, and that men are justified on the single ground of faith in the shed blood of Christ, and that only by God?s grace through faith alone we are saved. (John 3:16-19; Romans 3:23; 5:8-9; Ephesians 2:9-10; Titus 3:5)

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation. (John 5:28-29)

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. (I Corinthians 12:12-13; Galatians 3:26-28)

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit whose indwelling enables the Christian to live a Godly life.

Welcome To HCA

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"You can be confident that HCA is a school of integrity, quality and passion. We seek to honor God by giving our very best. It is this mission that has carried us through the last thirty years and will prepare us for the distinguished future ahead."

Ken Alvarez


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