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Holy Cross Lutheran Academy 2017

by Rebekah Grier

Featured Photo from Holy Cross Lutheran Academy 2017

With a newly expanded high-school program, Holy Cross Lutheran Academy (HCLA) is continuing to inspire hope for the future of its students by equipping them with the practical and spiritual foundations they need to succeed in the next stage of their lives. HCLA now offers an exceptional academic program for Pre-K through 10th grade and is particularly excited to add the final high-school grades in the next two years.

“We inspire hope through Christian education,” says Betty Hoyer, HCLA’s director of education. “Our students can be confident in what they know, but also in what they believe.”

The HCLA high school is designed to eventually serve as many as 200 students, but today the school is intimate and personal, with 24 pupils in the first two grades.

“It gives the students lots of individual attention,” says Betty. 

A unique feature of the HCLA high school is its partnership with the Disney Institute. Each school year, the high-school students visit the Institute and take one of its courses focused on a topic related to leadership and personal development. In their junior and senior years, students will be tasked with identifying a problem or question in society and using what they’ve learned at the Disney Institute to create an inventive solution that they will present to a review board.

Community service is also deeply ingrained into every grade level at HCLA, especially the high-school grades. Last year, freshmen spent 90 minutes every week mentoring at-risk students at Hamilton Elementary.

“That was really, pretty impactful,” says Betty. “Our high schoolers got very attached to their students.”

Hamilton students’ test scores even went up as a result. Needless to say, Holy Cross freshmen were invited back this year.
Well into the first spring semester with both 9th and 10th graders active and engaged, the HCLA high school is quickly developing its own powerful identity. An inspiring quote from a new promotional video about the school says it best:

”Your strength will empower you. Your faith will guide you. Your kindness and passions and relationships will define you. Achieve your highest potential and always cherish your faith.”

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