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Holy Cross Lutheran Academy 2018

by Amy Nichol Smith

Featured Photo from Holy Cross Lutheran Academy 2018

One of the most important choices you must make as a parent is the school your child will attend. Holy Cross Lutheran Academy (HCLA) remains a popular choice for parents of Seminole, Volusia, and Lake counties, and it’s easy to see why. The academy’s three campuses cover preschool to high school to prepare students for college and for life.

The differences between HCLA and other schools are evident once you meet the staff. The faith-based academy focuses on academic achievements for its nearly 500 students, and they have high test scores to show it, but it doesn’t stop there. 
Students get to know themselves better than ever. They learn – through activities, service, and studies – who they are as children of God. In addition to a strong foundation in their faith and core subjects, such as math, science, and language, they also learn about the arts and master social and life skills. 

“We are looking at the whole child,” says Betty Hoyer, director of education. “And we’re looking at all the pieces that go into making a fully functioning, well-rounded adult.”

At the beginning of each school year, HCLA students begin to research the various issues that face their community, whether it’s the needs of the homeless, terminally ill children, or the environment. The students share and discuss what they’ve discovered, and then choose a service project. Finally, they carry out the service projects, and the goal is not simply to log volunteer hours.

“It’s about understanding what the challenge is for the community,” says Betty. “They own it and feel connected to it.”

School is, in a way, a child’s home away from home. During the week, it’s where they spend a big chunk of their time. For many parents, Holy Cross Lutheran Academy best represents the same values and morals they have at home. In addition to holding students to a high standard, both academically and socially, the teachers and staff at HCLA really get to know them.
In return, students express their gratitude for teachers who taught them more than just arithmetic and punctuation. They helped each student become better human beings, and the students overwhelmingly say they’re glad their parents chose Holy Cross Lutheran Academy.

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