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An Independent Online Experience


HCA Online can serve families that are facing health, social-distancing, financial, and/or schedule-based difficulties.

Hawthorne Christian Academy’s Online School exists to provide a directed online curriculum for families choosing to home school. HCA Online students experience a more asynchronous (independent) style of education in keeping with the Mission Statement of Hawthorne Christian Academy.

  • Online Education through a Biblical Worldview
  • Consistent HCA Mission
  • Academic support available from HCA faculty
  • Schedule flexibility
  • Economical tuition
  • No application necessary for current students
  • Optional participation on athletic teams


Enrollment - Existing Students

Existing students enrolled in our traditional (in-seat) school may easily transition to HCA Online for a subsequent school year. To begin the transition, please contact your school principal or the admissions office in writing.

Enrollment - New Students

The enrollment process for HCA Online is similar to the process used for our traditional (in-seat) educational experience. For more information on the application process, please visit our Admissions page.

Course Content

HCA Online course content is delivered through an online learning platform and is presented via textual, video, and interactive formats. Some courses may feature “unplugged” activities which may require supplies or the printing of resources. Some courses also incorporate activities via third-party online applications.

Home "Learning Coach"

Parents, or other at-home adults, play an important “learning coach” role for homeschool children, especially for younger students. The learning coach is involved in daily scheduling, reading, concept understanding, proctoring assessments, and overall lesson completion.

Course Facilitators

HCA Online students are provided with one or more course facilitators – HCA teachers that will stay connected with the student, provide grading and additional academic support, and encourage spiritual development. Elementary school students will typically have a single facilitator that will assist them with all subjects. Secondary students may have several facilitators, depending on subject matter.

Platform Support

HCA Online students and families are also provided with platform assistance for any issues related to the use of the provided online platform(s). If you are experiencing any issues with an online platform, contact our technical support via email at


Assessments varies between grade levels. Many assessments are completed digitally on the online learning platform, proctored by the Learning Coach. Some assessments may be completed offline and submitted digitally through the online learning platform. Other assessments may be conducted live during synchronous sessions (e.g. K-2).


The HCA Online academic calendar is consistent with that of the traditional school calendar. Courses typically begin in early-September and end in mid-June. Students should complete the coursework by the conclusion of the academic school year (the Friday prior to the last week of school), but may work at an accelerated pace if desired.

Summer extensions may be available if any coursework is incomplete by the end of the academic calendar (fees apply).


HCA Online students will be expected to demonstrate daily attention to coursework. Students participating in on-campus activities (e.g. athletics) will need to maintain a certain academic progress for participation as outlined in the Parent-Student Handbook.

Parents are encouraged to check with their state/local authorities regarding homeschool requirements.


How does online school work?

The HCA Online educational experience is designed to be primarily independent yet guided and supported through connections with HCA faculty.

HCA Online students are provided with an online curriculum that has been selected, managed, written and/or licensed by HCA on the student’s behalf. HCA Online students work independently, guided daily by their Learning Coach (e.g. a parent) to complete coursework. Families are able to create a schedule that allows flexibility for the student and family unit, but keeps students on pace to complete coursework during the traditional school year.

HCA Online students are provided academic support directly from HCA. Each student is assigned one or more course facilitators (HCA teachers) that are available to answer questions via email. Some grades (e.g. K-5) feature weekly synchronous sessions that allow students to engage directly with their facilitators and other “classmates”.

How much support access do we get?

The Learning Coach (e.g. parent) is the primary (daily) support for the student. Additional academic and technical support is provided to students through the course facilitator and online school personnel. Assigned course facilitators are available via email support and during scheduled synchronous sessions (K-5).

Can I transfer from HCA Online to the traditional school during the school year?

Students enrolled in HCA Online may request a transfer to the traditional classroom during the first two weeks of the school year or for the second semester. Transfer requests should be submitted in writing to the Director of Online Instruction or school principal by January 2nd of the current school year. Requests will be reviewed by the Director of Online Instruction along with the school principal and guidance office.

The following factors will be considered before approving a transfer request:
– Student grades/progress through coursework
– Tuition payment status
– Classroom enrollment numbers
– Credit/graduation requirements
– Class schedules

Is there tuition aid available?

Due to the reduced cost of tuition, HCA does not at this time award financial aid or discounts (e.g. multi-child) for students in the online school. Families are free to apply externally-secured financial aid (e.g. Tri-County Scholarship) to their HCA online tuition provided funds were granted with HCA Online tuition in mind.

Are there other supplies/materials that need to be purchased?

Most courses will feature printable material that can be printed directly at home. K-5 students may have supply lists for the entire curriculum.

Some science courses in grade 6-12 will require supplies that may be available for free or loan from HCA. Lab fees for some courses may apply.

Other courses may have a few supplies that need to be acquired, but in many cases you will already have these items in your home. Some language arts courses have novels that need to be acquired, but you may be able to acquire/borrow them for free through a local/digital library.

Can my child participate in sports?

HCA Online students may participate in middle/high school sports. Inquiries regarding on-campus sports may be directed to the Director of Online Instruction or to the Director of Athletics. Athletic fees and academic requirements for participation will apply.

Is Christian Service still required?

Yes, Christian Service is required of all HCA middle and high school students (traditional and online). For more information, see our Christian Service page of the Parent Portal.


Grades K - 2

– Full Courses: Bible, Language Arts, Math
– Partial Courses: Science, Social Studies, Independent PE & Health
– Third-party online resources
– One facilitator for all subjects

Grade 3 - 5

– Full Courses: Bible, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
– Partial Courses: Physical Education & Health
– Third-party online resources
– One facilitator for all subjects

Grades 6 - 8

– Full Courses: Bible, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
– Partial Courses: Physical Education & Health
– Third-party online resources (for some grades)
– Semester elective opportunities ($80 per class)

Grades 9 - 12

– up to 35 credits per year (132.5 credits required for graduation)
– Semester elective opportunities ($80 per class)


– Application Fee (new students): $125
– Enrollment Fee (new students): $200
– Re-enrollment Fee (existing students): $100
– Transportation Fee: $0
– Technology Fee: $0
– Athletic Fee (per sport): $100
– Lab Fees (Biology, Chemistry): $50


All HCA students must complete a total of 132.5 credits for graduation. Full year courses = 5 credits.  Semester courses, PE & Health = 2.5 credits. 

  • Bible - 20 credits
  • Math - 20 CreditsRequired: Algebra II, Geometry/Statistics
  • English - 20 Credits
  • History - 15 CreditsRequired: World History, US Government, US History
  • Science - 15 CreditsRequired: Biology, Chemistry
  • World Language - 10 CreditsRequired: 2 years of a single world language
  • Physical Education / Health - 10 CreditsRequired: 4 years of PE & Health (2.5 credits per year)
  • Electives - 22.5 CreditsRequired: Minimum of two 5 credit electives


When considering the option of online school, it is important to ask some questions about the individual learner and their support system.


Contact Info

Ken Burres
Director of Online Instruction

2000 State Route 208
Hawthorne, NJ 07506