Heritage Christian Academy (HCA) is an independent, inter-denominational Christian school serving pre-school through twelfth-grade students. The school is incorporated in the state of Colorado as a non-profit organization under the direction of a 7-member Board of Directors.
Founded in 1970 by three local churches in Ft. Collins, Heritage Christian School (HCS) opened its doors at First Baptist Church to 56 students initially employing one administrator and four teachers. In 1973 HCA added a secondary program and graduated its first student.
For nearly 33 years, First Baptist housed the school, and then in 1994 Evangelical Covenant Church also opened its door to the high school as our program expanded. In 2002, both churches requested that HCS find a new facility as their church programs were growing. During that time, HCS found a manufacturing/office building on Wheaton Drive in southeast Fort Collins. HCS purchased and remodeled the building, with the move in date of October 2004.
Unfortunately, after three years at that location, we were unable to make the increased monthly payment, and the finance company was unwilling to renegotiate. At that point, the HCS Board of Directors reluctantly voted not to issue teacher contracts or make plans for the 2007-08 academic year.
A group of HCS parents joined forces determined to continue the school. They formed a foundation, Friends of Christian Education Foundation (since renamed Heritage Christian Foundation). The foundation located a nearly empty manufacturing building in northeast Fort Collins, agreed on a purchase price, secured financing, and began remodeling.
With intensive work by the foundation, parents, and teachers, classes began after Labor Day in temporary facilities of two local churches. By mid-October 2007, the educational sections of the building were sufficiently remodeled so the move in process could begin.
HCA is now in its eighth year at this present facility, enjoying the benefits of having our own gymnasium and expanding the number of classrooms. Both the staff and families of Heritage are thankful to continue our program and have the opportunity to educate and minister to the students of the community.