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"I have been working at Wachusett Regional High School in Holden, MA for the past 11 years. I have noticed that over the course of the past five years the students I have worked with who are former Holden Christian Academy students excel in the classroom setting. These students are well-prepared for their entry to WRHS and eager and curious learners. To aid in instilling curiosity is an honor and the staff at Holden Christian should be commended for their hard work. On a side note, the students I have worked with have fond memories of the teachers and their preparation at your institution." Erin Dubzinski, Spanish teacher WRHS December 2012
Parent & Graduate Testimonials
"My daughter attended HCA from Kindergarten through 8th grade. She is now a junior in high school and participated in a debate in her Christian Ed. class at church. Her teachers noted that she was eloquent and passionate in defending her side of the issue. My husband and I know that her willingness to speak up, her passion for Christian values, and her ability to share her opinions about sensitive issues were all nurtured at HCA."
"Holden Christian Academy provided me with an environment where I could develop spiritually, academically, physically, emotionally and socially. Having recently graduated top of my class in Mechanical Engineering, I can look back to my formative years at HCA and see where my love for science and math was encouraged by the personal care and encouragement I received from my teachers. I also see in my trips to China, Puerto Rico and Guatemala the desire to reach the nations that was nurtured through HCAs emphasis on a strong spiritual background and a multicultural focus. I can confidently say that my life would have taken a very different path were it not for the years spent at HCA."
Tim Marinone (UMass Lowell Graduate)
"HCA ranks as the finest of the six Christian schools our children have attended as we've moved around the U.S. They not only receive support for the values and principles we teach at home from a top-notch teaching staff, but the quality of the education is second to none. It's an easy school to invest ourselves in."
Dan Marinone, parent
"My Christian education has made me a better student because in the environment I feel safe, wanted, and loved; as a result, I can really focus on my studies."
Rebecca Johnson, 2003 HCA grad
"The individual attention and support I received during my years at HCA provided me with a strong foundation from which my character, academics, and faith could all continue to grow."
Mark Helfrick, 1998 HCA grad, Ocean Acoustics Scientist
"Though I spent only my middle school years at HCA, those three years stick out in my educational career as years of in-depth learning, exploration, and growth. HCA provided an environment that both nurtured and challenged me, becoming a safe haven in what can often be a confusing time for teenagers. The teachers and administration at HCA shared the same core values and a vision for all of us students that translated into the way they taught us. Leading by example, they became more than leaders - they were mentors and role models. I am so thankful for my time at HCA, as it helped to mold me into a more confident student and laid the foundation for my success as an adult."
Deborah Kerr, 1997 HCA grad
"The changes in our grandson have been wonderful to see. His happiness with school - at last - has brought back his smile and youthful exuberance. We're delighted he is able to attend Holden Christian Academy."
Barbara Pedersen, grandparent
"The curriculum at HCA allows children to study rich themes across all subject areas. Students and teachers are encouraged to engage in focused learning and construct new understandings without the pressures of high stakes state tests."
Holly Dolan-Rourke, M.Ed., parent, Clinical Educator
"The teachers at HCA made all the difference in my education. Not only did they love to teach, but they loved God and it showed in their lives. Their passion for God's will still inspires my studies and my worldview to this day."
Katie Kohl , 1997 HCA grad, 2005 Gordon College grad