New Student

Welcome to HCA. We are glad that you have joined our pride and now can proudly say with us, “We are Lions!” This page is dedicated to you. It is meant to inform you in one location of the things that you will need to know.

STUDENT HANDBOOK

Please read through our Student Handbook so that you may be familiar with all policies pertaining to your student while enrolled at HCA. Current editions are kept at /hcaessentials

WEEKLY NEWS

Take a moment to subscribe all email addresses for the weekly news.  In the Saturday email, you will receive updates on school events and more.  In addition, the superintendent will communicate with families through this format.

HCA APP

Visit the app store and search for Harvest Christian Academy and download! This app is for parents and students in grades 5-12.

REPORT AN ABSENCE

USE YOUR PHONE

Dial 847.214.3500 and speak with the receptionist or leave a VM.

USE YOUR APP

Complete the online form.  

INFINITE CAMPUS

Infinite Campus is our school database. This link will give you some tutorial videos, it will have the login link and also give you directions on how to download the mobile app which is super helpful for parents of students grade 5-12. Infinite Campus keeps grades, attendance, lunch money. Students in grade 5 and up will be assigned a login too. They will have different access than a parent but then are able to keep track of grades for themselves.

All IC usernames are initially given during your Onboarding Meeting with Admissions prior to school starting.  During the school year our reception desk can help with resetting passwords if needed.

LUNCH ACCOUNTS

We use a system called RevTrak which allows for credit card payment to your student’s lunch money. New families should create a new account at RevTrak which is linked to Infinite Campus. For logging start with your IC username and student’s birthday. Also, monthly lunch menus are kept on the HCA APP or in this web at  HCA Essentials.

PARENT TASK FORCE

Do you want to get involved? This is always the best place to meet other parents. We are blessed to have our Parent Task Force (PTF) here at HCA.  Email our team at harvestptf@gmail.com to see how you can get involved this next school year!

BOXTOPS FOR EDUCATION

Every year we collect BoxTops. So you can start even now clipping and saving them. The due dates for submitting BoxTops are in October and February and are communicated through our PTF.

PARKING GARAGE VIDEO TUTORIALS

We know the parking garage is always a daunting obstacle for new families.  Hopefully, these video tutorials will give you a familiarity with the process.  There are painted lines on the West Garage in front of each colored door (purple, red, gold) which are not referenced in the video and we no longer put out cones throughout the drive.

WEST SIDE

Drive through for drop-off and pick-up

EAST SIDE

Parking for drop-off and pick-up.

RING ROAD

Middle & upper school afternoon pick-up.

PARKING GARAGE STICKERS

Every HCA family is required to have a current parking garage sticker displayed on your vehicle.  Stickers are distributed on Meet the Teacher day at the beginning of the school year or at your OnBoarding appointment with Admissions before you start school.

LOWER SCHOOL (GRADES K-4)

ESV BIBLE

You’ll notice a copy of an ESV Bible is part of the school supply list. You are welcome to order online where you can find it least expensive. For your convenience, here are links to purchase online: Grade K-2 ESV Bible,  Grade 3-4 ESV Bible with concordance.

CARPOOL NETWORK
While we can’t give out names and numbers, we can provide a place for our families to connect. Visit this FB group to connect with other families who want to carpool.

LUNCHROOM MICROWAVES
You may notice there are microwaves in the lunchroom. They are designated for use by middle and high school students only. Please don’t plan for your lower school student to reheat a lunch from home.

WATER BOTTLES AND SNACKS
We encourage you to send a re-useable water bottle daily to school with your student. In addition, each class from K-4 will have a designated snack time for something healthy brought from home.

CHROMEBOOKS
This is listed on the GR 4 supply list!  Purchase on your own as it will be needed in Middle and Upper School.

MIDDLE SCHOOL (GRADES 5-8) & UPPER SCHOOL (GRADES 9-12)

SUPPLY LIST
Supply lists are posted in June. Please note that the most expensive items on our middle school supply lists are a TI-84 Graphing Calculator and a Chromebook. Try to find one used or look for sales during the summer. If your start date for school is after the school year has started, please communicate with the teachers about what might be required material to have for school supplies at that time of the year.

BELL SCHEDULE
Every year we post the bell schedule on the HCA app or under the /HCAEssentials page. That way you can see the period times for middle school and upper school.  

BIBLES

We use the ESV translation in our bible classes.  Your student will need a bible each day for class.  If you’d like to purchase one that you would keep at school, you may have a softcover as found here. Most students have a different bible at home that they bring to church or youth ministry each week.

BLUE/GOLD ELECTIVE CALENDAR (GR 7 & 8 Only)
Every month there is a new elective calendar for middle school students.  You can find this on the HCA app or under the /HCAEssentials page.

CLUBS
Visit our Student Life page for more information.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Grades 5-8:  Students do change for Physical Education into a PE uniform which consists of the following: grey or HCA athletic t-shirt, navy athletic shorts, athletic socks, and tennis shoes.  Please label your student’s PE uniform. 

Grades 9-12 : High school is NOT required to wear a PE uniform. Workout shorts and t-shirts may be worn for PE courses.  Please consult the guidelines in the Student Handbook.

NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATORY POLICY AS TO STUDENTS

Harvest Christian Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.