HCA IS NOT

  • 4K-8th Grade Classes
  • 4K/5K Montessori Classes
  • MERGE-The 6th Grade Institute
  • Smaller class sizes than most traditional public schools
  • Student-guided curriculum
  • ​High School Credit Classes
  • Family Involvement Requirement
  • ​Non-Traditional Calendar and Schedule
  • ​Specialized Anti-Bullying Policy

OUR UNIQUE ASPECTS

The South Carolina Charter Schools Act of 1996 defines a charter school as a public, nonreligious, non home-based, nonprofit corporation forming a school that operates by sponsorship of a public school district, the South Carolina Public Charter School District, or a public or independent institution of higher learning, but is accountable to the board of trustees, or in the case of technical colleges, the area commission, of the sponsor which grants its charter.


Horse creek Academy operates by sponsorship of the Aiken County School District.

                           
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF A CHARTER SCHOOL?

  • improve student learning
  • increase learning opportunities for students
  • encourage the use of a variety of productive teaching methods
  • establish new forms of accountability for schools
  • create new professional opportunities for teachers, including the opportunity to be responsible for the learning program at the school site
  • assist South Carolina in reaching academic excellence
  • create new, innovative, and more flexible ways of educating children within the public school system, with the goal of closing achievement gaps between low performing student groups and high performing student groups

A CHOICE IN PUBLIC EDUCATION

  • A private school​ that requires tuition
  • An elitist school with selective admissions
  • A magnet school
  • ​An alternative school or juvenile facility