Prepared for High School & Beyond
Our passionate focus is to grow students of strong character who love God. To learn what kind of student we envision, see our Vision of an HCS learner. To understand how we disciple students into people of character, see our Character Formation page. See our Philosophy to get a brief overview of our academic approach. Our K-3 and 4-8 core academics pages detail our approach to the subjects in these grade levels. The experiences page gives an overview of out-of-classroom experiences.
Elementary/middle school hours
- Normal day: 8:30 – 3:15
- Before care: 7:00 – 8:30
- Aftercare: 3:15 – 5:30
At Hampden Christian School, we are growing flourishing children who love God. We are building bedrock character and 21st-century skills.
Here is a sampling of our educational philosophy with credits to the people and movements that have shaped us.
Children benefit from beautiful, prepared spaces that lead them toward self-directed learning.
- Children are born persons to be respected and nourished, not manipulated.
- We provide a feast of ideas for children, especially in the form of real, living books.
- Character and habits are valuable.
- Don’t assign too much homework.
- Free play is essential for children’s development.
We build virtue and humanity through interaction with the classics
Character, responsibility, and respect are expected and modeled by teachers of character.
Technology use by children should be very limited. Spending time outdoors and in nature is vital.
The 21st century is a Volatile, Uncertain, Changing, and Ambiguous place. Mainstay jobs are vanishing. We prepare children best by building into them the character qualities and skills that will allow them to adapt, grow, and work with others
Children learn their most memorable lessons through hands-on, self-directed, and collaborative projects.
The main outcome of a successful education is love for God and service to others.
Vision of an HCS Learner
HCS learners flourish as they love God with all their heart, soul, strength, and mind. They exhibit a depth of character and a curiosity and adaptability that allows them to flourish in the volatile 21st century.