Hillcrest Christian Academy is accredited through the Association of Christian Schools International and Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

HCA's last Accreditation Review was conducted on March 22-25th, 2015.  During the review, the Academy was commended for the following:

  • Standing firm and preserving Christian School Education in Bethel Park over the long term.  This has been true with steadfast commitment through steady times as well as challenging transitions.
  • The school/program has developed a written curriculum guide/plan for its entire instructional program, and the school/program engages in a systematic review process for the evaluation and development of curriculum, curriculum materials, and instruction.
  • The biblically sound character exhibited by the administration, faculty, staff and students, reflecting their agreement with and adherence to the school's foundational principles. 
  • developing the means of accountability to the school’s philosophical and faith foundations for constituents, employees and board members, and clearly communicating their contents with the school community.
  • the distinctively Christian character and sound biblical emphasis that is reflected in the foundational documents.
  • providing mission-based programming which includes a broad range of activities from sporting programs to a high school mission trip, as well as opportunities for student leadership.
  • recognizing the need for specialized instruction and hiring a specialized teacher to support this program. 
  • the school encourages parents to be part of the educational process by allowing them to come in to observe instruction time, holding conferences twice year, conducting a parent survey, and communicating with parents in a variety of ways (Friday Folder, Hillcrest Happenings, Renweb, and positive emails regarding students.).\
  • having HCA participate in service projects like the Kaleidoscope Project, The Pittsburgh Project, etc., developing relationships with the community, and at the same time giving service opportunities to students.
  • personnel who know and understand the ethical considerations of their respective positions.
  • personnel who indicate their calling to the mission of the school and give evidence of their relationship with the entire school community.
  • establishing a curriculum committee dedicated to establishing a K-12 scope and   sequence based on local and national standards.
  • the use of standardized testing from Kindergarten through 12th grade as a means of evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the curriculum and instructional program.
  • the Christian character and conduct of the faculty and staff which is a clear testimony of faith to the students and their parents, and which is an important aspect of Biblical integration.
  • recognizing the importance of STEM instruction and including it in the curriculum.
  • its development of a website and student/parent portal for communication and information exchange with parents.
  • its investment in technology hardware with SMART boards, computer lab and donation of computers.
  • developing and implementing a written crisis management plan, with appropriate training for staff and students and a security plan for staff.
  • developing policies and procedures for all areas of health and safety services, such as medication administration and accident report logs and building evacuation plan.
  • strong emphasis and implementation of Biblical integration into all subject areas.
  • employing personnel with Biblical knowledge and training who have a passion to help students grow in their relationship with Christ.
  • providing opportunities for students to serve in various community outreach/ministry programs and activities.

Partners In Education

  • Middle States Association
  • Association of Christian Schools International
  • National Honors Society
  • Southwestern Christian Athletic League
  • Bethel Church League
  • RenWeb Parent Portal