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Who We Are

It is our pleasure to introduce you to Harrells Christian Academy.  Our mission is: With faith, family and a focus on the future Harrells Christian Academy strives to build Christian character, develop minds, and achieve academic success. HCA is, very simply put, a family - a community pulling together with passion and purpose.  Whether students are just entering kindergarten and stepping out into the world for the first time, or are about to graduate and contribute their gifts to the world, Harrells provides a creative and stimulating educational experience.  In Lower School, students are challenged to develop as young people of faith, as critical thinkers, and as members of community.  Middle School offers students the ability to begin to choose their own path and provides the foundational tools he or he will need to be successful.  Upper School is a culmination of that training, as students find their own voice and discover their own path, and become prepared for the rigors of college and career.  For 45 years, HCA has been a home for many, and we invite you to discover this special school for yourself.


Who We Serve

Harrells Christian Academy is a non-denomenational, private christian school located at the southern tip of Sampson County.  Founded in 1969, HCA serves families throughout southeastern NC, including Sampson, Bladen, Duplin, and Pender counties. 


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Harrells 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 student 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.




Our History

In 1969, a group of interested citizens organized Rose Hill Christian School, Inc. The school opened on September 5, 1969, in a rented facility located in the town of Teachey, North Carolina, with an enrollment of 98 students in grades 1-8. In 1970, Harrells Christian Academy was established at its present location in Harrells, North Carolina.

The school ground in Harrells was purchased and renovated during the 1969-1970 school year by the Foundation for School Development, Inc. The Foundation consisted of a group of local businessmen with the primary purpose of securing a permanent home for the Rose Hill Christian School, Incorporated. 

The foundation purchased Franklin School which had been built by the Sampson County Board of Education in the late 1940s, but closed in the early 1960s due to consolidation. 

Harrells Christian Academy opened in August, 1970 with an enrollment of 305 students in grades 1-12. The first senior class graduated six students in May, 1971. 

Joseph W. Newkirk was one of the founders of HCA and served as the academy’s first headmaster until his untimely death in 1978. The auditorium has since been named in his honor. 

Since January, 2001, Harrells Christian Academy has raised close to three million dollars through a capital campaign aimed at renovating the academy’s existing facilities as well as adding new construction. 

With the growing student body and expanded needs for technological advances and instruction, new construction began in 1997 with the addition of a new upper school facility. 

The upper school building was named for William C. Maus, a beloved math teacher and headmaster. William C. Maus Hall was completed and used for the first time in 1998. It houses science laboratories, classrooms, and a computer lab. The addition of five more classrooms was made to Maus Hall during the summer of 2002. Also, during the summer of 2002, renovations were made to the existing Puglia Cafeteria, which was originally built in 1985. 

During the summer of 2003, a new administration building, Founder’s Hall, was added to the front of the existing school. This new building is dedicated to members of the Founders Club, key contributors to the Academy’s Capital Campaign. This facility holds several offices and a conference room. The area connecting these offices is named in honor of Samuel A. Marshburn. 

Upstairs, above Marshburn Hall, is the Lynne Wells Williams Media Center. The Media center contains the Academy’s library and computers for use by lower and middle school students. 

With all the renovations and new construction, the campus now has over 30 classrooms, two computer labs, two science labs, an auditorium, chapel, music room, and an art studio. 

Finally, in 2012, a new gymnasium building with a stage for major events and a concession stand was dedicate.  The Foundation Center is now the home for the HCA varsity volleyball and basketball teams, as well as numerous events throughout the year.

In July of 2015, HCA hired our present Headmaster, Kevin M. Kunst.  Mr. Kunst is a 24-year veteran of independent and Christian schooling. 




2016-2017 HCA Board of Directors


Barnhill, Corey

Barnhill, Patsy

Briley, Jay

DuBose, Holden - Vice-Chairman

Fussell, Angie

Glaser, Ruth

Huff, Alex

Johnson, Cowan

Ludlum, Hayes

Moore, Henry - Chairman

Murphy, Wendy

Prestage, Janet

Quinn, Kim

Wasserman, Wendy