Harbor Light Christian School strives to provide the utmost in Christian Education. Bob Jones University Press, A Beka Books, Christian Schools International Press, McGraw-Hill, Houghton Mifflin, and Saxon Publishers are among the commonly used texts. Some secular publications and texts are used. If any secular publications or texts are utilized, it is thoroughly examined by the Education Committee to determine the extent of its use.
The HLCS kindergarten program provides the basics for the education that students receive as they continue through their education. Students learn to read short stories, count 1-100, add numbers up to 10. They also learn to count money, print the alphabet in lower and upper case, and sing and recite songs and poems. In addition, students explore art crafts, science, social studies, and current events.
The school readiness program at HLCS focuses on developing students in their character, education, and relationship. Social and emotional development provides students with opportunities to share and listen with others, listen to peers, while working on respect and self control in their daily living. Students improve their fine and gross motor skills while learning stories and verses from the Bible, having an introduction to colors, letters, and numbers, and experiencing hands-on science. Leadership, caring and friendship are also important aspects of the school readiness program.
HLCS students in grades 9-12 have the opportunity to earn North Central Michigan College credit through dual and concurrent enrollment. Dual enrollment courses are offered at North Central Michigan College in Petoskey or at its centers in Cheboygan and Gaylord. This allows students to access challenging courses, be exposed to a variety of curriculum unavailable at HLCS, and receive a jump start on earning college credits. In addition, dual enrollment allows students to function as salt and light while representing their faith and HLCS. Concurrent enrollment courses are offered on our HLCS campus. Both options offer students the opportunity to earn semester based college credits that will appear on a North Central Michigan college transcript and may be transferred to any public university in our state as well as most private universities. As a result of an action by the State legislature in 2012, qualified students may begin taking dual enrollment classes in 9th grade and may take up to 10 dual enrollment classes in grades 9-12.