Bryan Turner, head of school

Hillsborough Christian Academy recently named Bryan Turner head of school. He will remain as principal as he takes on this new role.

The Hillsborough Christian Academy School Board has appointed Bryan Turner to head of school operations.

Turner, who is also principal, will continue to serve in both positions throughout the coming school year.

“I’m just excited for the community piece of it,” Turner said. “Being able to connect with members of our community and share the vision of who we are and our vision for excellence and education is really a passion of mine.”

As head of school, Turner will manage community relations and marketing. He will also maintain the school budget and ongoing school finances. He will work in consultation with the school board to create the school budget and identify outside resources to supplement the funds. Turner will continue to manage the academic portion of the school.

Recently, Turner completed a year-long study program, Leadership University through the Association of Christian Schools International. Upon conclusion of the program, Turner was granted the Head of School License from ACSI. 

The program looks at current issues facing private Christian schools and provides examples of leadership in school development.

Turner was paired with veteran mentor Richard Hardee, the Head of School for Calvary Day School in Winston-Salem. Hardee notches over 25 years of experience in this position. 

The program kicked off in Denver, Colorado in summer 2017 and concluded at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona, last month.

This study has helped Turner settle into the new position at ease. He also recently re-branded the schools logo and website. 

Hillsborough Christian Academy was founded in 2011 with a kindergarten and first grade class and a student body of two. Each year, the school has continued to add a grade level, now offering through 7th grade and totaling a student body of nearly 60. The 7th grade class will be added this coming 2018-19 school year.

The HCA School Board has committed to adding classes through 8th grade the following year. 

The school aims to eventually offer classes from students kindergarten through 12th grade. Once 8th grade is added, Turner said him and the board will assess resources before making the expansion to high school grade levels. 

With high school-level courses, more than one teacher is needed to offer specialized subjects. With a small school, financial resources are their biggest challenge, Turner said. 

Hillsborough Christian Academy is the only private Christian school in Hillsborough. Once students complete 8th grade in 2020, the school will likely have students transition to Orange High School, which is located just down the street. Many private Christian schools are located in nearby towns and counties including Chapel Hill, Durham, Mebane and Durham and Alamance Counties. This transition has not been previously required as a grade has been added each year. 

Nonetheless, Turner is pleased to lead Hillsborough Christian Academy in both academics and school development. 

“I’m so excited to hit the ground running,” he said. “It’s going to be fun.”