Welcome to Holly Grove!

A letter from the principal

Holly Grove Christian School began in the fall of 1976 with nineteen students, and today serves over 550 students and their families. For over 40 years, Holly Grove has provided a quality education to families on the Eastern Shore by offering a traditional program for students in Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade.

The school is located in a beautiful rural setting on 51 acres in Westover, Maryland. Students travel to our campus every day from as far away as Delaware and Chincoteague, with many families making use of our seven bus routes.

Holly Grove Christian School offers a strong academic program. Our graduates have received millions of dollars in college scholarships over the years.  HGCS is accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and ACSI. I invite you to come and enjoy the family atmosphere! 

We are here to serve you, so if you have any questions about Holly Grove Christian School, please contact me directly at mrohrer@hgcsweb.com.

Sincerely, 

Michael A. Rohrer

 
 

Our Campus

Spreading across 50 acres, our campus serves over 550 students in PreK through 12th grade.

 
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Tours & Open Houses

 

Visit Holly Grove Christian School

Visiting is one of the best ways to know if Holly Grove is right for your child. By visiting you will experience the Christ-centered culture, loving teachers, and joyful students.  You will walk away knowing you have discovered one of the top Christian schools in Maryland. 

Tours and Open Houses are for prospective parents interested in seeing Holly Grove Christian School live and in action. You will see and feel the vibrant life of the school as you walk through halls and see students in their classrooms, on the playground, and engaging in various activities.  

During your visit you will:

  • Have an opportunity to ask questions pertaining to your areas of interest
  • Visit students while in class
  • Observe teachers engaging students
  • Talk with administrators, faculty, and current students
  • See the facilities and campus

Young children are welcome!

Tours

Tours are offered during the school day, and at other times upon request. To schedule a tour, fill out the form on this page or call us at (410) 957-0222.

Open Houses

March 15, 2018 (9am to 2pm)

April 25, 2018 (9am to 2pm)

RSVP by emailing info@hgcsweb.com or calling (410) 957-0222.

 

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Admission Process

Holly Grove practices open enrollment. Interested parents may make application for their child at anytime during the year.

APPLICATION

Complete the application form, along with registration fee and records request.

INTERVIEW

Once the application is received, HGCS will call and schedule an interview. The student must accompany the parents for the interview.

STUDENT RECORDS

Families must bring all available student records to the interview. The student must have a satisfactory scholastic and behavioral record from previous school(s).

PLACEMENT TESTING

Prospective students entering grades 1-12 may be tested to determine academic preparedness and general classroom placement.

DECISION

Eligible students will be offered admission promptly.

If a particular class is full, the student will be placed on a waiting list. The family will be contacted as soon as there is an opening.

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Tuition & Fees

At Holly Grove Christian School, we believe that a Christian education is of great value and we want to make it affordable to as many families as possible. Each year, tuition is prayerfully reviewed and approved by the School Board. The goal is to balance the budget and offer an excellent academic program at the lowest possible cost. The rates for Holly Grove Christian School are lower than other Christian schools of the same size in the area.

The school embarks upon a number of fundraising and development initiatives and actively seeks parental involvement in these and other activities. In addition, gifts from parents, friends, churches, alumni, and businesses within the community allow us to charge a tuition that is less than the cost of educating each student.

Prepayment discount

A 2% discount is available for families that pre-pay the annual tuition and bus fees by August 10th. New parents may also receive the discount at enrollment.

payment plan

Families may pay the tuition and bus fees in 11 installment payments (Aug-June) by signing up for a payment plan with SMART tuition. There is a $50 fee for this service which is added to the first month. Go to enrollwithsmart.com to set up your plan.

Early Withdrawal

In the event of withdrawal, suspension or dismissal from HGCS prior to October 1, all of August and September tuition and bus fees will be owed. If a student withdraws after September 30, families will be liable for 100% of the tuition and bus fees for the month in which the student withdraws.

Financial Hardship

Families that experience an unexpected financial hardship should contact the finance office immediately. It is our desire to work with you so that your children may remain in HGCS. However, school records will not be released to any institution or person unless the student’s tuition and fees are paid in full.

If you are a current HGCS family experiencing financial hardship, please let us know, so we can work together. Your situation will be held in strict confidentiality. 

 
 

Financial Aid

A limited amount of money is set aside every year to assist families unable to meet tuition payments. The amount of the financial aid provided is based on the need of the applicants. This budgeted amount is established by faith - we believe God’s people will contribute money to help others.

The deadline for application is April 15th for the following school year. A determination of financial aid will be made by June 1st. You must re-apply for financial aid every year. All information submitted will be held in strict confidentiality.

Financial Aid Guidelines

  • Complete financial disclosure is necessary so that we can properly evaluate the request and offer recommendations.
  • Incomplete applications will be returned. Every part of the application must be answered and requested documents attached.
  • In some instances additional information may be requested to verify information submitted in the application.
  • Upon receipt of a financial aid application, the business manager will prepare a consideration packet for the financial committee to review.
 
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Frequently Asked Questions

+ Is Holly Grove Christian School accredited?

Yes. HGCS is dually accredited through the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Universities, Commission on Elementary Schools. In addition, all of our classroom teachers hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

+ What are the hours for the school?

The school day begins at 8:25 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m.

+ Do you offer before- and after-care?

We do not offer before- and after-care at this time. Our regular school hours are from 8:25 am until 3:00 pm. Students may be dropped off as early as 7:50 am, and they must be picked up by 3:10 pm.

+ What are the age requirements for enrolling in HGCS?

Students entering Pre-K (K4) must be four by September 1st, students entering Kindergarten (K5) must be five by September 1st, and students entering first grade must be six by September 1st.

+ Does the school offer hot lunches?

Yes, we offer a variety of lunches to students and staff throughout the week. A full lunch costs between $2 and $5, depending on items selected. Each day white and chocolate milk are available, along with Arby's sandwiches on Mondays, Hardee's chicken tenders on Tuedays, Subway sandwiches on Wednesdays, Domino's pizza on Thursdays, and hot dogs and cheesesteak sandwiches on Fridays.

+ Do you provide bus service?

Yes, HGCS offers bus transportation. Many parents arrange carpool with those in their community. See the Bus Registration form on our Forms page for the bus route info.

+ Do you offer special services for children with learning disabilities?

At this time, Holly Grove Christian School does not have the staff or facility to take students with special needs. We are unable to accept children who have severe physical handicaps, who have severe learning or social difficulties, who are emotionally disturbed or who have a history of disruptive behavior.

+ When is the deadline to apply for admission?

As HGCS uses a rolling admissions process, there is no deadline to apply. However, applying early is beneficial, as class sections may fill up and financial aid is offered on a first-come first served basis.


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International Students

Since 2002, Holly Grove Christian School has hosted a number of students from other countries for a full school year. 

During their time with us, students reside with one of our families, where they are incorporated as a family member, celebrating holidays and family events, experiencing church and everyday life, and developing their English-speaking skills.

The experience benefits not only the visiting students, but our domestic students as well.  Together they learn about each others’ cultures, build relationships and gain the understanding that God’s love transcends geographic borders. Visiting students mainly come to learn English, but by the time they return to their home country they have made life-long friends.

We work with a partner agency, American Home Life International, for many of our placements. If you are interested in becoming an exchange student at Holly Grove, please email the guidance counselor, Christy Scarborough, at cscarborough@hgcsweb.com.

 

Non-discriminatory policy

Holly Grove Christian School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic, or other school-administered programs.


 

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