Junior Academy

Quality Courses, Biblical Worldview

Location: Bonita Valley Community Church 4744 Bonita Road, Bonita CA 91902 (Map)

Meets: Weekly on Mondays, 9:30am - 3:00pm 

Contact: JrAcademy@hcssd.org

Lead: 

Weekly Drop Off Classes for K-6 Grades

Classes will cover the four core subjects of Language Arts, math, history, and science. 

classes are taught by Independently Contracted teachers.

Class fees are payable directly to the teachers: $1,600/year per student.

HCS Members Admin fee (in addition to the class fee): $225
Academy Service Admin fee (non-HCS member, in addition to the class fee): $350

Teachers have different drop policies and billing cycles. Please note the policy and payment information for each specific class.

Schedule: The full campus will meet for a Chapel opening and then split off by classroom.

9:30am-9:50am - Chapel
10:00am-11:00amm - 1st-hour instruction
11:00am-11:10am - Break
11:10am-12:10pm - 2nd-hour instruction
12:10pm-12:45pm - Lunch
12:50pm-1:50pm - 3rd-hour instruction
1:50pm-2:00pm - break (kindergarten ends here)
2:00pm-3:00pm - 4th-hour instruction

After-kindergarten supervision until the end of Junior Academy is available for a separate fee.

Kinder class

Meet Our Junior Academy Insructors

Danette Bean
Danette Bean 
Kindergarten Instructor

Danette is passionate about teaching young children and making learning fun, hands-on, and engaging. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from SDSU and a K-8 Teaching Credential from Chapman University. She taught Kindergarten through 2nd grades for the La Mesa-Spring Valley and Santee school districts for many years.

As a former Heritage homeschool mom, Danette also had the joy of serving as a Lead Kindergarten Teacher for HCS class days. Having seen firsthand the value and rewards of home based Christian education, it’s an honor and privilege to now use her experience and training to encourage other homeschool families. She is blessed to live in beautiful Alpine with her husband, two young adult daughters, and two very pampered cats. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, gardening, taking nature walks, and crafting.

Kasie Anderson portrait
Kasie Anderson 
1st/2nd Grade Instructor

This is Kasie's third year teaching first and second and has a love for this age group.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies and Teaching Credential at San Diego Christian College. She is also in the midst of completing her Master of Arts in Teaching.

Ever since the fourth grade, she has known that this is what God had in store for her life. Kasie loves serving alongside her husband at their church, and they are happily expecting their first child in the Fall of 2022.

Renee Wiggins
3rd/4th Grade Instructor

Renee is homeschool mom who has a strong belief in helping young people find God’s purpose for their lives. She is passionate about parental involvement in the discovery of every child’s unique gifts. Renee has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She has experience as a 3rd grade teacher, a substitute teacher, and a homeschool mom. Her belief is that learning should be interactive, fun, and individualized.

She has 9 children and over 20 years of homeschool experience. Renee has attended and served in the same church for 28 years. Her family has especially enjoyed serving God by ministering to and sharing God’s love with active duty military members. Another favorite family activity is hiking and exploring nature together.

Raquel Ramirez
5th/6th Grade Instructor

Raquel is a San Diego native who for the past five years has been teaching grades 4-6 in a Christian homeschool program.  She is passionate about leading children to understand the Truth in all subjects of instruction by placing the Lord at the center. 

Beginning her seventh year homeschooling her three sons, she delights in being humbled and strengthened through this journey.  Motherhood and homeschooling remain her greatest callings. 

With compassion and enthusiasm, she loves serving others. She is a volunteer soccer coach for AYSO,  organizes Tijuana ministry outreaches, and serves on her church’s praise and worship team.  Along with her family, she enjoys road trips around the United States where they experience hands-on learning and gratitude for God‘s creation. 

Raquel holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from San Diego State University and a Master’s Degree from Ashford University. 

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