Hametown Baptist Church

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  • 4774 S Hametown Rd

    Norton, OH 44203

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  • 330-825-7891

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I am a past student oh Hametown Christian Academy and know the facility and staff quite well. I must be blunt here. This is not a school, it is a proto-cult with a thin veneer of education. Students do not learn very much here at all beyond rote memorization and a particularly odd and aggresive interpretation of christian dogma that would make Calvin blush.

HCA uses the A.C.E Curriculum, which is by and large not accredited and very few colleges will recognize their diploma. They have no teachers on staff, only volunteer "supervisors" and various ranking members of their church. The students work exclusively from workbooks and must muddle through anything they don't understand on their own. Each student is assigned his own mini cubicle and does not actively interact with any students or teachers during his work day, he has only brief interactions during scheduled recesses. There are no lectures, note taking, or group activities. It is entirely composed of workbooks. This has a habit of reducing the desire to learn in eager students, and cripples any student if they should ever enter a traditional schooling environment. I can attest from personal experience that you simply do not learn how to learn at H.C.A. The only skill I developed was rote memorization. This school also has a huge bullying problem. I was repeatedly physically abused in my time at this school, and the staff never did anything about it. On the few occasions where I did report the incidents I was typically the one punished. (as the abusers were typically children of ranking church members and therefore exempt from punishment) It did not take long before I learned that the adults would not help and I simply suffered in silence. As a result it was not until well after my school years that I began to develope normal human interaction skills.

This facility also proudly practices corporal punishment. Extreme corporal punishment. I experienced this personally on several occasions struck so hard by the pastor of this school that it literally stunned me and left me unable to breath. I was punished in this manner for what are known as "scoring errors", essentially paperwork violations, not intentional misbehavior. While conceptually I have no issue with corporal punishment their is no reason ever to strike a nine year old so hard (and sometimes repeatedly) that they have difficulty breathing and their vision blurs.

This school also believes in radical proselytism, and will use field trips and school time to proselytize. In some public areas they are quite (in)famous for standing and handing out bible tracks while the pastor quite literally shouts and rants about the terrors of hell and how the unsaved are doomed to spend eternity there. This is quite literally a "field trip" for this school, and counts as an extracurricular activity. They do not believe there is a time or a place that is inappropriate for such aggressive preaching. There have been incidents of the church elders children interrupting wedding receptions by yelling at the homosexual wait staff that they were hellbound. Pastor Roser and several others have also, on repeated occasions, entered a persons house uninvited to attempt to forcefully convert them on the spot and would only leave once police action was threatened.

In short, I would not recommend you ever send your child to this school. I can certainly appreciate teh desire to have your child in a private school where they will get a good education outside of the current public system. However, H.C.A. is not a facility that is equipped to do that. Your child will at best learn nothing at all beyond test taking and rote memorization and at worst be actively abused. Please, consider somewhere else to send your child if you are looking into this school. I am not the only one who has been abused at this school. In fact, A.C.E. school are notorious for this exact sort of abuse, just check out this discussion here: http://forum.rickross.com/read.php?14,7041

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I am a past student oh Hametown Christian Academy and know the facility and staff quite well. I must be blunt here. This is not a school, it is a proto-cult with a thin veneer of education. Students do not learn very much here at all beyond rote memorization and a particularly odd and aggresive interpretation of christian dogma that would make Calvin blush.

HCA uses the A.C.E Curriculum, which is by and large not accredited and very few colleges will recognize their diploma. They have no teachers on staff, only volunteer "supervisors" and various ranking members of their church. The students work exclusively from workbooks and must muddle through anything they don't understand on their own. Each student is assigned his own mini cubicle and does not actively interact with any students or teachers during his work day, he has only brief interactions during scheduled recesses. There are no lectures, note taking, or group activities. It is entirely composed of workbooks. This has a habit of reducing the desire to learn in eager students, and cripples any student if they should ever enter a traditional schooling environment. I can attest from personal experience that you simply do not learn how to learn at H.C.A. The only skill I developed was rote memorization. This school also has a huge bullying problem. I was repeatedly physically abused in my time at this school, and the staff never did anything about it. On the few occasions where I did report the incidents I was typically the one punished. (as the abusers were typically children of ranking church members and therefore exempt from punishment) It did not take long before I learned that the adults would not help and I simply suffered in silence. As a result it was not until well after my school years that I began to develope normal human interaction skills.

This facility also proudly practices corporal punishment. Extreme corporal punishment. I experienced this personally on several occasions struck so hard by the pastor of this school that it literally stunned me and left me unable to breath. I was punished in this manner for what are known as "scoring errors", essentially paperwork violations, not intentional misbehavior. While conceptually I have no issue with corporal punishment their is no reason ever to strike a nine year old so hard (and sometimes repeatedly) that they have difficulty breathing and their vision blurs.

This school also believes in radical proselytism, and will use field trips and school time to proselytize. In some public areas they are quite (in)famous for standing and handing out bible tracks while the pastor quite literally shouts and rants about the terrors of hell and how the unsaved are doomed to spend eternity there. This is quite literally a "field trip" for this school, and counts as an extracurricular activity. They do not believe there is a time or a place that is inappropriate for such aggressive preaching. There have been incidents of the church elders children interrupting wedding receptions by yelling at the homosexual wait staff that they were hellbound. Pastor Roser and several others have also, on repeated occasions, entered a persons house uninvited to attempt to forcefully convert them on the spot and would only leave once police action was threatened.

In short, I would not recommend you ever send your child to this school. I can certainly appreciate teh desire to have your child in a private school where they will get a good education outside of the current public system. However, H.C.A. is not a facility that is equipped to do that. Your child will at best learn nothing at all beyond test taking and rote memorization and at worst be actively abused. Please, consider somewhere else to send your child if you are looking into this school. I am not the only one who has been abused at this school. In fact, A.C.E. school are notorious for this exact sort of abuse, just check out this discussion here: http://forum.rickross.com/read.php?14,7041

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