Mr. Philbrick and his family visited the little Methodist church in Corinth on Christmas Eve in 1993. It was during this special evening that the pastor spoke on Mary bearing the seed of Christ and the importance of our willingness to bear whatever seed God has given us. At that moment God impressed upon Mr. Philbrick’s heart that he, too, was given a seed to bring forth and that was to reopen Higgins Classical Institute to families in this area that wanted more for their children. On New Year’s Eve he approached Dr. Russell K. Pier, President of the H.C.I. campus and expressed his burden and desire. Immediately he was offered the facilities of Higgins Classical Institute by Dr. Pier. on January 24th, Mr. Philbrick pursued his calling and began preparing for the ensuing school year. Higgins opened in the fall of 1994 with an enrollment of forty students, grades K-12, and increased steadily over the next three years. During this growth, the need for expanded facilities quickly became evident, and the Philbricks began to plan for a new facility nearby in Charleston. By the end of the year, a new piece of property was acquired, and the Philbricks packed up all of their materials, loaded them into a tractor trailer and moved them down the road to what would become Highview Christian Academy.
With only seven weeks remaining before school was to start and $2,000 in the bank, the new location still needed a school building to be built. That summer the foundation was laid and the heating system was installed, leaving a debt of $23,000. It was agreed upon between Mr. and Mrs. Philbrick that until this debt was paid they would not take another step. If God desired for this school to be built then He would provide the means to build it. God was in charge.
The very next day, in one church service, at the Charleston Pentecostal Church, the Holy Spirit moved upon the hearts of people with a real spirit of giving. Burdened individuals gave willingly out of a heart of love the $23,000 needed in order to begin the actual construction of the walls and roof. The first nail was pounded on July 15, 1998–exactly one year from the date of the decision to build a new school. With the help of many dedicated friends and believers the building was ready to be occupied by October of that year. It was a wonderful day on October 23, 1998, when 110 students, the faculty, staff, and parents marched from the campus of Higgins Classical Institute to the new facilities of Higgins Christian Academy, renamed Highview Christian Academy. For hundreds of parents and students throughout our region, the vision birth by the Philbricks had become more than just a high-view, it had become a brand new academy.
Highview Christian Academy’s facility has modern conventional classroom settings. With a variety of curriculum for individual or extracurricular needs, Highview opens may educational opportunities for the growing numbers of students looking for an alternative to public education. Their international exchange status has qualified Highview to welcome students from France, Sweden, Russia, China, Korea, Thailand, and other countries. As members of the Maine Principals Association, the award winning athletic programs have team sports for all ages in all seasons.
As the miracles continue at HCA, the plans include additional buildings, providing for a gymnasium, chapel, larger cafeteria, and additional classrooms. We encourage you to be a part of our growth. From increased enrollment to additional facilities, Highview Christian Academy is “A School on the Move!”