Message from Executive Director

Welcome to HCLA!

Welcome to Holy Cross Lutheran Academy,

I have often said that deciding to put our children into private Christian education was the best decision that my wife and I ever made.

Looking back, I remember walking my son and daughter through the hallways of their first Christian school in Jacksonville, Florida with complete confidence that they were not only going to be loved by their teachers but that they would be safe and taught to the highest standards in education; we were right.  It is with that memory, and several years as a Christian school teacher and administrator, that I embrace the role of Executive Director of Education.  

HCLA is a growing PK-12 school, spread over three campuses, with a 20 year track record of loving, teaching, and inspiring students to confidently step into the future.  We offer excellent Pre-K programs in both Lake Mary and Sanford and our Elementary school is always buzzing with activity and smiling faces. This past May, HCLA graduated its first high school class who will be continuing studies at the University of Florida, University of North Florida, Jacksonville University and Florida Atlantic University.  We are an AP Capstone school with a fully wireless campus and a schedule that optimizes learning and creativity. HCLA is dedicated to preparing all students for whatever might come after high school whether that is college, the military, trades or mission work; we seek to strengthen students while guiding them to whatever their passion might be so they can lead a transformed life through Christ.

Come and visit us at any of our campuses and take a tour of all that HCLA has to offer.  We look forward to meeting you and talking about how your child might fit into the Holy Cross family.  



Mark Corey 
Executive Director of Education

Christian School in Sanford and Lake Mary

Lake Mary Campus

Grades: Preschool – VPK
780 N. Sun Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Lower School

Grades: Preschool – 4th Grade
5450 Holy Cross Court
Sanford, FL 32771

Upper School

Grades: 5th – 12th Grade
100 Aero Lane
Sanford, FL 32771

Our History

Holy Cross Lutheran Academy began as a Preschool Story Time program of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in 1984. Since then we have developed a full range of early childhood programs with classes for one year olds through VPK, an excellent elementary program (K-4), an outstanding middle school program (5-8), and in Fall of 2015 we opened our High School.

Holy Cross Lutheran Academy is part of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, in which Lutheran schools in the United States can be traced back to the 1600’s. Today with over 3400 schools and early childhood centers, the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod operates the second largest parochial school system in the nation. Because of their nature, Lutheran schools are not in competition with public schools, but rather offer parents an alternative where there is an emphasis on educating the whole child.

Parent Involvement

PALS stands for Parents Actively Lending Support. This dynamic group of HCLA supporters help to strengthen the partnership between home and school, keeping the Christian education of our children first and foremost. PALS consists of parents willing to lend support and assistance in any effort that will benefit the students of the Academy. PALS help with classroom special events, maintenance of school property and facilities, organize special school-wide functions and oversee school wide fundraisers.

PALS meet monthly and all parents are welcome to attend and participate.