What is 21st Century Education?


We want our students to be trained for their years in college,
but also for the global job market and beyond. That’s why we focus on applying what they learn to real-life problems, not just repeating information on a test. Our goal is to engage students in personalized, project-based learning in which they learn to work collaboratively to achieve a common goal that is relevant to their lives and their community.

According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, employers are looking for skills that go beyond rote knowledge. In addition to knowledge in a particular field, ideal candidates in the 21st century are skilled in the following areas:

  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Creativity
  • People Management
  • Coordinating with Others
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Judgement/Decision Making
  • Service Orientation
  • Negotiation
  • Cognitive Flexibility
21st century education is not an educational trend; it’s real-life training for our students who will live, work, and play in a global community that is vastly different from the world we were trained to engage. In an era where new information is available around the clock, students require skills to access, evaluate, and synthesize information before they can use it effectively. That’s truly the heart of 21st century education: marrying the 3 R’s of traditional education (reading, writing, and arithmentic) with the 4C’s (critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication). 


Changing Education Paradigms

Hilton Head Christian Academy

Hilton Head Christian Academy is a Christ-centered College Preparatory School serving grades Kindergarten through 12th.