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Heritage Academy

Charter | 7-12

 
 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $74,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $710.

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Posted September 23, 2013

I was hesitant to have my children switch schools, but I am so glad I did. They are in 7th, 8th and 10th grade. My two Jr. High Students absolutely LOVE it. They never had any trouble at the other school, they just were tired of the negative atmosphere and the poor choices that they saw going on around them all day. Although I didn't want to put my kids "in a bubble" one of my son's explained that he didn't want to be in a bubble, he just didn't want to have vulgarity and low standards around him while he was trying to learn. So, I told them we would give Heritage a try. It is wonderful to have them come home so happy and excited to share all about how different it was from their old school. My high school student is having a positive experience as well but does miss some of the freedom's of his old school like cell phones in class, hour long lunch breaks, and long hair. As a parent the lack of those things at Heritage is a plus, not a minus! I was concerned that I would see a drop in my kids grades because they never had a lot of home work at their old schools. They do have more work but I have not heard 1 complaint from them. I am so glad we made the switch.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2013

Heritage Academy has been a wonderful experience for our children thus far. My wife and I were recommended Heritage by a family friend because of their excellent standards. Our children both love the experience and we couldn't be more thrilled.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2013

This school was recommended to us by our neighbors. Their children have attended and loved it. We decided to send our child there this year and we have seen an increase in our child's productivity and grades. When my husband and I sat our daughter down to discuss how she was liking the school, she couldn't stop talking about how much she enjoyed it and how she felt like she got more one-on-one time with her teacher than at her previous school. We couldn't be happier with our experience!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2013

This is the first year of our child attending Heritage and my husband and I have been very pleased with the curriculum and experience our son has received. We will be back.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 30, 2011

I am a senior at Heritage Academy and absolutly LOVE it!!! You are surrounded by teachers that will work many extra hours just to make sure you understand and the other students give off the spirit of Positive peer-pressure!!!!!!


Posted November 9, 2011

Our family loves the education our daughter is recieving at Heritage. We are not LDS and feel that religion is not really a part of her scholatistic education. Being a religious minority is not an issue in our home. The staff is fabulous, the rules just stringent enough and the activities monitored well by both parents and teachers. I appreciate the stress on education, community and country while letting the kids express themselves occassionally. I higghly recommend this school and encourage non-Heritage parents to visit!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2011

As one reviewer pointed out, the majority of the students are LDS. My kids who are not LDS love their school and are not affected by being in the minority. They are very happy and secure in their school. They run a tight ship and it is a great environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2011

First off, I mean no offense to anyone by what i state in this review, it is merely to state fact; if it offends you in any way, I sincerely appoligize. You may be wonering why i gave this school 2/5 stars. Well, it is a personal rating that only would apply to the minority at this school which includes myself. It is true that Heritage Academy provides an excellent education to it's students. However, there are seveal flaws in this school that can be very uninviting. ALL teachers at Heritage Academy are L.D.S. and roughly 90% of it's students are as well. I, not being L.D.S., am very uncomfortable going to this school as it is assumed that you have the same beliefs as most people there. I give a strong warning to anyone looking into this school that is not L.D.S. This, paired with the strong right wing political standpoint of the teachers makes for a very biased school. The history books are written "in christian perspective" and leave out key parts to them because of this. I don't have many characters left to finish this review and I wish I had more, so I will keep it short. If you are looking for a good education, I implore you to go to Tempe Prep, or another charter school.


Posted March 2, 2010

Everything about the school is excellent! Three of my children have attended and received great educations. Not only this, but they thoroughly enjoyed the experience and opportunities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2010

I love it!!!! everything about it is excellent! teachers, classes, faculty, student programs, everything! I feel ahead of the game, more educationally advanced and prepared and ready for the future! Our nation is a big part of my learning and my friends and I find ourselves discussing political topics not only at lunch but in conversation out of school. We are comfortable in our opinions and we love to share what we have learned at Heritage. Its our own family away from home. When we see each other out of class, its like a little family reunion. Our most popular phrase is... 'Only At Heritage'. It means exactly that and we love it. Love it or Leave it!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 5, 2009

I've been going to Heritage since 7th grade and plan to stay on through my senior year (only 2 short years away, actually). It is an absolutely wonderful school with friendly teachers that you can easily learn from, especially with the small class sizes. Their emphasis on the Founding Fathers and principles of good government are definitely things you need to know going out into the world. Truly, it is creating America's next generation of heroes.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 1, 2009

I consider my children lucky for having such a top notch school so closeby. I've known people that have moved from other states just to have their kids attend Heritage. That says a lot!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2008

I went to heritage for seventh grade and then moved but i loved everything about it and wish i could go back. I liked every teacher and i enjoyed the classes. I learned so much about American history and the latin language. ill never forget it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 12, 2008

I loved being at Heritage Academy! I was there from 7th grade till 12th. The teachers there aren't just teaching what is in the books. They are examples of what every teacher sould be like in ever school. I cant wait to send my kids there! The clean rooms to the clean campus make for a great learning environment. Heritage will be close to my heart forever!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 17, 2008

Great teachers, staff. I feel like I have many pairs of caring eyes on my children when I leave them at school under their care. They offer an extremely valuable education, not dismissing the things most schools leave out of the curriculum in order to be politically correct. They teach history as it was. I appreciate the devoted staff and environment that Heritage provides. I have 3 children attending there and am so thankful this school is an option for us!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2007

I attended Heritage Academy for six years and although at times it was tough and I didn't always agree with some of the rules, I loved it. I signed a contract before I began my schooling there and I was expected to keep that. Heritage teaches responsibility and also that our personal involvement in our environment is mandatory if we wish to change things. The teachers are very personable and genuinely care. Its really just like a big family over there. Any child who attends there will come out stronger and more confident in their abilities.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 10, 2006

I agree with all the other positive feedback given by the others - good values, safe, patriotic, respectful, etc. This is what all schools should be like. We have moved to another state and miss Heritage a great deal. The teachers are there because they want to be. The students want to be there too. They are involved and enjoy learning all subjects. The sports programs were not very good, but that was the only down side.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2006

Heritage is a good school because the kids and parents are good people. It is safe, friendly, and a positive, family atmosphere. The Spanish program is weak, but they have a good variety of electives.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2005

I found their drama/art department to be top notch. Our children were involved in the sports program. Even though it is small it provided opportunities that they probably wouldn't have gotten elsewhere. The academic program is strong and the learning environment is wonderful. The teachers are great. I was not on the school board or PTO but but was heavily involved in the childrens activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2005

The Heritage Academy offers more than most chartered schools. It has all the required classes to get into college. They also offer drama, dance, music, band, some sports, and many other electives. The students wear uniforms. They truly care about the students.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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97%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
96%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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87%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
89%
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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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90%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
91%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
92%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Highly Performing".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Highly Performing".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Excelling".

About the tests


Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 82% 42%
Hispanic 11% 43%
Black 2% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 5%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Female 57%N/A49%
Male 43%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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