"We are best known for academic excellence taught through a biblical worldview."
Students enrolled 1205
Hours 8:00 AM - 3:05 PM
School leader Mr. Jeff Freeman and Mrs Brenda Klingerman
Transportation options Yes
Type Religious
Preschool capacity no info
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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4 stars
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April 24, 2014
I have 3 children at Heritage Christian school. Two in middle school and 1 in elementary. The teachers are kind and always welling to go the extra mile to help a child succeed. There a host of actives aid at getting and keeping parents , students and staff connected. The teachers and staff truly care about each and every child. I am impressed with the curriculum as well.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2014
The best part about HCS are the teachers!!! My son has been at HCS for four years, prep K to 2nd grade. His kindergarden teacher would hug each child every single day as they walked in class. This school challenges the kids as well as let them have plenty of fun. The students are polite and orderly in such a surprising way. I once asked what the secret was and I was told, "we expect them to be on their best behavior and, so they are". I would proudly recommend HCS to anyone!

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2014
We have been so pleased in the growth of our two children both spiritually and academically. We will have our third child their next year who will be attending middle school. The education they will continue to receive from HCS challenges them beyond what normal public education seemed capable of doing...teaching them to be better than just normal average students. They've started to become more confident, caring, compassionate and responsible young teens who look forward to the challenges school brings to them everyday. They wake each morning looking forward to going to school. They are eager to embrace their own paths in life and do so with a positive Christian core belief that one day they can and will make a difference in our world. We are truly blessed and proud that HCS is not only a great school solely for academics, but the athletic programs are simply amazing in every way. Our children not only have a chance to shine in the classroom, but they also can on the playing field as well. The coaching instruction given by a highly qualified and dedicated staff is first rate. HCS is making a difference in young peoples lives and we are very thankful our children attend.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2014
Having attended Heritage from fifth to twelfth grade, I wanted to address some of the issues raised in the previous reviews made by people whom I, quite frankly, doubt know the first thing about Heritage, its community, or its academic merits. Without further ado... 1) diversity- good luck finding ANY private school on the north side of Indianapolis that is not predominately white. It's the nature of the beast. You have to live with it. 2) quality of academics- If you are looking for a school that will place your student on the fast track to college, Heritage is a great choice, boasting nearly a 100% matriculation rate. Heritage alumni are currently enrolled in undergraduate programs at Georgetown, Brown, NYU, Notre Dame and Vanderbilt, and one alumnus just earned his Ph.D. from Stanford. 3) faith- students are asked to not only make their faith their own, but also learn to defend their faith in a world that will so readily confront them with alternate life stances. Like it or not, students are compelled to think critically about matters of religion rather than mindlessly drone on about the Sunday school answers.

- submitted by a community member
February 05, 2014
As an alumnus who attended heritage for K-12 I left the school disheartened. Academically I was challenged and prepared, I was surrounded by teachers who cared and for the most part were good at their jobs. But the administration was terrible. I had 3 siblings graduate ahead of me and the way the school declined was tragic, the administration is in shamble. The bible department in the high school is troubling. The teachers were focused on teaching doctrine and not actually focusing on the students and their personal faith. Heritage is on the extreme end of conservatism were students who are gay face expulsion if there are even rumors of their sexual orientation. The environment created by the administration was not one of love and nurture, rather agendas and goals. I was fortunate and overcame it attending a top East Coast Universities where my faith was renewed after being so damaged by my senior bible teacher. I agree that the grade school is still excellent, but protect your older students.

- submitted by a community member
January 28, 2014
Heritage Christian is not a perfect school. It has it's problems, as does any school, but you will not find a more caring group of teachers and administrators who are truly trying to do the right thing for your kids. The academics are very challenging, and if you look at the average GPA and the SAT/ACT scores compared to other school throughout the state, you can se that Heritage students are more than prepared for the challenges of a college curriculum. As far as the Christian environment at Heritage is concerned, it is what a family makes it. Like any school, a kid can embrace the teachings, or he can do the minimum, not participate, and walk away with a less-than-satisfying experience. From our experience, the teachers are caring, giving, well-rounded educators who care about our child's Christian education and his preparedness to enter college. He is challenged every day, and is surrounded by teachers, administrators, and coaches who care about his soul as much as they do about his academic and athletic abilities. Consider having your child shadow for a day at Heritage. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2013
I do not normally write reviews of this sort, but after I saw all the negative comments here I felt like I should. Heritage is a great school which provides a solid Christian education. I have only experienced high school here but it has been awesome. The teachers are great and truly care for the students while still providing a challenging education. The sports are slightly above average for a school this size. They have good seasons and bad seasons but no matter what they will challenge the athlete. I would definitely recommend this school to others. The only thing that I do not like about Heritage is their lack of school spirit. If kids had better spirit it would be that much better!

- submitted by a community member
August 09, 2013
We are a middle class family and we were at Heritage for 16 years. We had two students who went K-12 there. We are hard working, average people and I have to tell you that this is the best manner we could have chosen to spend our money for these past years. We have never looked back. The teachers are great, and the staff-they are what make the school. Our first child received a full scholarship to a highly ranked extremely academic internationally known Christian university (ranked #1 by US World and News Report for 5 years running for MidWest Liberal Arts Colleges). Our son received a full scholarship for engineering at a top ranked public university that is internationally known and demands the most desirable jobs on graduation. We were not a part of any 'network' at HCS. There are over a 1000 students at HCS and the handful of somewhat unhappy people have posted here. Take a tour, look for yourself and see what the hallways and students and staff look like for yourself. I am still astounded at the deep biblical knowledge that my adult children share with me and demonstrate in their lifestyles and attitudes and will comment they learned these prinicipals from their time at HCS.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2013
I attended from K-12. I'm going to focus on the aspect of HCS that most families likely send their kids based upon- its implementation of Christianity. Know that most of the teachers and staff, including the science teachers, believe that the earth is 10,000 years old and reject the theory of evolution. I never once heard a teacher express their opinion as otherwise, and understandably so; they would be ostracized. My Freshman year, we had to write a paper "choosing the side of evolution or creationism." Needless to say, no Freshman students chose the side of evolution (which we knew nothing about at the time). We then proceeded to compose our papers of straw-man and red herring arguments and "disprove" evolution. The school is legalistic. Most chapels and lessons are about how we are broken sinners and need Christ's redemption so we can go to heaven someday without ever taking the next step of becoming Christ-like here and now. Also, it is sinful to smoke a cigarette. Gay people should be discriminated against. The Earth's temperature is not increasing. Etc. In short, the school attempts to carve into its students the exact beliefs held by those in authority there.

- submitted by a community member
July 26, 2013
HCS is disappointing. Most of the students are academically lazy, spiritually apathetic, and have a sense of entitlement. The administration, faculty, and staff overall are cold and distant. The administration is unwilling to deal effectively with student discipline issues and sides against its teachers. Athletics absolutely drive the school and academics suffer. Like most anything, you can find some good things at HCS. The library program is well developed and the librarians are extremely knowledgeable. But if you are looking for a friendly, supportive Christian school, look elsewhere.

- submitted by a teacher
July 23, 2013
This school has the "good ol' boy" mentality. There are many people that are racist and full of a number of prejudices. There are a couple of teachers that truly care and are Christians at heart, but for the most part these people are Christian in title and not deed. I would never recommend that anyone send their child here, especially if you have any moral compass and desire for your child to grow up well-rounded.

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2013
Heritage has a rapidly changing reputation. I attended K-12 and can attest to the fact that it's elementary school is outstanding, at least when I attended. There wasn't one teacher who didn't care for every student. Secondary school, particularly high school, is a completely different story. While it provides a better education than most Indy schools, it is not spectacular. If you want you child to have a truly Christian education, home school them. If you want them to have a rigorous academic standard, send them to Brebeuf, International, Park Tudor, or University. This school is now a bunch of rich white kids who think they are much more important than they really are. If you want your kid to stay in Indiana for College, HCS should be fine. But, being one of the few graduates who has attended one of the top tier schools out East, I can attest to the fact that HCS does very little to prepare you for the workload, the relationships, and quite frankly the world outside the bubble. The quality of Heritage has been declining for years, be sure to keep your children away from the implosion.

- submitted by a community member
May 17, 2013
Our children have all attended Heritage for their education. A decade ago, this was the best buy in private schooling in Indiana. Great academics and Christian education. Caring teachers, good discipline, great environment. Sadly, this has changed -- dramatically. The grade school is still wonderful, and I would recomment it to anyone. The rest is now a train wreck. If our last child was not so close to graduation, we would leave the school. Parental involvement is discouraged, information is not shared except at the most superficial level, and then only as a fait acompli, a small clique of administrators/teachers/well-heeled donors runs the show and their kids are mysteriously selected for squads, societies and positions of student leadership at the expense of others equally deserving. One former teacher is doing hard time for inappropriate conduct with a student, and the school has never owned up to its role in allowing his students to be put at risk. A "circle the wagons" approach. Double standards apply to the conduct of its athletes. Hope it can turn around. There have been recent promises of change, but HCS has lost all credability with me. Other than K through 6, avoid.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2013
This is an excellent school that has created a great environment for my five children. The school provides a good mix of challenging academics and opportunities to participate in activities (sports, fine arts, etc.) with a supportive environment. I have also found help for my children with learning disabilities as well as enrichment for my gifted and talented students. I disagree with the leadership comment in the previous post. Improvements in leadership have been made in recent months and leadership communicates frequently with parents.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2013
Heritage Christian School. Not the school it was a few years ago. Less and less of an emphasis being placed on academics. It used to be a fine education in a Christian environment, now it's an average education in a Christian environment. Regret to say that I'm not sure that it's worth the money invested. Currently has a "my way or the high way" leadership approach (hence the lower parent involvement score) very inner-circle oriented. Definitely not for everyone.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2013
I am an alumni of Heritage Christian school and my daughter is in Kindergarten this year. I graduated in the late 90's and had no trouble getting into a top college and grad school. Now I am an Attorney in the city. I was not sheltered and HCS laid the foundation I needed to succeed. My daughter struggled through three different pre-K & K programs in Indy. At Heritage she immediately began to excel academically and find her pace. I will do everything I can to keep her enrolled in HCS as long as possible. My Mother taught here for a while and yes, since leaders within HCS come from differing denominations, they don't always agree, but they respectfully resolve their disagreements or if they cannot, they professionally choose another path. Through several changes I still see the same great school I attended made better by growing opportunities in expanding arts athletic and academic programs.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2012
Very unhappy with Spanish program and teacher quality/overall environment. I really question the genuineness of the people there.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2012
A good school. Strong history department, strong math department, above average English department, decent science department, good elective choices, terrible foreign language, and bible is not the best. Would not recommend sending your kids here for all 12 years. Kids have the ability to get into top schools, but for some reason, choose to go to small christian schools or state schools. Scholarships are generally what push kids to state schools. The complaints about being sheltered are occasionally true, a simple fix is to let your kids go places other than school and church, and talk to them.

- submitted by a community member
March 12, 2012
Both my children attended 8th&--- a couple of middle school teachers and staff members don't seem to want to "hear" out parent' concerns for discussion. Although most of staff was caring-- some staff members caused my family to go to another school ( that was higher rated). Very happy and content

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2011
Excellent school! As a former teacher in one of the best school districts, we have no regrets sending our 3 children here!! The teacher-student ratios are better, the staff is vigilant to any parental concerns, SAT scores have ranked equal to higher in past few years, our kids love the biblical education and choose Heritage over the neighborhood school with friends each year! That says it all!!

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2011
i disagree with 4 stars 5! the principal is nice and honest but stern in a good way to help guide kids in a path towards adult like leadership!

- submitted by a community member
May 07, 2010
Overall, the academic quality of the school is outstanding. Although I am sometimes put off by the 'old scripture' way of teaching children, it generally appears to work. Misplaced comments regarding lack of and/or insensitivity to diversity are without merit. Finally,Parents at Heritage Christian are much more involved in their children's activities and academics than in most public schools..

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2010
As a student at Heritage Christian I can honestly say that I have learned how to serve God in many ways, and their methods are great. We are not sheltered and I'm sure I will not be 'shocked' by the 'real world.' The teachers are great and teach us how to be great leaders in life. Great school and worth the money...it will teach you life skills needed to be an adult leader

- submitted by a student
January 25, 2010
I went there for 9th grade. I think it was an ok school. But it was to expensive & I thought the school was to strict in its rules. However I don't think it was as bad a school as some people imagine.

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- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2009
A failed attempt at Christian education for many of the students that they attempt to serve. A core methodology that doesn't focus on science skill building at an early age. The idea of diversity - within race, ethnicity, beliefs and socio-economic levels is lost in a false 'color blind' community. While there are clearly competent teachers within any school, the experience was a collective failure for our family. We take partial responsibility for this mis-match, as we recognized that there was neither the desire, will or commitment to progress nor a desire to see all students achieve their fullest potential. Parents are the first teachers for their precious children and should thus be cautious that everything that glitters is not gold. Leadership turn over, teacher sensitivity to diversity, strategic planning and staff development don't match the stated vision. A costly disappointment although individual gems exist.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2009
Heritage Christian is a wonderful school where students are challenged to work hard. Students are above average in many aspects, and the school excels in many areas such as sports and fine arts. The teachers genuinely care, and there are many teachers who are willing to put down their work and talk for as long as you need to help you with a problem. However, the administration changes every few years.. there is constant drama, rumors, and secrecy. The administration of the high school handles student discipline in a drawn out fashion.. like they are making it a game. There is a hidden culture at heritage that no one knows about or expects. The teachers, activities, and students are fantastic and make it a great place to be, but the administration is just embarrassing.

- submitted by a student
no rating March 31, 2009
Our children have been at Heritage for 4 years. My husband and I are products of nearby public schools. I am also the daughter of a public school teacher and public school administrator. Looking at things through these eyes, I am constantly feeling peace with our decision to choose Heritage. It's not perfect, as no school is. But, at it's very core, it is a loving, encouraging, and uplifting environment. The fact that every lesson is scripture-based should be reason enough for a Christian family to choose this route. But, you also can rest on the benefits of knowing this is a college preparatory school that rivals any other private school in the area. Also, most Christian schools don't come close to offering the varied extra curricular activities. Most importantly, the teachers consider this a 'calling' not a job/career. They have been huge blessings in our lives.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2009
This school was good for me at first but now with all the bad leadership changes it's going down the drain for me. The only reason I'm staying is for friends, but even then it's not hard to make new ones at a public school. I personaly HATE the saxson math that they teach there and this is a big enough reason for me to leave. The kids are nice but most have gone there all there life and don't know the real world! The teachers and staff are just the same way, nice, but lack the leadership. The only teacher I can be honest and talk to is Kyle krober. Everyone else is quick to judge and very narrow minded in terms of your beliefs.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 16, 2008
My son attended kindergarten at Heritage last year and is currently in first grade. We are thrilled with Heritage. We live in the number one ranked school district in Indiana but we chose to send him to Heritage for the Christian component. I'm guessing some of the negative comments about the Christian element are coming from parents who were looking for a private school for their kids, not a Christian school. The school does a great job of combining academics with sound Biblical teaching. The school is very strict and structured - I think parents who complain about the teaching methods being 'uncreative' may be off put by the structured nature of the school. The teachers my son has had have done some pretty creative and fun things in the classroom. I hope we never have to move because we would be heart broken to have to leave Heritage!

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September 11, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2008
A sadly misguided school and leadership whose methods and attitude toward educating children is outdated and archaic to say the least. Heritage is operated by very misguided 'Christians' who twist the Bible and Scripture to reflect their own philosophy and goals and in the end don't teach or represent healthy, Christ following living. This is not a school that deserves your tuition money, nor should you fall into the false belief that because it is a 'Christian' school it is therefore good and better than the alternatives. This is especially true in regards to academics, progressive teaching methods etc. Many of the teachers and administrators at Heritage attended Bible Colleges that are quite simply inferior academically to more mainstream schools and it shows in their teaching.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2008
For our family, it was a no-brainer to choose Heritage. We have found the school to be emotionally and spiritually enriching and academically rigorous. We chose Heritage for a variety of reasons: it provides a gifted-talented program at a very early age when compared to surrounding schools; it has a multitude of extra-curricular activities and is competitive with other schools in various sports; it has small classes taught by talented and caring people; it produces well prepared students in terms of preparation for college. We plan for our children to be proud graduates of Heritage.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2008
Worst school ever. Dont bring your kids here unless you want them to grow up with a self righteous holier than thou attitude, with a sense of arrogance about them and their suburb friends. All this school does is teach what they call 'non-denominational' views but they force it down your throat. Your kids will come out sheltered and experience a major culture shock when they hit the real world. The way they handle business is terrible and past experiences have proven so. Take your kid to private school before letting them go here. Also tuition is rising every year. Please make the right choice.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 25, 2007
Heritage Christian Rocks! My two children has been there for the last 3 years. My daughter did the pre k program and learned to read well at age 4! My son is reading at a post high school level (according to testing) at the end of grade 2 and his math tested at 6th grade level. Focus on Jesus is essential to curriculum. We love our school!

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2007
I took my daughter an extra year at her private school to get up to Heritage Christian standards and get admitted. I am very impressed with this school and wouldn't even consider another school for my daughter. This is the best education money can buy in Indianapolis. I have numerous friends who attended Heritage from K-12 and I must say I am impressed that they have a such strong Alumni and how prosperous everyone is. The Teuton is very expensive but that is why private schools work so well. Take a tour of this school and you'll quickly notice that all of the kids are sent there by parents that want to absolute best education for there child. Its such a blessing to see a school that teaches to honor god and to live life as with Christian principles and values.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2007
HCS is an awesome school. Our daughter has been there for 7 years and her standardized test scores are excellent. The teachers, staff and administration have been great Christian role models and mentors for our daughter. The sports program has the goal of developing Christ-like character while developing team building and skill building. The Fine Arts program in all areas is competitive with the best programs in the state of Indiana. If you want your child to have a quality education in a Christian environment that not only prepares them mentally, but also prepares them spiritually, then HCS is a great choice.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2006
Heritage Christian not only attracts and thoroughly educates bright and successful students, but also offers and unprecedented selection and quality of extra-curricular activities and service opportunities. Parents are actively involved in the lives and education of their students, and teachers not only love their students and know their subjects, but also are consummate professionals who excel as educators. Students and faculty love the enivornment Heritage provides, and students, generally speaking, show rare and refreshing enthusiasm and respect. Top notch in every respect. Highly regarded in Indiana for academics. Dominant in the Indy area in many sports. Thoroughly enjoyable to be part of. Unreserved recommendation.

- submitted by a teacher
August 05, 2005
My kids have been at Heritage for 3 years now and our experience has been wonderful. My son spent kindergarten through 2nd grade at our local public school and was reluctant to change but now he says he would never want to go back to his old school. The teachers and students at HCS are so kind and loving. It's a wonderful atmosphere to learn in.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2005
The teachers are pretty nice but I have always had trouble with math and science at hcs... i play basketball and volleyball there, and the thing that my family has trouble with is the organization of things. Such as sports.

- submitted by a student
February 08, 2005
Coming out of Heritage Christian High School you will have learned how to work hard. However, not as much was learned. Heritage has trouble hiring good Science and English teachers, on the other hand the Bible and History departments are strong and I did grow in my faith there. Anyone can participate in a sport, and that is a strenght of the school. Other than sports and drama there are no clubs and initiating new clubs is discuraged. Clubs are pricelss for college acceptance. There are few student leadership oppertunities available at the school and creates two types of students: those who are always buisy with sports and those who do nothing. Bottom Line: If all you want is your kid at an IVY school: it wont happen. But, if you're okay with your student at an in-state University or College than Heritage is probably the place for you.

- submitted by a former student
December 07, 2004
Heritage Christian is by far,the best school in Indianapolis!. Every member of the staff exhibit love and a Christ-Like spirit. My daughter was doing poorly in public schooling, now that she is at Heritage Christian, her grades have soared to A's & B's, but what is amazing is that the work is much harder here, yet she still does extremely well. Each staff member from the Principal to the maintenance staff truly care about each and every student. The bible says 'you will know them by their fruits, I can definately attest to the fact that each teacher is guided by the Holy Spirit and acts only out of love and concern for each student and parent.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2004
The best school around! HCS has a small school feeling, with big school opportunities. The teachers truly care for the students (praying for them constantly), the academics are superb, the athletics are wonderful. Not only does the high school principal, Mr. Leinbach care for the students, but he actually knows them. The teachers are truly all about Christ and are ready to help any struggling student to get an A+. We really love it! Christ truly is the center of this school!

- submitted by a student
February 14, 2004
This is a wonderful school. The Principal and teachers really care about the students. Their extracirricular activities have great talent, and wonderful people.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
This school has been a wonderful experience for my daughter. The smaller class sizes and the one on one kind of attention she recieves has been just what she needed. We came from a public school of 1500 middle schoolers to under 400 middle schoolers at Heritage. It has offered a smaller community feel and more opportunity. She feels as though she matters and she does.

- submitted by a parent
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Heritage Christian School
6401 East 75th Street, Indianapolis, IN  46250
(317) 849-3441
Last modified Heritage Christian School is a private school that serves grades PK-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Heritage Christian School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 47 reviews.