Great math and science curriculum in the lower school. Reading lists need to be updated in addition to keeping the classics. There are a few long standing teachers that are holding this school together. They are excellent. There is some surprising student immaturity on occasion. Planned school wide events need to be less performance based with more room allowed for the Holy Spirit to be present at this Christian school. This school is far too small to have an abundance of extra curricular activities offered, however, there are plenty of activities in the local community to seek out. The lines have blurred between parent and school employee. Far too many parents are hired as employees which might be compromising the integrity of this school. There is a perception that some overly involved parents are trying to micromanage every aspect of Heritage. Rework administration and hire from outside of the school. Focus more on keeping Christ in the center of all things at this Christian school.
My husband and I prayed to find the best possible Christian education for our child and we found it at Heritage! There are so many great things about this school: small class size, caring teachers, well-behaved students, and an outstanding curriculum. We are pleased that the curriculum is classical and includes a biblical worldview in all subject areas. We are also pleased that manuscript and cursive handwriting are taught in the lower grades and that reading is viewed as a developmental process. The reading program is the best we have seen!
At first we were concerned that a private Christian school would be too expensive, but the tuition is extremely affordable. We are very thankful that such a wonderful school doesn't have to be a financial burden. The value of instruction far outweighs the cost of tuition!
Since beginning at Heritage, we have seen our child grow socially, spiritually, and academically. We are happy that the school considers education a partnership with parents so that we can be involved in our child's education. We consider the school an extension of our family and have built wonderful relationships with fellow families!
My daughter came to Heritage Christian Academy from public school a few years ago. My husband and I have been amazed at how well the students behave, how respectful they are, how much individual attention they receive from the teachers, and how well the students rise to the level of the challenging curriculum. With the smaller class sizes, the teachers are able to give students more than ample attention, and with the peaceful and respectful atmosphere, they can accomplish exponentially more than in a larger class setting. Students start the day with prayer and Bible reading. In addition to my daughter growing in her academic achievement level, her spiritual maturity has deepened and her self-confidence is solidifying. She is no longer lost in the crowd like she was at her previous school. The homework was an adjustment for my daughter when she first arrived because she was not challenged at her previous school and had never had to apply herself to her school work. Several years in now, she is organized, disciplined, and her homework is completed in a neat and orderly fashion. More than anything, my family loves the support, open communication with teachers, and character development that occurs at Heritage Christian Academy. Heritage is a smaller school and does not offer as many extracurricular options as other schools, but I consider that an issue of minimal importance when compared with what my daughter is receiving in quality education, character training, and closely knit relationships with her classmates, teachers, and administrators.
The teachers are able to know each student well. The teachers are well-trained, knowledgeable, and have a love for teaching. The students know the teachers are rooting for them and want to live up to their expectations.
The students are taught how to handle life lessons such as conflict, disappointment, and expectations with grace and forgiveness. The small classroom sizes lend itself to immediate conflict resolution. Inappropriate behavior and bullying are not tolerated. The teachers and parents work very well together for the best of their children. Heritage Christian believes that the parents have the utmost authority when it relates to their children.
Before deciding which school was best for my children, I reviewed the curriculum, facilities, and teachers of the schools in my community. Heritage Christian exceeded my expectations in so many ways. The small student-to-teacher ratio (10-1) and dedicated godly teachers provide the perfect environment for my children to excel. The curriculum is a traditional preparatory school curriculum which still teaches cursive, math fact memorization, and Latin. It is accelerated, but the students perform up to the expectations well. They are given much one-on-one instruction to ensure success. My children are being taught to become successful, well-educated, and well-spoken young men and women. I couldn't be happier with our decision.
Extremely outdated curriculum and testing materials. Too accellerated for children to firmly grasp concepts which is why most have private tutors on top of pricey tuition. Way too much homework for grade level including Wednesdays when children should be available for church activities. Many text books are secular, not Christian based. Very limited sports and extracurricular clubs and activities even compared to similar schools. Very complicated, outdated, and expensive uniform requirements. Love most of the teachers but very poor underhanded administration running this previously reputable school into the ground. It seems good on the surface but look elsewhere for a quality Christian education.
This is a great school! Not for the faint of heart... Be prepared to work. This school is small and has a family like atmosphere. It has a large grassy area for the kids to play behind the building and nice shaded areas to play on the play ground equipment. It is a Christian school, so the education is philosophically in line with Christianity (which I love!). They have a great balance of truth and love for the kids. It is expensive, but they do have financial aid programs if you are willing to volunteer ever so often and what not, say with the pick up and drop of line or something.