Heritage has dual accreditation from the Southern Association of Independent Schools and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Heritage is also a member of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools, and the College Board.

Mission Statement / Philosophy
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HA – High Moral Standards and Academic Excellence

 Heritage Academy is a college preparatory school that inspires,challenges, and motivates its students as it prepares them for college and for life. 

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Heritage is a co-educational, non-denominational school for grades preK – 12 with an enrollment of approximately 475 students.



In 2018, graduates were awarded over $3,000,000 in scholarships.

Heritage sends 100% of the student body to colleges and universities nationwide, including Ivy League schools, Military Academies, and other prestigious institutions of higher learning. Nine of ten Heritage students get into the first university of their choice.

All of our classes are college preparatory. In addition to our core courses, advanced courses, and electives, Heritage offers Advanced Placement and Dual Credit / Dual Enrollment courses. Heritage students taking advanced and dual credit courses are often eligible to receive college credit or waive required college courses. 

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Grades 3-12

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625 Magnolia Lane, Columbus, MS  39705



Heritage is well equipped for the information age, committed not only philosophically, but also technologically.  All of our classrooms are equipped with projectors, which allow connectivity to both staff and student computers. Other technology, such as laptops, iPods, iPads, and video cameras, are integrated into the curriculum on a daily basis to support instruction.

Heritage 9-12th grade students are part of the 1:1 iPad initiative. With this outstanding program in place, our students have technology at the point of instruction and teachers seamlessly merge technology into the daily instructional process. Interactive (SMART) boards are present throughout all grade levels helping to transform computers into powerful interactive teaching tools. Students are taught Internet research skills starting at the elementary level that allow them to effectively research everything from current events to ancient civilizations. Heritage is an Apple Distinquished School.

Technology continues to be integrated at all levels, from our pre-K classes up through high school. While the number of computer labs and the accessibility to technology equipment is important, we encourage parents to examine how this technology is being used in the classroom to fully understand how it impacts the learning process.

Our Director of Instructional Technology is Janet Lewis. She may be reached at

Summary of Accomplishments for 2012-2013

Total Scholarships Offered to Class of 2013 = $2.4 million (and counting)

All 57 of members of our graduating class earned at least one scholarship.

 School Average ACT = 25  

Highlight of Academic Accomplishments: 

•   Olivia Kesler received one of only 10 $1000 scholarships awarded to MAIS Seniors

•   Reade Heredia received Governor’s Initiative For Volunteer Excellence Award

•   Patriobots earned Highest Rookie Seed Award at the First Robotics Competition (FRC) Razorback Regional held at the University of Arkansas in April

•    Madison Clark was selected Youth of the Year by the National Exchange Club

•   HA placed 3rd in the 2013 MSMS Math Tournament

•   Jude Alnas (2nd in Spelling) and Macy Walters (3rd in Language Arts) qualified for the National Junior Beta Club Convention to be held in Mobile, AL in June after placing in the top three in their respective competitions at the State Junior Beta Convention.

•   20 top 3 finishes in the District Academic Betterment Competition (ABC) and 5 to place in the top 5 Statewide – 1 student top in State in 12th grade English competition.

•   HA high school student art show featured at Café Aromas

•   Strong showing by numerous students grades K-6 in MAIS District and State Art competition

•   3 Seniors attended MSU Leadership Institute

•   1st and 2nd Place Statewide Promote the Vote Essay Contest

•     Madison Clark was named to MAIS All Star Girl's Soccer Team

•   Notable field trips to Chattanooga, TN (6th grade), McWane Science Center in Birmingham, AL (grades 5 and 8) and 3rd grade to MSU Pizza Farm

•   HA Teachers Julie Moore (Elementary) and Velma Gore (Middle School) named Columbus-Lowndes Educators of the Year


Athletic State Championships & Honors:

1.MAIS 2012 Dance Competition Pom Class AAA, Junior High Champions (October 24, 2012)

2.MAIS 2012 Dance Competition Jazz Class AAA, Junior High Champions (October 24, 2012)

3.MAIS 2012 Dance Competition Overall Class AAA, Junior High Champions (October 24, 2012)

4.MAIS 2012 Dance Competition Jazz Class AAA, Varsity Champions (October 24, 2012)

5.MAIS 2012 Dance Competition Pom Class AAA, Varsity Champions (October 24, 2012)

6.MAIS 2012 Dance Competition Overall Class AAA, Varsity Champions (October 24, 2012)

7.MAIS 2012 Cheer Non-Tumbling Competition Class AAA, Junior High Champions (October 24, 2012)

8.MAIS 2012 Cheer Non-Tumbling Competition Class AAA – Varsity Champions (October 24, 2012)

9.MAIS Football State Champions, Class AAA II (November 9, 2012)

10.         MAIS Golf State Champions, Class AAA

11.         MAIS State Track Meet – Parker Dunaway was Gold Medalist in Triple Jump and Mary Douglass Kerby was Gold Medalist in Shot Put.

12.         Two seniors named to MAIS All Star Football Team

13.         Two seniors named to MAIS All Star Baseball Team

14.         Senior James Clark selected MVP in All Star Baseball Game

15.         Coach Donahoe named MAIS Football Coach of the Year

16.         Coach Lott named MAIS Golf Coach of the Year