Mission Statement / Philosophy
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.
Did you know?
Heritage is an independent, college-preparatory, co-educational, non-denominational school for grades preK – 12 with an enrollment of approximately 475 students.
The 37 students in the Class of 2018 were awarded over $3,000,000 in scholarships.
The 29 students of the Class of 2019 were awarded over $2,000,000 in scholarships.
Heritage Academy graduates attend colleges and universities nationwide, including Ivy League schools, Military Academies, and other prestigious institutions of higher learning. Nearly all Heritage Academy 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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Heritage is well equipped for the information age, committed not only philosophically, but also technologically. All of our classrooms are equipped with promethean boards, which allow both staff and students to display digital media in the classrooms. Other technology, such as laptops, video camera, document cameras, and AppleTVs, are integrated into the curriculum on a daily basis to support instruction.
Heritage 7-12th grade students are part of the 1:1 Chromebook Engage Program. 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. Students are taught technology skills and Internet research skills starting at the elementary level that allow them to effectively use technology and research everything from current events to ancient civilizations.
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.
Director of Instructional Technology - Dawn Dawkins
Systems Administrator - Paige Knox
Summary of Accomplishments in 2018-2019
- In 2018-19 Heritage was named an Apple Distinguished School. This is a significant external validation by the Apple Corporation of the high quality educational technology experiences available to our students.
- Patriot sports teams earned the MAIS AAA All-Sports Award (second consecutive year!) - a testimony to the dedication of our student athletes and coaches, as well as the wonderful support of families.
- Math students placed in the top ten overall in the state at the Mu Alpha Theta math competition.
- The STEM program continues to yield benefits for students at all grade levels as evidenced in another strong placing in the 6thgrade Sea Perch Regional Competition as well as the State-wide high school Catapult Competition.
- Our award winning elementary arts program had more than 75% of entrants place in the top two in district competition. The cultivation of a servant heart is an important component of the Heritage Academy environment.
- At the Senior Retreat Proverbs 3:5 was chosen as the focal scripture for the school year. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” We are thankful for the application of this verse to the efforts this Class invested in supporting Ethan Marsh in realizing a visit to Disney World through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. We are proud of the special friendship the class developed with Ethan and his family. What an example of service for our underclassmen and elementary students to aspire.
Each year we are grateful for the investments made by all of our faculty, and staff. I want to take a moment to highlight three who retired in May. Marilyn Fields, Dot Reichle, and Cindy Wamble. Each exhibited two important marks of successful leaders. They left the school better than they found it and they mentored capable successors. We wish them all the best in future endeavors and invite them to visit Heritage often.
Summary of Accomplishments for 2017-2018
Total Scholarships Offered to Class of 2018 = $3.2 million
School Average ACT = 25
This is an exciting time for Heritage Academy. The Class of 2018 was the 46th class to graduate since the school was founded in 1964, and we are proud of the foundations laid, the progress made and the old & new traditions that resonate the spirit of Heritage
Building on a strong past, I encourage you to reflect on some meaningful firsts that shaped the end of the 2017-2018 school year:
· Inaugural Graduate Cap & Gown parade through the elementary.
· The resurrection of the All Sports Banquet.
· First Valedictorian tie in recent history.
· Inceptual appearance of Robotics team at Ole Miss Catapult Competition – garnered two 3rd place finishes.
· SeaPerch Underwater Robot Competition at MSU by 6th graders – achieved 4th overall.
· HA students took STEM* Entrepreneurship exam through the University of Iowa.
22 earned 3 hours of Engineering credit from U of I.
5 of those Entrepreneur class students scored in the top 10% nationally and were named STEM Innovator Scholars.
· First time in school history Heritage won the MAIS AAA All Sports Award! This award is based on post-season advancements for all sports.
Sprinkled throughout the school year were other significant firsts that distinguished our students and school:
· Martha Claire Kennedy Fitzner Hall completed. First major new building constructed at Heritage since 1995.
· Partnership with Pitsco Education, StartUp Genius and the University of Iowa to infuse an entrepreneurial mindset in grades 3 – 12 through STEAM** and STEM based experiences and courses. Student ownership of learning was greatly enhanced.
· First time the Aspire test was administered digitally at the elementary – reflects the strength of our technology infrastructure.
· State of the art Biology lab at high school invigorated laboratory experiences.
· First year in memory that Heritage boasts two Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce Teachers of the Year – Susan Baird (Elem.) and Lynne Sneed (HS)
· Beginning of the Todd Weathers Memorial Award presentation tradition.
· More than 80% of our faculty became Apple Teacher Certified as we prepare for 2018-2019 Apple Distinguished School recognition for our 1 : 1 iPad program at the high school.
Heritage Academy once again proves itself among the best Independent Schools in the MAIS and beyond.We thank all involved with the school – teachers, parents, grandparents, support staff, administrators, alumni and community friends – for the encouragement and motivation you stimulate in our students. This was truly a memorable year at Heritage!
* STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
** STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics