Veterans Day Assembly 2022

Military Star School

Welcome to Heritage Academy in Columbus, Mississippi where many of our students, faculty, and staff are military-connected families.  Heritage Academy works diligently to support military families and address transitional challenges through the efforts of our students, teachers, counselor, and school administrators. 

We are committed to partnering with you to ensure excellence in the education of military-connected students and in finding innovative ways to support our military families.  For example, we celebrate military children and families with numerous special events throughout the school year, such as Veteran's Day assemblies, "Purple-Up" Day, and more!   If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Guidance Counselor Amanda Shelton ( or Director of Admissions Beth Lucas (

News Release

Heritage Academy Senior Sid Stegall has been named Gatorade Mississippi's Boys Cross Country Player of the Year. Congratulations, Sid! We are so proud of you!

Gatorade MS Cross Country Player of the Year


We know that moving is challenging, especially for military families. Children of active military duty members moving to our area can be enrolled at Heritage Academy at any time during the school year. Interested families can schedule a time to come for a school visit. Tours can be scheduled during the school day or after school to accommodate your schedule.  

If you would like to apply for admission, fill out our online Heritage Student Application and upload the following items:

  • Student’s birth certificate
  • Student’s MS Form 121 (shot record)
  • Student’s social security card
  • Academic records for student entering 1st – 12th grades (include copy of IEP or Service Plan if applicable)

Visit our Admissions webpage for more information or contact Beth Lucas at


Academic Planning

Academic planning is essential to student success. Heritage Academy partners with students and families to ensure that a course of study is developed that meets the individual academic and social needs and interests of the military students we serve. 

Families of students in PreK-6 experience an interdisciplinary, child-centered approach to learning. Students learn to communicate clearly, think logically, solve problems, and develop their creativity. Our teachers and faculty present rich, academic learning environments that promote active, student-centered learning. Music classes, art lessons, library trips, STEM classes, and physical education are only a few of the experiences enriching the curious minds of Heritage Academy students. Our outstanding team of teachers guide students in developing academically, as well as socially, physically, and spiritually using innovative, instructional strategies. For more information about the elementary school and its academic offerings visit Heritage Academy Elementary curriculum webpage.

Families of students in grades 7-12 experience a rigorous course of study that helps prepare them for college and for life. All of our classes are college preparatory. In addition to our core courses, advanced courses, and electives, Heritage offers Honors, Advanced Placements, and Dual Credit courses. Our guidance counselor is knowledgeable of the needs, requirements, and processes that students need as they transition to life at Heritage Academy and beyond. For more information about the high school and its academic offerings visit Heritage Academy High School curriculum webpage or email Ms. Shelton at



Heritage Academy offers a diverse range of extracurricular and co-curricular activities to students PreK-12.  We are committed to providing all students with opportunities to participate in extracurricular and co-curricular activities to support the development of well-rounded adults and to address students’ interests and aptitudes. We recognizes the value of athletics, student government, clubs, and other activities in order to attain the objectives of the instructional program. Please visit Academics and Programs on our school’s website for extracurricular programs and activities or click the following links for additional information.

Athletic Directory 2022-2023

Cheer Constitution 2023-2024

Cheer Tryout Score Sheet

Extended Care/After Hours Program

Columbus Recreation Department

Columbus Lowndes Chamber of Commerce


Shadow Day

As part of the Heritage Academy enrollment process, prospective students are paired with a current student for a "shadow day". Upon enrollment, the student is again paired with the current student to ensure they are taken care of as they transition to their new learning environment. Shadow students help their friends find their classes, introduce them to other students, and assist them in other things the new student may need. 


Exceptional Student Education Services

Heritage Academy offers a dyslexia therapy program designed for students in grades 1-6. Students receive 45-minute sessions four times each week provided by our dyslexia therpist during the school day. Therapy session class sizes range in size from one to five students. For more information about this program contact Cass Hudson Kelly at

We also offer an on-campus tutorial program that is available to any Heritage Academy student in grades 7-12 before, during, and after school designed to meet each students' individual needs and promote a successful learning experience at Heritage. 


Upcoming Events

Stay informed on important events and dates happening at Heritage Academy by checking the Heritage Academy Calendar.


Mental Health

At Heritage, we address all needs of students, including mental health. Ms. Amanda Shelton, our guidance counselor, is available to assist students with any personal, peer, or academic concerns. Additional information can be found at Heritage Academy Guidance or by emailing Ms. Shelton at

Other resources to help military-connected families are: