Academics

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Our academic program is not simply a matter of covering/learning content; rather, we want to foster skills that will prove beneficial to students while they are at Heritage and after they graduate.

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KINDERGARTEN

Our Kindergarten Program offers 3- or 5-day option for K4 and a 5-day instructional week for K5. Students engage in learning within a nurturing environment. There is “center time,” individual attention, and hands-on activities. The basic areas of study include:

  • Bible Stories
  • Phonics and Reading
  • Numbers/Math
  • Music
  • Art
  • Poetry
  • Games
  • Rhythms and Exercises
  • Health and Safety
  • Penmanship
  • Story Time
  • Science

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Elementary

In the Elementary Grades (1-6), organization skills, study skills, and research skills are increasingly emphasized as the students encounter subjects and ideas that are more challenging. The basic areas of study include:

  • Bible
  • Reading and Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Language - Oral/Written
  • Vocabulary
  • Creative Writing
  • Science
  • Penmanship
  • Social Studies - Geography and History
  • Computer Research and Skills Reinforcement
  • Physical Education
  • Spelling
  • Phonics
  • Art
  • Music
  • Health and Safety
  • International Language
  • Computer Keyboarding

In Junior High (Grades 7-8), students’ responsibility for their own learning increases as teachers work with them during the transition years between elementary to high school. Skills associated with thinking, problem-solving, and gaining a depth of knowledge are fostered. The basic areas of study include:

  • Art
  • Bible
  • English
  • Mathematics (Grade Level and Algebra I)
  • Life Science
  • World Geography
  • Earth Science
  • American History
  • Physical Education
  • Language Arts
  • Foreign Language
  • Computer Skills
  • Health
  • Problem-Solving/Multi-Skills
  • Music

The High School years provide opportunities for students to grow in leadership, self-discipline, and areas of study that will both interest and challenge them as they prepare for life.

We strongly advise students to go beyond the graduation requirements below and we enable them to do so with honors classes, dual-credit classes, AP classes, and off-campus college classes.

The following are graduation requirements:

4 Bible
4 English (English 9 plus 3 others)
4 History (World History I, Am. History, Gov’t/World History II, Social Studies Nexus)
3-4* Math (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II)
3-4* Science (Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry)
2 International Language
1 Fine/Practical Arts
1.5 General Electives
1 Philosophy (Understanding the Times)
.5 PE
25 credits

*Students must take a total of 7 credits in math and science with at least three credits in each.

** Seniors are required to take at least 5 academic courses. The expectation is that students take a full course load, having no more than 1 ½ study halls per year.

 

In addition to the specified courses above, students will need to choose from the following:

  • English 10
  • British Literature
  • American Literature
  • AP Lititerature
  • AP Language
  • PreCalculus
  • Trigonometry
  • Business Math
  • Computer Applications
  • ESL
  • Spanish I
  • Spanish II
  • Journalism
  • Yearbook
  • General Art
  • Art Specialties (Drawing, Painting, Photography)
  • Drama
  • Choir

Other dual-credit courses are also available.

*Note: Honors credit/weighting is offered for some courses. These courses require additional assignments, papers, and/or projects as specified by the instructor. Students interested in an Honors class should contact the appropriate teacher regarding availability and expectations.