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.
The ability to think well; discernment; communicating effectively through writing and speaking; gaining a depth of knowledge; recognizing God’s preeminence in all aspects of life—these are elements of learning which we deem worthy of our efforts. From Kindergarten through Grade 12, we encourage and challenge our students throughout the learning process in order to enrich their lives and prepare them for the future.
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
- Rhythms and Exercises
- Health and Safety
- Story Time
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:
- Reading and Literature
- Language – Oral/Written
- Creative Writing
- Social Studies – Geography and History
- Computer Research and Skills Reinforcement
- Physical Education
- 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:
- Mathematics (Grade Level and Algebra I)
- Life Science
- World Geography
- Earth Science
- American History
- Physical Education
- Language Arts
- Foreign Language
- Computer Skills
Within our student body is a wide range of interests, abilities, and goals. 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 English (English 9 plus 3 others)
4 History (World History I, Am. History, Gov’t/World History II, Social Studies Nexus)
3 Math (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II)
3 Science (Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry)
2 International Language
1 Fine/Practical Arts
1.5 General Electives
1 Philosophy (Understanding the Times)
* 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.
**Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year with the class of 2018 (freshmen), students will need to ensure they meet the requirement of at least 7 math/science credits earned in high school, with a minimum of 3 credits in each of those disciplines. The minimum number of graduation credits will increase to 25. Thus, students need to plan their course schedules accordingly during their high school years.
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
- English 101 *
- English 102 *
- Public Speaking 103 *
- Business Math
- Computer Applications
- Home Economics
- Spanish I
- Spanish II
- Spanish III
- Spanish IV
- General Art
- Art Specialties (Drawing, Painting, Photography)
Other dual-credit courses are also available.
*dual-enrollment courses which are taught on Heritage campus note: Some courses are offered alternate years or depend upon demand/availability. 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.