ACADEMICS Heritage School was established to provide a classical education from a Christ-centered worldview. The biblical truths inherent in every subject come to light as we explore great thinkers and the world around us.
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Classical education as expressed through the trivium (Grammar, Logic, Rhetoric) recognizes that there are three distinct pedagogies aligned with the natural stages of a child’s development. Each stage prepares students at the appropriate level of development challenging them both academically and spiritually and equipping them for life. Its roots are in ancient Greece where free citizens focused on development of the mind and soul, thus achieving a “liberal” (libera = “free”) education. It is the education that formed such minds as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams. As Plutarch observed, “the very spring and root of honesty and virtue lie in good education.”
OUR CURRICULUM IS RIGOROUS FOR A PURPOSE.
HISTORY, LITERATURE, SCIENCE, MATH, ART AND MUSIC ARE ALL PRESENTED WITH A CLEAR DEDICATION TO TRUTH, BEAUTY, AND GOODNESS, EMBRACING THE BEST CLASSIC AND TIME-TESTED LITERATURE AND PRIMARY SOURCES AVAILABLE.
HIGHLIGHTS & ENRICHMENT OF OUR REQUIRED CURRICULUM:
ART: the study of the Masters reinforcing the ability of all students to express themselves with artistic excellence through a variety of mediums.
MUSIC: emphasizing excellence in both music appreciation as well as performance. All students learn to read music, perform, and appreciate music as they study the great composers.
GRAMMAR SCHOOL: Field trips to plays, museums, and symphonies enlighten and inspire young students in the arts and sciences.
UPPER SCHOOL: multiple-day, overnight class trips enhance studies and expand the world in places such as the Grand Canyon and Washington, DC..
SENIOR THESIS: The distinctive capstone of the Heritage education is the Senior Thesis. Every senior at Heritage prepares a persuasive 4000-6000 word paper on a topic of his/her choice for defense before a panel of specifically selected experts and faculty. This rigorous exercise clearly demonstrates the culmination of a distinctive education resulting in our students’ ability to synthesize conflicting viewpoints, to logically sequence both thought and word, and to clearly articulate their well-reasoned arguments.