History – Heritage Academy
In the summer of 1997 a parent from Gainesville, Georgia, attended a meeting at the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. There she learned about Grace Preparatory Academy, a University Model School (UMS) in Texas offering an alternative in education combining teacher and parent involvement in the student learning process. After learning about the UMS model, several families agreed to work together to start a new school in the Gainesville area. Heritage Academy was officially incorporated and opened its first day of classes in September 1997.
In the past 13 years, over 210 students have graduated. Heritage has grown to about 200 hundred students and over 35 faculty and staff members. In addition, the school has added 7 varsity teams, at least 4 junior varsity teams and middle school teams involving 13 coaches participating in a variety of sports.
The school is directed by a board of 3 men and 4 women. Each of them have a wide range of experience making strategic decisions and as a group collectively support Christian Worldview education. While the board guides the overall direction of the school, the day to day management is in the hands of the Headmaster and staff. This allows the qualified teachers to concentrate on teaching.
Staying true to the intention of our founding families, Heritage integrates home and family in producing disciples of Christ, encouraging Godly character while providing excellence in academics.
“The workload is challenging but manageable. I especially like the 2 days at home to work on my homework.”