Have you ever lost your phone or keys? You immediately begin to stress because you have somewhere to be and can't be late. You look high and low, but it's nowhere in sight. Then feel around and realize they have been in your pocket the entire time! You pause and think, "how in the world…". When I found a private school that focuses on community relationships and child growth, I felt the frustration you felt.
Hidden in plain sight was Heritage Academy.
Heritage Academy is a Christ-centered school that has provided educational freedom to children and low-income families in Augusta (GA) since 2000, serving grades K-8. The goal was to strengthen a community where 1 in 3 families were struggling with poverty and being undereducated. John W. Houghton wanted to provide an accessible, affordable, and sustainable location for "the poor children of Augusta." Heritage Academy offers families scholarships and tuition assistance based on the parent or guardians' financial situation, similar to financial aid. Almost 100% of students receive financial aid at Heritage Academy. Discrimination is by no means accepted here!
Heritage Academy represents a community that sees the vision its students possess using the three R's - Rigor, Responsibility and Relationship. Heritage's curriculum includes The Gospel Project, Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Extracurricular opportunities are present in the form of robotics, STEM, and educational field trips. Basketball, cross country, and soccer are included in the sports that Heritage provides to its students. Creating avenues where children can learn about aquaponics which teaches agriculture by using fish to produce waste.
Don't lose your phone in your pocket! Give your child the opportunity for educational freedom. Research your local community to find hidden gems!
Author, Arielle Singley
Parent Coach (School Choice)