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Enrollment & Fees
Although Heritage has open admission throughout the year, to start school at the beginning of the fall semester, we recommend your application be submitted by July 31. To start school in the spring semester, we recommend your application be submitted by November 30.
There is a non-refundable $45 application fee. Separate enrollment applications are required for each child. There is a cap of $100 per family.
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Tuition rates vary depending on whether your child is in full or half-day Kindergarten, elementary, junior high or high school. Review the current rates.
Yes, the non-refundable annual fee varies based on the grade, the number of children you enroll, and when the fee is paid. For Pre-K, the fee is $300 per year. For Kindergarten through 12th grade, the fee is $500 for the first child and $300 for second child. The maximum enrollment fee per family is $800. For more information, see the Tuition & Financial Policy form.
Yes, we award more than $200,000 in tuition assistance each year. The information necessary to apply for financial aid is available on our Tuition & Financial Policy form.
Yes, formal assessment is required. All students entering kindergarten through 8th grade are required to take a formal intake test, and may be required for high school applicants as well. Testing assesses mathematical thinking, reading fluency and comprehension, spelling proficiency, and general composition skills. Assessment is one of the ways we become better acquainted with your child and learn how best to provide a nurturing environment for his or her academic experiences.
Prospective students entering 7th through 12th grades may be required to complete an entrance exam if there are concerns about academic proficiency based on report cards and transcripts, written component of the enrollment application, or interviews questions.
Heritage Christian Academy partners with parents in the education and spiritual discipleship of their children. To make that endeavor successful, we believe it works best when both parents are Christians. Our desire is simply to foster the best environment for the instruction of God’s children at school and at home.
No, we were founded as a non-denominational Christian school more than 40 years ago. Current Heritage families, however, represent over 30 local churches.
For the past fifteen years, Heritage has been accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), which maintains rigorous academic standards for nearly 24,000 schools in more than 100 countries. In 2015, HCA renewed its certification by submitting to the process of an ACSI observation team and was awarded their highest accreditation possible, five-year certification.
All teachers are required to have a bachelor’s degree and maintain ACSI teacher certification. Our faculty and staff have collectively earned 51 degrees from more than 40 colleges and universities. Turnover is low; we average about one new teacher per year. Each one is devoted to serving as “living curriculum” influencing students on a daily basis.
We use SafeHiring Solutions to conduct background checks on all staff, faculty, and coaches prior to employment. Background checks are also conducted on all volunteers who participate in classroom activities.
During the past 40 years, more than 90% of Our graduating senior have gone on to attend a variety of four-year colleges or universities, including Boston University, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, Cornell, Dordt, Johns Hopkins, Princeton, University of Northern Colorado, and University of Colorado at Boulder. Our graduates have been accepted to numerous Christian colleges and universities including Colorado Christian College, Biola University, George Fox University, John Brown University, Oklahoma Baptist University, Pepperdine University, and Wheaton College.
Curriculum & Testing
Yes, we offer six key AP classes to prepare students for the first year of college. See the table below for the Heritage courses that meet the general studies requirement of most colleges and universities:
|AP Requirements||Heritage Courses|
|History||U.S. or European history|
|Composition||Literature & Composition|
|Physical & Life Science||Physics & Biology|
Teachers routinely assess students through various traditional and personalized assessment strategies. We use these assessments to guide instruction, facilitate content mastery, and measure and document growth.
Every other academic year, students in 1st through 11th grades are administered the standardized Terra Nova tests (now in its 3rd edition), which is recommended by our accrediting organization, the Association of Christian Schools International. The tests provide a measure of current academic achievement by assessing student competencies in reading, language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Tests results are combined with teacher evaluations of each student’s progress to determine more individualizes instruction. The Terra Nova tests also assess school performance by measuring curriculum alignment with outcomes, which informs our school-wide plan of areas for improvement as students matriculate.
For junior high students, we offer basketball, soccer and girls volleyball. For high school students we offer soccer, basketball, cross-country, track, and girls volleyball.
Art is offered in all grades from Pre-K through 12th. Students in grades 5th through 12th can participate in band, and drama is available to students in grades 7th through 12th, with some productions including elementary students.
Class size varies from year to year and by grade. Typically size is 18 to 22 students, and is usually distributed by grade as follows: preschool (15 students), kindergarten (18 students), and 1st through 12th grade (24 students).
Yes, we have an elementary handbook for grades 1st through 5th, and a secondary handbook for grades 6th through 12th. Handbooks can be found on the Student Handbook page. There is no handbook for Pre-K.
Yes. Heritage offers before and after care for families that need earlier drop-off times or later pick-up times for their K-8th grade students. Before care is available Monday through Friday beginning at 7:00 a.m., and after care is available 3:15 to 6:00 p.m. It’s available five days a week when school is in session. Please see Before & After Care for more information.
Yes, we provide bus service to families in south Fort Collins and Loveland. For more information, see Bus Service Information.
Unlike many Christian schools that share common areas with churches and other organizations, Heritage is blessed to be in its own building – one that doesn’t look like a school and is somewhat secluded. The building has three exterior doors that are most frequently used, and when unlocked, are constantly monitored by staff. The main door is the primary entrance to the building, and a staffed receptionist’s desk is located between that door and the hallways to the school. A second door, located along the front of the building, is unlocked for about a half hour while students arrive in the morning and depart in the afternoon, and during those times is monitored by our elementary school principal and teachers. And finally, a back door to our playground is unlocked during recess, which, is like the playground, is monitored by several assigned teachers.
Teachers discuss different emergency situations with their classes and perform fire drills and lock-down drills during the year. An emergency manual is on every teacher’s desk as well. The Poudre Valley Fire Department has evaluated our drills and we have had the Larimer County Sheriff’s office critique our emergency manual. The Larimer County S.W.A.T. Team has also run drills at Heritage when school was not in session and knows the configuration of the halls and classrooms.
Yes, in fact, you would be hard pressed to walk in to Heritage any time during a school day and not see parents volunteering. Parents are welcome to observe and be involved in the classroom in a multitude of ways. Parent volunteers read with the students, attend field trips, assist with study groups, organize special activities and pray for the school daily.
Heritage was founded in 1970 by three pastors with First Baptist (now LifePointe Church) serving as our first home. The purpose in founding the school was to develop a school which could offer a Christian education to students in K – 8. School began in 1970 with 56 students, four teachers and one administrator under the name Heritage Christian School. Two years later the board decided to expand the grades to preschool – 12th. Our first graduating class was in 1973.
As we began to outgrow our facilities, grades 9 – 12 moved to Evangelical Covenant Church, but our desire had always been to have our own facility. In 2006 we moved to building on Wheaton Drive and then on to a much larger space at our current location which gave us room to have athletic facilities. At that time, we also created a new non-profit foundation and updated the school’s name to Heritage Christian Academy.
Yes, Heritage is incorporated in the State of Colorado as a non-profit organization under the direction of a nine-member board of directors. Our foundation, named the Heritage Christian Foundation (HCF), is a charitable, public, non-profit foundation that provides a building for the school and other financial support as necessary. A few of the seven HCF members also serve on the board of directors to foster communication and effective teamwork between the two groups.