Heritage employs a unique method when it comes to how we do school. The course of study is built around a once a week, five-hour tutorial session with students in which work done at home with the family is reviewed; new ideas, concepts, and facts are developed and explained; and new assignments are given. These tutorials focus on the core concepts needed for mastery of the material being studied and will include tests to determine the extent of this mastery. In addition, there will be a review of written and oral assignments.
Courses are offered for nine months – 35 weeks, including finals week.
Tutorial hours are from 9 am – 2:30 pm, with a thirty-minute lunch break, although the second year foreign language courses add thirty minutes to the class day, as second-year foreign language students arrive thirty minutes earlier than first-year students.
Thus, second-year students attend from 8:30 – 2:30.
We currently teach 7th grade through 12th grade on two campuses:
On Tuesdays: we have classes for 7th/8th and for high-schoolers in Athens/Watkinsville at Watkinsville First Baptist Church.
On Wednesdays: we have classes for 7th/8th and for high-schoolers in Atlanta at St. Elias Church on Ponce de Leon.
We have virtual classes for our non-local students. These are also make-up classes for students who have missed the in-person classes.
The academy encompasses the core humanities section of the school. Subjects included are History, Literature and Composition (including vocabulary and grammar), Critical Thinking (including logic and apologetics), and Classical Languages.