There are many excellent choices for educating children in Northeast Ohio, but as the only classical Christian school on the east side of the greater Cleveland area, Heritage Classical Academy stands out. What makes a Heritage education special? Take a few minutes to get to us better – we think you’ll be glad you did!
Our school motto is Veritas lux mea – “The truth is my light.” As Christians, we joyfully affirm that truth, goodness, and beauty find their full and perfect expression in the Lord Jesus. He is the the wisdom and righteousness of God, the Word made flesh, our Living Lord and Beautiful Savior. To know Him is the goal of all our endeavors.
Our search for truth, goodness, and beauty begins early. Even our youngest students study great literature as a class, learning to appreciate language and ideas and virtue.
Our study of history begins in first grade, when our students marvel at the engineering of the Egyptian pyramids and learn how the earliest civilizations around the globe took shape. Second graders explore the development of societies in the middle ages. Our older students cycle back through history, focusing more intensely on the ancient Greeks and Romans, returning to the middle ages, Renaissance, and Reformation, then turning to American history with a solid foundation in the ideas that gave shape to the founding of our nation.
We study Latin purposefully, because we recognize that as students move from phonics into more advanced language arts, Latin provides a natural foundation for English fluency and expression (and for learning other languages!).
Our methods are age appropriate. We strive to cultivate wonder and a love of learning in our youngest children, using songs and games to expose them to the building blocks of the curriculum. We encourage our older students to question, think deeply, and debate. And our oldest students learn to reason, persuade, and express themselves with beauty and clarity.
We take science and math seriously – not merely for the sake of being ready for college or the workplace, but because we know that by studying the works of God expressed in all that he has made, we catch a glimpse of His character in the complexity and orderliness of His creation
We value the arts. Recognizing that our students bear the image of the Creator, we encourage them to explore and recognize beauty and to follow the examples of great artists and composers throughout history. Our students study Shakespeare – and perform it.
We encourage diligence, constancy, and discipline in our students alongside curiosity, wonder, and inquiry. We recognize that hard work and restful contemplation both have a role in education, so we don’t pursue academic rigor at the cost of our students’ wellbeing.*We value family, church, community engagement, and rest. That’s one reason why our full-time students are not burdened by excessive homework.
We aren’t data-driven. Instead of preparing students to do well on standardized tests, we want to equip them to appreciate truth, goodness, and beauty wherever it can be found.
We aren’t just developing students to be future workers. We are working with parents to shape future citizens. That’s why our students actively practice expressions of respect for others in an atmosphere of grace.
We do not receive any funding from the State of Ohio, which frees us to pursue an excellent classical curriculum in a thoroughly Christian context. We are an independent classical Christian school that is not affiliated with any one church. Our families are drawn from many local congregations, which is a source of great joy.
Our campuses are convenient to State Route 8, a major highway connecting the eastern suburbs of Cleveland (via Interstate 271) with the Greater Akron area.
Low student-teacher ratios in our classes are a priority, and our faculty is comprised of godly men and women who are excellent in their profession and committed to the wellbeing of our students.
* For more on the role of balanced rigor in classical Christian education, see Dr. Christopher Perrin, “Classical Education: Rigorous or Vigorous.”