FAQs

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What makes Heritage Christian School different from other Iowa City schools?

Heritage Christian School offers an educational model much different than other Iowa City schools. The Mission Statement of Heritage Christian School affirms education is to be Christ-centered and academically challenging while guiding children in the knowledge of Jesus Christ. Students are held accountable to do their best at all times and in all things. They are taught facts revealed in Science and History and then taught to interpret them through what God’s Word says about the creation and sustenance of all things and the nature of man. They are taught the value of excellence in the language arts due to the responsibility of effective communication, both written and oral. They are taught to think critically, logically, and rationally. They are taught to love their neighbors as themselves, to love their enemies, to respect authority and one another, and to serve others before themselves. What makes this education so effective is the teachers that work side-by-side with parents, modeling consistent expectations as we prepare children for adulthood.

How do I transfer my child to Heritage from a different school?

It is very common for students to transfer to Heritage from various out of state schools, local Iowa City elementary schools and middle schools, as well as home-school. Your first step in the transfer process is scheduling a tour and meeting with Principal Mike Annis. After speaking with Mr. Annis and our teachers, we can determine how to make sure the transition is smooth for your child(ren). After completing the application for enrollment, there will be a testing process in order to assess your child’s academic placement. We have many transfer students thriving here at Heritage. Feel free to call our office at (319) 626-4777 with any questions you have about transferring.

Is Heritage Christian School accredited?

In the spring of 2009, Heritage Christian School concluded a three year, rigorous accreditation pursuit through Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).    Heritage is not accredited by the State of Iowa.

How do students transition from Heritage Christian School into the local, public high schools?

Each year, Heritage Christian School students graduate into West High, Clear Creek Amana High School, or City High. In May 2015, ten Heritage alumni graduated from the local public high schools. Two graduated as Valedictorians and one graduated as a Salutatorian.

No matter where they go, our students have been highly successful. Academically, students rise to the top of their classes, having been well prepared through their time at Heritage. Due to the emphasis that is placed on the spiritual development of our students, they are quickly recognized as being different – more respectful, better behaved, more responsible.

Are Heritage Christian School teachers State of Iowa certified?

Yes. All classroom teachers must be certified to teach by the State of Iowa and are responsible to maintain that certification.

Do students take standardized tests, like Iowa Assessments?

Yes. Each year, in October, 3rd-8th grade students take Iowa Assessment tests (formally ITBS). The testing is done each morning from the start of the day through about 11am, Monday through Thursday. Each year, our students score exceptionally well, often above the 95th percentile.

Does Heritage offer extra-curricular classes?

At Heritage, starting in pre-kindergarten, our students are exposed to the fine arts and physical education classes. This not only broadens their exposure to different disciplines, it also provides them time to interact with other dedicated teachers who are eager to share their passion for their subject matter with the children. Heritage offers Art Appreciation, Music Appreciation, Heritage Singers (2nd-8th grade choir), Heritage Band (5th-8th grade), Physical Education classes, Athletics (5th-8th grades). For those students who are naturally gifted athletically, and whose parents want more opportunities for them, there is the freedom to dual enroll in the public school system to participate in football, volleyball, and basketball.

Do you have a Before and After School Program?

Yes. Students may be dropped off as early as 7:00 AM and may stay as late as 5:30 PM. For pre-kindergarten classes that end at 1:30 PM, there is an opportunity for students to stay in the classroom until 3:25 PM, then transition into the Before and After School Program. For additional information and policies, visit the Before and After School page.

Are there volunteer opportunities within the school?

At Heritage, we love having parents in the building. We have a Volunteers’ Club which is a group of dedicated parents who accept the responsibility of organizing volunteer opportunities, executing auxiliary fundraisers for specific projects, and assisting in some of the major events that take place at school each year. We have parents who help serve hot lunch, parents who help with mailings and office work, parents who listen to Bible verses on Friday…the list goes on. There are many things Heritage would not have if it were not for the sacrifice of time by many parents.

When should we register our student for the next year?

Heritage has an open enrollment policy and classes are filling on a first-come-first serve-basis. Interested families may contact the school at 319-626-4777 to receive a packet of information and to inquire about space availability. To ensure an environment conducive to excellence, classrooms will be capped at 20 students unless currently enrolled students cause that limit to be raised, at which point the classes will be closed. Waiting lists will be started for classrooms with enrollment higher than 20. Open enrollment for 2016-17 begins Dec 1 for prekindergarten and Feb 17 for K-8.

Space is becoming very limited for the current school year. Contact the school today.

Does Heritage offer hot lunch?

Yes. Heritage uses Preferred Food Service in Coralville, IA, to cater hot lunches for students. Menus are created a month in advance and parents order all lunches online. On any given day, approximately half of the students at Heritage order hot lunch.

What time does school start and end each day?

For kindergarten through 8th grade, the school day starts at 8:25 AM and ends at 3:10 PM, Monday through Friday. For Pre-kindergarten, the school day begins at 8:30 AM and ends at 1:30 PM.