FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND POLICIES
How did you choose the name, "Heritage School," which more often brings to mind a fairly conservative connotation?
One of our founders, Parviz Samiee, suggested this name, which was inspired by Persian culture, which places immense value in one’s heritage. He wanted to provide a lasting educational heritage for children, and a school that fosters an abiding love for learning seemed a fitting match for the name, “Heritage School.” Conservative would not be a fitting description of this school, which offers a more innovative curriculum. We do not, of course, reject the time-honored, traditional values that anchor our society. We find that a more progressive educational approach allows us to incorporate teaching strategies that open doors to a vibrant, flexible learning environment.
Is Heritage a school for gifted children?
A public school TAG coordinator once visited Heritage and noted that this is the model for what TAG education aspires to achieve. However, we believe all children are “gifted” and that most children can thrive in a program that allows them to explore their interests, participating in hands on learning, supported by a solid academic framework. Every child deserves enriching educational experiences, not just those labeled “TAG.” And certainly bright students capable of soaring should not be held back by the confines of a lock step curriculum.
Do you require testing before you accept students?
No. We do not require academic testing before we accept students at Heritage School. However, we do ask that parents observe the school in action, during the school day, and we then ask that those interested in pursuing enrollment bring their children to spend time as guest students on a separate visit. This allows us to get to know prospective students in the context of a day at Heritage, and it allows the children to experience learning in this kind of environment. After students are accepted (which is usually in the spring), we do some diagnostic testing just before school starts in September so we can know where to begin.
Does Heritage exist as a reaction against public schools?
Aren't most private schools a refuge for children of the wealthy? Is this a school where "status" matters?
What kinds of fundraising activities happen at Heritage School?
Is Heritage a religious school?
How much is tuition?
Please see our Tuition and Fees Schedule for a breakdown of costs.
Is Heritage School open during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Will you have openings for new students in the coming school year?
Current Heritage families sign contracts in early March if their children will re-enroll for the coming school year. We usually fill openings before the end of the current school year, but we occasionally have openings in the summer. Please send an email inquiry for updates about current openings.
When may I schedule a visit to Heritage School?
Most visits take place on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday in February, March, April, and even as late as May. We rarely schedule visits for the fall, since our highest priority time is to help our newest students transition into our program. By springtime, even our youngest are usually fairly independent, resourceful learners, allowing us to accommodate more visitors to the classroom. If your child is not yet old enough for first grade, it is best to wait until the spring of your child's kindergarten year to schedule your child's visit. We accept older students too, and we usually schedule their visits for the springtime.
What time of day is best for a visit to Heritage School?
We recommend that you come for the first part of the school day, arriving between 8:15 and 8:30 a.m. This provides an opportunity for you to see our morning meeting and how we organize the school day. Glen teaches math in the morning. Visitors usually follow Glen as he moves from one math group to the next. When students are not in math groups during the first part of the morning, they are either working on follow-up math assignments, or they are involved in a variety of cooperative and independent studies and activities. Occasionally you will also find students engaged in other teacher-led activities during this first block of time in the morning. Most adult visitors come first thing in the morning and stay for about an hour or two.
May I take my child with me when I visit Heritage?
We prefer that you come without children for your first visit. We want you to give your undivided attention to observing the school, and we have found that it can be distracting for parents to juggle attending to their children's needs and focusing on what is going on between teachers and students. If you are interested in pursuing enrollment after visiting the program firsthand, we will schedule a separate visit for your child, who will have the opportunity to be a guest student for a half day or full day (with a couple of Heritage students as special hosts).
When is the best time to call for an appointment?
Generally, we prefer that you submit an inquiry form for the initial contact. However, you may also call us after 3:15pm on school days. We suggest that you leave as specific a message as possible, indicating your interest in visiting and suggested days of the week you are most available. You should also mention your child's name and current age and let us know if you already have submitted an application.
How many new students do you take each year?
The number of new students entering Heritage School varies from year to year. We usually have a total enrollment between thirty and forty students. We accept students in grades one through eight. We do not take kindergartners.
You may call or email us to find out if there is an opening at this time.
How do you decide which children you will accept? Do you test?
We take many factors into account when we consider whom to enroll. We do not require academic testing as a condition of enrollment. We do find that students entering first grade at Heritage will transition best if they can recognize all the letters of the alphabet and know most of the initial consonant sounds as well as some of the vowel sounds. Some students enter already reading; others acquire reading skills during their initial year at Heritage. Not all students enter Heritage School at the first grade; many children have been accepted at older grade levels. Heritage School includes students with a variety of strengths, needs, and learning styles. We welcome those of all racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds.
If I turn in an application form, will I get on the waiting list?
Does Heritage School offer scholarships?
Unfortunately, we do not yet offer scholarships to Heritage. We are hopeful though that we will eventually be able to do this once our nonprofit is more firmly established.