Heritage Heights Academy announced Aug. 24 that it has received a $43,100 general operating grant from the Daniels Fund to help with marketing, community engagement, curriculum, and professional development.
“The grant will enable our program to grow, give our students access to needed curriculum, and provide training for our teachers which is necessary for the effective implementation of our academically rigorous program.” said Jennifer Gibbons, HHA board chairperson.
Gibbons also said, “We would like to use some of the funds to help our teachers travel to Liberty Common, the school after which we are modeled, where they can observe their way of implementing the Core Knowledge Curriculum which makes them so successful.”
HHA was launched by parents seeking a more robust education for their children than was available at existing schools. The school opened in August of 2016 after signing a four-year charter contract with Cherry Creek School District. The school is located in the Eastern part of the district in a rented portion of the Smoky Hill Vineyard church and serves 280 kindergarten through sixth grade students. The current facility provides room for future growth. HHA has already reached its enrollment capacity for 2017-18 and has a waitlist of students.
HHA will be adding one grade each year through 2019, when it will reach its goal of serving K-8 students. HHA will stay true to its charter and offer a high-quality Core Knowledge curriculum.
HHA academy is led by Natalia Miller-Forrest, who moved to the Front Range from Grand Junction to lead the school. Miller-Forrest has 21 years of education experience having been a teacher and leader and has spent nearly a decade teaching Core Knowledge curriculum. She also served as the dean of students at Caprock Academy. Her leadership and passion for providing a Core Knowledge opportunity for students has led to her hiring an amazing staff which stays true to the Core Knowledge sequence.
For more information about Heritage Heights Academy, call (720) 870-9541 or visit heritageheightsacademy.org
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