About Heritage Academy

School Profile

Heritage Academy, a private coeducational school for grades 6-12th on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, is fully accredited by SCISA and COGNIA. Heritage Academy has students from over 14 states and 18 countries coming to take advantage of the school’s unique academic program and philosophy. Heritage Academy is also a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). 

Mission: With a dedication to academic excellence and personal character, Heritage Academy aims to have a transformational impact on the lives of students pursuing a balanced, purposeful and personalized college preparatory education in a supportive learning environment while allowing them to achieve their goals across academics, athletics, theatre, art or other unique pursuits.

Philosophy: At Heritage Academy, we believe in ensuring academic excellence at every level, dedicated to nurturing each individual student’s strengths and talents while guiding and challenging each one to achieve their dreams and to become lifelong learners. Heritage Academy offers a personalized educational program for every student to ensure success and create educational champions by developing high standards and character, while creating an environment that fosters love of learning, self-confidence and integrity. Encouraging our students to strive for academic excellence and civic responsibility in a rapidly changing world is at the forefront of our small, caring community of diverse, highly trained teaching professionals. We believe that students can reach their full potential in critical reasoning, creative expression, and civic responsibility when the walls of the traditional classroom are extended beyond the school facility. Our students are actively engaged in learning as accomplished scholars, artists, and athletes whether in the classroom or pursuing extracurricular activities.

Curriculum: Our curriculum is designed for students seeking a US college preparatory diploma. The academic expectations and level of instruction at Heritage Academy exceed SCISA/COGNIA guidelines, university admissions criteria and NCAA Eligibility Center standards. 

Graduation Requirements: Heritage Academy students are required to earn a minimum of 21 credits in grades 9-12. In addition, students will participate in their extracurricular passion.

English    4 Credits
Mathematics   3 Credits
(to include Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II)

Science   3 credits
(Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, or Physics)

Social Studies 3 credits
(to include US History, Government, Economics)

Languages    2 credits
Electives    4 credits
(to include courses in core classes)

Fine Arts 1 credit
Physical Education 1 credit

Block Scheduling: Heritage Academy uses a block scheduling model. The academic year is divided into two semesters. Most students take three courses each semester, allowing them to complete six credits per year. Each course is scheduled for 85 minutes. Students receive one credit for each high school course they pass. The student-faculty ratio is 8:1.

Grading Scale / GPA: Heritage Academy uses the following grading scale and counts quality points from all schools the student has attended. Grade point averages are calculated on academic core courses taken in grades 9-12th only. Academic core courses include English, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, and Foreign Languages. Courses are weighted for GPA purposes: 0.5 for Honors and 1.0 for AP courses.

  A+ 97-100   B+ 87-89   C+ 77-79   D+ 67-69
93-96 B 83-86 C 73-76 D 63-66
A- 90-92 B- 80-82   C- 70-72   D- 60-62

Honors and Advanced Placement: Heritage Academy offers honors opportunities and Advanced Placement courses for qualified students. Students may earn advanced credit for satisfactorily completing an honors strand of a comprehensive list of courses. Advanced Placement courses are rotated to include AP courses in: Art, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Environmental Science, English Literature, Government, Physics, Spanish, Statistics, US History, Microeconomics, and Psychology. All AP students are required to take AP exams in order to receive AP credit.