• A Classical Approach to Personalized Learning 

    Heritage Flex Academy

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  • School Overview

    Academics, Service, Tradition

    Purpose

    Empowering Parents

    Heritage Flex Academy will provide an education in the classical tradition and support parents in their quest to educate the whole child. This program combines classroom-based instruction with the flexibility and benefits of home study to create a rigorous and personalized learning experience for students. (Learn More)

    School Design

    Personalized Support and Choices for Families

    Heritage Flex Academy includes the choice to participate in class instruction for one, two or three days a week, or to complete home study five days a week using a variety of curriculum options. In order to ensure student academic success, each family is assigned an Academic Adviser (AA)-- a credentialed teacher who oversees the program options for each student. (Learn More)

     

    Curriculum and Instruction

    Starting with the End in Mind

    Heritage Flex Academy follows a classical education approach to learning. Students master important academic standards from a knowledge-rich curriculum based on the intellectual heritage of Western literature and thought. Curriculum and lesson plans are presented to parents for home days in a simple format to help them know daily education goals, suggested pacing, and locations for additional resources. (Learn More)

    Art and Music

    Educating the Whole Child

    Our curriculum recognizes the central role art and music play in a young student’s intellectual development. (Learn More)

    Exploration Mondays

    Enriching and Complementing the Core Curriculum

    All families have the option to enroll their student in enrichment classes on Mondays, providing students with the opportunity to explore unique interests and content in subjects not offered on Core Classroom days. (Learn More)

    High School

    Looking ahead to the Future

    Once students complete 8th grade in the Heritage Flex Academy, they will have priority enrollment in Escondido Charter High School’s Flex Classroom Program (see www.echsflex.org), with full eligibility to participate in theater and visual arts, sciences, and athletic programs. (Learn More)

  • Classroom-Based Instruction

    Heritage Flex Academy offers two full days of classroom instruction covering the core academic subjects.

    Exploration Mondays

    Enrichment classes are offered on Mondays, providing students with the opportunity to explore unique interests and content in subjects not offered on Core Classroom days.

    Home Study Option

    Heritage Flex includes the choice to participate in two days a week of class instruction, or the option to complete home study five days a week using a variety of curriculum options.

    Curriculum Design

    The curriculum is thoughtfully designed to facilitate easy parent interaction with the required material.

    Home Study Support

    Each family is provided with support from a highly qualified teacher, called an Academic Adviser, who assists parents with course and curriculum selection, facilitates regular meetings with parents and students, and is available for questions, consultation and support.

    Art and Music

    The Heritage Flex curriculum recognizes the central role art and music play in a young student’s intellectual development. Therefore, art and music are fully integrated into the core curriculum.

    Playground and Recreational Area

    The Heritage Flex has state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor play and recreational spaces.

  • Stats & Figures

    We let the results speak for themselves.

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    Class Size

    160

    School Size

    25 to 1

    Student-to-Academic Adviser Ratio

    85+

    SAT Percentile Rank of Classically Trained Students

  • School Description

    A Classical Approach to Personalized Learning

    Purpose: Empowering Parents

    Heritage Flex will provide an education in the classical tradition and support parents in their quest to educate the whole child. This program combines classroom-based instruction with the flexibility and benefits of home study to create a rigorous and personalized learning experience for students.

     

    With the combination of innovative teaching practices and a rigorous classical learning curriculum, students grow intellectually and develop strong character. Classical education helps students become lifelong learners as they study topics of personal interest, discover their passion, and develop a love for learning.

    School Design: Personalized Support and Choices for Families

    Heritage Flex includes the choice to participate in class instruction for one, two, or three days a week, or to complete home study five days a week using a variety of curriculum options. In order to ensure student academic success, each family is assigned an Academic Adviser (AA)—a credentialed teacher who oversees the program options for each student.

     

    The AA assists parents with course and curriculum selection, facilitates regular meetings with parents and students, and is available for questions, consultation, and support. Each child in the same family will be assigned to the same AA. At program launch in August 2016, on-campus "Core Classroom" days will be Tuesdays and Thursdays with off-site learning on other days. As program interest increases, a second "Core Classroom" track will be offered on Wednesdays and Fridays. Each student will have the opportunity to attend "Exploration Mondays" on campus (see description below).

     

    This learning model requires parent involvement on non-classroom days and enables parents to tailor the curriculum to their student’s learning needs. Heritage Flex encourages the family to spend time exploring their children’s gifts, strengths, and individual interests. It also allows parents to enter the educational journey alongside their student and to remain the primary influence in their student’s growth in education and character development.

    Curriculum and Instruction: Starting with the End in Mind

    Heritage Flex follows a classical education approach to learning. Students master important academic standards from a knowledge-rich curriculum based on the intellectual heritage of Western literature and thought. Curriculum and lesson plans are presented to parents for home days in a simple format to help them know daily education goals, suggested pacing, and locations for additional resources.

     

    Through a thoughtfully designed and fully integrated curriculum, critical thinking and character development are emphasized. Faculty work closely with parents to design an effective curriculum that is easily taught on home days. Although many resources and materials will be in paper format, parents will have anytime, anywhere access to the tools needed for students to complete their work away from campus.

     

    The educational program uses classical literature to improve student reading, writing, speaking, and thinking skills, as well as Saxon Math. The elementary and middle school curriculum emphasizes mastery of the fundamental skills and knowledge necessary for academic success in high school and college. In addition, students participate in four days of Saxon Math instruction per week, accessible either while the student is on campus for a "Core Classroom" day, or remotely when students are not on campus.

     

    The classical model of education emphasizes language development through what educators call "word-centered" education—students interact with the subject material (science, history, literature) to comprehend it, interpret it, and talk about it. Heritage Flex students are immersed in a rich English language arts curriculum along with classical languages such as Latin. Research has shown that the discipline of mastering the elements of language aids in the understanding of grammar, the growth of vocabulary, the deepening of critical thinking skills, and the ability to communicate effectively.

     

    Students educated classically participate in higher level conversations about the great literature that has influenced our democratic traditions. In the primary grades, this takes the form of discussing themes and ideas inspired by classic writers and their characters. The cornerstone of our instructional approach for the upper grades is the Socratic seminar, which utilizes a Great Books curriculum.

    Art and Music: Educating the Whole Child

    Our curriculum recognizes the central role art and music play in a young student’s intellectual development.

     

    Art and music are infused into the Core Curriculum with a focus on creativity, skill development, and exposure to the important composers and masters of art. In addition to the Core Curriculum, students will have the opportunity to explore art and music in more depth during Exploration Monday classes.

    Exploration Mondays: Enriching and Complementing the Core Curriculum

    All families have the option to enroll their student in enrichment classes on Mondays, providing students with the opportunity to explore unique interests and content in subjects not offered on Core Classroom days.

     

    Exploration Mondays will allow students to pursue a deeper understanding of academic content and explore personal interests. Parents work closely with their AA to identify student interests and select exploration courses. Classes will include art, Latin, science labs, and other offerings, where students will have the opportunity to explore beyond the Core Curriculum while receiving personalized attention from dedicated instructors. Classes may eventually include student leadership, music, theater arts, and other options depending on student interest and available teachers.

    High School: Looking Ahead to the Future

    Once students complete 8th grade at Heritage Flex Academy, they will have priority enrollment in Escondido Charter High School’s Flex Classroom Program (see www.echsflex.org), with full eligibility to participate in theater and visual arts, sciences, and athletic programs.

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    Telephone

    760.737.3154

    Email Address

    info@heritageflex.org

    sknapp@echs.org

    Sandi Knapp

    Principal

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Image of the boy working on homework is courtesy of North Carolinians for Classical Education.