The Shield

Keeping the Faith and Keeping Connected

May 1, 2020


Graduation Celebration May 16th at 2:00 PM

Heritage Academy is planning to go forward with a modified graduation celebration for graduates on Saturday, May 16th at 2:00 PM. On May 16th, we will celebrate our graduates with a “Drive Through” Graduation at 2900 Barberry Avenue in Columbia. You, your family, and your vehicle are invited to attend to help us celebrate graduates.

Mr. Ben Schnipper has written up instructions with a map explaining the drive through and parade. Specific instructions for the "Drive Through Graduation" will be sent out by gradelink email.

Saturday, July 25th is also being reserved as a date for a more traditional commencement or reception as needed. Our highest priority is to glorify God as we honor our 2020 seniors for their accomplishments.

Language Arts Free Verse Poems

Our 6th-grade students wrote some great free verse poems in Mrs. Biswell's Language Arts class. Enjoy their great poems below.
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Link for Virtual Admissions Center

Here is the link to our virtual admissions center that you can share with prospective Heritage families.

Virtual Admissions Center

Heritage Senior Emilia Irovic highlighted in Columbia Magazine

Click on the link below to see Emilia Irovic one of only eight Columbia, MO seniors highlighted in COMO Magazine.

COMO Magazine

Enrollment OPEN for 2020-2021 school year

Heritage Families!

It's time to enroll for the next school year. You can find enrollment forms and schedules on our website.

April 19 - July 31 $200/family Regular Registration

August 1 - School Starts $300/family Late Registration

Enrollment Forms and Schedules

Heritage Teaching Positions

Heritage is looking for quality Christian teachers to fill several roles at Heritage Academy for the next school year. If you are interested or know someone who would be a great candidate, let us know!

Heritage Academy Employment Opportunities


Secondary Final Exam Guidelines

Dear Heritage Academy Parent,

Semester Exams for seventh through twelfth grade students are just around the corner! Teachers will be communicating about finals directly with parents and students.


COVID-19 and the transition to online education has impacted finals methodology and schedule. We are posting a schedule with Finals Guidelines below.

Monday, May 11th

9:30-11:15 English
11:15-12:15 Lunch

12:15-2:00 Math

Tuesday, May 12th

9:30-11:15 History

11:15-12:15 Lunch

12:15-2:00 Science

  1. Seniors are not required to take a final in any class in which they have achieved an “A” letter grade (at the teacher’s discretion).
  2. The Heritage Academy policy prohibiting “take-home exams” has been waived for the remainder of this semester. Take-home quizzes, tests, or final exams can be “take-home” or “open book”. Although the administration will post a final exam schedule, time limit exceptions are at the discretion of the teacher. For example, a language arts teacher may decide to start their final during the scheduled timeframe on Monday, but communicate to students that they have two days to finish the essay. A math teacher, however, may prefer to keep to the schedule and a specified timeframe of 1.75 hours for their final. What is important here is communication with students and parents. Teachers should be cautious not to extend the “timeframe” of finals past Tuesday, May 12th at 3:00 PM.
  3. Traditional Final exams must be proctored by a parent to ensure the integrity of the exam. Time limits for exams are at the discretion of the teacher within the limits of point #2 above.
  4. Teachers may offer a traditional comprehensive exam as they see fit or they may substitute a course project or essay for the final. Teachers should seek to offer a final exam that allows students to demonstrate that they have met desired learning outcomes for the course without failing students as a result of the shift to online learning. Teachers are cautioned that the final remains 15% of the student’s grade, so we need to be realistic when developing this semester’s final.
  5. Teachers should continue to provide study guides and appropriate reviews for any type of final exam given.
  6. Teachers in elective courses may choose to offer a unit exam rather than a comprehensive final exam or no final at all.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!

Mr. Ragsdell announces Alumni Internship

If you are home from college and looking for meaningful volunteer work that would look good on your resume, you are encouraged to apply for an Alumni Internship. This is a non-paid opportunity to help your school and build skills. The internship begins immediately and extends through the summer. If you are interested click here to email Mr. Ragsdell.


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For Christ and Family!

Heritage Academy is a University-Model® School, facilitating students' access to excellent education, increased time with family, and opportunities for growth toward maturity while providing a cost-effective, college-preparatory education. In an age where family life is becoming increasingly fragmented, the unique structure of the model also serves to “turn the hearts of fathers to their children, and the hearts of children to their fathers ” (Malachi 4:6).