Heritage Academy students seek professional careers, which will put them in the scrutiny of the public. Knowledge and practice of appropriate dress for the occasion is fundamental to future success. Parents and students are encouraged to plan a wardrobe according to the Heritage Academy dress code. Students are responsible to abide by the Academy’s dress code every day on campus.

Dress which is appropriate for school is:

  • Clothing that has not been worn for training or practice that day. Students must change clothes from the day’s sports training gear to fresh school clothes each day before coming to campus.
  • Clothing that projects a neat, modest, and positive image to the public
  • Clothing that is clean and free from tears, holes, and fraying
  • Clothing that covers cleavage, midriff, bare back, bare shoulders, and thighs
  • Clothing and hair color that do not distract
  • Clothing that is appropriate for the classroom temperatures each season
  • Shoes that are safe in the classroom around tables and chairs and on steps on campus

Specifics regarding the dress code are:

Upper Body: Shirts/tops must be neat, clean and without tears/holes. Boys must tuck in their shirts. T-shirts must be worn only under a collared shirt, jacket, over-shirt, or sweater. No t-shirts with profanity or suggestive advertisement can be worn to school at any time. Girls must wear an over-shirt, jacket, or sweater over tank tops, spaghetti straps, tube tops, one-shoulder tops, bare back tops. Tops that show bare shoulders and backs, cleavage, or midriff may not be worn to school.

Lower Body: Pants, shorts, skirts, or dresses must be of appropriate length and fit. Low-riding, baggy pants for boys are not allowed. Blue jeans without holes and frays may be worn. Students may not wear rainwear, over-pants, workout/gym/spa attire, sweat-pants, sweat-shorts, or frayed short cut-off jeans to class. Girls may not wear leggings or yoga pants without an over-skirt or tunic that falls to their fingertips when arms are hanging at sides. All shorts/skirts/dresses must fall to fingertips when arms are hanging at sides.

Shoes: Shoes must be neat and clean. No bare feet or house slippers are to be worn at any time. Golf shoes may not be worn in the school building at any time.

Flip flops and high heels are unsafe. They are especially not recommended on steps which can become slippery ad dangerous.

Accessories: Sunglasses, hats, and sweatshirt hoods may not be worn in class. No visible body piercing except for pierced ears is allowed.


Final exams assess a students’ mastery of content learned over the semester. High school final exams count 20% of the final grade. All high school courses require a final exam each semester, including AP courses.

Middle school students take quarter assessments in lieu of final exams. Quarter 1 and Quarter 3 assessments are scheduled during normal school hours.

Middle school students complete Quarter 2 and Quarter 4 assessments during the high school exam schedule. A grade 8 student enrolled in a high school course will be held to that exam schedule and sit for the exam.

Final exams are never taken before the assigned exam day. Any student who does not sit for final exams and is not approved by the Head of School to miss the test time receives a 0% on each exam missed. High school exams last two hours.

The Heritage Academy Attendance Policy is based on our commitment to both supporting passion related absenteeism and acknowledging the importance of regular attendance for academic success. We strive to accommodate our students’ needs to be away from school for tournaments, competitions, and performances. We also strive to assure that student attendance in class is sufficient to enable successful fulfillment of course requirements.

Therefore, students are expected to be in attendance except for passion-area competitions/tournaments, illness, family emergency, or approved college visit days for second semester juniors and seniors. The parent or houseparent/residential instructor for boarding students is expected to call the school on the day of an absence. Parents may not call in to report an absence if the student is in the care of housing supervisors. If a call verifying the student’s absence with an approved school reason has not been recorded by the school office, the student’s absence will be considered an unexcused absence.

If a significant number of excused or unexcused absences accumulate, and results in decreasing academic performance, a conference will be required with the student, parents/ houseparents/ residential instructors, teachers and administrator to determine appropriate next steps. Whenever there is a decline in student performance due to extended absences, tutorial support will be recommended and arranged.

All students are expected to arrive at school on time and leave school when dismissed. The school must be notified if a student needs to leave school before regular dismissal. Students who leave campus without permission will be issued demerits. Students who are absent from a class without authorization will be issued demerits for each class missed. Students must always check out at the main desk when leaving or returning to campus.

Excused Absences

Students are expected to be in attendance except for illness, family emergency, approved college visit days, or passion-area competitions/tournaments. All course work missed is expected to be completed upon the student’s return to school from an excused absence. A student is allowed two days for each excused day of absence for make up work. Make up quizzes and tests must be taken outside of school time upon return under adult supervision. Students must make transportation arrangements to arrive early or stay after school to complete missed quizzes/tests, to be taken under supervision of school personnel. Students are expected to check www.powerschool.com by course title for class work while away from school. Students who miss school for tournaments should inform teachers and provide appropriate time in advance to prepare material.


Students are excused for illness if a parent/houseparent/residential instructor calls school within the first block of the student’s schedule to verify the absence. A doctor’s note may be requested.

Family Emergency

Parents should notify the school as soon as possible in the event of a family emergency. Flight schedules, early departure or extended vacation time around school holidays or weekends are not considered family emergencies.

Passion-Area Tournaments/Competitions

Passion related tournaments, competitions or performances during the school day are considered an excused absence. Travel time and layovers between closely-scheduled tournaments will be provided as excused time. The school requests that confirmation of participation in competition be provided.

College Visits

Seniors are allowed five excused absences for college visits. In order for a student to be excused, arrangements must be made through the Director of Student Services/Guidance Counselor. Second semester juniors may be approved by the Director of Student Services/Guidance Counselor for limited college visits as needed.

Unexcused Absences

Students are expected to be in attendance except for illness, family emergency, approved college visit days, or passion-area competitions/tournaments. All other absences are considered unexcused. Students will be allowed to complete missed assignments and tests for only the first 3 days of unexcused absence per semester. These 3 days provide families flexibility for individual situations. After the first 3 days of unexcused absence, an unexcused absence means the student will receive a “zero” on any work done in class, assignments, and tests due during an unexcused absence. While students are encouraged to complete the missed work for no credit in order to learn missed material, each unexcused absence increases a student’s chance of losing credit by accumulating zeros that could result in failing a class.

Late Arrivals

Any enrolled student not in attendance beginning the first day of each semester who has not notified the front desk providing an approved school reason for the late arrival, will be considered an unexcused absence.

Family Vacations

The school provides for regular vacation periods during the school year. Students will not be excused from academic commitments because of early departures to or late returns from vacations or weekends, or for family vacations that do not coincide with Heritage Academy vacations. It is expected that students and families respect the school’s calendar and not extend personal vacations. Leaving early or returning late around a school vacation will be considered an unexcused absence.

No Contact

If a call verifying the student’s absence with an approved school reason has not been recorded by the school office, the student’s absence will be considered an unexcused absence.

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 course taken in grades 9-12 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
A 93-96 B 83-86 C 73-76 D 63-66
A- 90-92 B- 80-82 C- 70-72 D- 60-62