At Heritage Junior High, we understand the challenges of adolescence, but we also appreciate the intellectual capabilities at this age. By the time students reach the seventh grade, they have honed their skills in observation, listening, and memorization, and have developed their own framework for learning. They have processed a large amount of fundamental knowledge and can now put that knowledge to use as their critical thinking abilities increase.
In the seventh and eighth grades, students begin to develop a sense of their own identity and independence. They often ask sincere questions and search for the reasons behind long-held principles and beliefs. This is a time when their reasoning capabilities are coming to the forefront and they can more easily be shown how to develop logical arguments that lead to correct conclusions supported by facts. Math skills at this level require the exercise of abstract thought, extending the boundaries of their fundamental skills. In language, students progress from learning the rules of grammar to assembling sound logical arguments.
Adolescence is a time when students begin to recognize that they are a part of a larger human family, and it is important to introduce them to the best and brightest members of that family. Through a humanities approach, the study of Great Books and the history of western civilization, we build the context for a greater understanding of the modern world. We embrace the philosophy of the Founding Fathers and hope to pass along that flame of liberty to the next generation. We believe it is important to recognize American exceptionalism, and we want our students to understand that this grand experiment in self-government, which has suffered through great trials, will require their careful attention as they become tomorrow’s leaders.
It is important that our students become culturally literate; knowledge of our common culture that is greater than the sum of its diverse parts. Equally important is that they are grounded in the traditional values of hard work, integrity, and personal responsibility. Our desire, through the “Wooden Wins” program, is for our students to apply those values in their own lives and to make positive contributions to the community and continue doing so long after they have left Heritage Junior High School. Students are taught to work hard, live pure, lead with courage, honor one another, and be committed to their family, community and school.
We have high academic expectations for our students, but we also provide the means for them to be successful. Every teacher is dedicated to helping each and every student. For students who struggle, we provide after school tutorials where teachers guide them through challenging material and keep them on track.
This is the educational philosophy that guides us as we develop our curriculum and train our faculty. These principles dictate how we interact with our students to prepare them for high school and beyond.