While teaching the academic disciplines, Heritage Academy is dedicated to instilling into the minds and hearts of today’s youth a knowledge of and respect for the ideals and values of the great men and women of history, including those who founded the American nation.
See the 2023-2024 course catalog for Heritage Academy at Maricopa. Maricopa-Course-Catalog-2023-2024_1
Grades and Credits
All courses taught for credit receive a letter grade or a pass/fail option. Grade point and the percentage used are listed below.
Please note, students earning a letter grade of a “D” in an academic course will not receive credit in that class (D is not considered passing), and the course will have to be taken again to earn the passing credit.
|Percentage||Letter Grade||Grade Quality
|90 & Above||A||4|
|70 – 79||C||2|
|69 & below||D or F||0|
|Percentage Weighted for Honors or DE Classes||Letter Grade||Grade Quality
|90 & Above||A||5|
|70 – 79||C||3|
|69 & below||D or F||0|
6th – 8th Grade Education Program
- Junior High courses at Heritage Academy are designed to assist the scholars in meeting and exceeding the basic requirements in English, History, Math and Science before progressing on to the high school curriculum. We encourage all of our scholars to strive for excellence, so that the foundation that is laid in junior high becomes a stepping stone to further success. In order to assist our scholars in this pursuit, we offer classes in classical languages, reading, and writing to supplement the basic coursework. Click Here to see Class times.
- 6th Grade
1st Semester 2nd Semester English English Math Math History History Science Science Intro to Classic Languages Intro to Classic Languages Choir, Band, or Orchestra Choir, Band, or Orchestra Fitness Fitness Elective Elective
|1st Semester||2nd Semester|
|Classic Languages I||Classic Languages I|
|Choir, Band, or Orchestra||Choir, Band, or Orchestra|
|Elective/Technology & You||Elective/Technology & You|
|1st Semester||2nd Semester|
|Classic Languages I or II||Classic Languages I or II|
|Fine Art or Fitness||Fine Art or Fitness|
|Elective or Keyboarding||Elective or Keyboarding|
Junior High courses at Heritage Academy are designed to assist the scholars in meeting and exceeding the basic requirements in English, History, Math, and Science before progressing on to the high school curriculum. We encourage all of our scholars to strive for excellence, so that the foundation that is laid in junior high becomes a stepping stone to further success. In order to assist our scholars in this pursuit, we offer classes in classical languages, reading, and writing to supplement the basic coursework.
Introduction to Latin
All 6th-grade junior high scholars will be enrolled in an Introduction to Latin course in which they will be introduced to the great classical language of Latin. Scholars will learn the alphabet, vocabulary, roots, and other components of this language. This course will prepare scholars for Latin I.
All 7th-grade junior high scholars will be enrolled in a Latin I course in which they will begin a focused study of the great classical language of Latin. Scholars will learn why so much emphasis was placed on this language by the Founding Fathers. They will learn how Latin can improve their knowledge of English, improve SAT scores, and act as a springboard into the learning of other Foreign Languages (especially French and Spanish), Math, Science, Medicine, Literature, and many other subjects. Scholars will learn the alphabet, vocabulary, roots, and other components of this language. This course will prepare scholars to read, write and understand this great language.
Unless they have not yet taken Latin I, all 8th-grade scholars will be enrolled in Latin II. 8th-grade scholars who transfer to Heritage Academy not yet having taken Latin I should enroll in Latin I. Latin II will briefly review Latin I, and will then focus on second-year skills such as composition, simple conversation, and translation of stories and poetry.
In the first week of class, an assessment is given to help determine if the placement is the right place for the student. If a change is recommended by the teacher and math department chairperson, scholars and parents are contacted and schedules may be changed. We do our best to place the scholars in the math class that is most appropriate to their individual skill level. If parents or scholars feel the placement is not a good fit, feel free to contact the teacher. Jr. High-level math courses are as follows:
This is the 7th-grade math class. The curriculum is based on the AZ state 7th-grade math standards found at https://www.azed.gov/azccrs/mathstandards/. The course includes a study of various graphic displays including stem and leaf plots and scatterplots, linear functions, solving multi-step equations, geometry and integers. For sample questions and tutorials, please visit McDougal Littell’s website at www.classzone.com.
This course is for 7th and 8th-grade scholars. The curriculum is based on the AZ state math standards for both 7th and 8th grade. These can be found at
https://www.azed.gov/azccrs/mathstandards/ . The course includes a study of various graphic displays including box and whisker plots and scatterplots, linear functions, solving multi-step equations, geometry and integers. For sample questions and tutorials, please visit McDougal Littell’s website at www.classzone.com.
All 7th-grade scholars who do not pass the reading/writing Heritage Academy placement test will be enrolled in a Reading/Writing Skills Class, unless they have demonstrated proficiency in a Heritage Academy reading/writing summer school class. All 7th and 8th graders will be enrolled in yearly English classes.
7th and 8th grade English classes offer a challenging curriculum focused on literature, grammar, speaking, and writing skills. The studies of classic literature from a variety of genres include critical thinking and follow-up writing experiences. The composition program emphasizes writing as a process: prewriting, rough drafts, revising, editing, and publishing of final copies.
Scholars will write friendly and business letters, five-paragraph expository essays, literary analysis essays, personal narrative essays, creative narrative essays, and persuasive essays. Writing is scored according to a rubric based on traits of good writing, and scholars will learn how to critique their own writing. Scholars will also write responses to literature, nonfiction, and poetry, and will write their own poetry. The focus in grammar is on parts of speech, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and sentence structure.
All scholars are encouraged to expand and improve their talents. We encourage scholars to take an interest in and involve themselves in music, art, and sports. All 7th-grade scholars are required to be enrolled in a choir or an instrumentals class; all 8th-grade scholars need to be enrolled in an art, choir, or instrumental class. Classes are available from beginning to advanced levels.
Scholars are also encouraged to develop their physical abilities. All junior high scholars are required to take at least one P.E. class each year. Heritage Academy offers P.E. classes and competitive team sports which include after-school programs.
High School Curriculum Requirements/Recommendations
Heritage Academy offers one scholastic diploma; all scholars are required to earn 26 credits and meet the requirements listed below for graduation. Additionally, scholars are encouraged to achieve excellence beyond the requirements for graduation. Those who go beyond the requirements for graduation may enroll in one or more honors classes. Scholars who plan on attending a 4-year college or university should pay particular attention to the requirements below. Those attending a junior college will also need to satisfy all the entrance requirements of the Arizona universities, either in high school or at the junior college level before advancing.
|Heritage Academy Curriculum||General Graduation Requirements||Honors Classes Available||Dual Enrollment Courses||In-State University / College Competencies|
|ENGLISH||4 Credits||4||4||4 Credits(Composition and literature based)|
|MATH||4 Credits||2||3||4 Credits(1 year each of Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and an advanced class where Algebra II is prerequisite)|
|SCIENCE||4 Credits(Must complete 1 credit each of 3 different sciences: Bio, Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy & Physiology)||2||3||3 Credits(1 credit each of 3 different lab sciences selected from the following: Chemistry, Physics, or Biology, Earth Science)|
|HISTORY||4 Credits(World His, Am His, Economics & Gov’t, Constitutional Studies)||3||3||2 Credits(Am. Hist. and 1 other)|
|FOREIGN LANG.||2 Credits||1||4||2 Credits(2 years of same language)|
|FINE ARTS||1 Credit||Teacher Approval||1 Credit|
|PE||1 Credit||Teacher Approval|
|REQUIRED CORE COURSES||19 Credits||16|
|ELECTIVE COURSES||6 Credits||4|
|TOTAL REQUIRED||26 Credits||20|
All high school scholars are encouraged to expand and improve their talents. We encourage scholars to take an interest in and involve themselves in music, art, and sports. All scholars wishing to join the orchestra or choir will audition and be placed according to skill level. Classes are available from beginning to advanced levels.Scholars are also encouraged to develop their physical abilities. Team sports will compete in the Charter Athletic Association. (CAA) For course descriptions please see descriptions as listed in the High School Curriculum guide below.
Required Courses for Graduation
Listed below are the courses required of all scholars graduating from Heritage Academy. In addition to these required courses, scholars may take additional courses described in each department to achieve greater mastery and earn a certificate of distinction.
|Subject||Grade Course is Taken||Credits|
|History – (4 Credits Required)|
|American History (Dual Enrollment Option)||10th||1|
|Economics (Dual Enrollment Option)||11th||1|
|American Government and Constitutional Studies||12th||1|
|English – (4 Credits Required)|
|9th Grade English Comp||9th||1|
|10th American Literature||10th||1|
|British Literature/World Literature or ENG 101/ENG 102 (Dual Enrollment Option)||11th||1|
|British Literature/World Literature or ENG 110/ENG 111 (Dual Enrollment Option)||12th||1|
|Mathematics – (4 Credits Required)|
|Algebra II (Dual Enrollment option)||11th||1|
|Pre-Calculus (Dual Enrollment option) or College Math MAT 142 (Dual Enrollment option)||12th||1|
|Science – (4 Credits Required)|
|Biology (Dual Enrollment option)||10th||1|
|-Recommended Science Courses|
|Anatomy (Dual Enrollment option)||11th-12th||1|
|Foreign Language – (2 Credits Required)||9th-12th||2|
|**Must have 2 credits in the same language** Spanish, French, American Sign Language|
|Fine Arts – (1 Credit Required)||9th-12th||1|
|P.E./Health – (1 Credit Required)||9th-12th||1|
|General Electives – (6 Credits Required)||9th-12th||6|
Recommended High School Course Sequence
|9th Grade||10th Grade||11th Grade||12th Grade|
|9th Grade Composition||American Literature I||British or World Lit.||World or British Lit.|
|World History||American History||Economics||Government and Constitutional Studies|
|1st Year Foreign Language||2nd Year Foreign Language|
High School Recommended Classical Reading
Many of these selections can be read during the summer, in preparation for school. We encourage parents to involve their children in summer reading of some of these books to increase their reading skills, to better prepare for school studies, and to lighten the load during the school year.
|Grade||School Year Reading|
|9||Math: Mathematicians are People 2, Vol. 1, (Algebra I, Selections)||American Literature I: The Crucible by Arthur Miller, Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Shane by Jack Schaefer, Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse, and The Wave by Todd Strasser||History: The Law|
|10||Math: Euclid, Geometry (Selections)||American Literature II – The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, and Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom.|
|11||Math: Nichomachus, Arithmetic (Algebra II, Selections)||French: Le Petit Prince||Brit Lit (Eng 11-12) The Time Machine, Pride and Prejudice, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Shakespeare, Ivanhoe, Pygmalion, The Screwtape Letters||World Lit (Eng 11-12): The Odyssey, Les Miserables, The Count of Monte Cristo, Shakespeare, Hiroshima, A Doll’s House, Cry the Beloved Country|
|12||Math: Einstein, Relativity, The Tao of Physics (Pre-Cal/Calculus, Selections)||History: Selections from Blackstone, Locke, Montesquieu, Federalist papers Nos. 10, 45, 80||Brit Lit (Eng 11-12) The Time Machine, Pride and Prejudice, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Shakespeare, Ivanhoe, Pygmalion, The Screwtape Letters||World Lit (Eng 11-12): The Odyssey, Les Miserables, The Count of Monte Cristo, Shakespeare, Hiroshima, A Doll’s House, , Cry the Beloved Country|