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Where active learners embrace challenge ....

A vibrant education

Surrounded by majestic white oaks, Sequoias, fields, and wetlands, Heritage students thrive in an environment that honors childhood and cultivates a sense of wonder. Each child is a marvel, and the pursuit of knowledge can open them to vast opportunities. Children pass through childhood but once, and Heritage School offers a unique program that nurtures curiosity, commitment, and confidence.

Since 1984, Heritage School has provided an interdisciplinary, thematic curriculum for students in grades one through eight. Heritage School strives for mastery of academics, emphasizing a joyful education tailored to each individual child. Heritage students embrace challenge, work cooperatively, and develop self direction.

Morning Journal Writing At Heritage

 Heritage School:

  • Where learning by doing transforms common cardboard into an eight foot tall Taj Mahal and terra cotta clay into a West African village . . . .
  • Where learning in depth leads children to research in the classroom all about marine biology and taxonomy, creating their own field guides, and then to discover a baby octopus while tide pooling at the Oregon coast . . . .
  • Where “hands on” learning sends us forth to determine the height of the towering Sequoias surrounding our play field or to calculate the distance children could leap if they, like frogs, could jump twelve times their bodies’ lengths . . . .

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A Parent's Words

"Heritage is a truly unique place. I had friends and colleagues who raved about it. I knew many of its graduates in high school and beyond and had been impressed not only by their brilliant academic successes, but also and more importantly by the sense that they had developed a strong moral compass and fertile, curious minds. But I did not really understand just how unique it was until my daughter transferred from a public school in the fourth grade. Watching her in that first year at Heritage was like watching a fern that had been transplanted from the Mojave Desert to a temperate rain forest. "

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- Dr. Wendy Petersen Boring
Assistant Professor of History
Willamette University