Skip To Main Content

Mission & History

Group of Students Welcome Everyone Back to School

Mens, Corpus, Spiritus, Sodalitas – Mind, Body, Spirit, Camaraderie.



The Heritage School prepares students for college and later life by developing the mind through a full range of rigorous academics; the body through competition and teamwork; the spirit through self-awareness and growth; and camaraderie through shared experiences. 



Our Core Principles

Lower School Student Sits at Desk


Students of all ages love learning at The Heritage School.

Varisty Boys Basketball Team Member Dribbles Ball on Court


Being involved in sports and organizations is important to our students.

Young Students at Football Tailgate


School spirit sets the tone for a student’s commitment to education.

Two Lower School Students Smile at Camera


Lasting friendships are formed inside and outside the classroom.

Our History

In March, 1969, a group of local parents came together and decided to establish an independent school in Newnan, Georgia. Just eight months later, on October 7, 1969, the State of Georgia granted a charter to “The Heritage School, Incorporated.”

Mrs. Katie Arnall Freeman donated a 61-acre pecan orchard on Highway 29 to the trustees of The Heritage School in 1969 as a site for the School. Shortly thereafter, the trustees named George H. Keller, Jr. as first Headmaster.

The Heritage School opened its doors to 134 students in September 1970, serving Grades One through Eight. There were eleven teachers.

In 1973, Grades Nine and Ten were added, along with a gymnasium. During the next three years, The Heritage School added Kindergarten and Grades Eleven and Twelve.

Since graduating its first class in 1975, The Heritage School has grown deliberately but steadily, evolving both its campus and its curriculum with local, national, and global best practices in teaching and learning.

A Glimpse Into our History and Founders

In 2010, celebrating its fortieth year, The Heritage School invited its three founding families to reminisce about the establishment and early history of the school. Their reflections are captured in this video, created by Seattle film maker and Heritage alumnus, Austin Wilson, Class of 2000. Interspersed with our founders’ recollections are student voices and scenes exploring the full scope of campus life. We think it reflects the very essence of the Heritage experience.

Watch the video to learn more about our founders and our story.