Mission & History
Mens, Corpus, Spiritus, Sodalitas – Mind, Body, Spirit, Camaraderie.
The Heritage School is a college preparatory school, rooted in Christian principles, and guided by a steadfast mission- to develop the mind through a full range of rigorous academics; to develop the body through competition and teamwork; to develop the spirit through self-awareness and growth; and to develop camaraderie through shared experiences. We embody a gratitude and belief in God, loyalty to our country, traditional values and a community grounded in love.
The Heritage School fosters an environment where our children can become confident, engaging adults dedicated to something that they find meaningful. Our commitment is to the child. We seek the best and see the best in every student.
Our heritage is both tangible and intangible in the sense that the ideas and memories; Jubilee Day, Bigs and Littles, moments in the classroom, interaction on the field, interim trips are equally as important to who we are and who we will become as the buildings, and pecan grove that The Heritage School is built on.
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.
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.