a Better School Choice in Detroit
National Heritage Academies Celebrates
National Charter Schools Week
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., May
Heritage Academies (NHA), a charter school management company, partners with
seven Detroit schools to provide school choice to families searching for better
serves just under 4,700 students in the city of Detroit, 96 percent of those
students qualify for free and reduced lunch, compared to 82 percent for Detroit
Public School (DPS). Despite the increased challenge, NHA Detroit schools are
committed to helping their students achieve higher academic outcomes.
teachers are provided the finest curricular resources and assessment tools to
assist them in providing a high-quality education to all of our students in
Detroit,” said President and CEO of National Heritage Academies Chip Hurlburt.
“Along with providing rigorous academics, we also believe in establishing
connections with students so they know they have a strong support system within
a group, NHA partner schools had a rate of growth of 125 percent, or the
equivalent of a year and a quarter of growth in a single school year on a
This above average growth has translated to gains on the Michigan Educational
Assessment Program (MEAP), the state’s standardized test.
Detroit schools outperformed Detroit Public Schools in 73 percent of all
grade/subject categories tested on the MEAP and have an overall proficiency
that is 9 percentage points higher than DPS.
schools provide a safe and structured environment that allows student to stay
focused on learning and the results are amazing,” said Hurlburt. “We are proud
to be investing in future leaders in this great city.”
Heritage Academies is joining charter schools across the country in celebrating
National Charter Schools week May 4 – 10. The week is designed to help raise
awareness about how charter schools operate and the educational choice they
provide parents. NHA students and staff will share their school pride with each
other this week and reflect on the academic achievements met so far this year.
Academies is a charter school management company operating 76 schools in nine
states for the 2013-2014 school year. It is currently serving more than 50,000
students in grades kindergarten through eighth.
Note: Graph Attached with MEAP comparison between NHA Detroit and DPS for the
past six years.