Founded by a dad, with families in mind
After the birth of his son, J.C. Huizenga began to think about education from a parent's perspective. He believed every child should have the opportunity to receive a great education and schools should be held accountable to produce results. This led Mr. Huizenga to open his first National Heritage Academies school in 1995 - Excel Charter Academy - and his belief continues to drive our mission forward today.
National Heritage Academies is a network of 87 public charter schools serving more than 58,000 students in 9 states. Our early childhood, elementary, and middle school programs are designed to put children on a solid path to success in high school, college, and beyond. As a network, all National Heritage Academies schools share a common vision, while each individual school enjoys the flexibility of tailoring their program to meet the needs of their specific community.Find a School
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Perhaps you've heard the term "charter school" but may not have been entirely sure what it means. You're not alone. By its simplest definition, a charter school is a tuition-free public school that offers parents a choice. National Heritage Academies is a network of charter schools under the management of a single company.More On Charter Schools
Our Governing Principles
Act with discipline to sustain our academic success and financial viability
Every financial and academic choice is designed to put children's needs first.
Take ownership for the success of our students
Our number one focus is our students and we take responsibility for their success.
Make our schools the best choice for parents and students
Our schools have the highest standards for academic and behavior resulting in an environment where students can succeed.
Behave with care
We respect and support our families and each other.
Do the right thing always
We act with integrity, honesty, and courage to make the right choices and follow through on our commitments.