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 (NHA) is a charter school management company that operates 90+ schools across nine states serving over 60,000 students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. PrepNet Virtual Academy provides an online school experience for students in grades K-12.Find a School
Meet Our Leadership
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
Take ownership for the success of our students
Our number one focus is our students and we take responsibility for their success.
Do the right thing always
We act with integrity and honesty to make the right choices and follow through on our commitments.
Behave with care
We respect and support our families and each other.
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.
Act with discipline to sustain our academic success and financial viability
Every financial and academic choice is designed to put children's needs first.