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Frequently Asked Questions

General

What are school hours?

  • Elementary School hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.
  • Hours for students in grades 5-12 are from 8:00 a.m. to 3:05 p.m.
  • Our business office is open M-F from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the school year and 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. during the summer.

What is the student to teacher ratio?

  • 14:1 in Preschool and Prep-K
  • 16:1 in Kindergarten
  • 20-23:1 in 1st-12th grades


In addition, we have teacher assistants through 6th grade.

Do you offer before or after school care?

Yes! We have excellent before and after school programs that are under the direction of licensed teachers and supported by a well-trained staff. Our ABCare program is for students in preschool-4th grade and we offer the HUB (an environment where students can complete their homework or study) for students in 5th-8th grade. Students may be dropped off beginning at 7:00 a.m. and must be picked up by 5:30 p.m. More information can be found here.

Do HCS students wear a uniform?

We desire that students have a standard of dress that is modest and neat. Specific guidelines vary by age; however, in grades 5-12 it is characterized by solid colored polos or oxfords with khaki pants, shorts or skirts. Details on our dress guidelines for students in all grade levels can be found here.

Do you offer bus service?

Yes, HCS offers 2-way transportation serving five (5) routes across Indianapolis and the surrounding communities each day. Many of our families also carpool. Additional information can be found here or by emailing transportation@heritagechristian.net.

How diverse is your student body?

We desire to continue to enrich the ethnic, denominational and socio-economic background of our student body. Currently, our student body is 25% ethnically diverse; our families attend over 100 different Christian churches; and nearly 40% of our students receive some level of financial assistance. View our latest student ethnicity data here.

Do you teach doctrines specific to a denomination?

No. The school’s Statement of Faith defines the core Biblical doctrines and standards of the school. HCS is by choice a non-denominational school, enrolling students and hiring faculty and staff of varied Christian denominations. HCS recognizes that the responsibility for instructing students in denominational differences that are outside the Statement of Faith, resides primarily with their parents, and secondarily with their local church.

Admissions

When can I apply and do classes ever fill up?

We encourage you to begin the application process as early as possible to secure your spot and avoid a wait list situation. HCS offers a rolling admission process, and accepts applications throughout the year as space is available. More information on our application process can be found here.

Can my student shadow on a day not listed?

We strongly encourage you to schedule a shadow on a day that we have listed, as those days provide a broad experience for your student. Shadowing on other days can be arranged for unique circumstances such as supporting out-of-town applicants.

What is your tuition?

Tuition varies by grade level, and covers the general cost for faculty, facilities management, and administrative support. Most families should plan for some additional monthly expenses and non-refundable fees. Our tuition and fee schedule can be found here.

What are your admissions requirements?

HCS admits students from Christian homes who desire to be at HCS and who we believe will be successful in our challenging college preparatory curriculum. More information can be found on our Admission Policy Page.

Academic requirements are as follows:

  • Minimum of a 2.5 grade point average (GPA) in all core classes (Language Arts, History, Math and Science)
  • Composite achievement score at the 60th percentile or higher and/or a “Pass” on ISTEP Language Arts and Math.


We seek to partner with Christian families, and as such, at least one parent or guardian must profess faith in Jesus Christ. Students applying for grades 7-12 must also share their story of faith in Jesus Christ.

How old does our student need to be to attend HCS?

  • Preschool is available to students who turn 3 by June 1st.
  • Prep-K is available to students who turn 4 by June 1st.
  • Kindergarten is available to students who turn 5 by June 1st.


The June 1st cutoff is firm and is NOT evaluated on a student by student basis.

How are your admissions decisions made?

Our principals review your completed application, supplemental forms, references and assessment results to verify that the student aligns both academically and spiritually with our school’s mission. In grades 7-12, a student interview is also factored into the decision.

Financial Aid

What is your tuition?

Tuition varies by grade level, and covers the general cost for faculty, facilities management, and administrative support. Most families should plan for some additional monthly expenses and non-refundable fees. Our tuition and fee schedule can be found here.

What assistance do you offer to help people afford a private school education. How do I apply?

A private school education does require the investment of your financial resources; however, it is our desire to provide financial assistance to all Christian families who desire a Christ-centered, college-prep education for their students. In addition to accepting school choice vouchers and Indiana Tax Scholarships, HCS annually provides nearly $900,000 in financial assistance to qualifying families. We strongly encourage you to apply for financial assistance starting January 1 for the upcoming school year, and will work with you to identify the appropriate funding sources.

Do you offer payment plans?

Heritage charges tuition in monthly payments which are based on an 11-month payment cycle from June through April.

Do you offer a Multi-Student or Pastoral Discount?

While we do not have a set discount percent for multiple students from the same family or for Pastors, these factors are heavily considered in our financial assistance process. We strongly encourage you to apply for financial assistance starting January 1 for the upcoming school year.

Do you accept Indiana School Choice Vouchers? (and other related questions)

Yes. We assist many families in applying for and receiving Indiana Choice Scholarships Vouchers to cover a large portion of their tuition. More information can be found on our financial assistance web page and by visiting the Indiana Department of Education website.

Can I receive an Indiana Choice Scholarship (voucher) after the lottery date (April 20th)?

Yes, if they are available. Scholarships seats that are available or become available after April 20th will be awarded on a first-come first-served basis, once all students who were eligible for the lottery have been awarded a seat

Are current students included in the Indiana Choice Scholarship (voucher) lottery?

No, current students are exempted from the Indiana Choice Scholarship (voucher) lottery. Current students who receive financial aid (including an Indiana Choice Scholarship) are required to complete a FACTS application each year.

Are siblings of current students exempted from the Indiana Choice Scholarship (voucher) lottery?

No, siblings of current students are included in the lottery, assuming they have been accepted and their financial aid application is completed by March 31. They are, however, given a preference in the lottery process.

How many Indiana Choice Scholarship (voucher) seats are available?

The number of lottery seats initially available will be determined based on the number of returning students and therefore varies by grade level. Additional seats may become available up until the start of school.

How and when will I be notified that my student has received an Indiana Choice Scholarship (voucher) seat?

Your Admissions Coordinator will notify you by email when a seat is available, and you will have 10 calendar days to enroll by paying the non-refundable enrollment fee.

Seats will initially be awarded on the lottery date (April 20th) to those who were accepted for admission prior to April 20th. Students who are accepted after April 20th and whose financial aid application is complete, will be awarded a seat immediately upon acceptance if one is available, or will be added to the waitlist.

What happens if I have been notified that a Indiana Choice Scholarship (voucher) seat is available and I fail to enroll and pay the enrollment fee within 10 calendar days?

Your seat may be given to the next person on the waiting list.

Can I receive both an Indiana Choice Scholarship (Voucher) and a Tax Credit Scholarship?

Yes, if you meet the qualifications for each scholarship and a voucher seat is available, you can receive both. In addition, your application will be evaluated for HCS Tuition Assistance.

How is income verified?

When completing your FACTS application for financial aid, copies of the most recent W2s and Federal Tax Returns for everyone in your household will need to be provided. We will use the Income from your tax returns. If you do not have tax returns or if your household income is different from what is stated on the tax return, you must fill out and submit to us the Income Verification Form.

How do you determine household size?

The State of Indiana defines a household as a group of related or non-related individuals who are living as one economic unit and who share housing and or significant income and expenses. When completing your FACTS application for financial aid, copies of the most recent Federal Tax Returns for everyone in your household will need to be provided. We will use the number indicated by your taxes. If the number in your household is currently different than what is reported on your tax returns, you will need to complete and submit to us the Household Size Verification form.

How will I know if I am awarded a scholarship?

Once you complete your FACTS application and provide the required documentation, we will be notified and will provide you with an award letter listing all scholarships that you qualify for.

Do I need to reapply each year?

Yes. Starting January 1st you must apply for the upcoming school year.

Academics

Is HCS accredited?

HCS is accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and AdvancEd, and holds recognition status by the Indiana Department of Education.

What is your Preschool program?

This year, we offer three different options for preschool: full day 5 days a week; full day 3 days a week (T,W,TH); and half day 5 days a week. Our Preschool program is a developmental class which offers quality education in a fun, creative, Christian atmosphere. You can read more about our curriculum here.

What is your Prep-K and Kindergarten curriculum?

Our curriculum for Prep-K and Kindergarten is designed to prepare students for what they will experience throughout the elementary school and into the intermediate school. You can read more about our curriculum here.

How is the Elementary school day organized and what curriculum do you use?

Our elementary students stay with one teacher throughout the entire day. We use a 6-day color rotation and students attend a different “specials” class on each of the color days. Specials include: art, music, library, technology, physical education and Spanish.

In 4th grade, while students are primarily with their homeroom teacher, they have the privilege of rotating between two teachers for certain subjects throughout the day.

More information about our Elementary program can be found here.

How is the Intermediate (5th-6th) school day organized?

Intermediate school students have four core teachers in their own building and have lockers and a recess – a great blend of elementary and middle school life. The Intermediate school day includes Four Core Rotations, specials, a flex period, and either study hall or Fine Arts activity. The Four Core Rotations are Science and Bible, Social Studies, Language and Math. Specials are Art, PE, Spanish, Library, Tech and Keyboarding. Our Flex Period allows student to develop their God given talents and abilities in Leadership, Discipleship, Worship Music, or other educational options. Fine Arts activities include Strings, Choir, and Band.

How is the Middle (7th-8th) and High (9th-12th) school day organized?

The middle school (MS) and high school (HS) have nine class periods. The 9th period in the MS and HS is a shorter class period at the end of the day that can be used for clubs, as a study hall, or students can get extra help in a particular class. There are also math or writing workshops available during 9th period. Two to three hours of homework per night is common. A normal student load is seven classes and one study hall.

How can I keep up with my student's progress?

Your student’s assignments and grades can be viewed in Moodle, our online learning platform, throughout each quarter. Grade cards are distributed electronically each quarter. In addition to regularly scheduled conferences, we encourage you to contact your student’s teacher when you have questions or concerns.

When can students begin to participate in accelerated classes?

HCS offers challenging and enriching learning experiences through differentiated instruction with advanced content. Starting in first grade, we offer discovery and explorers. This is a class where students are challenged to think more creatively. Students have the opportunity to go on special field trips, and they participate in projects and presentations that parents are invited to be a part of. Students are also given the opportunity to take a specific subject at a higher grade level to challenge them and to encourage academic growth.

What services do you have available for students who need support?

Our Educational Support Services Department consists of a unique group of programs designed to meet the learning needs of exceptional children. Each year, we assist about 30% of our students through one or more of these programs. We do our best to meet students where they are at so that they can be successful in the classroom. More information can be found here.

My student has an IEP and/or a 504 Plan. Will you admit them?

Our Educational Support Services Department does provide services to many students with an IEP or 504 Plan. As part of the application review process, our ESS department will determine if we provide the services needed to support your student’s unique needs.

Do you use technology in the classroom?

Technology is integrated throughout our curriculum. Students at all academic levels have access to 6 computer labs, various iPad carts, 2 fully equipped media centers for research, and computers in the classroom. All high school students are required to bring an iPad or MacBook Air/Pro for classroom use. Starting in the 2017- 2018 school year, 7th and 8th grade students will be required to have an iPad (iPad mini, iPad air, iPad Air 2 or iPad Pro ONLY) for use during the academic day. Requirements may also be found on the Heritage 1:1 page.

Do you offer Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors courses?

HCS offers 17 AP courses: Biology, Calculus AB, Chemistry, Computer Science, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, French, Government, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Music Theory, Spanish, Statistics, Studio Art 2D, Studio Art Drawing, U.S. History and World History.

Honors courses are currently available in American Literature, Biology, Chemistry, Geometry, Grammar and Composition, Physics, Physiology, and World Literature.

Are dual credit courses offered?

Yes. Upperclassmen may take dual credit courses at local universities or online.

Does HCS offer any specialized study in high school?

Heritage offers Academies which are specialized course plans that focus on specific career interest. The requirements for each academy include: 5-8 semesters of Academy specific courses, completion of one related Advance Placement course, or the highest level course available, related internship experience, and participation in related extracurricular activities, competitions, or projects. Currently, Academies include:

  • Academy of Biomedicine
  • Academy of Finance
  • Academy of Engineering
  • Academy of Fine Arts – Performing Arts
  • Academy of Fine Arts – Visual Arts
  • Academy of Ministry and Leadership

What was your graduation rate last year?

100%

How well do your students score on standardized tests and ISTEP?

Class of 2015 had average SAT scores 1707/2400, ACT 26/36.

Our 2014 ISTEP pass rates across all grades are consistently more than 10% higher than other private school averages. In eighth grade, for example, our 2014 ISTEP scores pass rates for Math are 97% and English/Language Arts are 91%; which compares to private school averages of 81% and 80% respectively.

Fine Arts

What Fine Arts opportunities are available to students?

  • Art - Classes in Elementary, Intermediate, MS andHS, including AP Studio Art
  • Band - 5th/6th, 7th/8th, HS Concert, HS Jazz Band
  • Choir - 4th, 5th/6th, 7th/8th, HS
  • Praise and Worship - 7th/8th, HS
  • Music Theory and AP Music Theory
  • Orchestra - 5th/6th Strings, 7th/8th, HS
  • Theater - HS

What is the Fine Arts performance schedule and may we attend an event?

Our Fine Arts department holds a variety of concerts, theater productions and art shows throughout the year. We encourage prospective families to attend one or more of our programs, and a limited number of complimentary tickets may be available. More information can be found on our Fine Arts page.

Athletics

What sports do you offer?

Our student athletes participate in 18 IHSAA sports as well as Cheerleading and Boys/Girls Lacrosse.

  • Baseball (Boys) - Varsity, JV, Middle School
  • Basketball (Boys/Girls) - Varsity, JV, Freshman, 8th, 7th
  • Cheerleading (Girls) - Middle School, Varsity
  • Cross Country (Boys/Girls) - Middle School, Varsity
  • Football (Boys) - Varsity, JV, 8th, 7th
  • Golf (Boys/Girls) - Varsity, JV
  • Lacrosse (Boys/Girls) - Varsity, JV, Middle School
  • Soccer (Boys/Girls) - Varsity, JV, Middle School
  • Softball (Girls) - Varsity, Middle School
  • Swimming/Diving (Boys/Girls) - Varsity, Middle School
  • Tennis (Boys/Girls) - Varsity, JV, Middle School
  • Track (Boys/Girls) - Varsity, JV, Middle School
  • Volleyball (Girls) - Varsity, JV, Freshman, 8th, 7th, 6th

In what class do HCS teams compete?

HCS is a Class 2A IHSAA (Indiana High School Athletic Association) member school; however, our girls’ basketball program now competes in Class 3A.

What is the policy on tryouts, cuts, and playing more than one sport?

80% of our high school students participate in at least one sport, and multi-sport athletes are very common. There are no cuts in grades K-8. Beginning in 9th grade, the policy varies by sport. Many of our high school athletic programs have a great reputation and are well-known around the state.

Discipleship

Does HCS have chapel?

Yes. Chapel is a regular opportunity for students of all grade levels to experience worship, learn from the Bible, and hear the stories of people whose lives have been changed by Jesus Christ. Our students also get the unique opportunity to lead their student body in worship. Our chapel worship bands meet regularly to prepare for our weekly chapels in middle school and high school.

What service opportunities are available to students?

School sponsored service projects vary by grade level and give students and teachers the opportunity to be a positive witness for Christ in our community. High school students are required to complete 20 hours of community service per year through our S.A.L.T. (Serving and Loving Together) program.

How is the Bible integrated into curriculum?

In every classroom, teachers integrate a Christian worldview into their teaching and make the most of practical, teachable moments to connect the Bible to real life. In addition, students at every grade level have a Bible class as a part of the curriculum.

What other opportunities do you offer for spiritual growth?

Many faculty members mentor students. Additionally, students can mentor younger students. In middle school, each student is involved in a small group led by Heritage teachers and staff. In high school, students can participate in Bible studies and/or be paired with another peer for accountability and encouragement.

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