Heritage Academy’s mission statement:

We are dedicated to youth, their growth and development, and believe in building sound character through strong families, strong communities, and a strong nation.

While teaching the academic disciplines, Heritage Academy is dedicated to instilling into the minds and hearts of our youth knowledge of and respect for the ideals and values of the great men and women of history, including those who founded the American nation.

As they gain an appreciation of these people of accomplishment, they will be ready to provide the selfless service to their fellow citizens and to their country which will be required in the coming years to assist in restoring America’s greatness.

Heritage Academy exists to this end.

Important Dates to Remember

  • 01/27 Regional Auditions Band/Orch/Choir  Desert Vista High School, 16440 S 32nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85048, USA

  • 02/2 Spirit Day! 

  • 02/3 Skateland – JH social 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Skateland, 7 E Southern Ave 85210

  • 02/6  College Prep Senior Night 

  • 02/7 Orchestra Inspire Concert 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Heritage Auditorium

  • 02/9 Dollars for Duds 

  • 02/9 – 2/11 NAU Jazz/mad Festival 

  • 02/10 Junior High Party 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

  • 02/14 8th grade DE evening 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

  • 02/16 Sadie’s 7:00 pm – 10:00

  • 02/17-18 Regionals Festival Band/Orch/Choir

A NOTE FROM Mrs. Udall:

We have had a good week and each scholar should have their course selection form for the 2023/24 school year.

Please discuss the courses with your scholar.  Some will require signatures, auditions, or fees.

Here is a link to the COURSE CATALOG.

Enjoy your weekend!

Heidi Udall, Principal


This year we are adding 3 new exciting courses!

Country Western Dance: Learn various Country Western dances such as Country Swing, Progressive Two-Step, Line Dancing, and More! No Prerequisites! -Taught by Mrs. Kenney

FACS: Family and Consumer Science (formerly known as Home-Economics)- Learn life skills like sewing, cooking, budgeting, etc. in a fun environment. Available for Junior High and High School.

Film Making: Learn how to make short films including storyboarding, script writing, videography, editing, and sharing your videos!  High School Only – Taught by Mr. Connelly



This week during Citizenship all scholars will be given information on the upcoming course selection for the 202324 school year.

PLEASE go over the choices with your scholar!

Be aware of which courses have fees (listed on the sheet going home)

Not sure what course to choose? Check out the COURSE CATALOG

All scholars will be able to complete their selections in class in February. Come prepared!



NEW SCHOLARS –  If you have friends that do not currently attend Heritage but would like to join us next year…they will need to complete the enrollment application.  APPLY HERE

SIBLINGS OF CURRENT SCHOLARS: If you have a sibling who wants to attend Heritage next year, they must complete the application. While siblings do receive priority, a completed application MUST be submitted. 

It’s Not To Late to Order your Caps & Gown!

Don’t wait any longer! Be sure to order your Cap and Gown today!

Jostens’ has created graduation packages for your upcoming celebration!

Heritage Academy Mesa Graduation Packages HERE

Questions: Perry Spindler perry.spindler@jostens.com  or  Matthew Hatten matt.hatten@jostens.com

Please contact Jostens’ directly with any questions. They will have all the answers and will  ensure your order is exactly what you (and your family) want. 

CLOTHING DRIVE from now until Feb. 8 

Have you or your family recently cleaned out your closet? Do you have extra clothes you haven’t worn for awhile?

If so, you can donate these clothes to the Lehi Community Clothing Drive being held through February 8.

A box for the donations is in the front lobby. They are accepting clothes and shoes of all sizes.

Donations will be given to a refugee shelter.

Yearbooks-For-sale-03.28.22YEARBOOK: Don’t get left out! Buy one now!

Buy the 2022/23 Yearbook HERE on sale for $50!

SENIORS: Interested in a senior ad?  Full page: $100; Half page: $50; Quarter page: $25 BUY YOUR SPACE HERE


Questions: Mrs. Melchin kmelchin@heritageacademyaz.com

Why PTO Dues?

If you haven’t yet paid, please consider doing so now:


School administration diligently strives to keep costs down and does not randomly pass expenses on to families.  Your suggested dues of $20 per family helps fund new technology for our scholars, subsidize low cost lunch options, and provide treats and prizes for various school functions such as Constitution week.

Our PTO has no major fundraisers that we will ask parents or teachers to support. We count on your suggested annual dues. 

We want you to know that all parents are invited to attend our board meetings. Check out more about PTO HERE

Junior High Southern Arizona Tour April 26 & 27, 2022

Exploring: Tombstone, Queen Mine, Bisbee(including ghost tour), Pima Air & Space Museum, and the Sonoran Desert Museum

Includes: transportation, hotel for 1 night, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners, and admissions to venues

 Payment schedule: $370/person

$123.33 due Nov 1, 2022

$123.33 due Feb 1, 2023

Balance of Tour fee due March 1st, 2023

All payments must be via MySchoolBucks. Do NOT pay invoice directly with ECA funds.

Refund Policy (either tour company or student cancels) Full refund before Dec. 15, 2022. Refund minus $100 between Dec. 16th & Mar. 23rd No refund after March 24, 2023

Coolidge Scholarship application deadline is Feb. 23

“We are so pleased to have received a Coolidge Scholarship application from a student at your school in the past. We write today with a reminder that the deadline for the 2022-23 Coolidge Scholarship application is now just under two months away (February 23, 2023). “

The Coolidge Scholarship is a full-ride, four-year, merit scholarship that may be used by recipients for undergraduate study at any accredited college or university in the United States. Any high school junior who plans to enroll in college in the fall of 2024 and is an American citizen or legal permanent resident is eligible to apply (current high school seniors are not eligible to apply). Winners may use the scholarship to pursue any academic major.

Ms. Jennifer Smith Learn More Here 

I am passionate about this subject and this age group. In fact, it was in my own eighth grade English class where an influential teacher showed me how to love the power of words and of a story well told. For this reason, I am thrilled to help my students come to enjoy stories and feel a sense of pride in their writing abilities. I graduated from Brigham Young University, Provo with a B.A. in English, Computers & Humanities minor.

Ms. Carrie Strong Learn More Here

Welcome to Strong Science!!  I LOVE SCIENCE!    I graduated from Brigham Young University with my BS degree in Middle School Science. I also graduated from Northern Arizona State University with my MA as a Reading Specialist. These degrees combine two of my favorite things– science and reading! I have taught 4th grade and I have been a reading interventionist. However, most of my professional career has been teaching 7-8th grade science. I grew up in Maine and migrated to Arizona 30+ yrs ago. I have 4 children and 6 grandchildren.  They are my favorite people in the whole world!  I love to do anything outdoors.  I love to hike, garden, paddle board, play sports, travel, and engage in nature in all its splendor.

Ms. Lori Towne Learn More Here

I am a graduate of Arizona State University in Musical Theatre, I have had the privilege of directing 40 musicals at Mesa Community College and several plays and musicals for other venues such as Hale Centre Theatre in Gilbert Arizona. Additionally, I have been on the adjunct faculty of Mesa Community College teaching musical theatre performance, voice class, and private voice. I was previously on the staff of The Phoenix Center for the Arts as manager of the Phoenix Children’s Chorus and oversaw youth arts programming. I was also credited with creating the Phoenix Center Youth Theatre. I am excited to bring my years of experience to the students of Heritage Academy and hopes to inspire creativity and instill in them a love for theater and the arts.


Seniors – don’t forget to schedule your senior 1-on-1 meeting with Mr. Brown. 

You can scan the QR code outside Mr. Brown’s office or click here.


12th grade is the time to apply for admission to college and to apply for federal student aid by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form. Opens Oct. 1.  Check out goingmerry.com for a more user-friendly application, plus, there are thousands of scholarship opportunities.  Just complete your profile.

Complete the FAFSA form even if you believe your child won’t qualify for any free federal aid. Many colleges will require FAFSA if you are getting any aid directly from the school. In addition, your family circumstances may change due to divorce, death or medical issues and you can appeal to the school due to the change in circumstance.