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

  • 10/14 2022 Government CLEP Practice 1 9:00 am – 11:00 am Room 3

  • 10/14 2022 Swim Pasta Dinner 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

  • 10/17 – 10/21 2022 Homecoming Week (see newsletter for spirit week dress code)

  • 10/17 2022 Fall Sports Pictures 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

  • 10/17 2022 Auditions for Jr High Musical Ensemble  3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Auditorium

  • 10/18 2022 PTO 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

  • 10/20 2022 Alumni Lunch 11:00 am – 1:00 pm RSVP HERE

  • 10/21 2022 Homecoming Dance  8:00 pm – 11:00 pm Mesa Campus Courtyard


  • 10/27-28 2022 ACE Choral Festival Pinnacle High School, 3535 E Mayo Blvd 85050

  • 10/27 2022 Jr. High Party 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A NOTE FROM Mrs. Udall:

Hello Heritage Families, next week is going to be exciting as we lead up to Homecoming!

Just a few notes on dress code:

1.  Hats, wigs, temporary hair color, and fake mustaches or beards are allowed if they go along with the Spirit Day theme.
2.  No face paint or masks.
3.  Uniform bottoms required Monday-Wednesday.
4.  Thursday is ALL OUT RED OUT.  Scholars should wear Dollars for Duds apparel with a red theme, including (blue) jeans on the bottom and a red shirt of any kind, including a red Heritage polo.
If a scholar is not dressed to the theme of the day they should be in uniform.   If a scholar’s spirit day outfit is disruptive to class they may be asked to take off their hat, glasses, etc.

We are also excited to welcome any alum who want to visit on Thursday.  See the sign up sheet in the newsletter.

Go Heroes!

Heidi Udall, Principal

Homecoming Alumni Luncheon 2022

Thursday 10/20/2022 11-12:30 Heritage Academy Mesa Field


Welcome back alumni!  This year our theme for Homecoming is A NIGHT IN NEVERLAND.  Please join us for lunch on the field and a tour of the Heritage Campus.  Pizza, salad and soda will be provided for $5  payable in cash at the door.  You must RSVP if you would like for us to include you in the lunch order.   We will also be giving away Heritage spirit shirts during the luncheon, so you won’t want to miss it!

While the luncheon is just for Heritage alumni and their former teachers, there is a family friendly tailgating party in the courtyard from 5:00-6:30 with food for purchase as well as the football game with priority seating for alumni and their guests at 7:00 pm at Fiesta Field in Mesa.

Homecoming/Spirit Week Activities!

WHAT TO WEAR: you can never go wrong by wearing your uniform, but if you want to show spirit:

MONDAY: Disney Day

TUESDAY: College Day (support your favorite college)

WEDNESDAY: Class competitions (7th=spies; 8th=hippies; 9th=80’s; 10th=twins; 11th=tourists; 12th=senior citizens)

THURSDAY: RED OUT!! (you may wear dollars for duds pants on this day ONLY!)

NOTE: don’t forget to follow dress code standards for each day AND uniform bottoms must be worn except on Thursday

Heritage Science & Language Excursion!  Mar 12, 2023 – Mar 18, 2023 
This tour is open ONLY to our 9 & 10th grade scholars.   Come experience San Juan, Culebra, Las Cavernas def Rio Camuy, Luquillo Beach
If your scholar is interested in participating in the tour, please complete the sign up form: Spring 2023 Puerto Rico Tour Signup Sheet
$200 (NON-REFUNDABLE) by October 7, 2022 
$700 per person November 11, 2022
$700 per person December 16, 2022
$700 per person January 13, 2023
We encourage students to take advantage of Arizona ECA donation opportunities to help pay for tours.

Includes: Airfare, transportation, hotel rooms, breakfast & dinner, and all entrance fees.


Missed out last year? Buy the 2021/22 Yearbook HERE limited supplies $30 each!

Want one this year? Buy the 2022/23 Yearbook HERE on sale for $45!

Price for a yearbook will go up to $50 at the end of October

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

Heritage Performing Arts Hawaii Tour!  Mar 12, 2023 – Mar 17, 2023 
This tour is designed to provide our 9-12th grade scholars with some amazing performance-related experiences as well as experiencing the Hawaiian culture at the Polynesian Culture center.  Other sites include: Pearl Harbor memorial, Waimea Falls and the Circle Island tour.
If your scholar is interested in participating in the tour, please complete the sign up form: PERFORMING ARTS HAWAII TOUR SIGNUP FORM
$500 per person September 15, 2022
$500 per person October 15, 2022
$500 per person November 30, 2022
$750 per person January 15, 2023
Balance February 15, 2023
We encourage students to take advantage of Arizona ECA donation opportunities to help pay for tours.

Includes: Airfare, transportation, hotel rooms, breakfast & dinner, and all entrance fees.

Our hardworking and talented stage craft crew need some tools to help build the awesome sets used in our school productions.
  • paint brushes & rollers
  • measuring tapes
  • squares & speed squares
  • chalk lines
  • drill bits
  • saw blades
  • screwdrivers
  • hammers
  • Any hand or power tools that are no longer being used or just any donated ones would be greatly appreciated.
If you have an item for donation or questions, please contact Kerwin Blau (kblau@heritageacademyaz.com).

Fine Arts Retreat  Jan. 11 -12, 2023

Advanced scholars from all Heritage Academy campuses enrolled in arts classes and programs may attend the Fine Arts Retreat in January.

Invited scholars will spend three nights and four days (Wed.-Sat.) at Pine Summit Camp located in Prescott, AZ. Scholars will spend two full days in intensive study and rehearsal in preparation for a live performance on Saturday.

Cost: $285 (includes transportation, meals, intensive workshops, extracurricular activities, and lodging at the camp.)
AZ Tax Credit can be used to pay for this!
Sign up today!

$140 due September 23, 2022**
$145 due December 1, 2022**

*Subject to based on enrollment
**No money will be refunded

Class of 2023 Caps & Gowns Order Now!

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. 

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

Mr. Wayne Denton

I was born and raised in Glens Falls, New York. I moved to Arizona with my wife in 2020.  I received his BA in History from Southern New Hampshire University and afterward earned a MS for Teachers from SUNY Plattsburgh and an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Apologetics and History from Liberty University.  I am currently working on earning my PhD of History at Liberty University.  I have five years of teaching experience and uphold the rigorous demands of Heritage Academy while teaching American history to our wonderful scholars.

Mr. Jon Duke

I have been with Heritage Academy from the beginning.  Our family has practically grown up  on the Mesa Campus (all of our children attend at the Mesa Campus).   Currently a 7th Degree Senior Master Black Belt, I have been training in Kenpo since I was thirteen years old and the confidence and friendships I have developed from my Kenpo have truly been a blessing.  I feel it is a privilege to instruct Kenpo to these wonderful scholars. I am married and we have four children; I enjoy hunting and sports.

Mrs. Dorothy Fairbanks learn more

At the dawn of time I graduated from High school in Tucson, AZ.  Before that I lived in several states and moved around a fair bit as a child. We travelled often as a family, both small and larger trips where we stopped at just about every historical sight between Nebraska and California.  My parents instilled in me a love of the history, geography and culture of wherever I was.   Years later, after the wheel was invented, I settled in Mesa with my husband Steve when our family was small and young. My first experience with Heritage was as a parent.  Since then I have had 4 of my 6 children graduate from Heritage.  We love the atmosphere, the activities, and the education that Heritage had to offer.  I received my BGS (Bachelor of General Studies), with a History emphasis, degree from BYU.  I have been teaching 7th grade history at Heritage for over 10 year, and still love it.   If I had known 7thgrade would be so much fun to teach I would have finished my degree decades earlier, perhaps before Columbus discovered America. Today in the 21st century I still love to learn, and I love to read: mysteries, historical novels, biographies and on and on. I still love to travel, but this great love has been diminished by a new love- grandchildren!.

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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.