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

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

  • 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 

  • 02/16 Sadie’s 7:00 pm – 10:00

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

  • 02/20 No School

  • 02/21 No School

  • 02/22 Spring Sports Pictures 2:00 pm

  • 02/23 Spring Sports Pictures 4:00 pm

  • 02/23 Senior BBQ 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

  • 02/23 Krazy Air Event 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm 4310 E McDowell Rd, Mesa 85215

  • 02/24 Dance Company “World of Dance” 

  • 02/24 Making of America seminar 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Heritage Academy Gateway, 19705 E Germann Rd, Queen Creek, AZ 85142, USA

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.

Course Selection Info – Thank you for discussing your scholars’ course selection sheets with them.

February 6 & 7: JH scholars will enter their information in Latin classes

February 13 – 16: HS scholars will enter their information in English classes

Clarification to the form:

-JH boys’ basketball is both semesters

-JH track for 8 graders and up is a class 2nd semester

-FACS correct course number is 925

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


COURSE SELECTION JH Feb 6 & 7 / HS Feb 13-16

  1. February 6 & 7: JH scholars will enter their information in Latin classes: Come prepared!
  2. February 13 – 16: HS scholars will enter their information in English classes: Come prepared!

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



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. 

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

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) Refund minus $100 between Dec. 16th & Mar. 23rd No refund after March 24, 2023

HACTIVATE! An Event to promote data science, STEM, critical thinking, problem solving, & presentation skills

Your Heritage Heroes attended two full days where city officials, data analysts and subject matter experts presented significant problems the City of Mesa is addressing. The subjects included Climate and Ecological response, Drug Addiction and Homeless, as well as educational attainment and job training.

Presented with data (including graphs, charges, normalized databases, GIS maps and other resources) which they were required to study, our Heroes utilized quantitative and qualitative analysis methods to draw conclusions and made proposals. They studied the issue of climate change as specifically experienced in the City of Mesa. They reviewed such data as numbers of 911 calls made for heat related emergencies, surface temperatures, water usage, cost of moving solid waste to landfills, R-values of selected building materials, and the use of domestic chicken farming as a way to reduce CO2 emissions in the community.  The only Charter school in the competition, Heritage was well represented by the hard work and talents put to bear on the problem.  I am proud of how they competed and thrilled to be a part of their accomplishments! Mr. Bear

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.

YEARBOOK: Don’t get left out! Buy one now!

Buy the 2022/23 Yearbook HERE on sale for $55!

Also available: BUY BUSINESS AD 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

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.

Mrs. Heidi Udall 

I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Brigham Young University and a Masters Degree in Secondary Education from Arizona State University. I love working with the amazing staff and wonderful scholars at Heritage. My favorite teaching days consist of exploring literature, writing, and learning with my students. My favorite principal days consist of observing our amazing teachers, connecting with the scholars (teenagers make me smile), and listening to our parents. When I’m not devouring a book, I spend time traveling, eating chocolate chip cookies, hiking, and playing games with my family.

Ms. Kerri Walker

Ms. Walker holds a Bachelors degree in Women Studies with an emphasis in Psychology from Arizona State University and a Masters degree in Special Education from Grand Canyon University. She has been working in Special Education since 2013.

Mr. Scott Wells

I grew up in Kirtland, New Mexico. I earned a BA in Korean and Linguistics from Brigham Young University and afterward earned both my MA and PhD in Asian Studies from the University of British Columbia. After completing my PhD, I received a Korea Foundation postdoctoral fellowship to teach and conduct research at Arizona State University. I have a decade of experience teaching university courses on historical, literary, and philological topics. I love teaching American Government and Economics at Heritage.

On a personal note, my wife and I are the parents of three children–two daughters and a son.


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.