A HERITAGE FOR ALL OF LIFE

Heritage Oak offers a traditional core liberal arts education for the Tehachapi Christian community. It is designed to help every student develop their knowledge of God and His natural world, to be critical thinkers, articulate and winsome in the expression of their ideas as well as the gospel, and to understand that a knowledge of man and history helps inform us as to the present so that we can help shape the culture for the future.

I. Age Specific K-12 Learning

Classical Christian schools use the children’s God‐given strengths at each stage of growth to help them learn; young children enjoy memorizing, singing, and rhymes, so a solid foundation is laid in each subject of study at this age; junior‐high students are inquisitive, so we develop their ability to reason and discern truth; and high‐school students want to talk, so we teach them how to present their ideas persuasively. This solid, age appropriate foundation results in graduates that know what they believe and why and can positively impact the community around them.

II. Time-Tested Method and Content

Classical Christian schools develop skills to equip students to be lifetime learners by teaching students that every subject is comprised of certain defining facts with an orderly organization of the information, and a concise and persuasive way in which to present the acquired material. This method of instruction has been in use for hundreds of years, and is the means which produced most of history’s great thinkers; it is the new “old‐way” of educating students with a long history of success. Graduates are familiar with reading, writing, Latin, logic, math, science, rhetoric, and the fine arts resulting in gracious, knowledgeable, and thoughtful men and women.

III. Christ-Centered Curriculum

Classical Christian schools teach all subjects based on the principle that God is the Creator of all that exists, and therefore all knowledge is interrelated and points back to Him. Biblical standards of conduct are applied in all arenas of school life, acknowledging that Jesus Christ is Lord of all. The school acknowledges that God has given parents the responsibility for the education of their children and that the school instructs the students under the parents’ delegated authority. Most graduates remain faithful to Christ even through college and have a heart to serve others.

IV. Academically Rigorous

Students are capable of achieving much more than is commonly thought, and therefore classical Christian schools have high expectations for student learning. Students learn to love the subjects that their teachers love and cheerfully follow the godly example of their instructors. Students with a classical Christian education experience the personal satisfaction that is inherent in mastering a difficult task.

V. Nurturing Community

A classical Christian school is a community of parents and teachers who share a commitment for teaching children to love learning and growing in godliness. Smaller class sizes ensure that teachers know their students and are better able to serve them individually. Students know they are loved and not just another face in the crowd while openly manifesting deep appreciation and respect for their parents and teachers.

For more information on a Classical Education visit The Classical Difference and the Association of Classical Christian Schools.

*Heritage Oak School is a member of the Association of Classical & Christian Schools and the Association of Christian Schools International.

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SPIRITUAL LIFE

Emphasis on spiritual growth for the student is the most important aspect of the Heritage Oak experience. It is our desire to provide an Biblically immersive experience where all the resources are provided for each individual heart to become passionate for Christ and to strengthen their mind through a deep understanding for the Truth; that each graduate would exemplify a joy filled relationship with Christ as their Lord and King.

Grammar School Spiritual life

Spiritual life studies and activities for students in grades K-6 include:

 

  • Weekly chapel service
  • Catechisms based on Protestant doctrines of the Faith
  • Bible Memory: Verses, Chapters, and Themes
  • Overview of the Old and New Testament stories (Grades K-1)
  • Overview of the Bible and significance of events in history (Grades 2-6)
  • Bible Teaching on Worldview Foundations 
  • Various service projects throughout the year

Logic & Rhetoric School Spiritual Life

Spiritual life studies and activities for students in grades 7-12 include:

 

  • Weekly chapel service
  • Weekly Bible Study and Discussion
  • Reading through the entire Bible and with faculty mentors
  • Catechisms based on Protestant doctrines of the Faith
  • Bible Memory: Verses, Chapters, and Themes
  • Integrated Biblical Worldview coursework in all subjects
  • Apologetics and Applied Theology Courses
  • Community service participation
  • Apologetics Mission Trip for Juniors and Seniors

We believe this model of spiritual education forms the heart for life. Read the Associaion of Classical Christian Schools 7 Life Outcomes of ACCS Alumni in the Good Soil Study to see for yourself!