About Heritage Academy


eritage Academy is located at 500 South Lincoln in Jerome, ID.

The 21,000 square foot school building has school offices, thirteen classrooms and a fully functioning cafeteria, as well as a large play ground area.

Heritage Academy is a public school that welcomes all students Kindergarten through 8th grade. The school provides programs designed to meet the needs of diverse learners including: students with disabilities, English language learners, and gifted and talented students.

If you have general questions about public charter schools or want to learn more about our charter school please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.


Dr. Christine Ivie

Dr. Ivie has over twenty-five years of experience in education and administration, focusing primarily on comprehensive reform, school improvement and school choice with a particular emphasis on serving students from high poverty, rural communities.

She previously served as Chief of Education for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Ames Research Center, Deputy Superintendent for the Idaho Department of Education, and Chief Elementary and Secondary Academic Officer for the Idaho State Board of Education.

Dr. Ivie has served as a teacher, counselor, principal, special education director, superintendent and board member in traditional public and public charter school districts. She has also worked as a coach, advisor and consultant for several federal and state government agencies, non-profit organizations, educational entities and youth-serving organizations.

Dr. Ivie is a licensed professional counselor and certificated educator in Idaho. She has served as the superintendent of Heritage Academy since 2012 and loves working with educators to implement education models that increase both student engagement and student achievement across all groups of students.

When she’s not at school, Dr. Ivie loves spending time with her husband and sons. She enjoys music, movies and sports. She also loves spending time outside, enjoying the beautiful Idaho scenery or traveling with her family.

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School History


Heritage Academy is a public charter school, in Jerome, Idaho. The school opened in 2011 after a group of parents worked with educators to design a school that allowed students to build upon their strengths and interests. Heritage is a unique school of choice designed to meet the educational needs of the children in the Magic Valley.  Students attending Heritage focus on standards-based instruction and enrichment activities that allow them to create authentic products and services in areas of personal interest.  Since opening, our enrichment clusters produced many outstanding products and services.  Some examples include: publishing a coloring book; building several outdoor benches; writing and producing a musical; starting a bully-free squad; starting a school garden and designing catapult systems used for a variety of school projects.  Our students thrive when they are working on interest-based projects.  We are excited to continue our schoolwide enrichment program and add more opportunities for community involvement during the upcoming years.



The school serves approximately 200 students in kindergarten through eigth grade.  There is no tuition at Heritage and anyone can enroll.  Ninety-five percent of students from Heritage are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches, and twenty-five percent of our students receive services designed for children with disabilities, medical challenges and/or English as a second language.

In addition to our clusters, students learn about key character traits, develop mindsets that help them succeed in life and develop an appreciation for the people around them.  They practice showing respect and kindness to those with whom they interact.  As a school, we celebrate examples of showing good character and we recognize students who are responsible citizens; kind and caring individuals and hard workers.  We believe that by recognizing these traits, and building in opportunities for serving others, we are helping develop tomorrow’s employees, parents, friends and community leaders.


Student Achievement

Heritage Academy demonstrates academic success by achieving all measures from its charter and current performance certificate except the ISAT proficiency goal.  The table below provides an overview of the school’s academic achievement.

Performance Certificate or Charter Measure Score Meets
Implementation of the Schoolwide Enrichment Model NA Yes
Implementation of the Integrity Initiative Yes Yes
% Proficient After Continuous Enrollment 84% Yes
% Below Grade Level After Continuous Enrollment 16% Yes
ISAT Proficiency After Continuous Enrollment – ELA/Literacy Not able to measure due to changes in State assessment system.
ISAT Proficiency After Continuous Enrollment – Math

Currently 84% of primary grade students who have been continuously enrolled at Heritage Academy score proficient or “benchmark” on the Idaho Reading Indicator (IRI).  Longitudinal data show steady gains in whole class IRI data as students move from kindergarten through first, second and third grade.  Heritage Academy’s kindergarten classes have consistently started with 55-60% of students scoring basic or below basic on the fall IRI.  This indicates a significant portion of our kindergarteners come to school without school readiness skills and beginning literacy skills.  In addition, 78% of students score below grade level on the IRI the first year of enrollment at Heritage Academy.  These data are encouraging to Heritage Academy stakeholders because they show the tremendous growth achieved through high quality instruction and intervention received by students in our school.


New Curriculum

Engage NY is a standards-based curriculum with modules in mathematics marked by in-depth focus on fewer topics. They integrate the Idaho Core Learning Standards, rigorous classroom reasoning, extended classroom time devoted to practice and reflection through extensive problem sets, and high expectations for mastery. Heritage Academy is using Engage NY Math for all math instruction in grades K-8.

Heritage Academy utilizes the Core Knowledge Language Arts program.  CKLA is a comprehensive, preschool through fifth grade program for teaching reading, writing, listening, and speaking while also building students’ vocabulary and knowledge across essential domains in literature, global and American history, and the sciences.

With the updated math and ELA programs in place, teachers and student have a greater opportunity to achieve and exceed proficiency standards in all areas of instruction.  Heritage Academy continuously monitors individual student progress in these areas and teachers provide intervention for students not exhibiting adequate growth.


Mission and Values

We believe:

  • In creating a positive learning environment
  • In empowering students and all Heritage Academy community members
  • That all students can learn
  • That Heritage Academy is a safe and caring place
  • In serving and respecting others
  • That learning should apply to the real world
  • In creating opportunities for exploration
  • That all members of our school community can be problem solvers
  • That we are always growing, changing and adapting
  • That all Heritage Academy community members will act with integrity and good character
  • That all Heritage Academy community members are life-long learners

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Enroll Now

Heritage Academy has open enrollment and welcomes all K-8 students.

We do not charge tuition or fees and we provide free breakfast, lunch and a fresh fruit or vegetable snack to all students.