1855 East Valley Parkway, Escondido, CA 92027  •  760.737.3111
1855 East Valley Parkway, Escondido, CA 92027  •  760.737.3111

We follow an approach to learning that emphasizes Western literature and ideas, and focuses on language as a vehicle for critical thinking.

We also understand the value of art and music and seek to inspire imagination and creativity in an effort to educate the whole child. Our fundamental curriculum is designed to provide our students with a springboard to higher-level thought. The skills they learn are tools to be used as they progress in their education. We believe that reading is the key that unlocks the door to the greatest minds in history. That is why we introduce our students to Great Books in the sixth grade, when they are old enough to understand and young enough to benefit.

A Traditional Classroom Experience

5 days/week on campus; 21-student avg class size
Language arts, math, science, history, art, music, and P.E.
Rigorous preparation for HJHS Coursework
Co-curricular opportunities and Project Lead the Way
Focused on fundamentals and virtue
California Distinguished School

We call our approach to learning Core Knowledge, which combines sequenced and deliberate communication skills practice with a content-rich curriculum.

Through their English Language Arts courses, students are immersed in literature, science, art, geography, and history that provide them with a broad understanding of the world they live in and creates a solid foundation for continued educational advancement.

Our Core Knowledge approach to education ensures mastery of foundational skills in math, reading, writing, history, and science. We help students develop the important faculties of observation, listening, and memorization through class activities that are designed to train their young minds and help them develop personal learning strategies that will make learning easier over time.

To complement the knowledge-based curriculum of Core Knowledge, students at Heritage Elementary School also experience hands-on, inquiry-based learning through Project Lead The Way (PLTW), a science curriculum with a combined emphasis in computer science, engineering, and biomedicine. Open-ended and collaborative tasks help students learn science concepts through modules that require students to explore, create, test their assumptions, and revise their approach based on data and feedback.
Parental Involvement We believe parents are the primary educators responsible for the moral and intellectual development of their children. We partner with parents to help them fulfill those responsibilities and encourage full participation in the education process.
American Heritage We seek to instill in our students an appreciation for American heritage and a love for our country. We embrace the philosophy of the Founders and honor those who have given their last full measure of devotion.
Character Counts We believe deeply that a complete education of the whole child includes the development of character. We frequently mentor students in virtues which we believe are essential to a well-rounded person.

Incredible experiences outside of the classroom

Students at HES are given the opportunity to enjoy amazing off-campus educational excursions, such as field trips to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and local museums, and the annual sixth grade camp. At HES, we believe outings such as these help foster a sense of unity within the school and provide resonant learning experiences above and beyond what can be accomplished inside a classroom.