National Heritage Academies

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National Heritage Academies, Inc. (NHA) is a for-profit charter school management organization headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan.[1] It was formed in 1995 by entrepreneur J. C. Huizenga. NHA schools use the NWEA test as a measure of student performance.

As of the 2016-17 school year, NHA operates 83 charter schools in nine states: Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, New York, North Carolina, Colorado, Georgia, Louisiana, and Wisconsin. As charter schools, NHA schools are publicly funded schools and charge no tuition. They are authorized by state-approved institutions such as universities and school boards, and therefore have no geographic boundaries. The schools focus on college preparedness and generally serve students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.

It is the largest charter school operator in Michigan and one of the largest charter school operators in the United States.[2]


National Heritage Academies' stated objectives are: NHA partners with local boards to build and operate charter public schools that serve students in grades K-8.[3]

All Schools[edit]


  • Foundations Academy
  • Landmark Academy at Reunion


  • Atlanta Heights Charter School


  • Andrew J. Brown Academy
  • Aspire Charter Academy


  • Advantage Charter Academy
  • Inspire Charter Academy
  • Willow Charter Academy


  • Achieve Charter Academy
  • Burton Glen Charter Academy
  • Canton Charter Academy
  • Chandler Woods Charter Academy
  • Cross Creek Charter Academy
  • Detroit Enterprise Academy
  • Detroit Merit Charter Academy
  • Detroit Premier Academy
  • Eagle Crest Charter Academy
  • East Arbor Charter Academy
  • Endeavor Charter Academy
  • Excel Charter Academy
  • Flagship Academy
  • Fortis Academy
  • Grand River Charter Academy
  • Great Oaks Academy
  • Hamtramck Academy
  • Keystone Academy
  • Knapp Charter Academy
  • Lansing Charter Academy
  • Laurus Academy
  • Legacy Charter Academy
  • Linden Charter Academy
  • Metro Charter Academy
  • North Saginaw Charter Academy
  • Oakside Scholars Charter Academy
  • Paragon Charter Academy
  • Paramount Charter Academy
  • Plymouth Scholars
  • Prevail Academy
  • Quest Charter Academy
  • Reach Academy
  • Regent Park Scholars
  • Ridge Park Charter Academy
  • River City Scholars
  • South Arbor Charter Academy
  • South Canton Scholars
  • South Pointe Scholars
  • Taylor Exemplar Academy
  • Timberland Charter Academy
  • Triumph Academy
  • Vanderbilt Charter Academy
  • Vanguard Charter Academy
  • Vista Charter Academy
  • Walker Charter Academy
  • Walton Charter Academy
  • Warrendale Charter Academy
  • Windemere Park Charter Academy

New York[edit]

  • Brooklyn Dreams Charter School
  • Brooklyn Excelsior Charter School
  • Brooklyn Scholars Charter School
  • Buffalo United Charter School
  • Riverton Street Charter School
  • Southside Academy Charter School

North Carolina[edit]

  • Forsyth Academy
  • Gate City Charter Academy
  • Greensboro Academy
  • Matthews Charter Academy
  • PreEminent Charter School
  • Queens Grant Community School
  • Research Triangle Charter Academy
  • Summerfield Charter School
  • Wake Forest Charter Academy
  • Winterville Charter Academy


  • Alliance Academy of Cincinnati
  • Apex Academy
  • Bennett Venture Academy
  • Emerson Academy
  • North Dayton School of Discovery
  • Orion Academy
  • Pathway School of Discovery
  • Pinnacle Academy
  • Stambaugh Charter Academy
  • Winterfield Venture Academy


  • Milwaukee Scholars


  • "Excel Charter School Gets Approval For Building," Grand Rapids Press, August 11, 1995, p. A12.
  • Franklin, Amy, "Federal Court Dismisses Lawsuit Against Charter School," Associated Press Newswires, September 27, 2000.
  • Golden, Daniel, "Common Prayer: Old-Time Religion Gets a Boost at a Chain of Charter Schools," Wall Street Journal, September 15, 1999, p. A1.
  • Kirkbride, Ron, "Banking Syndicate Raises $25 Million to Expand National Heritage Schools," Grand Rapids Press, July 12, 2002, p. A6.
  • Knape, Chris, "National Heritage Remains in Class of Its Own," Grand Rapids Press, August 13, 2003, p. A10.
  • Molinari, Deanne, "Peter Ruppert: Inside Track," Grand Rapids Business Journal, June 30, 1997, p. 5.
  • "National Heritage Makes Money Running Charter Schools," Associated Press Newswires, December 2, 2001.
  • Rent, Katy, "Going to the Head of the Class," Grand Rapids Business Journal, November 19, 2001, p. 3.
  • Riede, Paul, "State Oks Southside Charter School," Post-Standard (Syracuse), December 21, 2001, p. A1.
  • Schuetz, Kym, and Roland Wilkerson, "Charter School Sale Would Fund Expansion," Grand Rapids Press, October 9, 1998, p. A1.
  • Singhania, Lisa, "Companies See Profit in Charter Schools," Associated Press Newswires, April 28, 2000.
  • Weiker, Jim, "Charter Group Says It Has Funds To Grow," Grand Rapids Press, January 18, 2000, p. B1.
  • Wyatt, Edward, "Charter School to Raise Topic of Creationism," New York Times, February 18, 2000, p. 1.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Home page". National Heritage Academies. Retrieved 2011-11-27. Find Us 3850 Broadmoor Ave SE, Suite 201 Grand Rapids, MI 49512 
  2. ^ "Public money for schools buys private property" (Archive). Detroit Free Press. December 14, 2014. Retrieved on September 1, 2015.
  3. ^ "At a Glance". Retrieved 2015-12-05.