Heritage Classical Academy (HCA) is a tuition-free public charter school opening in the fall of 2024, and will be located in the 77092 zip code of Houston, Texas. The school will open with grades K-1 in its first year and grow into a full pre-K through 8th classical school by adding a new grade every year.
HCA is a unique option for families looking for a free public school alternative that can deliver academic vigor, a focus on character formation and leadership, and the development of public speaking, debate, and logic skills. Children at HCA are introduced to language mastery from a young age, learning Latin and Greek prefixes K through 5th grade and beginning formal Latin in the 6th grade.
If you are interested in learning more, or have any questions we can answer, please send us an email. You may also learn more about the HCA team here, or add your child to our enrollment interest form here.
SCHOOL PLEDGE: I will learn the true. I will do the good. I will appreciate the beautiful.
It is the mission of Heritage Classical Academy to develop every child’s mind to a state of wisdom, and every child’s heart to a state of virtue through a classical education in the Western canon of liberal arts and sciences.
Our vision is to create a world-class school that is dedicated to pursuing truth, goodness, and beauty. We will shape our students into men and women of intellect and virtue. We will forever be faithful to the notion that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Our steadfast commitment to a content-rich, classical education will produce independent, self-reliant, American citizens.
Our Core Virtues
Gratitude is not only the greatest of the virtues, but the parent of all the others ~ Cicero (106-43 BC)
Next are the four cardinal virtues as expressed by Plato. All other human virtues are built upon these four: Wisdom, Justice, Courage, and Self-Control. These virtues can be practiced by anyone; thus, they represent the foundation of natural morality. According to Thomas Aquinas, the order of the cardinal virtues is:
Wisdom is the first cardinal virtue because it is concerned with the mind. It is the virtue that allows us to judge correctly what is right and what is wrong.
Justice is the second cardinal virtue because it is concerned with the will. Justice is connected to the idea of legal and natural rights, and our will to protect those rights.
Courage is the third cardinal virtue. Wisdom and Justice are the virtues through which we decide what needs to be done; Courage gives us the strength to do it.
Self-Control is the fourth and final cardinal virtue. Self-Control is the virtue that attempts to keep us from excess and lead us to virtuous living. While Courage is concerned with the restraint of fear so we can do what is right, Self-Control is the restraint of our desires or passions so that we can live well.
Good moral character is not something that we can achieve on our own. We need a culture that supports the conditions under which one becomes good and friendship flourishes. ~ Aristotle (384-322 BC)