Frequently Asked Questions for Heritage Digital Academy Middle School
What is blended learning?
Blended learning is a mix between traditional teaching and online learning done on site at a school.
What is the difference between the Digital Academy and Heritage K8?
HDA Middle School and Heritage K8 are part of the same charter school, but have different learning models. Heritage K8 is a traditional school that serves grade K through 8. HDA is a blended learning model that combines traditional teaching and online learning and starts at 6th grade. Both are full-time classroom programs.
How do I enroll my student?
To get on the list for the for the next school year, complete the on-line enrollment form. Depending on the number of students enrolled, students may be placed on a waiting list. Families will be contacted as soon as there is availability.
If you are interested in enrolling right now, complete the on-line enrollment form and we will contact you within two business days. On-line Enrollment Form
What is a charter school?
A charter school is a free public school that is paid for through tax dollars. Our charter schools operate independently of the local school districts and provide different educational programs to meet the needs of today’s students.
Do you have to pay to attend HDA?
No. HDA is a publicly funded charter school. There is no tuition to attend HDA.
Can students buy lunch at HDA?
No. HDA does not have a cafeteria so students bring their lunch from home. We do have some fund raiser days, such as Pizza Friday, where students can order lunch in the morning and it is delivered for lunchtime.
What is the school year calendar?
HDA is on a traditional school calender. The school year begins mid-August and ends in May before Memorial Day. Students get a week off at Thanksgiving, two weeks off at Christmas, and one week off at Easter.
Is this a full time program?
HDA is a full time program. Students attend class all day on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Students have a modified day every Wednesday (school ends at 1:55 PM).
What are the school hours?
Students attend from 7:45 AM to 2:50 PM Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. On Wednesdays, students attend from 7:45 AM to 1:55 PM. If needed, students may attend after school tutorial. Tutorial runs from 3:00 PM to 3:45 PM.
What does the school day look like at HDA?
Generally students have seven classes each school day including PE. These classes can be a class with face-to-face instruction or could be one of our learning labs. Excluding Wednesday, students will have two hours of math daily. For Science and History class, one hour is spent on traditional classroom instruction and one hour is spent on online learning. This mode of learning will alternate M, T, Th, & F. Wednesday is in a learning lab. This is also true for Great Books except for Wednesday. On Wednesday, in Great Books will attend a forum led by their teacher to discuss the novels they are reading. Students have half an hour for lunch and two ten minute breaks.
Do students have to wear uniforms?
HDA Middle School students must wear uniforms that consist of a navy, maroon or white polo and khaki or navy uniform bottoms. Middle School students must also dress out in a PE uniform for PE class.
What are your API scores?
See Academic Performance Page.
Do you have a library?
HDA does not have a traditional library, but we do have a reading library for each grade level that supports our independent reading program. HDA students use online reference materials for most academic research and have access to all levels of the World Book Encyclopedia reference materials.
What do you do for PE?
HDA Middle School has a traditional physical education program that meets every day for a total of five hours. All middle school students dress out for PE.
How are grades calculated?
HDA grades are done on a traditional ABC scale. Assessments are anything that shows a student’s mastery of content or skills and can include tests, projects, written assignments, labs, and presentations. Assignments are the practice work students do in order to learn new content or skills.
What are the eligibility requirements for sports and extracurricular activities?
Students at HDA must maintain a 2.5 GPA with no D’s or F’s in order to participate in sports and extracurricular activities.