Heritage Academy gets a fresh start with new owner and educational plan

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WSAV) – A private school in Beaufort County is under new management but with a familiar face and a willingness to help students.

Amanda Williams left Hilton Head High School after more than a decade amid controversy. One thing that was never questioned was his ability to make children better.

“That’s what reassures me in the morning. It’s my caffeine. It’s my best in life, ”said Williams.

Now she has a second chance, bringing a new way of thinking to Heritage Academy.

“Why? This is what I think I am put on earth to do, to work with young people. This is my love, this is where I am confident and this is where I think I can make a difference. Williams explained.

The new owner and director of the small private school leaves the controversy in the past.

“You can’t live your life looking in the rearview mirror, and you can’t make decisions to go ahead and expect to be productive and worry about what everyone else is saying,” Williams explained. .

“I’m really trying to do this school so it’s great for my three kids,” Williams said. “And if it’s gonna be great for my kids, it’s gonna be great for your kids, their kids, your kids.

“I want my kids to go here and have the best doggone education ever.”

A small middle and high school – where students once came to combine education and ‘passions’, such as individual sport – is changing, opening its doors to more people and a different kind of educational program.

“We took away the requirement to have a passion because we work flexible hours,” said Williams. “So let’s say you don’t necessarily play golf or tennis, it’s okay. But we also have to find what makes you passionate about something.

She says students can look for other options, perhaps part-time jobs or internships.

“Sitting there, growing some roots and a paper and a pencil is really the old school way of education, so I think it really forced us to rethink the way we teach,” he said. Williams said.

“We taught the students by sitting in a room with 25 students and a whiteboard and a promethium board and a great teacher,” she explained. “They just sat there for 90 minutes, they rooted in the chair, their buttocks got sore and they stood there for 90 minutes, then another 90 minutes, all of a sudden the kids realized that they could take a break, they could get a burrito for lunch. They could do 14 things while listening, they could do their homework, they could multitask while showing fluency.

Learning models can include one-on-one instruction, small classes, online instruction, or even flexible hours.

“When you have finished your major subjects that you need to do for graduation, and come out of here, say at 12:05 pm, what can you put on your resume that will make you stand out? Williams asked. “Because the clubs are no longer really available due to COVID, community service has almost been wiped out, so what can we do to put [you] one step ahead of everyone else?

Williams believes Heritage can help students take this step, with the support of a community that she says wants to help children now and long after graduation.

“We had overwhelming support. People say, ‘Amanda, how can we help? We think you have a great idea and we want to be a part of it, ”she said. “So I don’t refuse anyone. I take a name and a number and put them in my list to conquer.

Williams says there are currently over 70 students enrolled in Grades 6 to 12. She’s working on getting 50 new appointments for next year’s classes.

It has cut its tuition fees by almost half compared to previous years and plans to add a new student sports program next year.

Heritage also has a new athletic director for the Hammerheads, Liz Nash, former athletic coordinator at Hilton Head Prep.

If you want to know more about the school, go here. There will be an open house at the Hilton Head campus in person on February 20 and a virtual event on February 23 and 25.


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