School ProfileHeritage Middle operates on the multi-track year-round calendar. Students at the year-round schools are divided into four groups, called tracks, with each track having its own calendar. In a year-round school, the number of required school days is divided into nine-week quarters with a three week break at the end of each quarter. You have to think of the year in twelve-week parcels which include nine weeks of instruction and three weeks of vacation. That vacation period varies based upon the track.Schedules are staggered so that, at any given time, three tracks are in school and one is on break. These staggered schedules make it possible for the school to serve a larger student population.Year-round schools provide a more continuous learning process. Students and teachers find that the more frequent breaks require less review than is typical after a summer vacation. Likewise, the more frequent breaks help students and staff stay more energized and focused.You can view our School Progress Report HERE.
Welcome to Heritage Middle School – Home of the Patriots!
We are a multi-track year-round school serving approximately 1,220 students in the Wake Forest area. Our mission statement focuses on the 4C's: Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Creativity. These four words drive what we do with and for our students each day. The primary focus of our current School improvement Plan is to integrate literacy strategies and higher level thinking skills seamlessly into all classrooms on a regular basis.
We pride ourselves in establishing and building strong relationships with our students and their families. We strive to love and serve our school community each day. Our school’s PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Support) program has been recognized at the highest level in the state and serves as a guiding light when management decisions are made. The program's focus is on recognizing the positive actions of our students and making sure that expectations are clearly taught and reinforced. This helps provide a clear structure so that our students can be their best selves and focus their attention on learning.
I invite you to explore our website to find out more about who we are and how we make a positive difference in the lives of students each day. We are currently limiting visitors to the building due to Covid-19 guidelines. We are hopeful that we will be able to invite you in for a tour soon. In the meantime, if you have questions please contact our main office at 919-562-6204.
Jo Ellen Newhouse
Our Mission and Vision
Mission StatementHeritage Middle School will provide a relevant and engaging education and will graduate students who are collaborative, creative, effective communicators and critical thinkers.
Vision / Belief StatementsHMS creates a meaningful educational environment that engages students in relevant and rigorous learning, fosters creativity and promotes critical thinking by focusing on 21st century skills.HMS collaborates and communicates as partners in education to provide data driven instruction and best practices that are focused on student achievement.HMS promotes a flexible and supportive school climate, which recognizes that development of positive character helps students to reach their full potential.We believe that every student is uniquely capable and deserves to be challenged.
We believe that highly effective teachers, well supported by administration and the community, are essential to success for all students.
We believe that a diverse, inclusive and respectful school community promotes a positive learning and working environment.
We believe that working collaboratively to support every student eliminates the predictability of achievement.