Heritage Oak School

Discipling Students to be ALL for Christ

aka HOS   |   Tehachapi, CA   |  www.heritageoakschool.info
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Mission

To educate, promote, establish, and equip students in the classical approach to education in light of a Christian worldview. HOS serves the rural community of Tehachapi, California.

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Ruling year info

1994

Head of School

Mrs. Amy Walker

Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Lori Gohr

Main address

20915 Schout Rd

Tehachapi, CA 93561 USA

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Formerly known as

Country Oaks Baptist Community School

Heritage Oak School

EIN

77-0437124

NTEE code info

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Secondary/High School (B25)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a religious organization.

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

As the only Biblically based school in our area, we provide an education rooted in the Scriptures that is relevant to today's culture while meeting the demands your child will face in life beyond graduation. Because the challenges for 21st century youth are so demanding, we do not see our role solely as a college preparatory school, but as a Kingdom preparatory academy that focuses on spiritual, academic, and personal growth in order to fulfill God's call on their individual lives. Our program is an education designed to last a lifetime.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

K-12 Education

The purpose of Heritage Oak School is to support parents in their desire to have a school for their children that is an extension of the Godly morals and Biblical principles taught in the home. Therefore, Heritage Oak School has purposed to teach according to the following principles: a. we will teach a Biblical world view; b. we will teach using God-centered curriculum and all teachings will be filtered through the Scriptures; c. we will teach the children behavior and character qualities pleasing to God; d. we will teach the children to honor and respect their parents; e. we will seek God with all our hearts to provide teachers who will be Godly role models for the children, whose lives are strong in character and personal discipline; and f. we will teach the children the preciousness of others and how their behavior affects others.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Christians

Where we work

Accreditations

Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) 2017

Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) 2020

Affiliations & memberships

Association of Classical and Christian Schools 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

K-12 Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Program Stage: Enrollment

Number of new students, grades K-12

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

K-12 Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Program Stage: Enrollment

Percent of students retained from previous school year, grades 1-12

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

K-12 Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Program Stage: Retention

Amount spent per student

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

K-12 Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Program Stage: Execution

Number of seniors who pursue Post-secondary Educational opportunities

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

K-12 Education

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Program Stage: Success

Number of program graduates

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

K-12 Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Program Stage: Program Success

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

While each student is uniquely individual, there are specific Christian traits we desire of every graduate from Heritage Oak School. Having thoughtfully selected the Knight as the school mascot, we see this figure representing those who would faithfully give all to serve the King of Kings while living an exemplary life that honors the Lord.

Our Expected School‐wide Learning Results are an acronym based on the Heritage Oak School mascot and spells out the standard and code of conduct by which every instructor models his or her own life and the governing principle by which they craft their lessons for the students who attend.

Our graduates thrive because they have learned to...
Know God's Word
Nurture Godly Character
Influence the World with the Gospel
Grow In Wisdom
Honor God
Think Clearly with Discernment
Serve Others

No matter where God directs our alumni in the future, these are the godly character traits they will need in order to fulfill their calling throughout their lives. It is our hope and prayer that they will thereby bless their families, churches, communities, and the Kingdom of Christ as they faithfully serve their Lord and King!

Our strategy employs the classical approach to education:
a. Age-specific K-12 learning (leverage the children's strengths at each stage of growth to help them learn)
b. Time-tested method and content (equip students to be lifetime learners by teaching students that every subject is comprised of certain defining facts with an orderly organization of the information, and a concise and persuasive way in which to present the acquired material)
c. Christ-centered curriculum (God is the creator of all that exists, and therefore all knowledge is interrelated and points back to Him)
d. Academically rigorous (students are capable of achieving much more than is commonly thought, and therefore we have high expectations for student learning).
e. Nurturing community (our school is a community of parents and teachers who share a commitment for teaching children to love learning and growing in godliness.

Our capabilities include:
- An education in light of a Christian world view
- Solid leadership, including our School Board, our Staff, our Faculty, and the qualifications we set for inclusion into each group
- Our students' parents, who believe in the goals of the school and in the direction we are taking to achieve those goals
- The support we have from the community organizations and churches to provide a solid, Christian-based alternative to public education.
- Small class sizes
- Accreditation through Western Association of Schools and Colleges
- Member of professional educational organizations such as: National Honor Society, Association of Christian Schools International, and Association of Classical and Christian Schools
- Curriculum vetted and approved by the University of California (UC) through their UC Curriculum Integration program

Heritage Oak has the desire to do more than it has, and has several projects either slated, or in the works, to develop the school and grow its influence and contribution to the local community. Although the school board established their self-evaluation strategy, they have only met twice on it and are working to make the meetings more regular and part of their normal routine. Our evaluations show that we know there are areas to expand and improve, however they also show that there are limitations on what we can do given either our size or current access to resources. As an example, with HOS' fairly established and proven curriculum, the administration desires to add electives for secondary students. Also, over time since the focus has been on developing a solid and proven curriculum, we have not focused as much on modern technology tools available in the classroom. We have several teachers who would like to do more than our current resources allow to incorporate current technology into their instruction techniques. Over the past few years, HOS has been slowly developing an athletics program – for the first time in the school's 20 year history. Although we are constrained by our size (60-120 students), we are also constrained by our resources. A gymnasium has been envisioned for quite some time and we have not yet dedicated the time and resources to investigate what would be needed to build it. As part of that construction, we would be investigating the incorporation of additional classrooms as well as part of that facility.


Heritage Oak funds it's baseline annual budget through tuition. This covers most of the school's expenses, including staff and faculty salaries and classroom expenses. The school's fundraising strategy is aimed at increasing the school's capacity and service to it's students. Families sign up to raise a certain number of funds throughout the school year. Donations, sponsorships, and grants made above and beyond tuition help support the expansion of programs (such as athletics and art programs), or the repair of our aging facilities (classroom repair and update, technology upgrades).

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve the people of Tehachapi and surrounding community that desire to have an inclusive participation in their children's education. The school administration collects feedback at-least annually from its students and parents. Annual surveys conducted at the end of the year address general topics and provide an opportunity for parents to anonymously provide feedback on any topic close to them. Additionally, shorter topical surveys (e.g., campus security, COIVD-19 screening practices, athletics participation, equality/fairness treatment perception, tuition and fundraising levels and practices) are conducted as needed throughout the year as the administration seeks to pivot development strategies towards the needs and desires of the community it serves.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Multiple families have expressed concern over the school's campus security. These concerns combined with the national trends of shootings and faith-based hate crimes, resulted in the school board and Head of School creating a security team charged with evaluating the campus security posture, identifying and implementing 'short term' hardening solutions, and laying out a plan for long term security hardening. The long-term plan, available to parents for review and comment, is being pursued and a funding strategy is being put in place to establish campus procedural and infrastructure improvements aimed at keeping students, faculty, and staff secure during school hours. In the 2020-2021 school year, anonymous donors enabled the school to initiate the first phase of the fencing hardening.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Heritage Oak School

Board of directors
as of 7/15/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Lara Berard

Client Services Director, Family Life Pregnancy Center of Tehachapi

Term: 2021 -

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/07/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/21/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.