Heritage Christian Schools, Inc.

Inspiring servant leaders for Christ

aka HCS   |   New Berlin, WI   |  www.heritagechristianschools.org
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Heritage Christian Schools, Inc.

EIN: 39-1255868


Heritage Christian Schools' mission is to inspire servant leaders through exceptional Christ-centered education.

Ruling year info



Mr. John Davis

Main address

3500 S. Glen Park Road

New Berlin, WI 53151 USA

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Subject area info


Elementary education

Secondary education

Early childhood education


Population served info

Children and youth

Infants and toddlers




NTEE code info

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Secondary/High School (B25)

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

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Our programs

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

Heritage Christian Preschool Program

A good beginning helps children develop a sense of responsibility, creativity, spontaneity, happiness, and a caring attitude. At Heritage Christian Preschool we provide a quality experience for your child. Our program includes learning to recognize colors, letters, numbers, and shapes, an introduction to phonics, music and movement activities, and language development exercises.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

During the elementary school years we provide students with the foundational building blocks of learning. Through Literature (Foundations & Frameworks Reading) - with a special emphasis on phonemic awareness and phonics - Language Arts (Shurley Grammar), and Houghton Mifflin Math, children receive quality instructional time in the basics of education. Students also receive instruction in Science, Social Studies, Bible, Art, Music, PE, Band, Strings and Computers. Our resource room offers programs for those who need remedial assistance. We give children the confidence to believe they can be successful in school, as well as in life.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Our Middle School strives to bridge the transition from elementary to high school with a curriculum designed to meet the needs of developing adolescents. Higher moral and intellectual expectations motivate students to greater accomplishments. Reading, writing and thinking skills are matured. The crucial middle school years present a unique window of opportunity. We treat these students with special emphasis by personalized attention, distinctive middle school outreach ministries and dynamic chapel experiences that focus on developing lives of personal integrity.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Heritage Christian High School program builds on the foundation of basic skills in the arts, humanities, and sciences. HCHS offers opportunities to develop the competence and confidence needed for achievement in college. Elective courses enable High School students to tailor programs to their talents and interests. Students are formally advised about college planning beginning in the 9th grade. Heritage Christian Schools' graduates enjoy an excellent rate of success gaining admission to many top college and universities.

Population(s) Served

Where we work


Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) 2017

Affiliations & memberships

Wisconsin Council of Religious & Independent Schools (WCRIS) 2021

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?

    The people served by Heritage's mission are primarily our current students and their parents/guardians. The secondary group that the school serves are our alumni.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Community meetings/Town halls,

  • 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,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

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

    We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.),

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

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


Heritage Christian Schools, Inc.
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.95 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 5.1 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 8% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

Source: IRS Form 990 info

Heritage Christian Schools, Inc.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Heritage Christian Schools, Inc.

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Heritage Christian Schools, Inc.

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

This snapshot of Heritage Christian Schools, Inc.’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $626,571 $2,144,526 $556,810 $787,293 $849,267
As % of expenses 16.6% 53.7% 13.0% 17.3% 17.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $530,420 $1,986,204 $363,212 $644,309 $710,978
As % of expenses 13.7% 47.8% 8.1% 13.7% 14.5%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $4,391,270 $6,140,266 $4,839,332 $5,343,878 $5,622,578
Total revenue, % change over prior year 18.4% 39.8% -21.2% 10.4% 5.2%
Program services revenue 85.3% 65.1% 87.0% 83.7% 84.3%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.1% 0.2% 0.3%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 6.4% 29.9% 6.3% 9.1% 11.2%
Other revenue 8.3% 4.9% 6.5% 6.9% 4.2%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $3,764,699 $3,995,740 $4,282,522 $4,556,585 $4,773,311
Total expenses, % change over prior year -1.5% 6.1% 7.2% 6.4% 4.8%
Personnel 68.3% 71.0% 71.6% 69.9% 72.2%
Professional fees 0.5% 0.5% 0.5% 0.5% 0.5%
Occupancy 4.5% 7.9% 7.4% 7.3% 6.8%
Interest 1.6% 1.7% 1.4% 1.3% 1.3%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 25.1% 18.9% 19.2% 21.0% 19.2%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Total expenses (after depreciation) $3,860,850 $4,154,062 $4,476,120 $4,699,569 $4,911,600
One month of savings $313,725 $332,978 $356,877 $379,715 $397,776
Debt principal payment $0 $214,547 $64,007 $64,075 $0
Fixed asset additions $301,602 $362,249 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $4,476,177 $5,063,836 $4,897,004 $5,143,359 $5,309,376

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Months of cash 3.2 4.7 7.0 9.1 10.9
Months of cash and investments 3.2 4.7 7.0 9.1 10.9
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets -4.2 1.4 2.6 4.3 6.1
Balance sheet composition info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Cash $1,018,654 $1,560,748 $2,512,476 $3,442,750 $4,324,566
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $404,348 $247,534 $259,461 $280,045 $639,653
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $2,640,693 $2,998,908 $3,076,889 $2,872,130 $2,844,873
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 14.0% 17.5% 23.3% 20.9% 22.8%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 74.6% 46.3% 41.5% 37.2% 36.8%
Unrestricted net assets $940,353 $2,926,557 $3,289,769 $3,908,142 $4,619,120
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $940,353 $2,926,557 $3,289,769 $3,908,142 $4,619,120

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Material data errors No No No No No


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

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Mr. John Davis

Mr. John Davis became the President of Heritage Christian Schools in July 2013. Prior to coming to HCS, Mr. Davis was the Head Administrator of Valley Christian Schools in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Previous to that John had been the Secondary Principal of Lenawee Christian School in Adrian, MI. He has also held the positions of Head Administrator at Grace Christian School in Watervliet, MI and Granger Christian Schools in Granger, IN, and Assistant Superintendent of Elkhart Christian Academy in Elkhart, IN. Mr. Davis has been in Christian schools as an administrator or teacher since 1987. He attended several colleges, including the University of Michigan, and received his Masters degree in school administration from Hyles-Anderson College. Mr. Davis and his wife Gaylene were married in 1991 and have two sons, Woody and Dwight. He loves to follow sports, especially football.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Heritage Christian Schools, Inc.

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Heritage Christian Schools, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 08/09/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Mrs. Cindy Ellis

School Parent & Coach

Term: 2021 -

Thomas Poelzer

Reitred - State Farm Insurance

Gordon Young

Towers Watson

David Bluhm

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Charonne Ganiere


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? Yes
  • 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 7/12/2022

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