About Us

Readyland Pre-school was opened in September 1967. By the end of the first-year enrollment had reached 26 students. Readyland has existed to encourage each child to develop his/her own unique abilities, to foster the development of respect and responsibility in children, to provide a service to the community in the name of Christ, and to prepare children academically for kindergarten. 

The first kindergarten class was opened in 1971 and the Junior High (now Middle School) was started in 1981. Together, Readyland Pre-school, Heritage Academy (K-5th), and Heritage Middle School (6th-8th), are Heritage Christian Schools.

Since 1992, Heritage Christian Schools has been accreditation by both the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and the Accrediting Commission for Schools/Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

HCS is also a Transitional Member of the Association of Classical Christian Schools (ACCS). 

Administrative Staff

Mr. Hopper
Dan Hopper dhopper@hacademy.org
Heritage Christian Schools

Heritage Academy & Heritage Middle School
Deni Webb dwebb@hacademy.org
Readyland Preschool

Office Staff

Jennifer Gonzales
Jennifer Gonzales jgonzales@hacademy.org
Director of Business Office and Admissions
Irma Medina
Irma Medina imedina@hacademy.org
Business Office Administrative Assistant
Audrey Yeager
Audrey Yeager ayeager@hacademy.org
Registrar / Administrative Assistant
Jaclyn Harkey
Jaclyn Harkey frontdesk@hacademy.org
School Secretary

What Is Classical Education?

Classical education is alive at Heritage Christian Schools!

Traditional Christian schools often follow public school curriculum, public school teaching methodology, and public-school philosophy, in a Christian setting. Parents are looking for an education that is distinctly stronger academically. The classical Christian and kinesthetic education at Heritage provides the academics that are truly advanced and life changing along with a Biblical worldview integrated and interwoven throughout.

Check out HCS - where students learn the following:

  • The foundations of English (and the romance languages) through our Latin and Greek Curriculum Guide.
  • That education is fun and kinesthetic through songs, chants, recitations, and rhymes, and jingles.  
  • To enjoy reading foundational and classical literature.
  • To study history rather than social studies. “We read history and literature so we can learn from those who do bad and those who do good – and from those who do both.” Martin Cothran (the Bible is full of examples of people who committed terrible sins, but still sought and received forgiveness from God, and who continued to grow after those failings).
  • How to read, think, write, and speak using reason and logic.
  • How to Think and What to Do, rather than modern education that teaches              What to Think and How to Do.

What We Believe

Our mission to educate the whole child – spiritually, academically, physically, and emotionally – is evidenced by students integrating and exemplifying our vision and learning results. If HCS serves its students effectively:

HCS students will be CHRIST-LIKE in attitude and action.

HCS students will be academic achievers who, through ability and effort, are CAPABLE for life and work in the 21st century.

HCS students will be COOPERATIVE workers and leaders skilled in teamwork and social skills.

HCS students will be COURTEOUS and respectful of others, self, and property.
HCS students will be decision-makers, cognizant of CHOICES AND CONSEQUENCES, using their own principles and the appropriate counsel of others to guide them.

HCS students will be CRITICAL THINKERS, ready for the analysis, evaluation, and synthesis necessary for life in the 21st century.

HCS students will be COMMITTED to attaining and maintaining a life-long passion for learning and using that learning/passion to help others in the community.

HCS students will be effective COMMUNICATORS, both oral and written, fully utilizing new technology.
Mission Statement

Our mission is to educate the whole child – spiritually, academically, physically, and emotionally; equipping the child for life and its varied circumstances.

Each child is recognized as an individual with individual needs and abilities. We rely on God and His teachings and strive for academic excellence.

Core Values

In order for HCS to create an educational institution that impacts a child in all areas of his or her life, the following set of guiding principles and values will guide the school's practices in fulfilling its mission:

We CARE for our students.

C - HCS will CHALLENGE students to CHOOSE CHRIST as the center of their lives, and grow them and our school in the Lord.

A - HCS will ACHIEVE a safe and encouraging environment which provides the opportunity for academic excellence while meeting the individual needs of our students.

HCS will REACH beyond the boundaries of our school to partner with parents and to minister to our community.

E - HCS will EVALUATE today based upon yesterday's experiences and tomorrow's dreams.

Statement of Faith

Heritage Christian School Statement of Faith

  1. We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative, inerrant Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:21).
  2. We believe there is one God, eternally existent in three persons-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:1, Matthew 28:19, John 10:30).
  3. We believe in the deity of Christ (John 10:33), His virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23, Luke 1:35), His sinless life (Hebrews 4: 15, 7:26), His miracles (John 2:11), His vicarious and atoning death (1 Corinthians 15:3, Ephesians 1:7, Hebrews 2:9), His Resurrection (John 11:25, 1 Corinthians 15:4), His Ascension to the right hand of God (Mark 16:19), His personal return in power and glory (Acts 1:11, Revelation 19:11).
  4. We believe in the absolute necessity of regeneration by the Holy Spirit for salvation because of the exceeding sinfulness of human nature, and that men are justified on the single ground of faith in the shed blood of Christ, and that only by God's grace and through faith alone are we saved (John 3:16–19, 5:24; Romans 3:23, 5:8–9; Ephesians 2:8–10; Titus 3:5).
  5. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, and they that are lost unto the resurrection of condemnation (John 5:28–29).
  6. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 8:9, 1 Corinthians 12:12–13, Galatians 3:26–28).
  7. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life (Romans 8:13–14; 1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:19–20; Ephesians 4:30, 5:18).
  8. We believe that the term marriage has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Genesis 2:18–25). We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other (1 Corinthians 6:18, 7:2–5; Hebrews 13:4). We believe that God's command is that there be no sexual intimacy outside of or apart from marriage between a man and a woman.
  9. We believe that God wonderfully foreordained and immutably created each person as either male or female in conformity with their biological sex. These two distinct yet complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Genesis 1:26–27).

Our Statement of Faith is not exhaustive of all of our beliefs. The Bible, as the inspired and infallible Word of God, speaks with absolute authority regarding the proper conduct of mankind and is the unchanging foundation for all belief and behavior.

Employment Opportunities

Now Hiring Sub Aides and Sub Teachers

If you would like to inquire about a position:

Please fill out an application or

call the school office at (661) 871-4545.

Contact Us

Office Hours:
7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

2401 Bernard Street
Bakersfield, CA 93306
Front Office: (661) 871-4545

Fax: (661) 871-5627
Email: frontdesk@hacademy.org

Directions From
Highway 99

Take the 24th Street exit and go east

Take the Hwy. 178 eastbound exit (to the left)

Proceed to the Mt. Vernon off ramp and turn right (south)

Drive approximately 1/4 miles to Bernard St. Turn left to first driveway on your right

Directions From
Highway 58

Take the Mt. Vernon exit north to Bernard Street

Turn right and proceed to the first driveway on your right


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