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Grand Rapids, MI
5001 to 10000 employees
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National Heritage Academies – Challenging each child to achieve

National Heritage Academies (NHA) partners with local school boards to build and manage no-cost public charter schools. NHA’s system of schools is designed to eliminate the ... Read more

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  • What a great week at our Leadership Summit! From keynote speakers, to our award ceremony, it was a week of information and collaboration to ensure our student's well being, and education always remains our focus. #NHAmazing

  • "Education is not a systemic reform, it is a rescue mission" - Dr. Howard Fuller. What a treat it was for all of us at the service center today for Dr. Fuller to share with us his beliefs on the importance of educating our youth. #NHAmazing

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National Heritage Academies – Why Work For Us?

A Foundation Built on a Parent's Perspective

It was the birth of his son that inspired National Heritage Academies' founder, J.C. Huizenga, to begin thinking about education from a parent’s perspective. A successful entrepreneur, Huizenga had a vision to provide a quality education to all children by applying basic business principles to establish a system of schools that was more accountable and results oriented.
Founded on the four pillars of academic excellence, moral focus, parental partnership, and student responsibility, National Heritage Academies’ first school, Excel Charter Academy, opened its doors to 174 students in September 1995.
Colorado Michigan
Foundations Academy - Brighton Achieve Charter Academy - Canton
Landmark Academy at Reunion - Commerce City  Burton Glen Charter Academy - Burton
  Canton Charter Academy - Canton
Georgia Chandler Woods Charter Academy - Belmont
Atlanta Heights Charter School - Atlanta Cross Creek Charter Academy - Byron Center
  Detroit Enterprise Academy - Detroit
Indiana Detroit Merit Charter Academy - Detroit
Andrew J. Brown Academy - Indianapolis Detroit Premier Academy - Detroit
Aspire Charter Academy - Gary Eagle Crest Charter Academy - Holland
  East Arbor Charter Academy - Ypsilanti
Louisiana Endeavor Charter Academy - Springfield
Advantage Charter Academy - Baker Excel Charter Academy - Grand Rapids
Inspire Charter Academy - Baton Rouge Flagship Charter Academy - Detroit
Willow Charter Academy - Lafayette Fortis Academy - Ypsilanti
  Grand River Academy - Livonia
New York Great Oaks Academy - Warren
Brooklyn Dreams Charter School - Brooklyn Hamtramck Academy - Hamtramck
Brooklyn Excelsior Charter School - Brooklyn Keystone Academy - Belleville
Brooklyn Scholars Charter School - Brooklyn Knapp Charter Academy - Grand Rapids
Buffalo United Charter School - Buffalo Lansing Charter Academy - Lansing
Riverton Street Charter School - St. Albans Laurus Academy - Southfield
Southside Academy Charter School - Syracuse Legacy Charter Academy - Detroit
  Linden Charter Academy - Flint
North Carolina Metro Charter Academy - Romulus
Forsyth Academy - Winston-Salem North Saginaw Charter Academy - Saginaw
Gate City Charter Academy - Greensboro Oakside Scholars - Waterford
Greensboro Academy - Greensboro Paragon Charter Academy - Jackson
Johnston Charter Academy - Clayton Paramount Charter Academy - Kalamazoo
Matthews Charter Academy - Matthews Plymouth Scholars - Plymouth
Peak Charter Academy - Apex Prevail Academy - Mount Clemens
PreEminent Charter School - Raleigh Quest Charter Academy - Taylor
Queens Grant Community School - Mint Hill Reach Charter Academy - Roseville
Research Triangle Charter Academy - Durham Regent Park Scholars - Detroit
Rolesville Charter Academy - Rolesville Ridge Park Charter Academy - Grand Rapids
Summerfield Charter Academy - Summerfield River City Scholars - Grand Rapids
Wake Forest Charter Academy - Wake Forest South Arbor Charter Academy - Ypsilanti
Winterville Charter Academy - Winterville South Canton Scholars - Canton

 South Pointe Scholars - Ypsilanti
Ohio Taylor Exemplar Academy - Taylor
Alliance Academy of Cincinnati - Cincinnati Timberland Charter Academy - Muskegon
Apex Academy - E. Cleveland Triumph Academy - Monroe
Bennett Venture Academy - Toledo Vanderbilt Charter Academy - Holland
Emerson Academy - Dayton Vanguard Charter Academy - Wyoming
North Dayton School of Discovery - Dayton Vista Charter Academy - Grand Rapids
Orion Academy - Cincinnati Walker Charter Academy - Walker
Pathway School of Discovery - Dayton Walton Charter Academy - Pontiac
Pinnacle Academy - Euclid Warrendale Charter Academy - Detroit
Stambaugh Charter Academy - Youngstown Windemere Park Charter Academy - Lansing
Winterfield Venture Academy - Toledo

Milwaukee Scholars - Milwaukee


Take ownership for the success of our students.

  • We are STUDENT-FOCUSED and make every decision based on what is best for students.
  • We take PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY for the success of our students, and if our students aren’t making progress, we must change our approach. 
  • We intentionally MEASURE PROGRESS to understand where we currently are and determine what we need to do next.
  • We demonstrate a GROWTH MINDSET where people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.

Do the right thing always.

  • We act with INTEGRITY by never compromising our honesty, authenticity, humility, and self-worth.
  • We have the COURAGE to be honest about our circumstances, engage in difficult conversations and resist short term gains at the expense of doing what is morally right.
  • We embrace ACCOUNTABILITY by holding ourselves and others to high standards, taking responsibility for our actions, following through on our commitments and admitting when we are wrong.

Behave with care.

  • We show RESPECT for each other by demonstrating encouragement, gratitude, compassion, grace, and forgiveness.
  • We SUPPORT our students, our families and each other in tangible and meaningful ways.
  • We take time to intentionally BUILD RELATIONSHIPS by seeking first to understand then to be understood.
  • We believe FEEDBACK is essential to reach our fullest potential so we regularly seek and provide opportunities for feedback and growth. 

Make our schools the best choice for parents and students.

  • We embrace COMPETITION for NHA as it drives our personal best.
  • We SEEK TO UNDERSTAND the needs and expectations of our families and strive to meet or exceed them.
  • We ensure a physically and emotionally SAFE ENVIRONMENT for our students, staff, and families.
  • We provide a CULTURE that is warm, nurturing and inviting while maintaining high academic and behavioral expectations.

Act with discipline to sustain our academic success and financial viability.

  • We take PERSONAL OWNERSHIP for the financial viability of NHA and treat company resources as if they are our own.
  • We adopt an INVESTMENT APPROACH by asking, “How will this expense improve student learning, and what is the impact on our long term financial sustainability?” prior to making financial decisions.
  • We ESTABLISH ACADEMIC AND FINANCIAL GOALS, and actively create and execute plans to achieve them.
  • We frequently EVALUATE ACADEMIC AND FINANCIAL OUTCOMES to ensure we are delivering on our promise to parents and being good stewards of our resources.

Teaching and Support Staff Positions

Our teachers and support staff are committed to challenging each child to achieve.

Together, we impact a life, one student at a time. Our impact extends through the classroom, the communities we serve in, and across our network of over 80 NHA schools, serving over 5 0,000 students.

School Leadership Positions

Use your school leadership skills to make a difference.  Each NHA school is a special part of the community it serves, and also part of a larger network of more than 80 schools nationwide with new schools opening yearly.

Corporate Positions

The NHA Service Center is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan and supports our network of over 80 NHA schools, serving over 50,000 students. Experienced educators as well as business professionals work together to ensure that our schools have the resources and systems required to achieve stellar academic results. 

We are committed to helping you be your best, by offering exceptional health, welfare and savings benefits to give you peace of mind and resources when needed.

You can choose these benefits at a low cost:

  • Medical and Prescription - choose from two robust plans to fit your needs
  • Health Savings Account - with an eligible medical plan, NHA will help you save for health care expenses now and in the future.
  • Dental and Vision - National and competitive plans.
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Save tax free dollars for medical expenses, daycare, or public transportation.
  • Additional Life Insurance - Add to your NHA provided life insurance for yourself, or your family.

Benefits are effective the first of the month following your start date, unless otherwise noted.

NHA Invests in You

NHA employees can participate in retirement savings plans with a competitive match. Even better- employees participating in our 401k savings plan are vested immediately, meaning that the NHA investment is always yours to keep. NHA employees also have access to free investment advisors. Your future is important to us!


Grow With NHA

We impact lives through education every day. We recognize the skills and knowledge of our employees is critical to our success. Tuition Reimbursement supports you in your continued education. Eligible employees can be reimbursed for up to 50% of the cost of tuition. 

NHA Gives Back

We (NHA) and our employees have the opportunity to go above and beyond to support students and the NHA family by making tax-deductible contributions to two fantastic causes.

The NHA CollegeBound Scholarship demonstrates our commitment that extends beyond the eighth-grade by providing four eighth-grade students with a $5,000 scholarship every year.

NHA Gives provides emergency financial assistance to staff, students, and families who have experienced a catastrophic, unexpected event. As a thank-you, participating employees enjoy Jeans Day every Friday!

National Heritage Academies Reviews

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    NHA puts students, families, and staff at the core of what they do.

    You are given lots of opportunities to grow and develop professionally. Leaders are personally invested in each individual on the team and his/her success.

    The culture is great. We are given flexibility to balance our work and home life. I have awesome co-workers. We work hard but we have fun too.


    You work hard. We do more with less on purpose.

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    Continue to always put people first. Our people are our best asset in a way that not many other organizations can say. We couldn't do what we do without our people. Our students and families come to NHA because of the staff!

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National Heritage Academies photo of: College readiness isn't just an idea, it's a fundamental philosophy our students and teachers operate on.
National Heritage Academies photo of: It all starts with one school.
National Heritage Academies photo of: Teachers provide individualized instruction to ensure they are growing each day.
National Heritage Academies photo of: The proven track record of NHA is a result of extensive and mandatory use of test results to inform and adjust teaching, resulting in consistent academic growth
National Heritage Academies photo of: Our teachers set high expectations, yet know the importance of establishing a relationship with a child before teaching can begin
National Heritage Academies photo of: An engaged mind is something to be cherished.
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National Heritage Academies Interviews



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    I applied online. I interviewed at National Heritage Academies (Detroit, MI) in August 2017.


    A recruiter will reach out to you. They will ask a brief history of your teaching experiences. If you are a good fit they will pass your information off to the Principal of the school you applied to. I got called for an interview the next day, and met with the Principal and a coordinating teacher.

    Interview Questions

    • How would your students describe you? What is something they might say they enjoy about your teaching? Also, what is something they might say you need to improve on?   Answer Question
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