Academics

Upper School

Meeting the Unique Needs of Our Students

Every Student Is an Individual
In the Upper School, we pride ourselves in creating an individualized educational experience for each student by identifying and building upon his or her talents and interests. Throughout a challenging four years, our role is to recognize the manner in which our students learn best and to prepare them to excel at the university level. Every day, we challenge our students, as well as ourselves, to find innovative solutions to complex problems and develop the kind of essential, critical thinking that will serve them in leadership roles, in their future educational endeavors, and in anticipation of excelling at professions that may not even exist yet.

We Prepare Students for Lifelong Success
Heritage Hall's rigorous academic and curricular offerings create a superior educational experience that empowers our students to reach well beyond the limitations of the traditional classroom to gain understanding of a rapidly changing world. Heritage Hall graduates are distinguished by a thirst for knowledge and are very well prepared to compete and succeed at the country's finest colleges and universities.

List of 6 items.

  • Class Schedules

    Upper School Hours

    7:30 amUpper School opens
    7:45 amSupervision begins
    Teachers available for help
    8:30 am-3:20 pmClasses in session
    3:20-4:00 pmTeachers available for help and after-school activities
    5:00 pmUpper School closes unless evening event is scheduled



    Regular ScheduleAssembly Schedule
    Period 1

    8:30-9:158:30-9:10
    Period 2

    9:20-10:059:15-9:55
    Morning Break/Meetings

    10:05-10:259:55-10:55
    Period 3

    10:25-11:1010:55-11:35
    Period 4

    11:15-12:0011:40-12:20
    Period 5

    12:05-12:5012:25-1:05
    Period 612:55-1:401:10-1:50
    Period 7

    1:45-2:301:55-2:35
    Period 82:35-3:202:40-3:20
  • Advisory System

    The Heritage Hall advisory program provides each student with a personal partnership with one faculty member who will assist that student in achieving the mission of the School. The faculty member will monitor the student’s progress in all facets of school life and assist the student in making goals, plans, and decisions. The advisor will act as a mentor and an advocate for the student, helping the student to achieve his or her personal best in academic and non-academic areas.
     
    Advisors meet weekly with their advisees, either in small groups or in individual meetings. In addition to monitoring the students’ academic progress, advisors are trained to use a variety of creative techniques to discuss personal goal setting and ethical decision-making. Advisors also serve as a liaison between the School and their advisees’ parents. Parents are encouraged to call their child’s advisor with questions about the School or concerns about their child’s academic or personal progress in school. Close bonds typically develop between advisor and advisee and remain well beyond the Heritage Hall years.
  • Service Learning

    Requirements
    All upper school students are required to perform a minimum of 25 hours of service per year and a minimum of 100 hours required for graduation.
    • Seniors must complete 75 hours of the required 100 before the fall semester of their senior year. Seniors who have not completed this requirement will not be granted senior privileges (off-campus lunch and off-campus study hall) until hours are complete. Seniors must complete all 100 hours by the end of the March spring break of their senior year to be eligible for graduation.
    • Students entering their sophomore or junior years will be required to complete their hours (10th grade: 25 hours, 11th grade: 50 hours) before the fall semester. Students who have not completed this requirement will not be granted their respective class privileges. Specifically, juniors will not have off-campus lunch and sophomores will not have common study hall. As requirements are completed, all privileges will be reinstated for the remainder of the semester.

    Service hours will be granted for volunteer experiences completed with nonprofit agencies that have been pre-approved by the Director of Service Learning. An excess of service hours in one school year may not be carried over to the next year. No service learning hours will be given for hours earned while missing academic class time or participating in an activity associated with an academic class.

    In place of this requirement, seniors have the Service Learning Capstone option. This gives seniors the opportunity to investigate a key area of social concern (poverty, justice, health, family, prejudice), conduct interviews, perform service in the area of interest, and ultimately compose a major research paper and presentation proposing a way to address the issue.
  • Debate

    Heritage Hall is home to the most successful, active debate program in the state. In addition to competing with the best debate teams in the country at the most prestigious tournaments on the national circuit, Heritage Hall debaters attend OSSAA-sanctioned Oklahoma tournaments, and have earned an impressive 15 (6A) OSSAA state championships.

    Under the direction of a dedicated, full-time coach and part-time assistants who ensure quality training, our competitive academic debate program stresses critical thinking, advocacy, philosophy, politics, research, and communication. Policy debate (two-person team) is the oldest form of academic debate and is our program’s main focus.

    Debate gives students a competitive edge in college like nothing else. Recent Heritage Hall debate team members say that debate played a large role in scholarship offers and/or admission to the following colleges and universities:

    Boston College
    Cal Berkeley
    Emory
    Georgetown
    Harvard
    Northwestern
    The University of Oklahoma
    University of Southern California
    University of Texas Honors College
    Wake Forest


    Heritage Hall’s competitive academic debate program is designed to give to students an edge by teaching advanced critical thinking, advocacy, philosophy, politics, research, and communication skills. We are home to the most successful, active policy debate program in the state. Charger debaters compete on the state and national stage. We compete in state as a Class 6A member of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association speech and debate circuit. We compete on the national debate circuit by traveling to out-of-state tournaments at prestigious universities and nationally recognized high schools. The national circuit culminates with two major tournaments: the National Speech and Debate Association national championships and the prestigious Tournament of Champions. Heritage Hall frequently qualifies for these championships and debaters from our School have the opportunity to test themselves against the best in the country.

    No other school in Oklahoma offers students in policy debate this breadth of experience.

    Highlights:
    • Heritage Hall debate has earned 15 (6A) OSSAA state championships (seven since 2004).
    • More than 45 HH debaters have qualified for the National Forensics League debate national championships (NSDA), with numerous Top 25 finishes.
    • Since 2004, seven HH debaters have qualified for the Tournament of Champions (TOC), the most prestigious tournament on the national circuit.
    • HH debaters are frequently recruited to attend and debate at prestigious colleges and universities.
    • Our debate program hosts the J.W. Patterson Invitational Debate Tournament that serves as a national qualifier to the TOC. It is the only debate tournament in Oklahoma that has been given this honor.
  • Honor Societies

    Cum Laude Society
    Encourages and recognizes superior scholarship. Members are selected based on GPA on a 100 point scale, designation as a Challenge Scholar, and standing in the School.
     
    National Honor Society
    Juniors with a minimum cumulative GPA of 90% for five semesters

    Mu Alpha Theta
    Enrolled in a sixth semester of college prep math with a minimum of four math grades of at least 90% (with no math grades lower than an 80%) and a minimum GPA of 85%

    National Chinese Honor Society
    Minimum semester grade of 85% in at least four semesters of Chinese and a minimum cumulative average of 80% in all other subjects.

    National French Honor Society
    Minimum semester grade of 90% over last three semesters of French and minimum cumulative average of 80% in all other subjects

    National Junior Classical League
    Minimum semester grade of 90% over last three semesters of Latin

    National Spanish Honor Society
    Minimum semester grade of 90% over three consecutive semesters of Spanish
  • Independent Studies Program

    Self-Directed Work Outside of Class
    In an effort to encourage students to pursue an academic interest that both extends beyond and still embraces the rigor and principles of core curriculum, Heritage Hall offers the Independent Studies Program (ISP) to the highly self-motivated, intellectually curious students who understand that serious scholarship and intellectual purpose requires discipline and active engagement. The work required is completed primarily through self-direction, involves work done outside of the regular class schedule, and is assessed based upon both the quality of the final work, and the documented effort put forth during the process.

    Topics of Interest from All Disciplines
    This opportunity is available to eligible rising juniors and seniors with two full years in good academic standing at Heritage Hall. Sophomores and juniors submit a proposal and required forms in the spring semester to the ISP director. The topic of interest can come from any formal chaired discipline - science, math, art, literature, philosophy, history, music, technology, world languages, drama, or leadership - and must be defended in person.

MEET OUR UPPER SCHOOL FACULTY

MEET OUR TEAM

List of 5 members.

  • Keith Cassell 

    Head of Upper School
    405.936.3142
    University of Central Oklahoma - M.Ed
    University of Oklahoma - BS
  • Stephen Chard 88

    US Dean of Students, Director of Service Learning
    University of Oklahoma - B.A.
  • Dylan Sullivan 

    Director of Academic Counseling, US Social Studies, Head US Track, US Boys' Basketball
    University of Oklahoma - BS
    University of Central Oklahoma - M. Ed.
  • Samantha Kobs 

    Director of Guidance Counseling
    Oklahoma State University - Bachelor of Science
    University of Central Oklahoma - M.Ed.
  • Lucinda Ratliff 

    US Administrative Assistant
    405.749.3030
    University of Oklahoma - BS