Why Attend Heronfield Academy

Academic rigor. Middle school only. Community.

Our students are seen, heard, known and valued.

Heronfield Academy is purposefully designed to serve middle school students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades, and we are deeply invested in each student’s academic and personal development during this important stage of their lives. Our size provides for a vibrant community and also assures that our students and teachers make meaningful connections.

Students know that they are seen and heard, known and valued at Heronfield. We delight in seeing them take on challenges and grow as they engage in each experience and activity. We think deeply about the roles of critical thinking and creative expression, of collaboration and curiosity.

The Heronfield Difference

Purposefully Invested in Middle School Only

Heronfield has always focused on the middle school years, and we pour all of our energy into providing a ‘just right’ experience for young adolescents with a program that guides them through each stage of their academic, social, and emotional growth.

Our Core Values are Woven in the Heronfield Experience

Our core values of Respect, Honesty, Diligence, Caring and Celebration are woven into the fabric of the Heronfield Experience. Students learn and live by these key qualities through our advisory program, our community gatherings, and the curriculum of each class.

Each Student’s Voice is Heard and Valued

Our best community comes forward as everyone gets to know one another and as each person is recognized for their unique gifts and talents. Each day, students feel the unity of their advisory groups and they build meaningful relationships with their teachers and fellow students.

Where Academic Challenge Meets Creative Opportunity

Our program is rigorous, and yet Heronfield students rise to the occasion, excited by what they learn and the ways they are supported in their efforts. They come to know that creativity, collaboration, and fun play a role in every classroom.

Our Strength is in Our Purposeful Size

Heronfield is intentionally sized with the student experience in mind: large enough to provide a myriad of experiences and relationships, but small enough that everyone knows one another and feels the support of the whole community.

A Truly Dedicated & Passionate Faculty

Across our campus, you’ll find teachers who are truly passionate about what they teach. When they combine what they know with an appreciation for young adolescents, it’s a powerful combination.

A family’s personal perspective.

Why did the Lannons choose Heronfield Academy over other schools?

Heronfield offered a learning environment that appealed to our son with small classes and strong academics. We also liked the idea of a school that was focused on middle school only.

The small classes have allowed our son to feel engaged and connected to his learning. He comes home and will tell us about something cool they did in science or he’ll want to talk about the problems they worked on in math class. He’s energized when he gets home and we can tell the school environment is encouraging that curiosity and love of learning.

The teachers have gently guided our son into the transition of middle school. Assignments are clear and expectations are well communicated. The school is teaching him how to stay organized and plan for his homework. He comes home with a clear understanding of what he has to do each night. And the homework has been manageable and purposeful. It isn’t busy work. He’s engaged and excited to talk to us about his projects and work.

We knew that Heronfield emphasized kindness, but we weren’t sure how that would actually work, especially in middle school, which can be so hard on kids. However, we’ve seen evidence of small acts of kindness, whether it’s my son coming home and telling me that a 7th grader invited him to join him for lunch, or seeing the pen pal letter from an 8th grader with words of advice. And the message is certainly emphasized in more formal ways, with the community meetings and advisory time.

Overall, we’ve found that Heronfield does everything with intention and purpose. We are so happy to have found a learning environment where our son feels met and where he’ll be able to experience a version of middle school that challenges him to be the best version of himself.