|Coweta Public Schools|
Home of the Tigers
Heritage IGC is one of our newer Coweta Public Schools’ complexes.
It is located at 15286 S. 297th E. Ave., directly behind Southside Elementary School.
Heritage IGC has approximately half of the district’s 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students. The remaining students are at Mission IGC. The mission of both of our IGC campuses is to “bridge the gap” between elementary school and junior high school. We are doing that at both schools by implementing the Great Expectations methodology and principles.
Heritage IGC is a Great Expectations Model School, so you will see our teachers implementing the 17 classroom practices of effective teaching daily. They are as follows:
Eight Expectations for Living
Educators helping students achieve excellence guide them in adhering to the following expectations:
We have self-contained 4th grade classes, so the teachers can help the younger students transition from lower elementary schools to the upper elementary environment. The 4th grade teachers work together to meet each student’s individual needs and develop 4th grade curriculum to meet state PASS objectives and the common core standards.
Due to the high stakes testing requirements, 5th Grade students have a departmentalized program, and they have a different teacher for each subject throughout the day. Our class periods are 50 minutes long, along with a 5 minute passing time between classes for a short break, use the restroom, drink, and be in class on time. Students change classes after lunch, and since 5th grade students test in five subject areas, this type of scheduling allows all the teachers to have manageable lesson preparation time and teach in the areas of their greatest strength and interest.
Sixth grade students also have a departmentalized program with a different teacher for each subject throughout the day. Our class periods are 50 minutes long, and they have a 5 minute passing time between classes to take a short break, use the restroom, get a drink, and be in class on time.
Punctuality is an important life principle that we work on at Heritage.
All students, except those that are enrolled in 6th grade beginning band, have a music, art, and PE rotation. Music consists of learning instrument families, learning to read music and sing in parts (harmonize), playing recorders and rhythm instruments, researching composers, identifying different genres of music, and preparing programs for our parents and community. One very special program is the annual Veterans’ Day program the 5th graders prepare in cooperation with the 5th grade students from Mission IGC. HIGC students also prepare another special program for our community, which is the Colonial Day program.
Art classes include the review and mastery of basic art skills, plus the challenge of improving individual art techniques. Our annual art show allows the students to display their work, and parents and community are invited to attend.
PE classes provide opportunities for improved health and physical fitness. Mr. Collins makes PE very enjoyable with a variety of stretches and exercises, introduction of basic skills in team sports, and a good selection of lead-up games and activities to keep students active. The time students spend in PE activities and recess easily exceeds the minimum required for elementary students. Our PE students represent HIGC by competing in Archery competitions.
Coweta Public Schools has a phenomenal band program that has won numerous regional and state competitions. We introduce beginning band to our 6th grade students, and they attend their band classes every day throughout the school year. Students are divided into a woodwind class, and a brass/percussion class to allow for more individual attention and more efficient mastery of their music and instruments.
We look forward to working with all of our students at Heritage, as we help them prepare to be productive citizens, life-long learners, and successful students at Junior High and beyond.