A Heritage of Faith...
Heritage Christian School began with a few dedicated families who met together in 1967 to explore the formation of a Christian school in Canton. They prayed and planned for a school where values taught in the classroom were consistent with godly values taught in the church and home. After researching different options, these parents were introduced to Mr. William Vimont of Christian Schools, Inc. of Seattle, who rallied the support of churches.
In 1968, together with these families, Mr. Vimont founded our Heritage Christian School. Classes met in rented space in the Christian Tabernacle in Canton (now Faith Community Church), and Mr. Vimont served as headmaster over the first 62 students.
Heritage Christian School provides a life-changing education experience grounded in Christian values, academic excellence and family.
Our vision is to provide an exceptional school experience with academic excellence that fosters Christian character and a biblical worldview, complementing the family and the church. Our students will grow in the knowledge of God through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in order to serve our community, nation, and world.
"In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us."
"No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us."
Red and White
Over the next five years, Heritage more than tripled in size. With more than 200 students, the board expanded its athletic department, hired an athletic director, and began an intramural sports program. After several years, they expanded to interscholastic athletics.
By the late seventies, the school needed a larger building to house the Pre-Kindergarten through 10th grades. As always, God knew the need and was already providing a plan: Canton City School District was consolidating its school system and selling the beautiful landmark Lincoln High School building. The Heritage staff fasted, prayed, and requested donations for a $90,000 down payment. Fundraising began April 2, 1979, for payment due May 15, 1979. Parents made extra tuition payments, teachers contributed sacrificially and businesses in the area contributed toward the goal. On the down payment deadline of May 15, the exact amount had been raised, with a dime left over.
In 1979, the 11th and 12th grades were added to complete high school. In 1980, just 12 years after the fledgling school had begun, Heritage graduated its first seven students. During the eighties, programs expanded to include even more fine arts, extracurricular opportunities, and missions. In 1987, Heritage became fully chartered and accredited by the state of Ohio.
In the nineties, donations from area businesses provided two fully functional IBM-compatible computer labs for K-12. The entire building was equipped with high-speed Internet. Property renovations included new concrete staircases outside; state-of-the-art plastic interlocking tile flooring in the gym, and new playground equipment for Meyer’s Park.
In 2000, the school embarked on an ambitious campaign to replace the 300 windows in our building, one of the very few former Canton City School buildings that has not been razed or renovated beyond recognition. “Windows 2000” combined the efforts of the Heritage staff, parents and alumni, community members, local businesses, and the Lincoln Alumni Association. Thanks to this generosity, every window was replaced with a new window in a design that preserved the building’s historic style.
In 2006, Heritage welcomed our first Ohio EdChoice Scholarship students. School choice scholarships or “vouchers” have helped families who desire a Christian education become part of our school family.
In 2008, the secondary grades began “Christians in Action,” or CIA. The entire 6th through 12th-grade student body was divided into mixed-grade teams led by teachers. Each team served once or twice a month during the school day at local churches and ministries. In 2008-2009, we celebrated our 40th anniversary with a gala event filled with joyful celebration and memories.
In 2012, Heritage became a Comp TIA Certified facility after the renovation of the secondary computer lab. Twenty-one new computers in the secondary lab and twenty-five computers in the elementary lab brought technology to the forefront of Heritage’s education practices for 21st-century learning.
In 2013, Heritage opened Northeast Ohio’s first Ben Carson Reading Room. The Reading Room was made possible through a generous donation by the Gill family. Students preschool through grade twelve have a quiet retreat in the building to continue to develop a love of reading.
In 2018, Heritage Christian School celebrated our 50-year anniversary of educating children in our community. We Praise God for the last 50 years and look forward to 50 more!
We continually thank God for the transforming work He is doing in and through Heritage. We are entrusted by God to educate creative, lively, and precious students, made in His image. The Heritage legacy began as the Lord led a few faithful people into a vision and passion for Christian education. Several families worked tirelessly, planned carefully, and sacrificed wisely to make Heritage Christian School a reality. As our school leaders continue to sound the Conqueror charge, backed by a school board of godly men and women, along with faithful parents, volunteers, and teachers, we carry on the heritage of faith in God and His word upon which Heritage Christian School is built.
From God’s heart to the hands of willing believers through the years, Heritage has been built up with God’s blessing and provision. Its work and ministry continue to build, challenge, and mature us. And we never forget His word from Romans 8:37, “in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”
Pledges, Declaration, and Values
I go to Heritage Christian School, A school where God is present.
I believe the Bible, God’s Holy Word. I make it a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.
I hide its words in my heart that I might not sin against God. I love God and I love people.
I see others through my Father’s eyes.
I love God with all of my heart, with all of my soul, and with all of my mind.
Then, I love my neighbor as much as I love myself. Because of the grace of God, I can say
“No” to ungodliness and I am eager to do what is good.
I listen and obey the first time, not the second time, but the first time.
I am made in the image of God my Creator, who loves me more than I can fathom.
I know that with God, all things are possible!
I can serve the Lord by being a doctor, a musician, a missionary, a parent, a coach, a business owner, a soldier, or an author. God’s mighty power can do immeasurably more than I can even ask or imagine.
The joy of the Lord is my strength, and I am more than a conqueror in life because Jesus loves me.
He gives me a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
I was once in darkness, but now I am a light that shines into the world for the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ.
All students begin their day and all chapel services with the pledge to the American flag, the Christian flag, and the Bible.
I pledge allegiance to the Christian Flag and to the Savior, for whose Kingdom it stands
One Savior, crucified, risen, and coming again with life and liberty to all who believe
I pledge allegiance to the Bible, God's Holy Word
I will make it a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path
I will hide its words in my heart, that I might not sin against God.