Provo, Utah, Sept. 26, 2016 – Heritage was recently presented a prestigious award, reflecting the premier educational leadership exhibited in teaching its students.
“Every January National Schools Choice reviews about 16,000 schools over 50 states,” said Jason Wright, Heritage educational director. “They interview people like myself and other staff, chosen randomly within the organization. They give special awards in specific areas. Ours is for leadership in the education department.”
Jason said these are national awards and a small amount of schools receive them.
“We were quite fortunate to get the award,” he said.
The award was unofficially announced in February but was made official this month with awards sent to schools. Jason said it was given with nods to both teachers and programs.
“They looked at what plans we have, what we do now, how we support the children, how we integrate with the community and within Heritage and everything to do with classes,” he said. “It’s a great accolade for us.”
Jason said the award will be presented at the next school assembly.
“We want to show the students that we are recognized nationally as a good school,” he said. “It tells them they’re in a good place with staff who support them to give the best education.”
He said it also raises awareness in the community. People can become more aware of Heritage and will feel comfortable making donations, knowing it’s a great school that does good things with kids.
This award brings us out of obscurity,” he said. As for going forward Jason said, “we are always planning; we never stand still.”
Heritage is a non-profit residential treatment center in Provo, Utah. Founded in 1984, Heritage specializes in the treatment of mood disorders and students diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Founder Jerry Spanos pioneered the relationship model Heritage uses with students. Our direct-care residential staff, who average 10 years of experience at Heritage, develop relationships of trust with students, guiding them to healthy, productive lifestyles. Our teachers, all special education certified, help students catch up on school credits and prepare for their continued education. For more information visit our website at www.heritagertc.org or call (801) 228-7362.