The Heritage Academy was started by Franklin & Marshall alumni, Kwesi Koomson ’97. In 2004, Kwesi established Heritage Academy in a church with 32 students. He intended for the Heritage Academy (PK-9th) to be a small school, however, the institution has grown in size with a successful enrollment of 1,057 students in 2011. In the fall of 2011, Heritage Academy will expand to include a secondary school (10-12th). Both campuses have consistently scored 100% pass on the national exams in a district where the average pass rate is 42%. Melissa Schoerke Koomson, wife and philanthropic partner of Kwesi Koomson, founded the Schoerke Foundation in 2006. The foundation continues to support Heritage Academy.
Kwesi currently works at the Westtown School in West Chester, PA which, along with Franklin & Marshall College, has a great working relationship with the Heritage Academy. Kwesi has brought students from from both schools over to teach and volunteer at the Heritage Academy and this blog is meant to document their experiences!