Junior Academy

Quality Courses, Biblical Worldview

Please visit the Academies page for important class registration dates and eligibility requirements.

Location (2023-2024): Mission Trails Church, 4880 Zion Avenue, San Diego CA 92120 (Map)

Meets: Weekly on Mondays, 9:30am - 3:00pm 

Lead: Laurie Aguayo

Weekly Drop Off Classes for Grades K to 6th.

Classes will cover the four core subjects of Language Arts, Math, History, and Science. 

Classes are taught by Independently Contracted teachers.

Class fees are payable directly to the teachers: $1,600/year per student.

HCS Members Admin fee (in addition to the class fee): $225
Academy Service Admin fee (non-HCS member, in addition to the class fee): $350

Teachers have different drop policies and billing cycles. Please note the policy and payment information for each specific class.

Schedule: The full campus will meet for a Chapel opening and then split off by classroom.

9:30am-9:50am - Chapel
10:00am-11:00am - 1st-Hour Instruction
11:00am-11:10am - Break
11:10am-12:10pm - 2nd-Hour Instruction
12:10pm-12:45pm - Lunch
12:50pm-1:50pm - 3rd-Hour Instruction
1:50pm-2:00pm - Break
2:00pm - Kindergarten Dismissal
2:00pm-3:00pm - 4th-Hour Instruction

Kinder class

Meet Our Junior Academy Lead

Laurie Aguayo Portrait

Laurie Aguayo is a California native and has lived in the beautiful city of San Diego for 23 years. She has been married for 15 years and has three children ages 13, 12, and 10.

The Aguayo's family life revolves around Christ centered church attendance, serving their community, and opening their hearts and home to loved ones. They like to travel, meet new people, explore their city, cook, and eat some good food!
Their homeschool journey began two years ago. They used a charter and enrichment centers to help guide them through the beginning stages of home education. Laurie quickly learned that her bottom line was that she wanted her kids to have an entirely faith based educational experience.
Laurie is delighted and looking forward to diving into the Heritage model of homeschooling. Being surrounded by so many with tons of experience will nurture the change and growth she desires. She is thrilled to take on the role of campus lead and serve the wonderful Heritage family! "2023-2024 school year here we come! Let’s go!"

Meet Our Junior Academy Instructors

Danette Bean

Kindergarten Instructor
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Danette is passionate about teaching young children and making learning fun, hands-on, and engaging. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from SDSU and a Teaching Credential from Chapman University. For many years she taught Kindergarten through 2nd grades for the La Mesa-Spring Valley and Santee School Districts. She also had the joy of serving as a Lead Kindergarten Teacher for HCS class days.

As a former Heritage homeschool mom, she has seen firsthand the value and rewards of home base Christian education. She considers it an honor to use her combined experiences and training to now teach her favorite grade, while also encouraging other families on
their homeschooling journey.

Danette is blessed to live in beautiful Alpine with her husband/best friend Bryan. She is a proud mom of two young adult daughters, and two pampered cats. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, gardening, crafting, and afternoon lattes.

Kasie Anderson

1st/2nd Grade Instructor
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This is Kasie's fourth year teaching first and second, and she has a love for this age group.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies, Teaching Credential, and Master of Arts in Teaching at San Diego Christian College. 

Ever since the fourth grade, she has known that teaching is what God has in store for her life. Kasie is grateful for HCS and the ability to teach once a week while also staying home with her sweet baby boy, Patrick. 

Renee Wiggins

3rd/4th Grade Instructor
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Renee is homeschool mom who has a strong belief in helping young people find God’s purpose for their lives. She is passionate about parental involvement in the discovery of every child’s unique gifts. Renee has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She has experience as a 3rd grade teacher, a substitute teacher, and a homeschool mom. Her belief is that learning should be interactive, fun, and individualized.

She has 9 children and over 20 years of homeschool experience. Renee has attended and served in the same church for 28 years. Her family has especially enjoyed serving God by ministering to and sharing God’s love with active duty military members. Another favorite family activity is hiking and exploring nature together.

Raquel Ramirez

5th/6th Grade Insturctor
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Raquel is a San Diego native who for the past five years has been teaching grades 4-6 in a Christian homeschool program.  She is passionate about leading children to understand the Truth in all subjects of instruction by placing the Lord at the center. 

Beginning her seventh year homeschooling her three sons, she delights in being humbled and strengthened through this journey.  Motherhood and homeschooling remain her greatest callings. 

With compassion and enthusiasm, she loves serving others. She is a volunteer soccer coach for AYSO,  organizes Tijuana ministry outreaches, and serves on her church’s praise and worship team.  Along with her family, she enjoys road trips around the United States where they experience hands-on learning and gratitude for God‘s creation. 

Raquel holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from San Diego State University and a Master’s Degree from Ashford University. 

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