Colorado Heritage Education School System was founded as a ministry of Victory Baptist Church by Pastor Stephen and Mrs. Teri Ong. The Ongs, pioneers of home education, began home educating their children in 1986. They were influential in helping to broaden home education freedoms in Colorado before home education was recognized as a viable means of education in Colorado.
In 1991, Pastor Steve and Teri were approached by a Christian school in Greeley, Colorado, that had been providing assistance to home educating families. The school wanted to focus only on private education but didn’t want to abandon all the families that relied on their services. Victory Baptist Church was already offering art and choir classes as enrichment classes once a week to local homeschool families, so Pastor and Mrs. Ong agreed to expand their ministry to assist home educating families with record keeping and general supervision (see Colorado Heritage's Independent School), and Colorado Heritage Education School System (CHESS) was initiated.
Today the current weekly Colorado Heritage's Enrichment Academy has grown to more than forty different classes offered each semester with attendance of nearly two hundred students per semester.
Colorado Heritage established a High School Diploma Program to assist home educated students to get the recognition earned to further their undergraduate education. The high school program started with only a few students but now consistently has more than seventy five students enrolled annually. Colorado Heritage has graduated over three hundred high school seniors with an average of 75% of graduates going on to college.
In 2003, Pastor and Mrs. Ong stepped aside as the leaders of Colorado Heritage to focus on the church ministry of Reformation Baptist Church (formerly Victory Baptist Church) and Chambers College, a Christian liberal arts college they founded in 1998. Under the capable direction of James and MaryBeth Clifford, the ministry and vision of Colorado Heritage continued. Mr. and Mrs. Clifford, themselves home-educated, were dedicated to bringing their experiences and skills to the next generation of children trained up at home by their parents with academic excellence as well as in the ways of the Lord.
In 2015, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford handed the baton to a board of Christian men and women.
Our administrative staff includes Matthew Aden, Principal; and Tessa Powell, Office Administrator. Mr. Aden and Miss Powell are graduates of Chambers College. As Colorado Heritage has grown over the past years, other staff and volunteers have come alongside Mr. Aden and Miss Powell, making it possible for Tessa Powell to finish her Masters with Chambers College. Upon Miss Powell's graduation, she has resigned from Office Administrator, but will continue to teach classes for Colorado Heritage.
As Colorado Heritage continues to grow, seeking to bless and strengthen families and the community, we look to the mercy and grace of our LORD and King.