Who We Are

A seed, through patience, increases in value and becomes a tree;

But this is almost impossible without the right environment. In the same way, young people are like seeds who will blossom into great adults and people of influence tomorrow if they are nurtured in the right environment. Heritage International Leadership Academy was founded based on this ideal.


Students who attend Heritage International receive a well rounded education that not only provides high quality instruction but also experiences that teach them how to work with others, how to be productive and upstanding citizens and how to be active contributors to the society around them.


Our goal is to break the glass ceiling of education in Liberia. We aim to be pacesetters and redefine what is possible by setting the bar high. We will do this by providing opportunities for our young professionals to develop an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and use the lessons learned for greater good.


We seek to raise our students to be God-fearing leaders, self-advocates, and astute citizens. We will achieve this goal by working in partnership with parents, placing an emphasis on life skill character development, and maintaining an overall commitment to the long-term development of our students.

Our Vision

A distinctive international school in Liberia that equips children with the quality education, professional and social skills required to compete and succeed at the global level.

Heritage International Leadership Academy strives to implement a system of learning that will enhance the quality of education provided to our students and prepare them to acquire the education and skills necessary to compete and succeed from a global perspective. Fostering a learning culture that champions our community, responsibility, productivity, and a desire for higher expectations & learning, we will:

  • Achieve at a high level academically
  • Partner with our teachers to engage in relevant, Inquiry-Based & Project-Based Learning
  • Instill leadership capacities by promoting good citizenship, responsibility and accountability
  • Promote community engagement & interaction through the use of service-learning
  • Use our facilities as a source of family, academic, and community enrichment

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    Our Mission

    To provide a learning environment that will enable our students to grow their leadership skills and achieve academic excellence.

    Core Values


    We value our students, teachers and community of parents. We encourage their development and reward their performance.


    We uphold the highest standards of integrity in all of our actions.


    We work together, across boundaries, to meet the needs of our students and achieve our goals.

    Good Citizenship

    We are good citizens in the country and communities in which we live and work.


    We are accountable for delivering on our commitments.

    A Message From Our Founder

    Michelle Wento

    It is with joyous excitement that I welcome you to the Heritage International Leadership Academy! A learning environment where children learn, play, and hone a variety of skills.


    When I returned to Liberia, I poured a brewing passion for children and development into the educational sector. This passion was fostered and driven by the learning experiences, benefits, and opportunities I saw available to children abroad. I thought to myself, “What if children in Liberia could have access to the same opportunities, and what would that mean for their future?” While working for many years, within the Liberian educational sector, I often found myself envisioning the “perfect” school for Liberian children. During those many moments of deep thoughts, the idea for HILA was born!


    Together with veteran educators, parents, and family, we discussed creating an ideal parent-centered, faithbased, and children-focused school.


    At HILA, we believe that every child will thrive given the right physical, emotional, and mental environment. To achieve this, we have acquired teachers who see their roles as a calling to serve and support. Our hybrid teaching model combines our internationally accredited curriculum with mentoring, skill acquisition, and social impact programs. We launched innovative programs in the fields of entrepreneurship, agriculture, the performing arts, and good citizenship to ensure that our students cultivate impact-driven ideas that will positively impact their lives after HILA.