Rooted in Tradition, Growing in Wonder - The Heights School

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Rooted in Tradition, Growing in Wonder - The Heights School

The Heights SchoolRooted in Tradition, Growing in Wonder


O U R M I S S I O NThe Heights School is a private, independent, preparatory school for boys,grades three through twelve. The School assists parents in the intellectual,moral, physical, and spiritual education of their sons. Dedicated teachersimpart rigorous academic training in all major areas of the liberal arts.Formation in virtue fosters respect for every person, a desire to serve Godand others, and an optimistic attitude toward life’s challenges. TheSchool’s Christian orientation and spiritual formation are entrusted toOpus Dei, a Personal Prelature of the Catholic Church.Te Heights SchoolThe faculty of The Heights School works with parents toassist in the intellectual, moral and spiritual development ofthe boys and young men entrusted to them. They providequality academic, athletic and cultural programs for boys ingrades 3 – 12 and opportunities for parents to get involvedwith the life of the School.The Heights offers a solid liberal arts education that focuseson the development of intellectual virtues, helping to foster thepractice of concentrated study and a sincere interest in theabundant goodness of the world. Our curriculum is stronglygrounded in the classic texts of western civilization. Ourstudents achieve impressive results on recognized standardsof excellence such as Advanced Placement and SAT exams.Many of our graduates go on to the best colleges in the nation.At The Heights, we help parents form their sons into the typeof men they would want their daughters to marry. The facultystrives to present an example of what it means to be a trueChristian gentleman, someone striving to do the ordinarythings of life extraordinarily well for the love of God and in theservice of others. All student programs take place in the contextof a personal approach to education where cheerfulness goeshand in hand with hard work and a striving for self-mastery.


One of our natural history students could tellyou that the success of a tree is largely dueto its healthy root system. The success ofThe Heights is likewise a result of the School’s wellestablishedroots. Our curriculum is grounded in thegreat works of western civilization and the liberal arts.Our faculty is unified by its vision of what young mencan and should become. Parents are committed tothe School and to their role as primary educators. Thespirituality of The Heights is entrusted to Opus Dei,ensuring that our teaching stays true to that of theCatholic Church. Finally, our mission informs all thatwe do at The School. Being firmly rooted allows thestrong and healthy growth of The Heights and all ofits students.RootedSpiritualityOpus Dei, a personal prelature of the Catholic Church,ensures that The Heights stays true to the teachings ofthe Church. In addition, Opus Dei provides The Schoolwith our chaplains, who administer the sacraments ona daily basis. The spirit of Opus Dei fosters the pursuitof Christian ideals through work and the ordinaryactivities of everyday life.FacultyOur faculty are our greatest asset.■ They are qualified: 65% have advanced degrees.■ They are available: the student/faculty ratio is 8:1(5:1 in the Upper School).■ They are friends and mentors: faculty membersare also advisors.■ Heights students not only have great teachers, butgreat exemplars of strong, cheerful manhood.


GrowingCrescite WeekIn pursuit of growing the whole man, Heights facultymembers go beyond the classroom for multiple tripsthroughout the year. During Crescite Week, upperschool students can travel with faculty to places likeIreland, Italy, Spain and Costa Rica; or they can staylocal and go bird hunting or touring Civil Warbattlefields. Far from being a vacation, each CresciteWeek trip is imbued with the spirit of adventure,learning and growing.Crescite (“Grow”): The first word given to mankindfrom our creator is the School’s motto. A sincerededication to the continual growth of every boyis what distinguishes The Heights School. Each student ischallenged to grow onwards and upwards to his college,his career and to God. Heights students accomplish greatacademic, artistic and athletic feats, but each teacher andcoach knows that it is the process that counts. What setsThe Heights apart is a keen eye toward the mentoring invirtue of each boy, and the encouragement to strive to thebest of his ability in all areas of life.A Growing CampusIn addition to the minds, bodies and souls of our students,our campus and facilities are constantly growing andchanging. This year we open the doors of the new mainbuilding for our Upper School, as well as a newlyrenovatedMiddle School and sports field. Stop by for avisit and tour the new facilities.AdvisorySince we take the mentoring of each boy so seriously, ourAdvisory program is an integral element of the School.Each student meets regularly with his advisor to discussschool, sports, friends—in a word, life.


TraditionIn 1969 a group of parents committed themselves toestablishing a learning environment in which theirsons could climb beyond their academic limitswhile becoming strong Christian gentlemen. Thus beganThe Heights, and this tradition of working closely withthe parents for the education of each budding gentlemanwill always continue. The common knowledge and lovefor this vision among the parents and faculty makes fora closely knit Heights family.Heights traditions are numerous and meaningful.We have school-wide capture-the-flag games to celebratefeast days. The Middle School hosts Gentlemen’s Dinnersfor the students to celebrate Christmas, but also to learnsocial etiquette. Grades 3-8 make overnight camping tripsto foster camaraderie and to celebrate the completion ofthe school year. These traditions are a way of sharing theSchool’s beloved vision with the students.Clans of the CrestStudents at The Heights are divided into four clansnamed after symbols from our crest, which representvirtues esteemed by all Heights men. The clanscompete throughout the year for the Tower — a trophysymbolizing strength and vision. Festival days includeschool-wide Mass, a barbecue, and creative athleticcompetitions — a true feast!CurriculumThe Heights academic education is based on a traditionalliberal arts curriculum. Students learn how to read,comprehend and articulate (in writing and in speech) theirown thoughts on the great works of western civilization.Junior TripAs a rite of passage before becoming leaders of the studentbody, Heights men embark on an amazing journey at theend of their junior year. Spanning nearly 100 miles andculminating at the location of Maryland’s founding, the tripincludes hiking, biking, canoeing and swimming.


The goal of any Heights teacher is to attune hisstudents to reality. Heights boys learn to seethe abundant goodness of the world and of allcreation. This prepares the students for the challenges of lifebeyond high school, but it also trains them to love the worldin which they are striving. Wonder is the engine for TheHeights education. Boys who are excited, intrigued andfascinated will naturally be encouraged to learn. Genuinelyinterested faculty members teach what they love. Once theirenthusiasm carries over to the students, the curiosity andsearch for reality has begun.“Wonder is te seedof wisdom.”— A N C I E N T G R E E K P R O V E R BNatural HistoryOur quiet and heavily-wooded campus is perfectlysuited for the curiosity and adventurous spirit of boys.In the Lower School, the faculty uses this great assetto teach natural history, in which the boys learn abouttrees, insects, and other animals. Natural historyteaches the boys to notice and appreciate the worldaround them. This is an excellent beginning to alifelong pursuit of knowledge.WonderPoetryPoetry is an essential component of our curriculum.Students in grades 3-12 will memorize, analyze, reciteand compose poetry for their literature classes or for theschool-wide Competition of the Bard. Students learnthat poetry is not simply an artistic use of language, buta means by which we can know and affirm creation.Robert Penn Warren mused that, “In the end, the poemis not a thing we see — it is, rather, a light by which wemay see — and what we see is life.” For that reasonpoetry has a prominent place in a Heights education.


BeyondteClassroomAthleticsThe Heights fields teams in the following sports:■ Baseball■ Basketball■ Cross Country■ Lacrosse■ Golf■ Soccer■ Squash■ Swimming■ Track & Field■ Ultimate Frisbee■ WrestlingThe Heights teams boast excellent and gifted studentathletes,many of whom go on to college-level sports.But our real success is a result of our excellent coachingstaff and hard-fighting teams that honor the game theyplay with sportsmanship and a competitive spirit.Many parents at The Heights will tell you thatwhat they appreciate most about the Schoolis its impressive balance and variety. TheHeights has a flexible and challenging curriculum, greatsports teams and school spirit, an outstanding musicprogram, and a multitude of extracurricular clubs inwhich the students have the opportunity to participate.The Heights faculty tries to foster each uniqueniche and talent in every one of our students. A successfulHeights graduate will have experimented with numeroussubjects and sports, outlets and hobbies, and grown in histalents to make him who he is.MusicIn addition to our successful drama club, music hasbecome an accomplished and impressive program.Beginner, intermediate and advanced bands, jazzband, orchestra, chorus and a’cappella groupscomprise a stellar line-up of options for our students.Some of these groups travel for competitions and allof them perform twice a year at the StrathmoreConcert Hall.


BeyondTeAdmissionsHeightsCollege preparation is a natural component of The Heights education. Heightsfaculty understand that their task is not simply to get their students into greatuniversities, but rather to equip them with the skills, virtues and abilities to succeedin college. In this vein, our college counselors work with juniors and seniors in the samedirect and personal way that our entire School operates. They work with each student tohelp him find not only the best school, but the best school for him. The college counselorsalso understand that this process can be an opportunity for the student’s growth—a chanceto present himself to the broader world in a professional manner.Here is where you could find some of our alumni:■ Catholic University ■ Columbia University ■ Duke University■ GeorgetownUniversity ■ Harvard University ■ PrincetonUniversity ■ Providence College ■ United States Naval Academy■ University of Chicago ■ University of Dallas ■ University ofMaryland ■ University of Navarre, Spain ■ University of NotreDame ■ University of Pennsylvania ■ University of VirginiaC O N T A C T I N F O R M A T I O NDirector of Admissions:Richard Mossrmoss@heights.eduCoordinator of Admissions:Dorothy Reillydreilly@heights.eduAdmissions Office:301.765.2093Application available online:www.heights.edu/applyHow to Apply1 . Submit a completed application.This includes the following:■ Application Form.■ Academic Records with proper Heights Request forRecords Form.■ Recommendation Form completed by a currentteacher (at least one).■ $50 application fee.2 .Call the School to arrange for a day-long student visit.Student visits begin in October and end in March.3 .Prospective upper school students must take the SSAT(www.ssat.org).4 .Once your son's application is completed (steps one,two, and three if applicable), call the School to arrangefor a family interview. Completing the family interviewis the final step required for full consideration by TheHeights School.The Heights School is open to all interested and qualified students and admits students ofany race, creed, color, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activitiesgenerally accorded or made available to students at the School. It does not discriminate onthe basis of race, creed, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educationalpolicies, admission policies, scholarship and loan program, athletic and other schoolrelatedprograms, or in the employment of its faculty and staff.


“Te glory of Godis a man fully alive.”— S T . I R E N A E U ST h e H e i g h t s S c h o o l10400 Seven Locks RoadPotomac, Maryland 20854T: 301. 365 . 4300F: 301.365 . 4303www.heights.edu

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