The Heights School

Potomac, MD
Contact: (301) 365-4300

Overview

The Heights School is a private, independent, preparatory school for boys, grades three to twelve. Our mission is to assist parents in the intellectual, moral, physical, and spiritual education of their sons, with dedicated teachers training boys rigorously in the liberal arts.

The Heights School provides a traditional liberal arts curriculum grounded in the western canon, the body of learning on which western civilization rests. By incorporating the many noble aspirations and developments of the modern world into this classical context, The Heights School strives to achieve the goal of the full human development of each student. The school motto, Crescite, is the Latin translation of the Creators first words to man, increase and grow. Indeed that divine command is the foundation of our mission: to assist parents in the intellectual, moral, physical, and spiritual education of their sons.

A liberal arts curriculum is essential to this mission. The liberal arts have been traditionally grouped into two broad disciplines: the trivium, consisting of grammar, logic, and rhetoric; and the quadrivium, consisting of astronomy, music, geometry, and arithmetic. At The Heights, these disciplines are represented by a core of courses in ten academic departments: English, Mathematics, Classics, History, Religion, Science, Spanish, Art, Computers, and Music. While a liberal arts education is an excellent preparation for many professions, its chief value is not its practical utility but that it contributes to living a more noble human life. A liberal arts education enables a student to rise above his own cultural situation to contemplate the great human realities that matter most in our lives: the meaning of suffering, the possibility of authentic Love, Truth, Beauty, and eternity. A liberal arts education would properly be pursued for its own sake even if it were not useful for another end.

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