Experience The Heights First-Hand!
Visit Day Guidelines:
- General Overview: Visiting The Heights in person is the best way for a student to get familiar with the school. Student visitors are placed with a classroom in their current grade, except for those applying to our 3rd and 9th grades. So, for example, a student visitor who is currently in 5th grade and applying to our 6th grade will spend the day in a 5th grade classroom, while a student who is currently in 2nd grade and applying to the 3rd grade will spend the day in a 3rd grade classroom. 8th grade students applying to our 9th grade will shadow a 9th grade student for the day.
- Scheduling: In order to schedule a student visit, please register here by following these steps: (1) provide your son’s information; (2) select “Schedule a Visit” next to “How can we help you today?”; (3) proceed to fill out the rest of the form. If you already submitted an application, please sign the waiver and schedule a visit on the admissions checklist in the parent portal.
- Arrival: Reserved Parking is available in the 2nd row as you come up the main driveway. Student visitors should arrive to the Admissions Office by 8:10am.
- Dress Code: Visitors are encouraged to dress as Heights students. For 3rd-7th graders this means a dress shirt, tie, slacks, and dress shoes (loosely defined, of course, for our younger boys—hiking boots are fine!). 8th-12th Graders follow similar guidelines, but must also wear a blazer. If you don’t have a blazer, please don’t purchase one just for the shadow day!
- What should I bring? 3rd-8th Grade visitors should bring a backpack, lunch, and a change of clothes for gym (t-shirt, shorts, sneakers, sweatshirt). Upper School visitors need only bring a notebook and a book (for those rare classes when your host will have a test). Lunch for high school visitors is on us!
- Pick-up: For most students pick-up is at 2:20pm, though we ask your patience as some teachers are so enthusiastic about their material that they may, on occasion, finish class a minute or two late. Students applying to 8th grade (and therefore visiting our 7th grade) will have a 3:05 pm pick up. Please pull your car in front of the main building and we will meet you there with your son(s).
- Weather delays and cancelations: The Heights follows Montgomery County Public Schools for weather delays and cancelations. If there is a two-hour delay, we will open at 10:40. If school is cancelled, we will be in touch with you the day after the scheduled visit to put another date on the calendar. Of course, if we are not closed but you don’t feel it prudent to visit in light of weather conditions, feel free to reschedule your visit. We’re happy to help you find a more convenient time.
Tips for a successful shadow day:
- Introduce yourself to our teachers. They will likely reach out to you first, but, just in case they don’t, make sure you say hello. Ask any Heights alumnus and he will tell you that the best part about The Heights isn’t the curriculum, the campus, or the lunch, it’s our teachers! Take the time to get to know them.
- If you have any extracurricular interests, please tell us when you arrive in the morning. We’ll do our best to introduce you to the different activities at the school.
- Try to relax. It’s never easy to be a visitor in a new school, but pretend that this is the beginning of your second year at The Heights. You’ll find that, notwithstanding the blazers, ours is a relaxed environment where students are given a great deal of freedom to be themselves and interact with the faculty.
- Have fun! Your education, much like your future professional life, should be enjoyable!