The School is divided (students, faculty, and staff) into four clans. The clan names are taken from the four elements of the School crest, each with a motto connected to the ideals that complete a Heights man:
At the beginning of every year, each new student and faculty or staff member is assigned to one of the four clans. The clans strengthen Heights enthusiasm and pride, give a strong sense of belonging to a tradition and family, and encourage leadership. They create rallying points through the year marked by festival days that include Holy Mass, competitions, a worthy meal, and spirited games. The clan with the most points at the end of the year on the Day of the Tower wins the Clan cup and hoists their flag on the flagpole for the coming year.
Classes begin promptly at 8:20 a.m. Students are dismissed at 3:05 p.m.
While there is no direct supervision of the students during off-hours, The Heights has historically proven to be a safe environment for students to wait for a ride. The front door of the main building is typically open by 7:30 a.m. If students wish to enter the building, they may go into Chesterton Hall or into the Chapel. Students are not allowed on the upper floors before 8:00 a.m. The lower and middle school buildings are not opened until just before class begins at 8:20 a.m. Extracurricular activities, sports, and other events take place after school allowing the opportunity for students to remain on campus. In addition, the library remains open for quiet study until 4:00 p.m. each day.
Students are listed by ZIP Code in the CLASS LISTS section of the directory to assist parents in organizing car pools or get-togethers outside of school.
If you call our main phone number, our receptionist can either deliver a message or arrange for your son to call you back, depending on the urgency of the situation.
A quick phone call or email to a fellow classmate will do the trick.
The Heights follows Montgomery County weather decisions. WTOP Radio 103.5 FM and the Montgomery County Public Schools website are also reliable sources of school closing information. We do our best to put notifications on the home page of our website. In the rare event that we do not follow Montgomery County, we will send an email explaining the decision.
The Haberdashery is the school store, located inside the front lobby. For store hours or to shop online, visit heightshabs.com.
No, school policy is that the students can only wear the issued clothing for PE.
The Lost and Found is located on the porch of the modular building next to the gym. All items and clothing should be labeled with your son’s name. Every effort will be made to return a labeled item to the owner. Unclaimed items that remain unclaimed for a period of not less than two weeks will be bagged and sent to a charitable organization. Items lost in the lower school may also be held by your son’s homeroom teacher.
Yes. The Heights Parent Association (HPA) provides a number of services to the School, including event hosting and overseeing the Fathers and Mothers Clubs. Please contact Fathers Club President Joe Crnkovich: email@example.com or Mothers Club President Lisa Sciortino: firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
The Crescite Fund is our annual giving program. The School’s fiscal year runs from July 1st to June 30th. All gifts received during that period will count toward that year’s fund.
Simply put, tuition alone does not cover the full cost of a Heights education. Normally, only about 84% of the School’s operating budget is funded with tuition dollars. In addition, expenses such as construction and improvement of capital assets are not funded by tuition. Independent schools and other non-profit organizations rely on the generosity of their communities to help fund their programs with these tax-exempt gifts.
Everyone in The Heights School community – parents, alumni, parents of alumni, school employees, and friends of the School – is asked to make a gift to the Crescite Fund. The average parent gift is about $1,000, however gifts of any amount support the School’s mission and contribute to a high level of parent participation. The Heights is truly grateful for every gift.
All gifts to the Crescite Fund directly impact students by helping to finance crucial programs, including: academics, athletics, performing arts, faculty development and need-based scholarships. Additionally, our donors may give to a specific program and thereby direct the gift’s use.
Yes! Electronic ACH debit and credit card contributions can be made over a secure server using the link: www.heights.edu/give or by clicking on GIVING in the red bar at the top of the school’s homepage.
Many companies match gifts to independent schools. To find out if your employer will match your gift to The Heights School, check with your company’s personnel office. Our Development Office will secure the matching gift. In recognizing your donation to the School, your company’s matching gift will be included as a part of your total donation. Contact James Kolakowski, Director of Annual Giving, for questions.
Contributions of $3,000 or more to the Crescite Fund are considered Leadership Gifts. Leadership donors are invited each year to a Headmaster’s Dinner in recognition of their generous support of the School. In addition, their names are listed in one of the Leadership Circles in the Annual Report published each fall.
Head of School – Michael Moynihan
301.365.0227 ext. 125 – email@example.com
Faculty will be on hand to help students find their way. The faculty will first direct students to their lockers (lower hall for freshmen, lower hall or second floor for sophomores, second floor for juniors and third floor for seniors – all in the main building). Inside his locker, each student will find a copy of his class schedule. Students can discard any old drafts of their schedules as this schedule in the locker has the correct order of classes and indicates where each class will meet. It is not difficult to find classrooms – rooms 11 through 16 are on the first floor, rooms 21 through 25 are on the second floor and rooms 31 through 34 are on the third floor.
Near the end of the third quarter, look over course options available on the website at heights.edu/curriculum. Discuss the options with your son. Look for an email from Upper School Head Michael Moynihan which summarizes course offerings and highlights any changes or additions to our class offerings. Mr. Moynihan then meets with each student individually to plan his schedule for the next year. He welcomes parent input in the scheduling process and is always happy to answer questions.
Please refer to the School’s Personal Electronic Devices Policy in the Student & Parent Handbook.
Head of School – Andrew Reed
301.365.0227 ext. 104 – firstname.lastname@example.org
The middle school building is in the back of campus; students can come through the main doors or go up the hill to the right of the front entrance through the courtyard. From there, sixth graders should gather in the courtyard, seventh graders should meet at the fish pond, and eighth graders should meet in the library to receive their class schedules.
Many students choose to keep their gym uniforms and shoes at school, bringing them home on the weekend for washing. Others choose to carry a separate gym bag with their clothing in it back and forth each day.
The athletic department issues a uniform to each student in grades three through eight at the beginning of the school year. Extra PE clothing can be purchased at the Haberdashery, The Heights School store.
Our observation of the unrestricted and misuse of internet access on smart phones and iPods, instant messaging, and texting has resulted in the following policy: Middle School students should not bring cell phones on campus. Electronic devices, handheld devices, and other types of personal belongings not appropriate in a school atmosphere are not permitted on campus before, during, or after the school day, or on any school-sponsored trip.
Head of School – Colin Gleason
301.365.0227 ext. 115 – email@example.com
Most parents drop their lower school sons off in the upper bay near the gazebo. The walkway to the Valley is near the athletics building. Lower School teachers will be at the top of the hill to meet and gather students.
Shoes with a tread on the soles are helpful, either something that will hold up through water, snow, mud, etc., or inexpensive shoes you won’t mind replacing frequently. Moccasin-type slip-on shoes are also a popular option in the Valley.
Many students wear their PE uniform under their dress clothes. Others choose to keep their gym uniforms and shoes in a gym bag at school, bringing them home on the weekend for washing. Others choose to carry a separate gym bag with their clothing in it back and forth each day. In other words, whichever way your son prefers.
The athletic department issues two sets of the uniform to each student in grades three through eight at the beginning of the school year. Extra PE clothing can be purchased at the Haberdashery, The Heights School store.
No, rather than send online progress reports, lower school homeroom teachers schedule regular mid-quarter phone conference calls with parents as a more personal means of communicating the students’ progress. This is possible in the lower school because of the small class sizes.
Our observation of the unrestricted and misuse of internet access on smart phones and iPods, instant messaging, and texting has resulted in the following policy: Lower School students should not bring cell phones on campus. Electronic devices, handheld devices, and other types of personal belongings not appropriate in a school atmosphere are not permitted on campus before, during, or after the school day or on any school-sponsored trip.
Faculty phone extensions are listed under the FACULTY tab of the directory. You can also find faculty biographical and contact info online: heights.edu/faculty.
We hold Parent-Teacher Conferences at the end of each quarter, except the last one. However, you never have to wait for a conference to meet or talk with your son’s teacher or mentor. We see you as the primary educator of your son. We welcome any and every opportunity to discuss his progress, including intellectual, physical, moral and spiritual development.
You can make changes by emailing Stefan Syski at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling him at 301.365.0227 ext. 109.
If I have a question about…
The Lower School – Call your son’s homeroom teacher or Lower School Head Colin Gleason, 301.365.0227 ext. 115.
The Middle School – Call your son’s teacher or Middle School Head Andrew Reed, 301.365.0227 ext. 104.
The Upper School – Call your son’s teacher or Upper School Head Michael Moynihan, 301.365.0227 ext. 125.
The Mentoring Program – Call your son’s mentor or the Head of Mentoring Joe Cardenas, 301.365.0227 ext. 111.
My son’s grades – Call your son’s teacher, or, for an overall sense of his grades – his mentor.
The Chapel Schedule – Call the front desk or consult the calendar on the School website, www.heights.edu. Mass usually starts at 9:50 a.m. Parents and visitors are always welcome to attend.
Athletic Schedules – Our Athletic Director, Dan Lively, and coaches will use team emails and the website as a way to communicate practice times or make changes to the schedule. Athletics Hotline – 301.365.0227 ext. 7124.
Lunch Program – Business Manager, Jerry Hadley, 301.365.0227 ext. 124
Bus Program – Transportation Manager, Andrew Acevedo, email@example.com.
Tuition – Business Manager, Jerry Hadley, 301.365.0227 ext. 124
School Policies – Consult the Handbook in this directory, or online at heights.edu/handbook. Many questions not answered here are addressed there.
Asbestos Policy – As required, The Heights School’s Asbestos Management Plan is available upon request to the Facilities Manager.