The Heights School (Maryland)

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The Heights School
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The Heights School
10400 Seven Locks Road
Potomac, Maryland, (Montgomery County) 20854-4085
United States
Coordinates 39°1′42″N 77°9′52″W / 39.02833°N 77.16444°W / 39.02833; -77.16444Coordinates: 39°1′42″N 77°9′52″W / 39.02833°N 77.16444°W / 39.02833; -77.16444
Type Private, day
Motto "Crescite"
(grow; increase, multiply (Genesis 1:28))
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1969
School district Independent
Headmaster Mr. Alvaro de Vicente
Faculty 60
Grades 312
Gender Other
Enrollment 465
Student to teacher ratio 7.6:1[1]
Color(s) Red and white         
Slogan "Men Fully Alive"
Song "To The Heights"
Mascot Cavalier
Team name Cavaliers
Accreditation AdvancED[2]
Newspaper The Cavalier
Affiliation Opus Dei
Admission Director Richard Moss
Athletic Director Dan Lively

The Heights School is a preparatory school for boys in grades 3-12 in Potomac, Maryland, United States. Its mission is to assist parents in the intellectual, spiritual, and physical education of their sons. It is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington. The school's Christian orientation and spiritual formation are entrusted to Opus Dei, a personal prelature of the Catholic Church founded in 1928. The Heights School offers a liberal arts curriculum in English, mathematics, classics, history, religion, science, Spanish, art, computers, and music.[citation needed]

As of the 2009-2010 school year, the school had an enrollment of 458 students and 60.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student-teacher ratio of 7.6.[1]


The Heights School currently has 13 different sports teams: cross country, golf, soccer, basketball, squash, swimming, wrestling, baseball, lacrosse, tennis, track and field, and rugby.


A group of Catholic laymen, many belonging to the Prelature of Opus Dei ("Work of God"), founded the Heights School in 1969. Among these was author and parenting expert James Stenson.


The William Peter Gallahad Blatty scholarship is given once every four years to an outstanding student in honor of William P. G. Blatty, son of the author of The Exorcist and member of the Class of 2005, who died of a heart condition.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Freddy Adu, professional soccer player; attended but eventually transferred[3][4]
  • Kerui Chen, son of Chinese human rights lawyer Chen



  1. ^ a b [1], National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed June 29, 2012.
  2. ^ AdvancED website
  3. ^ Sports Illustrated online: Who's Next? Freddy Adu. "In his first organized basketball game two years ago, a J.V. contest for The Heights School in Potomac, Freddy scored 28 points." Accessed June 4, 2008.
  4. ^ - Adu completes high school. Accessed June 4, 2008.

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