The Heights School (Maryland)

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The Heights School
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The Heights School
10400 Seven Locks Road


United States
Coordinates39°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
TypePrivate, day
(grow; increase, multiply (Genesis 1:28))
Religious affiliation(s)Christianity
DenominationRoman Catholic
School districtIndependent
HeadmasterAlvaro de Vicente
Student to teacher ratio7.6:1[1]
Color(s)Red and white         
Slogan"Men Fully Alive"
Song"To The Heights"
Athletics conferenceWashington Catholic Athletic Conference
Team nameCavaliers
NewspaperThe Cavalier
AffiliationOpus Dei
Admission DirectorRichard Moss
Athletic DirectorDan Lively

The Heights School is a preparatory school for boys in grades 3-12 in Potomac, Maryland. 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 but is no longer officially recognized by the archdiocese as a Catholic school.[3] 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, music.[4]

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


The Heights School currently has 12 different sports teams : cross country, golf, soccer, basketball, squash, swimming, wrestling, baseball, lacrosse, tennis, track and field, and rugby.

The Heights School is known for fielding especially strong soccer teams. Products of The Heights program include former national team and professional player Freddy Adu. Players from The Heights are often recruited by top programs

In the fall of 2018 – the first year of membership in the WCAC – The Heights varsity soccer team won the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship following their undefeated season. The team was ranked #16 in the nation, #2 in the Washington Post rankings


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 Peter Vincent Galahad 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]


  1. ^ a b [1], National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed June 29, 2012.
  2. ^ AdvancED website
  3. ^ "ADW Catholic High School Directory", 2019-2020 edition, Archdiocese of Washington.
  4. ^ "The Heights School".
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ - Adu completes high school. Accessed June 4, 2008.

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