Dear Friends of Great Hearts Forest Heights,
It is truly an honor to serve you as the founding Headmaster of Great Hearts Forest Heights. From the time almost a decade ago when my wife and I first enrolled our children at Great Hearts in Phoenix, Arizona, to becoming teachers ourselves, to bringing our family to San Antonio as a part of the founding team that brought Great Hearts to the state of Texas, I have seen first-hand the impact that this education can have on students, families, and entire communities. Our own family has truly been transformed by the experience, and I look forward to partnering with you and as you seek the same thing for yours.
Great Hearts exists to cultivate the hearts and minds of students through the pursuit of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. Our primary tool of cultivation is the Socratic Method. We seek to employ this timeless teaching technique, in which the teacher uses questions and conversations to guide students from what they already know, to what they do not yet know, in all subjects. It is the development of these academic habits that causes students to inquire deeply, while also feeding their curious sense of wonder. Too often, school is a place where a child’s native delight in knowledge fades away with time. Great Hearts is dedicated to cultivating and tending this love of learning from kindergarten through high school graduation.
The great books of our Western tradition will ignite their imaginations, while simultaneously facilitating conversations about wisdom and philosophy. Our Singapore Math program takes students on a journey, demonstrating concepts in concrete, real forms before revealing the same idea through pictorial representations that conclude with the familiar, yet abstract, equations, formulas and algorithms.
Our science curriculum is hands-on and historical, while our study of history is in-depth, as students frequently engage with primary sources. The study of language is a critical component of education, and in our classical tradition, all students will study Latin.
In music and art, our students will experience and also create beauty by imitating and studying the masters. Our physical education program, like every other aspect of our curriculum, seeks to create a lifelong love of movement and activity.
We desire Great Hearts Forest Heights to provide a fulfilling, educational experience that will be characterized by order and joy. Our schools are filled with carefully chosen faculty who demonstrate expertise in their subject area, while also exhibiting the wonder and moral character we seek to develop in our students. This pursuit of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty will inspire and shape students into the best versions of themselves, setting in motion growth that will continue the rest of their lives.
I look forward to meeting you all personally,
Great Hearts is a non-profit network of public charter schools dedicated to improving education nationwide through classical preparatory K-12 academies. A Great Hearts education prepares students to be more than just proficient test takers, but rather, to become great-hearted leaders capable of success throughout their higher education and professional careers. With a curriculum built upon a classical liberal arts tradition and a revolutionary approach to school itself, Great Hearts cultivates the hearts and minds of students in the pursuit of Truth, Goodness and Beauty.