Emerald Heights Academy High School Information Meeting
For nearly 25 years, Emerald Heights Academy, an independent school, has been committed to delivering academic excellence in the Catholic tradition to families in the greater Seattle area. It is our mission to Teach the Mind by imparting appropriate knowledge; to Educate the Heart to love authentic values and a sense of what is good, true and beautiful; and to Form the Will by shaping character in virtues. Since its founding, the vision for Emerald Heights was to ultimately offer an authentically Catholic education for students PreK - 12th grade. From the humble beginnings of 5 students, EHA has grown to a PreK – 8th grade school serving both full-time and homeschool children. However, the need for academic and virtue formation for grades 9 – 12 is more critical today than ever before.
The crisis of modern education calls attention to what is lacking at its foundation: an accurate understanding of the nature of a young person and his or her ultimate purpose. We see the foundations of faith, character and virtue laid in the early formative years by parents being undermined by the secular values that have permeated the culture, especially at the high school and college levels. Children no longer are taught to think critically, being able to discern what is true and what is false. Values are considered relative to one’s feelings and shift with the whims of the culture. Intellectual challenges to matters of faith which a child does not know how to answer leads to skepticism, and sadly, far too many children will abandon their childhood faith between the ages of 18 - 24.
“Authentic Catholic education is ordered toward the only source of true happiness, fostering the intellectual, moral, and theological virtues that make us fully human because they lead us to grow more and more like Christ. The primary focus, then, is not on mere facts and skills to be acquired for college and career readiness. Rather, Catholic liberal education respects the dignity of the young person. It connects children’s minds, hearts, and souls with the truths beyond the facts so that what they know will transform their lives.” – Institute of Classical Liberal Education
During the last few years, members of the EHA Board as well as people close to the school have been exploring how to make the founder’s vision to offer high school a reality. We are excited to announce plans to offer courses for grades 9 and 10 beginning in the Fall of 2018, in the tradition of the Classical Liberal Arts.
An informational meeting will be held on Sunday, January 28th at 3:30 PM on the EHA campus located at 3850 156th Ave SE in Bellevue. Join us to learn more about this exciting new adventure in Catholic education in the Seattle area. In keeping with the school’s motto, Semper Altius, which in Latin means ‘Always Higher”, we invite you to unite with us to strive for something greater than ourselves for the sake of our children, enabling them to go out and impact the world for Christ.
EHA High School Committee
Stephanie Sheng – firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura Lee – email@example.com
Julie Flynn – firstname.lastname@example.org
The desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God; and God never ceases to draw man to himself. Only in God will he find the truth and happiness he never stops searching for. … But this search for God demands of Man every effort of intellect, a sound will, “an upright heart”, as well as the witness of others who teach him to seek God.
(The Catechism of the Catholic Church 27, 30)