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Great Hearts Harveston: Serving Grades K-7

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Dear Prospective Students, Families, and the East Baton Rouge Community,

Welcome to Great Hearts Harveston, an integral part of the renowned Great Hearts Academies network, and a growing K-12 academy in the heart of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. As a tuition-free, public charter school, we are honored to offer a classical education that nurtures young minds from kindergarten through high school, preparing them for both collegiate success and a life rich in virtue.

At Great Hearts Harveston, we believe in the transformative power of a classical liberal arts education. Our curriculum is meticulously crafted to provide an educational journey that transcends the traditional, fostering a deep appreciation for the true, the good, and the beautiful. We are committed to developing well-educated, well-cultivated human beings, guided by the pursuit of human excellence—otherwise known as virtue—in all endeavors.

Our academy’s success stems from our intentional community of educators and learners. We partner closely with parents, recognizing that the collaboration between school and home is essential in shaping the intellectual and moral character of our students. Our faculty, chosen for their content expertise, intellectual rigor, and moral awareness, are dedicated to inspiring scholars to aspire toward what is good, true, and beautiful.

In the nurturing environment of our elementary school, young minds begin their educational journey. Here, students are introduced to the foundational elements of classical education, fostering a sense of wonder and curiosity. Our kindergarten through fifth-grade curriculum includes immersive studies in literature, mathematics, science, and history, complemented by fine arts and physical education. This holistic approach ensures a balanced and enriching educational experience from the very start.

As students progress into middle school, they encounter an increasingly challenging curriculum. This crucial developmental stage deepens their engagement with classical education, encouraging them to question, analyze, and explore. Our middle school program continues the tradition of academic rigor, building upon the foundational knowledge and skills acquired in the elementary years.

The high school years at Great Hearts Harveston represent the culmination of our classical education journey. Our high school students delve into advanced studies across disciplines, reading whole literary and philosophical works, exploring scientific facts, and engaging with mathematical proofs. The focus on depth of inquiry and appreciation of learning prepares them for the rigors of college and the broader world.

Our classical approach is rooted in real and meaningful content that traces its roots through the peaks and pitfalls of Western tradition. We are philosophical realists, believing the world to be knowable and that strong character arises from humane rigor and good habits of mind and body. In this, we prepare our students not only for academic success but for the greater pursuit of a virtuous and fulfilling life.

Located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Great Hearts Harveston benefits from a diverse and vibrant community. This dynamic setting enhances our students’ educational experience, providing them with a broader perspective and deeper understanding of the diverse world they inhabit. We encourage our students to engage with the community, applying their learning in real-world contexts and developing a keen awareness of their role as responsible citizens.

As a tuition-free institution, we are committed to making this exceptional educational experience accessible to all families in Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas. We believe that every child deserves a high-quality education that prepares them for the challenges and opportunities of the future. Our commitment to accessibility and excellence ensures that our doors are open to all who seek a transformative educational journey.

We warmly invite you to explore Great Hearts Harveston, to learn more about our classical approach to education, and to discover the vibrant community that makes our school a special place. We encourage you to visit our campus, meet our passionate educators, and experience the enriching environment we offer.

Great Hearts Harveston is more than just a school; it is a community where intellectual curiosity, moral virtue, and academic excellence are nurtured and celebrated. We are excited about the possibility of welcoming you to our family and embarking together on this enriching educational journey.

We look forward to meeting you and sharing the exceptional experience that Great Hearts Harveston offers. Join us as we continue to shape not only scholars but also virtuous citizens and future leaders of our world.

With warmest regards,

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email info@greatheartsharveston.org.

Sincerely,
Samuel Heisman
Head of School
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