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The Culture of The Heights: Alvaro de Vicente on Our Mission

This week on HeightsCast, we feature headmaster Alvaro de Vicente’s open house speech on the mission and vision of The Heights School. In the speech, Alvaro helps parents discern the right school for their son. Understanding education to be essentially about partnering with parents to transmit a culture, he encourages parents to thoughtfully consider the culture of our school and how it relates to the culture of their own homes. In addition, Mr. de Vicente offers a few words on our vision of manhood, suggesting that to be a good man, one must also be quite dangerous: powerful enough to do damage, but with the moral character to do great things.


  • 1:17 How to discern the right school for your son
  • 1:45 Education as transmission of culture
  • 2:46 Our vision
    • 3:20 Dangerously good: what it means to be a man
    • 6:15 Our goal
  • 6:50 How to make this vision a reality
    • 6:57 Partnership with parents
    • 8:35 Growth in virtue
    • 11:40 Model the culture and counsel your sons

Additional Resources 

Against All Hope: A Memoir of Life in Castro’s Gulag by Armando Valladares

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Also on The Forum

The Man Fully Alive with Alvaro de Vicente

Self-Mastery: Alvaro de Vicente on Fostering Interior Freedom in Schools with Alvaro de Vicente

Who Am I?: The Question of Persona with Alvaro de Vicente

Our Little Protectors: How Do WE See Our Boys? with Alvaro de Vicente

Forming Wise, Courageous Risk-Takers with Alvaro de Vicente

About the Guest

Alvaro de Vicente

Headmaster, The Heights School

In addition to his responsibilities as headmaster of The Heights, Alvaro acts as a mentor to high schoolers, and teachers senior Apologetics.

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