The Middle School Years

Heights Middle School Head, Mr. Andy Reed, discusses the middle school years.  Drawing on his years of experience working with middle school boys and their families, Mr. Reed offers practical advice on how parents can best help their sons grow during these crucial years of formation.  While we have often heard it said that parents should “cut the cord” and “let him leave the nest,” in this talk Mr. Reed emphasises the importance of parents combining freedom with formation.  He recommends parents keep their sons especially close during these critical years, even as they give them the genuine freedom to grow in virtue.

Andy Reed

About the guest:

Andy Reed


Andy Reed joined The Heights faculty in 1998 and was named Head of the Middle School in 2000. In addition to his leadership duties in the Middle School, he teaches Middle School science. He has directed the latest school accreditation process for The Heights and is also the Director of the Educating Leaders Conference, an international conference for school administrators hosted at The Heights. He is a graduate of Georgetown University, where he majored in both philosophy and the pre-medical sciences and participated in the Faculty Fellows Program. Twice he declined his acceptance to Georgetown University’s School of Medicine out of a continued commitment towards his work at The Heights. Andy has completed his graduate work at Johns Hopkins University and holds an M.S. in School Administration. He has an interest in writing, in particular on subject matter that parallels the many conversations he has with parents about family and student development. An All-Met and USA Today All-American baseball player in high school, Andy was the former catcher for Georgetown University’s varsity team and has enjoyed coaching his students. Andy is an avid outdoorsman, and during the summer, is also the director of The Heights Discovery Science Camp as well as the Study Skills and Writing Workshop. Andy and his wife, Mary Margaret, have six children.