Welcome to Great Hearts Northern Oaks, Serving Grades K-12
Dear Griffin Families,
It is truly an honor to welcome you, whether old friends or new friends, to the Great Hearts Northern Oaks community. We use the word “community” because it has special meaning for us at the liberal arts academy. It comes from the Latin words “communis” meaning “shared in common” and “communitas” meaning “public spirit or with-ness.” In short, “community” when used as a noun can be defined as a fellowship of people who result from the sharing of common attitudes, loves and goals. C. S. Lewis, the author of the Narnia series, remarks that, “…What draws people to be friends is that they see the same truth. They share it.” We are a special community of friends – students, parents, and faculty – bonded together by our shared love of the True, the Good and the Beautiful; a fellowship of people striving to live the habits of happiness connected to the cardinal virtues … in essence, The Good Life.
Our hope this year is that the joy and wonder experienced in our classrooms spills out of our four walls and into to your car rides and dinner table conversations, parties and gatherings, camping trips and excursions and to the far corners of San Antonio. As we embark on year 5 as an academy, we invite you to our flourishing community where we hope to build a legacy of rich traditions with you.
In the spirit of flourishing, Great Hearts Northern Oaks strives to create an intentional culture in which a community of learners is actively involved in the process of loving what is true, good, and beautiful.
Welcome to the 2019-20 school year … where every day is a good day to be a Griffin!
Lower School Headmaster
Upper School Headmaster