Welcome to Great Hearts Irving Upper School!
We are excited to have you as a part of our community! Below you will find much information and many links to help you find answers to your questions and get acquainted with our school. The topics are listed in alphabetical order.
All students are expected to be in uniform when they arrive on campus each day. We have two uniform vendors: Dennis Uniforms and Flynn O’Hara Uniforms. You can access each of these vendors here.
Every summer, GHI has a Used Uniform Sale. This year’s sale will be July 16th from 10am-2pm and July 19th from 5-7pm. All uniforms will only be sold at the Great Hearts Irving Lower School – 3350 Story Rd. West, Irving TX 75038.
Your child’s daily, on-time attendance in school is critical to his or her success, frequent absences can cause your child to fall behind in his/her schoolwork, which makes it increasingly difficult for our dedicated teachers to prepare your child for success. At Great Hearts Academies, the expectation is for your child to attend school at a minimum of 97% of the school year. This translates to no more than four missed days per school year. It’s understandable that some challenges to your child’s school attendance are unavoidable, such as an illness or a family emergency, however, it is important to understand the impact absences have on your child’s success. We need your partnership as the parent/guardian to ensure your child attends school daily and on time.
Attendance is taken daily at 9:15am. If your child is not in school at 9:15 am, he/she is considered absent for the day. If you child will be missing school, please let us know by emailing email@example.com. For more information, refer to pages 10-13 of the Family Handbook.
Breakfast and Lunch Programs
We offer both breakfast and lunch on campus. You can find information about our meal programs here. If you think your family qualifies for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program, contact our Director of Operations, Patrick Malone.
You will receive carline placards with your student’s name and grade on it on the first day of school. These placards are required for carline every day, as students will wait in their 8th period classrooms until they are called. You can find last year’s Carline Map here. This year’s map should be out by the middle of July, and may contain a few edits.
Great Hearts is committed to an individualized approach to college counseling that focuses on finding the right fit for each student. The emphasis of the program is on helping students discover who they are as learners and emerging adults. Throughout their years at Great Hearts Irving, our students learn to be comfortable in the worlds of both ideas and practicality, understanding the relationship between the two. This serves our students particularly well when selecting a college experience. Visit our college counseling page by clicking here.
While students will learn at different paces, we believe that true education is a matter of development over time and within a stable community. At Great Hearts we give our students individualized attention, but always within a unified, multi-disciplined curriculum. You can find the Great Hearts Curriculum Map here.
We expect our families and students to abide by the rules laid out in our Family Handbook. All families must agree to the guidelines set out in this handbook when they enroll and again every year they re-enroll their students.
7/1/2021 Update: The 2021-2022 GHI Upper School Family Handbook will be published soon upon District approval.
If you think you may qualify for Financial Assistance, please visit our Financial Assistance Page for more details.
Homework Club is an after school program for students in 6th-12th grades that provides students a quiet environment to complete their homework after school. For more information or to signup for homework club, click here.
Every Sunday we send a Newsletter called “The Week Ahead” to our community with important upcoming dates and announcement. To respect your email preferences, we ask parents to opt in to this newsletter. You can find the link to opt in as well as past newsletters here.
Supply List & Classics to Keep
Students are expected to have certain supplies when they come to class everyday and families are asked to contribute to the communal supplies for the classroom. The supply lists for the 2021-2022 school year can be found here. The Classics to Keep list is a list of books that the students are asked to buy which they will use to start their own personal library. That list is being finalized for the next school year.
Students who have their driver’s license may drive to and park on campus. Space is limited. The Student Parking Registration Form for the 2021-2022 school year can be found here.
If you have not yet visited our campus, please come join us for a tour! You can find tour information and signup here.