Principal’s Message


At DHPA, we take to heart the Latin phrase, Esse quam videri (“To be, rather than to seem”). This motto signifies our community’s commitment to be the best; to explore, question, communicate and evaluate, as these are skills necessary for life-long learning and high moral character. Instead of relying on familiar ways of looking at the world, instead of depending on what we think we already know, we appraise questions, exploration, and communication—our own and those of others—in ways that seek new insights and develop values.

Using Esse quam videri, we seek out what things are, not merely what they seem to be. It is found in Cicero‘s essay “On Friendship,” “Virtute enim ipsa non tam multi praediti esse quam videri volunt” (Few are those who wish to be endowed with virtue rather than to seem so). Just a few years after Cicero, Sallust used the phrase writing that Cato the Youngeresse quam videri bonus malebat” (He preferred to be good rather than to seem so). Previous to both Romans, Aeschylus used a similar phrase in Seven Against Thebes at line 592, at which the scout (angelos) says of the priest Amphiaraos: “ou gar dokein aristos, all’ einai thelei” (his resolve is not to seem the best but in fact to be the best).

Our uniform displays the honor of being part of a community that strives for excellence. We proudly display our crest to communicate our value for academic achievement, technology, the fine arts, and humanities. Our partnership with parents is focused on our commitment to provide all which is necessary to develop students that can present themselves to our community as models of integrity and hard work. We are all excited to begin our adventure with this clear vision as our guide.

Welcome to Desert Heights Preparatory Academy!