The Hauts Grades Academy (HGA) is a program designed to promote the education, knowledge, and engagement of members in the Scottish Rite, NMJ. The Scottish Rite was known as the Hauts Grades in its early beginnings.  

The program is made up of three exciting levels:

Level One – The candidate will delve into the ritual of all twenty-nine Scottish Rite, NMJ degrees

Level Two – The essay portion of the curriculum will allow for self-reflection and review of Scottish Rite degrees selected personally by the candidate.

Level Three – A written research paper on a topic of the candidate’s choice, which will be pre-approved and reviewed by the HGA committee. Research topics can vary between history, ritual, and the philosophy of the Scottish Rite.  

At full completion, the graduate will earn the honor of becoming a Scottish Rite Hauts Grades Academic, and will be entitled to include the letters HGA after his name. A certificate and HGA jewel will also be awarded upon completion, but an enriching educational experience is the overall goal.


The HGA curriculum is designed, and the program will be administered by:

  • Yasser Alkhatib, 32°, MSA, Valley of Philadelphia
  • Mohamad A. Yatim, 32°, MSA, Valley of Northern New Jersey
  • E. Oscar Alleyne, 32°, Valley of the Hudson, New York
  • James O. Dill, 33°, Valley of Boston
  • Christopher Hodapp, 33°, Valley of Indianapolis

Hauts Grades Academy is expected to launch in early 2018! It will be free to all Scottish Rite, NMJ members in good standing.

If you are interested in more information, please submit the below form. We will keep you up to date!

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