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Upper School (7-12)

recitation-1HLS offers a classical, Christian education. the goal of a classical education is to develop the mind of a student through latin and mathematics, and to develop wisdom and virtue through a careful reading of the classics. The goal of our Christian education program is to help students achieve Biblical literacy, a knowledge of church history, ad a strong faith and Christian consciousness. We desire to create a school culture that is a model of excellence in both academics and Christian character.

In all of our programs we strive for continuity and mastery learning. Classical education also focuses on teaching age-appropriate material through age appropriate methods. At HLS we follow the classical trivium which emphasizes memorization and accumulation of facts in the grammar school; evaluation, analysis and integration of information in the logic stage of middle grades; and the articulate expression of ideas through the written or spoken word in the rhetoric stage of the upper school.

High school teachers will continue to utilize memorization and the synthesis of ideas employed in the teaching methods of the lower and middle grades. Development of fluent writing skills will be an area of emphasis in all of the high school course work. Study skills, organization, and effective work habits will remain a focal point in all of our upper school instruction.


Graduation Requirements
Highlands Latin School has an integrated course of studies that leads to a high school diploma of the highest quality. Our transcripts include course descriptions and book lists so that colleges may understand the nature of our curriculum and the level of reading our graduates have experienced.

Each credit represents one years’ work in a 3-4 hour course.

Math                                                                           4
Latin                                                                           4
English Studies (includes Logic/Rhetoric)         5
Classical/Christian Studies                                    4
American/Modern Studies                                    3
Music                                                                         1 (four years of choir)
Science                                                                      4
Club Sports                                                               1 (four years of PE)
Total                                                                          26 credits


House System
For social, athletic, leadership, service, and other extracurricular activities, Upper School students are organized into four Houses.  Each multi-age House has four officers and provides many leadership opportunities.  Houses compete throughout the year for points in order to win the coveted House Cup.  Student’s learn the rules of order and serve on a variety of committees.  Older students serve as role models for their younger classmates, with the result that all students grow in maturity and positive social skills.

Each House has its own crest and tartan plaid and is named for one of the four patron saints of the British Isles:  St. George for England, St. Andrew for Scotland, St. David for Wales and St. Patrick for Ireland.  Our House system is helping students create traditions that will be handed down to future generations of HLS students. To learn more about the HLS House System, please click here.


Class Schedules
The schedule below shares the time on task and the number of sessions for each subject. The particular days or times may vary.

Grades 9-12 Class Schedule

Time   Tuesday Wednesday Thursday      Friday           
7:50-9:00 Latin Classical Studies Latin Classical Studies
9:00-10:00 Math Math Math Math
10:00-11:00 English Studies Latin Logic Latin
11:30-11:30 Science (11-12:00) Lunch Lunch/Club Sports Lunch
11:30-12:45 English Studies Composition English Studies
12:45-2:00 Choir Modern Studies Modern Studies
2:00-3:30 Science Christian Studies Science


Extracurricular Activities
Upper School: House System, 4-H Club, National Geographic Bee, Scripts Spelling Bee, National Latin Exam, Yearbook Club, High School Fall Retreat, Drama Club, Hand Bell Choir, PSAT/SAT Prep. Class, Debate Club, Talent Show and Service Club.

For more information or to schedule a tour please call and ask for our admissions director, Jennifer Wiley, who will be glad to assist you.