Highlands Latin Cottage School serves the community by offering a robust classical education to the modern student within a community of moral excellence. We seek to inculcate wisdom and virtue through the study of the liberal arts and the Great Books in a distinctly Christian environment. Our one day program blends traditional homeschooling practices with onsite, high-quality teacher-led learning.

At Highlands Latin Des Moines we teach the Memoria Press curriculum. Memoria Press offers a complete classical curriculum structured with age appropriate, process-based learning. Well-paced, visually-appealing, and systematic, the Memoria Press curriculum will bring out the best in your student’s academic abilities.

Highlands Latin Cottage School will meet on Mondays from 8:00-3:30 p.m. with breaks for lunch and recess. 

Highlands Latin Des Moines is a Classical Latin School Association member.

At HLS Des Moines…

We take a truly classical approach to learning. At Highlands Latin we take a Latin centered classical approach to, as Aquinas says, “ordering things rightly” in the heart and mind of the student.

We order the mind with Latin. The study of Latin begins as soon as the student reads English fluently and with mastery, typically in 2nd grade, and provides a unifying spine for our language arts curriculum. Vocabulary, spelling, and grammar are all augmented through a mastery of the Latin language. Latin study also orders and disciplines the mind. As the mother tongue of Western Civilization, Latin is central to classical education.

We are focused on the liberal arts, which are the skills needed to equip a thinker to approach any subject. They consist of the trivium and the quadrivium.

The trivium are language skills: 

Grammar – the structure and science of language
Logic – the structure and content of argument
Rhetoric – the art of persuasion

The quadrivium are mathematical skills:

Arithmetic – the study of discrete number
Geometry – the study of continuous number
Music – the application of discrete number
Astronomy – the application of continuous number

We teach the Great Books. These books form the literary foundation of the Western world. We read the classics in their original languages. We read and discuss the best of literature throughout the ages supported by the Memoria Press curricular materials.

Course Offerings:

Kindergarten

First Start Reading
Primary Phonics readers
Core Skills Phonics K & 1
Spelling Workout
Copy Work
Arithmetic and Speed Drills
Bible Story Time
Memory Work
Science
Social Studies
Classical Music
Art
Poetry Appreciation
Read-Aloud Books

1st Grade

First Start Reading Book E 
Core Skills Phonics 2
Traditional Spelling Book I
StoryTime Treasures & More StoryTime Treasures
Arithmetic and Speed Drills
Copy Work
New American Cursive
Memory Work
Science
Social Studies
Poetry Appreciation
Classical Music
Art
Read-Aloud Books

2nd Grade

Prima Latina
English Grammar 
Traditional Spelling Book II
Literature
Arithmetic and Speed Drills
Copy Work
New American Cursive
Memory Work
Science
Social Studies
Poetry Appreciation
Classical Music
Art
Read-Aloud Books

3rd Grade 

Latina Christiana
Composition
Spelling
Literature
Grammar
Christian Studies
Arithmetic and Speed Drills
Copy Work
Greek Myths
New American Cursive
Memory Work
American History – 3rd Grade
Science: Astronomy
Geography
Poetry
Classical Music
Art

4th Grade

First Form Latin
Composition
Spelling
Literature
Grammar
Christian Studies
Arithmetic and Speed Drills
Copy Work
Famous Men of Rome
New American Cursive
Memory Work
Science: Insects
American History: 4th Grade
Geography
Poetry
Lingua Angelica
Art

5th Grade 

Second Form Latin*
Composition
Spelling
Literature
Grammar
Christian Studies
Arithmetic and Speed Drills
Copy Work
Famous Men of Middle Ages
New American Cursive
Memory Work
Science: What’s That Bird; History of Medicine
American History: 5th Grade
Geography
Poetry
Lingua Angelica
Art

6th Grade

Third Form Latin*
Composition
Spelling
Literature
Grammar
Christian Studies
Arithmetic
Famous Men of Greece
Greek Alphabet
Memory Work
Science: Book of Trees; Exploring the World of Biology
American History: 6th Grade
Geography
Poetry
Lingua Angelica
Art

*Students will be placed in appropriate level of Latin per assessment.

Will start accepting applications for K-6th grade in December 2019 for the 2020-21 school year.

To join our email list or for more information, please contact Dana Reddin, Head of School at 515-418-9106 or by email Dana@Highlandslatin.org.

Highlands Latin Cottage School meets on the campus of Highlands Latin School. For more information about Highlands Latin School call 515-418-9106.