Welcome to Highlands Latin School. We are a classical, Christian school serving Houston, TX and the surrounding communities. Our desire is to partner with parents in providing a community of like-minded families who train and equip their children in the way that they should go so that they will not depart from it, holding firmly to the Word of Life.
Classical education strives to teach students how to learn, how to think (wisdom), and what to do (virtue). Wisdom and virtue are nurtured through learning of Latin, immersion in classical texts, and the study of the liberal arts.
Christian education at Highlands Latin School is rooted in the inerrant and authoritative Word of God, acknowledging that God is sovereign throughout all time, and has revealed Himself to us through His Son Jesus Christ.
Traditional education is led by a knowledgeable, enthusiastic teacher who carefully leads students into an understanding of each subject. The traditional classroom is consistent with human nature and the experience of many decades has demonstrated its superiority over the modern child-centered classroom.
In partnership with parents, and guided by the Gospel, we strive to educate students to the highest standards of the classical tradition, so that they may grow in knowledge, wisdom, and the love of Our Lord, and more ably use their gifts in the service of others, and for the glory of Christ and his Church.
This is accomplished through the creation of a Christ centered culture and sole use of Memoria Press curriculum.
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Latin instruction (along with math and music) is a key subject of study in our program and is prioritized in our curriculum and in our schedule. In the primary years (K-2) students at Highlands are exposed to Latin though the memorization of nursery rhymes. This helps our youngest pupils identify with one of the most significant aspects of our school culture – that all Highlanders study Latin from Kindergarten through 10th grade. Beginning in 3rd grade, students pursue a more formal study of Latin that continues through the rhetoric years with the translation of portions of the Vulgate, Caesar and some Virgil. Students also sit for the National Latin Exam in the upper grades.
Mathematics and Music
No classical education is complete without instruction in these two disciplines. Therefore, just as math is compulsory in our program, so is choir. Our students are proud to be known as the students who sing! Our music teachers lead Highlanders to use the instrument God gave them, their voice, with confidence and skill. Students sing in Latin, and they also sing sacred, patriotic, and American folk music in English as well. All math instruction is first period in the day. This allows students in all grade levels to attend the math they need and not simply the math being taught in their grade. For grades K-6 we use books from the publisher Rod and Staff. Beyond 6th grade, classes are available in pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2 with Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus and publishers vary by class.
At every grade level, beginning in primary school, students read classic works of literature. In the upper grades, students will study 3-4 literary pieces closely as part of their English curriculum. We use well-loved, time-tested literature such as: Little House in the Big Woods, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Charlotte’s Web, Cricket in Times Square, Heidi, Lassie Come Home, Adam of the Road, Ann of Green Gables, Treasure Island, To Kill a Mocking Bird, and many, many more. In grades 3-7 students also study poetry that compliments literature and other areas of study using an anthology. Beginning in 8th grade, students explore collections of poetry, short stories, and dramas that are related by time period.
It is not enough for students to be wise, they should also be eloquent, so that they can share what they know for the glory of the Lord. Therefore, students begin a careful study of the English language early on and writing is a key area of emphasis across all subject areas. Students not only learn excellent academic (format) writing skills, they also study the Progymnasmata from 4th – 10th grades. The Progym is an ancient method of learning to think through writing that really leads to the development of superior skills in rhetoric. This informative article from Memoria Press helps explain the scope and the purpose of the progymnasmata.
Science in the primary and grammar stage years is focused on nature study and the natural world. Beginning in 3rd grade, the aim is to teach students how to learn about a topic in-depth rather than to survey many subjects while only scratching the surface of each.
Classical Studies and Modern and American History
The study of the history of the ancient world (especially Greece and Rome) and of American history and the modern geography of our world are some of our most exciting classes. Students engage in a close examination of the cultures that were influential in the formation of our Western society. They also read literary works and primary sources from these time periods and cultures. Texts are carefully chosen and pacing is slow and deliberate so that students are sure to be learning to mastery.
All levels use the Memoria Press core curriculum.