2017-2018 Course Offerings
Latin | 8:00 – 10:00
Latina Christiana | $350 | 3rd Grade
Latina Christiana was designed as a beginning course for students of all ages. This course was specifically written for the teacher with no background in Latin. Students who have completed Latina Christiana are now ready for the Form Latin series. Memoria Press recommends students move directly from Latina Christiana to First Form Latin. LC has a delayed start. The class begins at 8:30, but parents are welcome to drop off at 8:00.
First Form Latin | $450 | 4th Grade
First Form’s grammar-first approach focuses on grammar forms and vocabulary because these are the skills suitable for the grammar-stage student. All beginners—regardless of age—are in the grammar stage of learning. Syntax (how to use the grammar) and translation are logic- and rhetoric-stage skills, respectively, and quickly overwhelm the student unless introduced at a slow, gentle pace and taught for mastery. First Form is the ideal program for all beginners, grades 5 & up, or is a great follow-up to Latina Christiana at any age.
Second Form Latin | $450 | 5th Grade
Second Form Latin continues the journey of Latin grammar. Building on what the student learned the previous year, Second Form reviews all material in First Form, completes the verb paradigms for all four conjugations in the indicative active and passive, and much more! Once they have finished Second Form, students will have crossed the halfway mark on their Latin journey! Second Form employs the identical format of First Form—an attractive, concise Student Text, systematic presentation in five units, extensive Workbook exercises, and a Teacher Manual.
Third Form Latin | $450 | 6th Grade
Third Form Latin continues the journey of Latin grammar by reviewing all material in First and Second Form, completing the verb paradigms for all four conjugations in the indicative active and passive, and much more. Third Form employs the identical format of First and Second Form—an attractive, concise Student Text, systematic presentation in five units, extensive Workbook exercises, and a Teacher Manual.
Fourth Form Latin | $450 | 7th Grade
Fourth Form Latin completes the journey of Latin grammar by reviewing all material in First, Second, and Third Form, completing all verb forms for all four conjugations by studying participles, infinitives, gerunds, and much more.
Introduction to Latin (Henle I) | $450 | 7th Grade +
This course is for students in 7th grade or older, who have no previous Latin expereince. The Form series is based on the Henle Latin I program, broken down into four parts. This course works through the same material, only in one year. Upon completion of this course, the student is ready for Henle II.
Henle II | $450 | 8th Grade +
Students are invited to embark upon a world of discovery translating Caesar’s De Bello Gallico. The Henle Second Year text has a simplified version of Caesar’s original work in order to ease the student into reading the classics in their original language. This course develops translation skills, which are the pinnacle of the study of Latin.
Classical Studies | 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Famous Men of Rome | $350 | 3rd & 4th Grades
This program is ideal for beginners of all ages who are fascinated by the action and drama of Rome. Covering 30 of the great stories of antiquity, the students explore all of ancient Rome’s history, from its founding to its demise. Your child will witness the rise and fall of a great civilization through the lives of larger-than-life figures. In our new edition, we have added maps of Rome, Italy, and the Roman Empire, and a glossary of people and places.
Famous Men of Greece | $350 | 5th & 6th Grades
If the Romans were history’s great men of action, the Greeks were history’s great men of thought. Dive into the lives and minds of thirty-two famous Greeks through stories detailing the rise, Golden Age, and fall of Greece. The triumphs of Aristotle, Ptolemy, Ulysses, Pericles, Alexander the Great, and many others will enable your students to understand why the scope of Greek accomplishment is still known today as “The Greek Miracle.”
Aeneid and History of Ancient Romans | $350 | 7th Grade +
There are three works that are at the source of Western culture: the Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Aeneid. Virgil’s epic story of the founding of Rome, the Aeneid, is partnered with a study of the history of the Ancient Romans. This course rotates with Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey on an every-other-year rotation.
English Literature | 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
English 3 | $450
This program is an exploration of Charlotte’s Web, Farmer Boy, and The Moffats. Children who are asked to read slightly above their comfort level will develop into superior readers. Reading is not a passive activity for pleasure. Reading requires an active, discriminating mind that is challenged to think, compare, and contrast. Students who have been challenged by good literature will never be satisfied with the poor-quality books that are so readily available today.
English 4 | $450
This program is an exploration of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Heidi, and Lassie Come-Home. Literature study guides train students to become active readers. Our guides focus on vocabulary, spelling, comprehension, and composition skills. Each lesson includes a word study to help students build vocabulary. The comprehension questions challenge students to consider what they have read, identify the important content of each story, and compose clear, concise answers (a difficult skill at any age). Writing is thinking, and good questioning stimulates the child to think and write.
English 5 | $450
This program is an exploration of Adam of the Road, Robin Hood, and King Arthur. The class is guided through each novel, with particular emphasis placed on vocabulary-building, critical reading, and analysis. Most reading is done at home, where the study guides are also completed. Lecturing and reading takes place in the classroom, as well as most testing.
English 6 | $450
This program is an exploration of The Trojan War, Anne of Green Gables, The Bronze Bow, and The Hobbit.
English 7 | $450
This program is an exploration of The Wind in the Willows, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Treasure Island, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
English 8+ | $450
This program is an exploration of The Twenty-One Balloons, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Little Women, and Beowulf.
English 9+ | $450
This course is an alternative English Literature class and is scheduled during the Classical Studies block. This course is intended for high school-aged students who are enrolled in Biology and therefore cannot take an English Literature class due to the scheduling conflict. The texts for this class will be Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, and The Tale of Two Cities.
Logic | 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Traditional Logic | $350 | 7th Grade +
A logic course for all ages but designed for use as young as 7th grade, Traditional Logic is an in-depth study of the classical syllogism. Along with a basic understanding of the Christian theory of knowledge, the text presents the four kinds of logical statements, the four ways propositions can be opposed, the three ways which they can be equivalent, and the seven rules for the validity of syllogisms. Each chapter explains challenging concepts in clear, concise language.
Composition | 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Introduction to Composition | $350 | 3rd Grade
This class will use IEW’s All Things Fun and Fascinating Writing Lessons, providing a solid foundation for students to learn to write. Students will take notes, summarize narrative stories, write from pictures, put together a mini research report, and compose creative essays. With scheduling ideas, games, vocabulary, and more.
Fable Stage | $350 | 4th Grade
In this initial Classical Composition course, The Fable Stage, students look at a single story or idea and begin to learn how to use words to engage the imagination of the audience. They master the structures of thoughts and ideas that go into a narrative, and learn to create recognition by using figures of description. Students learn to restructure facts to tell the same story or idea. They also discover that words are symbols representing ideas, and as writers they can communicate the same idea using a variety of words and sentence structures. Writing is done primarily at home, with final drafts being graded by the teachers.
Narrative Stage | $350 | 5th Grade
In Classical Composition II: The Narrative Stage, students continue to build invention skills as well as the ability to engage the imagination of an audience. They master the structures of thought that originate narratives and learn to create recognition by using figures of description. They develop the ability to communicate the same idea using a variety of words, sentence structures, and various perspectives.
Chreia and Maxim Stage | $350 | 6th Grade
In the third stage of the Classical Composition program, Chreia and Maxim, students gain the ability to create a story through the use of the narrative categories and variation through paraphrase. Students learn to demonstrate the truth of the Commonplace through what the Ancient Greek writer Aphthonius calls “eight heads of development,” and students deal more explicitly and thoroughly with what in modern composition theory are referred to as “support points.” The ability to invent four specific types of narrative through these “heads of development” and to paraphrase in two specific ways are the foundational skills to be learned in this stage.
Refutation and Confirmation Stage | $350 | 7th Grade
In Classical Composition IV: Refutation & Confirmation, there are two sets of exercises, Refutation and Confirmation, which would correspond to an argumentative essay in modern composition theory. The students are learning how to structure their thought, and thus their communication process, when given the task of arguing for and then against an idea, thought, chain of events, method, or story.
Common Topic Stage | $350 | 8th Grade
As your student progresses, the fifth stage in the Classical Composition program is Common Topic. The set of exercises in Common Topic are more difficult to categorize by modern composition theory, but would likely fall under the persuasive essay. The students are learning how to amplify evil attributes. They will use all of the previous skills learned in the exercises—narration, exposition, and argumentation—but must now apply those skills in a more creative and natural way than the previous stages. The Common Topic exercises look more like an “essay.”
Science | 12:00 – 3:30*
Physical Science | $400 | 8th Grade +
This rigorous introductory middle school physical science class employs a mastery-oriented approach. This class will help students explore the physical world, and learn the basic laws of physics and chemistry in a very organized way. Students will learn about the world of very tiny things, the building blocks of the material world, like atoms and molecules, as well as the world of very large things, like planets and galaxies. This course will draw children upward, opening up the world of science and laying a strong foundation for future high school science courses. The text will be Novare’s Physical Science book.
*Class runs 2:00 – 3:30
Biology | $450
This one-year course is an introduction to cells and cellular processes, genetics, taxonomy, microbiology, the classification of animals, and the study of life in general. This is a lecture-only class. Those taking the lab class in addition to this class will receive a $50 discount on the lab.
*Class runs 12:00 – 2:00.
Biology Lab | $250*
This class is open to all biology students, whether it is being studied at the Cottage School or elsewhere. It will feature 12 labs and is designed to supplement the general biology concepts being taught at home or in a lecture-based course. This class is divided into three trimesters: trimester 1 will focus on molecular biology, trimester 2 on ecology and microbiology, and trimester 3 will focus on organismal biology and animal dissections. A detailed syllabus will be provided before labs start for families wishing to plan their home instruction to coincide with the lab instruction.
*Students taking Biology will receive a $50 discount on this class. Class runs 2:00 – 3:30.
Chemistry | $450
This is a comprehensive introductory chemistry course covering all fundamental topics
appropriate for this level of study: measurements, atoms and atomic structure, periodic law, chemical bonding, molecular theory, stoichiometry, gas laws, acids and bases, and oxidation reduction reactions.
*Class runs 12:00 – 2:00.
Study Hall | $50
Study Hall is offered to students during the Classical Studies and Literature blocks (10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.).
Second Grade Program | 8:30 – 3:30 | $1400
The Highlands Latin Cottage School Second Grade program is a full-day class, meeting from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. with breaks for lunch and recess. The program will cover all 2nd grade subjects, including Latin, Literature, Penmanship, Phonics, Spelling, and Math. Class will be conducted in the Primary Building of the Spring Meadows Campus, but students may be dropped off at normal drop-off time with siblings in the Patrick Cottage.