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2018-19 Course Offerings

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Lower School

Junior Kindergarten

Memory work, calendar, phonemic awareness, fine- and gross-motor skills, number and alphabet lessons, classical children’s read-aloud stories, traditional music, poetry, and games


First Start Reading, Primary Phonics readers, Core Skills Phonics K and 1, Spelling Workout, copy work, arithmetic and speed drills, Bible story time, memory work, science, social studies, classical music, art, and poetry appreciation, and classic children’s read-aloud picture books

Grades 1 and 2

First Start Reading Book E, Core Skills Phonics 2, Traditional Spelling Book I, Storytime Treasures and More Storytime Treasures, arithmetic and speed drills, copy work, New American Cursive, memory work, science, social studies, classical music, art, poetry appreciation, and classic children’s read-aloud picture books

Grades 3 and 4

Latina Christiana or Grammar School Latin, Spelling Workout D, English Grammar Recitation I, Core Skills Language Arts 3, Farmer Boy, Charlotte’s Web, D’Aulaires Book of Greek Myths, The Book of Astronomy, states and capitals, arithmetic and speed drills, and Introduction to Composition

Students in Lower Grades will participate in a music appreciation and theory course.


Upper School


Latina Christiana/Grammar School Latin

First Form Latin

Second Form Latin (First Form Latin pre-requisite)

Third Form Latin (Second Form Latin pre-requisite)

High School Latin I

High School Latin II


Grade 5

Heidi, Lassie Come Home, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Grade 6

Adam of the Road, A Door in the Wall, Anne of Green Gables

Grades 7 and 8

Tom Sawyer, Treasure Island, As You Like It

Grades 9 – 12

The Scarlet Letter, Julius Caesar, To Kill a Mockingbird, Romeo and Juliet

Classical Composition

Fable Stage and Narrative Stage
Chreia Maxim/ Refutation/ Confirmation
High School Composition I and II


What’s the Bird and The History of Medicine
Exploring Planet Earth and Astronomy
Physical Science

Classical Studies

Famous Men of Rome
Famous Men of Greece, The Trojan War, “Horatius at the Bridge”
The Iliad, The Odyssey, The Book of the Ancient Greeks
Greek Tragedies

History and Modern Studies

Geography I
Geography II
Geography III
US Politics and Government (A Concise History of the American Republic:
Year II)


After-School Electives

We are pleased to introduce an after-school electives program for the 2018-19 school year. No
additional fees are currently required for these elective opportunities.

Lower School Choir (Grades 1-4)

Lower School Choir is open to all students in grades 1-4.

Lower School Ballet (Grades K-4)

An introduction to Ballet for students of all abilities in grades K through 4.

Senior Choir (Grades 5-12)

Senior School Choir is by audition only. Auditions will be held at the beginning of the school
year. Date TBD.

Upper School Orchestra

Orchestra is by audition only. Orchestra is geared toward students with musical acumen and

Shakespeare Drama Club

Shakespeare Drama Club is by audition only. Students will rehearse and perform a full-length
Shakespeare play over the course of the year.

Summer Reading Requirements

All current and incoming students are required to complete the summer reading for their appropriate grade level and/or course enrollment as listed below. At Highlands Latin Pasadena, we have a strong value on family reading time as part of the daily routine. Please choose two of the books from the following list to include in your family reading time each day over the course of the summer. Books will be discussed during lunch period book circles over the first several weeks of school.

The Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
On the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burrows
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
Five Little Peppers by Margaret Sidney


Course Title

Famous Men of Rome

Required Reading Prerequisite

D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths

Famous Men of Greece, The Trojan War,
“Horatius at the Bridge”
Famous Men of Rome by John H.
Haaren, Addison B. Poland
The Iliad, The Odyssey, The Book of the
Ancient Greeks
The Trojan War by Olivia Coolidge
Greek Tragedies The Book of the Ancient Greeks
by Dorothy Mills