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About

Our goal is to enhance the homeschool experience of our students by offering a challenging, traditional academic experience that enlivens the mind and refines the soul. We utilize the Memoria Press curriculum, which aims to pass on the heritage of the Christian West to the modern student. In all we do, we seek to engender a love for the good, the beautiful, and the true. 

Highlands Latin School Mission and Philosophy

Thank you for your interest in Highlands Latin Pasadena. We are pleased to share our educational mission and philosophy with you.

Highlands Latin Cottage School serves her 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 two-day hybrid program blends traditional homeschooling practices with onsite teacher-led learning.

At Highlands Latin Pasadena 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 Pasadena is a Classical Latin School Association Partner Member. As of the 2018-2019 school year we are also offering all our high school classes with A-G approval.

By partnering with Highlands Latin Pasadena you provide your student access to high-quality instruction in teacher-led classrooms. With all primary subjects addressed on class days, you are free to retain the deep personal involvement in your student’s educational journey and moral development free from the burden of course planning, book ordering, or curricular pacing.

At HLS Pasadena…

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.


Contact

School is in session on Mondays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Address: First Baptist Church Pasadena 
75 N Marengo Ave
Pasadena, CA 901011
Email: Anastasia Heder, Director | anastasia@highlandslatin.org


2018-19 Course Offerings

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

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
Grades 1 and 2
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
Grades 3 and 4
Latina Christiana / Grammar School Latin
Spelling Workout D
English Grammar Recitation I
Introduction to Composition
Core Skills Language Arts 3
States & Capitals
Farmer Boy
Charlotte’s Web 

D’Aulaires Book of Greek Myths
The Book of Astronomy
Arithmetic & Speed Drills

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

Upper School

Latin

Latina Christiana / Grammar School Latin
First Form Latin
Second Form Latin (First Form Latin pre-requisite)
Third Form Latin (Second Form Latin prerequisite)
High School Latin I
High School Latin II

Literature

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 & Juliet

Classical Composition

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

Science

What’s that Bird & The History of Medicine
Exploring Planet Earth and Astronomy
Physical Science
Biology

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 & 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 Ballet (Grades K-4)
Senior Choir (Grades 5-12)

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

Upper School Orchestra

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

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 TragediesThe Book of the Ancient Greeks
by Dorothy Mills


2018-2019 School Calendar

August 24 • Meet the Teacher Day and Back to School Information – 10 a.m.

Fall Term

September 6 First Day of School
September 20 Picture Day, 9AM
October 9 Parent Teacher Night, 7PM
October 11 Teacher Training, No School
October 20 Harvest Party, 5PM
November 12 Veteran’s Day, No School
November 19-22 Thanksgiving Break, No School

Winter Term

November 26 First Day of Term
December 3 Christmas Cantata
December 17 Last Day of Class 2018
January 7 First Day of Class 2019
January 21 Martin Luther King Day, No School
February 18 President’s Day, No School

Spring Term

March TBD National Latin Exam
March 18-21 Spring Break, No School
April 13 Spring Picnic
May 23 Last Day of School & Recitation Night


Uniform Policy

“Wearing the correct dress for any occasion is a matter of good manners” -Loretta Young

At HLS Pasadena, we believe in the specific benefits of wearing uniforms. We believe it promotes educational focus, unifies students, and supports our school culture. When students wear their uniforms with pride, they are on their way to improved manners and respectful behavior.

Girls

  • Hair, Makeup, and Jewelry: Hair should be brushed and/or arranged neatly. No unnatural colors. Girls can wear subdued-colored nail polish. Pre-K through 6th grade may not wear makeup. Makeup for 7th and up, if worn, should be natural colors that do not detract from youthfulness. Jewelry should be limited to one pair of earrings, one necklace, and one ring.
  • Uniform: Shirts are to be tucked in. Navy bike shorts or opaque tights need to be worn under the jumper or skirt at all times. Undergarments for 4th+ should be white or nude. When worn, knee socks are to be in place and not scrunched down.
  • PE: PE shirts are optional up to 6th Grade. PE socks and shoes should be easy to change in and out of. Any and all jewelry is up to the discretion of the PE instructor.
  • Exceptions: Appropriate outerwear can be worn over uniform for rainy or severe cold weather.

Boys

  • Hair: Hair should be brushed or combed, no unnatural colors. No jewelry or piercings.
  • Uniform: Shirts should not be oversized. The shoulder seam should sit at the start of the shoulder cap. Shirts are to be tucked in at all times. Pants are worn with a belt and should not be oversized, too long, or worn low. Socks need to be in place (not scrunched down).
  • PE: PE shirts are optional Pre-K to 6th grade.  PE shoes and socks should be easy to change in and out of.
  • Exceptions: Appropriate outerwear can be worn over uniform for rainy or severe cold weather.

Uniforms

Girls | Everyday Basics – Required

Shirts

  • French Toast Short Sleeve Peter Pan Blouse, Light Blue*
  • French Toast Long Sleeve Peter Pan Blouse, Light Blue*
  • PE Shirt (required for 7th to 12th grade, provided by school)

Jumper (Pre-K to 6th Grade)

  • French Toast V-Neck Pleated Plaid Jumper, Blue and Gold*

Skirt (7th to 12th Grade)

  • French Toast Plaid Pleated Skirt, Blue and Gold*

Shorts

  • Navy Blue Bike Shorts

Socks

  • Navy Blue Knee Socks

Shoes

  • Matte Brown Leather Shoes – Mary Jane, T-strap, or Oxford Style (no colored embellishments)
  • Athletic Shoes for PE (not required for Pre-K to 1st Grade)

Girls | Everyday Basics – Optional

  • French Toast V Neck Sweater Vest, Navy*
  • Navy Blue Opaque Tights, Cable or Smooth
  • Navy or White Fold-Over Socks
  • Navy or Light Blue Hair Accessories
  • Solid Navy Blue Long Sleeve Knit Sweater – Pullover, Button-Up, or Zipper

Girls | Special Events – Required

  • French Toast Adjustable Plaid Cross Tie, Blue and Gold*

Boys | Everyday Basics – Required

Shirts

  • French Toast Short Sleeve Dress Shirt, Light Blue*
  • French Toast Long Sleeve Dress Shirt, Light Blue*
  • PE Shirt (required for 7th to 12th grade, provided by school)

Bottoms

  • French Toast Flat Front Adjustable Waist Shorts, Navy* (French Toast Pull-On Boys Shorts, Navy option available for 2T/3T)
  • French Toast Flat Front Adjustable Waist Double Knee Pants, Navy* (French Toast Pull-On Boys Pants, Navy option available for 2T/3T)

Belt

  • Brown Leather Belt

Socks

  • Navy Blue Socks

Shoes

  • Matte Brown Leather Shoes – Oxford or Loafer Style
  • Athletic Shoes for PE (not required for Pre-K to 1st Grade)

Boys | Everyday Basics – Optional

  • Solid Navy Blue Long Sleeve Knit Sweater – Pullover, Button-Up, or Zipper

Boys | Special Events – Required

  • French Toast Adjustable Plaid Tie, Blue and Gold*
  • French Toast V-Neck Sweater Vest, Navy*

* French Toast item, any substitution has to be indistinguishable.

(If purchasing from frenchtoast.com, our French Toast School Code is QS5XKFD)

At all times students should look neat and clean.

For questions regarding uniforms, please contact Heidi Monroe at heidimmonroe@gmail.com.