The goal of Highlands Latin Phoenix is to offer a challenging, traditional academic experience that enlivens the mind and refines the souls of our students. 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 Phoenix is a curriculum-centric cottage school: we serve students in junior kindergarten through high school in the Phoenix Valley through a two-day per week classroom program, with assignments being completed at home on non-classroom days. Time at home strengthens family relationships, while time in our cheerful, orderly, teacher-led classrooms cultivates friendship, self-disipline, and respect for authority in an atmosphere of moral excellence.
Highlands Latin Phoenix offers coursework in Latin, Greek, Classical Studies, English Literature, Biblical Christian Studies, Grammar/Spelling/Classical Composition, Geography, and Science for third grade through high school, as well as a delightful, enriching full-day classroom experience for junior kindergarten through second grade. All instruction follows the beautiful and inspired Memoria Press Classical Core Curriculum.
The Cottage School meets at Grace Chapel in Scottsdale, centrally located on Thomas Rd. just off the 101, and follows the traditional school year calendar, mid-August through May.
Christian · Classical · Traditional
Highlands Latin Phoenix is a Christian school
Our faith statement is the Apostles’ Creed, the most ancient and widely accepted expression of the essential beliefs of the Christian faith. Highlands Latin Phoenix teaches and upholds traditional Christian morality, and the Holy Scriptures as the divinely inspired word of God. Highlands Latin Phoenix warmly welcomes families of other faiths, but we ask that you respect our distinctive Christian identity. In all of our instruction we are respectful of other faiths, while humbly maintaining the truths of our Christian faith.
Highlands Latin Phoenix is a Classical school
The intensive study of Latin in the grammar school years develops the minds of students as no other subject can. Students who have learned how to learn with Latin become better students in all other subjects. The study of classical languages and the Greek/Roman classics provides a path to wisdom and knowledge that cannot be attained by any other method. In the tradition of western civilization, education and classical education have always been synonymous.
Classical education can be distinguished from modern education, in that it does not neglect the important first step of giving students the classical tools for both intellectual development and for understanding their classical, Christian heritage.
Highlands Latin Phoenix is a Traditional school
Although schools have tried many experimental innovations during the last century, none have been able to duplicate the success of the traditional classroom.
In the traditional classroom, a knowledgeable, enthusiastic teacher carefully leads students into an understanding of each subject. Classrooms are quiet, orderly, and disciplined.
Lessons are incremental, content is age-appropriate, and students learn the important skill of quality written work completed in a timely manner. Homework is moderate and is for the purpose of practicing or preparing for a lesson. The traditional classroom is consistent with human nature and the experience of many decades has demonstrated its superiority over the modern child-centered classroom.
Highlands Latin Phoenix Mission
In partnership with parents, and guided by the Gospel, we seek 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.