Classical Latin School Association

The Classical Latin School Association (CLSA) is an association of elementary and secondary schools working to promote the transmission of the culture of the Christian West through the Classical Core Curriculum. The Classical Core Curriculum was developed at Highlands Latin School in Louisville, Kentucky. After teaching the mastery of basic skills and classical children’s literature in the primary grades, its dual focus is on the intellectual skills of the liberal arts and the cultural content of the great books from 3rd through 12th grade.

Highlands Latin Phoenix is a Partner member of the Classical Latin School Association, a reflection of our adherance to the principles of a classical Latin-centered Christian education, and our implementation of Memoria Press’s Classical Core Curriculum.

Martin Cothran is the Director of the Classical Latin School Association. He is a writer and educator who lives with his wife and family in Danville, Kentucky. He is the editor of The Classical Teacher magazine and former director of the Memoria Press Online Academy. He is a co-founder of both Mars Hill Academy in Lexington and Highlands Latin School in Louisville, and is the author of 5 books, including Traditional Logic: Books I and IIMaterial LogicClassical Rhetoric with Aristotle, and Lingua Biblica: Old Testament Stories in Latin. Having worked in public policy in communications and legislative relations at the state level for 20 years, he is a frequent guest opinion writer for newspapers and regularly appears on radio and television—even being the most frequent guest on Kentucky public television’s public affairs program “Kentucky Tonight.” Cothran graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a B.A. in economics and philosophy. He also received an M.A. degree in Christian apologetics from the Simon Greenleaf School (now a part of Trinity University).

Martin Cothran visits Highlands Latin Phoenix

In February, 2018, Highlands Latin Phoenix was honored to host Martin Cothran as as a Classical Education Evening speaker alongside Andrew Pudewa of the Institute for Excellence in Writing. Mr. Pudewa spoke on “Fairy Tales and the Moral Imagination”, and Mr. Cothran addressed “The War on Knowledge”.
At the conclusion of the evening, Mr. Cothran offered his endorsement of Memoria Press curriculum and the work Highlands Latin Phoenix is doing promote mastery of basic academic skills and intellectual fluency in the liberal arts and the cultural content of the great books of western civilization.

We are at the vanguard of reintroducing our culture to itself, and that is what our curriculum does. Laura here is using that curriculum… [Cheryl Lowe and I] worked together for years on putting together a really strong academic, value-based curriculum, and that is what Laura is using here.

(Martin Cothran, Highlands Latin Phoenix Classical Education Evening, 2018)