Highlands Latin Aiken is a Classical School
Classical Education is the study of the great books, the liberal arts, science, and mathematics in the pursuit of wisdom and virtue. It can be distinguished from modern education in that it does not neglect the important first step of giving students the tools for both intellectual development and for understanding their classical, Christian heritage. Three stages comprise the classical model: grammar (learning facts), logic (learning how to interpret and structure ideas), and rhetoric (how to persuasively express ideas). The intensive study of Latin grammar – central to the classical education model – 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.
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Highlands Latin 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 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 School Aiken teaches and upholds traditional Christian morality and the Holy Scriptures as the divinely inspired word of God. Highlands Latin School Aiken 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 is a Powerful School
Self-motivated students with supportive families thrive at Highlands Latin School Aiken. They gain unparalleled independence, character, communication skills, and the ability to manage their time as well as advanced academic standing as they progress from middle school to high school to college and career. Parents are confident in their child’s preparation to handle college and life responsibilities with ease.
In partnership with parents, our goal is to provide our students with a classical education of the highest quality so that they may grow in knowledge, develop wisdom, and more ably use their gifts in the service of others. We strive to maintain a school community which is a model of excellence in both academics and Christian character.
Highlands Latin School Aiken is a charter school of the Classical Latin School Association and anticipates full accreditation by the end of the 2019-2020 school year.