If you are interested in joining the cottage school, please fill out this application. You will hear from us within 24 hours. If you have any questions or concerns please reach out at pauline <at> classicalhomeschoolcurriculum <dot> com (please rewrite email in the correct format using the correct symbols- the email is written like that to prevent the spam robots.)
- Admin will consider the applicant/s (we will not be able to accept every family, especially as we grow. Families not accepted will be put on a wait list.)
- Interviews are arranged for selected applicant families
- A Letter of Invitation will be sent out to families who are accepted
- Enrollment Fee due immediately. Payment for class fees can be paid in full or in payments.
Download the Application Packet
You may also choose to download our application packet. It has all the necessary forms and information in one spot. Application Packet Link
You can scan or print and mail the forms or fill out the application here online.
Please read the Mission Statement and Distinctives, What We Believe, and The Student Code of Conduct before you press submit:
Mission Statement and Distinctives
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 the Church.
Highlands Latin Paradise Valley is classified as a Christian homeschool “cottage school.” What that means is one day a week, we, as mothers, teach (or assist those who teach), serving in the areas that God has gifted us, in an orderly, classroom context. Together, following the Memoria Press Curriculum, we cooperatively teach what is of good form and lasting value (Classical), and that which conforms to a Biblical standard within a Biblical worldview (Christian). Our goal is to create a beautiful education full of virtue and wisdom for our children, all the while bringing glory and honor to Christ.
Our cottage school creates wonderful, lifelong friendships within the supportive community of the families. As parents, we share our talents and giftings in educating our children together, holding each other accountable, in love, to do what we have purposed and set out to do. We do hire teachers as needed, but the vast majority of our teachers are our mothers who opt to stay during the day and serve. You’ll find our teachers to be truly of the highest caliber – caring, thoughtful, creative individuals and excellent at what they teach!
Classical education aims to teach wisdom—how to think—and virtue—what to do—through the learning of classical languages, reading classical texts, and study of the liberal arts.
Christian education anchors itself to the essentials of the Christian faith, maintaining belief in the goodness of Christian morality and the divine inspiration of the Christian Scriptures.
Traditional education takes place in an orderly, teacher-guided classroom with lessons focused on content mastery.
What We Believe
Christianity is the foundation for all that we do at HLSPV. All programs are governed by a distinctly Christian worldview with a deep desire to honor God and edify the students and families who attend. The words of the Apostle Paul in Colossians 3:17 provide the basis for everything Highlands Latin attempts to do:
“… whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
The Pulse of Our Group
The Bible is Our Foundation
All we are is all we can be. What we believe is who we are. Our families are passionate about Jesus Christ and sharing the good news of Jesus with all the world. We believe the Bible is the authority of our lives and the living, breathing Word of God. Sharper than a two-edged sword, completely true and relevant for this day and age. More than ever it is needed today. It is the foundation of our classical curriculum and the most important piece that ties it all together. As it is so important in our lives, we make it the first and foremost thing that we study at our cottage school.
Award-winning Christian Studies Curriculum
In grammar school, the children will read all the most important Bible stories (appropriate for their age level), in the original New King James Version through the beautifully pictured Golden Children’s Bible. During recitations they will memorize the 66 books of the Bible in order.
From 6th-12th grades they will be encouraged to go through a reading plan of the Bible and over the course of those years, bit by bit, they will graduate with having read the entire Bible, our goal being Biblical literacy. Over the course of 13 years they will have memorized hundreds of Bible verses that they will carry with them their whole lives.
In upper school years, starting in 7th grade, they will begin learning greek, progressing deeper in study each year so they can read and discuss the Bible in its original language. Their senior year they will dive deep into Christian theology, culminating with Christian metaphysics and Apologetics (the defense of the faith) reading C.S. Lewis Mere Christianity and more.
Morning Assembly and Worship
The first twenty minutes of each day we begin together with “Morning Assembly” where we say the Pledge of Allegiance, celebrate birthdays, learn a manners lesson and pray and sing a hymn together. The hymns we sing are so beautiful from our rich Christian heritage. Hymns such as those written by Charles Wesley (Christ the Lord is Risen Today), Martin Luther (A Mighty Fortress Is Our God), and Isaac Watts (I Sing the Mighty Power of God, Joy to the World) just to name a few. We learn about these great men and women and then sing the hymn together.
We pray collectively, sometimes with memorized prayers that all the students at Highlands Latin Schools are praying all over the country each morning and other times we take volunteers to pray spontaneously. The prayers of the little children are so precious to God.
(Amor Patriae: Literally translated: The Love of the Fatherland: aka Patriotism)
As we are all Christian homeschooling families, we tend to be conservative in nature. We view the Western Civilization to be the foundation of our nation and worthy of study and appreciation. We love our country and our Constitution. We appreciate and honor great men of the past, including our founding fathers, flawed though they all are, and we study them and learn from them. All truth is God’s truth. We follow the sunbeams back to the sun.
“Saving Western Civilization One Student at a Time.” -Memoria Press
The Statement of Faith
The Apostles Creed is the statement of faith for the Highlands Latin Cottage Schools. The meaning is the traditional meaning from 390AD and when we ask in our application, “Do you agree with the Apostle’s Creed?” that is what we are referring to. Throughout the history of Christendom different sects have superimposed their own meanings into these words and it becomes an argument of semantics. But we do believe words have specific and original meaning, and where it is important and sects have diverged from the traditional meaning and interpretation, you will see the elaborations at the bottom in italics.
The Apostles Creed is the statement of faith for the Highlands Latin Cottage Schools. When you apply you must state that you agree with the traditional meaning and interpretation as stated above and written and elaborated below (if there are any parts you would like to discuss we can schedule a time to go over those via phone call).
The Apostles Creed
Modern English Version
I believe in God,*
the Father Almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord.* *
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the worldwide Christian Church,
the fellowship of believers,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
*The traditional meaning of this is that God is the one and only God, not just for earth, but in the entire universe, from the beginning of time, for all of time- Hebrews 11:3
* *The traditional meaning of the word “only” is that God had or has no other Son than Jesus Christ – neither in heaven nor in the flesh. The word “Lord” here also tells of his Deity, that He is God.
Student Code of Conduct
1. We cheerfully and promptly obey the authority under which we are placed.
2. We can appeal respectfully and courteously. We do not argue or negotiate.
3. We love and honor one another.
4. We give encouragement to each other.
5. We do not point out the shortcomings of others in order to build ourselves up.
6. We tell the truth.
7. We do not disrespect the classroom and teacher by passing notes or otherwise interrupting.
8. We do not spread rumors or gossip.
9. We will not make excuses for our wrong actions but will admit them.
10. We avoid cliques, clubs, or games that exclude others.
11. When others are sorry, we forgive them.
12. When others are sad, we comfort them.
13. When we have work to do, we do it without complaining.
14. If we make a mess, we clean it up.
15. We treat one another with respect and patience.