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 – neither in heaven nor in the flesh. The word “Lord” here also tells of his Deity, that He is God.