Three HLS students accepted to Governor’s Scholars

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Three students from Highlands Latin School have been selected for the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program (GSP). Juniors Luke Robson, Levi Shinabery, and Tanay Neotia have been accepted into the program, while Brianna Gilcreast and Alex Harris have been accepted as alternates. GSP is a highly competitive summer program in which students spend five weeks studying at one of three in-state college campuses. The governor’s office and donors completely cover the cost for GSP, and students who complete the summer program receive generous scholarships from colleges and universities in the state of Kentucky. Continue reading

Highlands Latin 2019 Graduation


Congratulations to the 22 seniors who graduated from Highlands Latin School!

“Cherishing the present allows us to grow in appreciation for what we have already been given. We can soak in each moment to its fullest extent, grateful for our experiences…Let us experience this moment and appreciate it for what it is, rather than using it as a mere stepping stone to the future.” – Faith Thibaudeau

Below are the highlights:

  • 7 min 30 sec: Faith Thibaudeau delivers the commencement speech
  • 12 min 40 sec: Meg Booker and Emily Steinbach sing “Pie Jesu”
  • 15 min 40 sec: Mr. Wheatley’s individual address to the seniors
  • 1 hr 17 min: Mr. Wheatley presents the diplomas
  • 1 hr 28 min: Mr. Wheatley introduces the Class of 2019

HLS Student Spotlight: Jackson Hoffman

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HLSE_2489_lowJackson Hoffman is well known on the campus of Highlands Latin School. This gregarious senior came to HLS in the seventh grade. He is a member of the House of George and currently serves as the house tenant, responsible for ensuring that his house completes its historian projects. HLS Principal Kelly Booker said of this exceptional young man, “Jackson has an innate ability to draw students together across grade levels. He consistently approaches challenges with a positive attitude and he offers a willing hand at every opportunity.” Continue reading

Highlands Latin Good Friday Service 2019

In observation of this very solemn day in history, the Highlands Latin Upper School choir performed “The Seven Last Words of Christ.” Led by Dr. Louie Bailey, the choir read biblical passages and meditations along with performing beautifully sung arrangements. To close the service, a bell chimed 33 times to signify the age of Jesus when he died.

The full service can be viewed below.

Horatius Society: Forty-six HLS Sixth Graders recite all of Horatius at the Bridge.

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DSC00942_lowAt the beginning of each and every school year, Highlands Latin School students in sixth grade face a challenge—memorize all 70 stanzas (16 pages, 589 lines, 3,201 words) of Horatius at the Bridge. As part of their classical studies, students learn the first 24 stanzas of the poem by Thomas Babington Macaulay. But few seek out Horatius-like glory by memorizing the entire poem. This year, 46 students took on the challenge and completed the full 70 stanzas. Continue reading

HLS Student Spotlight: Claire Schutte

HLSE_3354_lowTwelve-year-old Claire Schutte is a seventh grade student at Highlands Latin School and has attended since Kindergarten. Claire belongs to the House of Patrick and her favorite subjects are geography and literature (Claire says she has particularly enjoyed Treasure Island this year). Claire is on the Highlands Latin School basketball team and also plays volleyball and soccer at Southeast Christian Church. Her favorite thing about HLS is, Lots of good friends and a good, close community. You get really close to people.” Continue reading

2019 Grammar School Plays

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Each year the HLS Grammar School students enjoy performing their spring plays: “The Banquet of the Gods” by 3rd grade, “Famous Men of Rome” by 4th grade, and “Robin Hood and His Merry People” by 5th grade.

We commend all of our students, teachers, and parent volunteers who worked very hard to make these performances a success.

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Tanay Neotia Earns a Perfect Score on the ACT

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hlsd_sm_1908Highlands Latin School would like to congratulate junior Tanay Neotia for earning a perfect score of 36 on the ACT last December. Around one-tenth of one percent of students achieve a perfect score on test day. As part of the curriculum at Highlands Latin School, students take an SAT/ACT prep course that gives them the opportunity to take full-length practice tests. Continue reading