HLS Student Spotlight: Charlotte Wright

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Highlands Latin School junior Charlotte Wright has been dancing since she was eight years old. Nine years later, she still fills her day with ballet, and in the summer of 2018, she had the opportunity to attend the prestigious Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts.

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“It’s been a really awesome part of my life. I get to express myself through my art form,” Charlotte said. While Charlotte has taken some modern dance classes, she prefers ballet for its sense of structure. Her dedication to ballet has led to a rigorous schedule as she balances school and dance. After school, Charlotte has three to four hours of class at Louisville Academy of Dance (LAD) nearly every night of the week. Her Saturdays are almost entirely dedicated to ballet, with a dance class in the morning followed by rehearsals until 5 or 6 p.m. These long hours of rehearsal prepare her for several shows throughout the year. Each winter, LAD puts on a performance of The Nutcracker, which Charlotte has participated in every year, and the studio also hosts a spring showcase. Continue reading

2006 Alumnus Joseph Bush Teaches Students About Veterans Day

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DSC_0143Highlands Latin School’s new Southern Indiana campus commemorated Veterans Day in a unique way this year. On Tuesday, November 6, HLS graduate and veteran Joseph Bush spoke to the students about the significance of Veterans Day and led them in placing American flags on the graves of veterans. Continue reading

HLS Student Spotlight: Daniel Young

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Daniel Young has a gift. Currently a sophomore at Highlands Latin School, Daniel has attended since kindergarten. He is a member of the Art Club and serves on the set crew for Drama Troupe performances. His greatest contribution to the drama productions, however, may be his exceptional artwork.DSC_0062.jpg Continue reading

24% of 2019 Senior Class Recognized by National Merit Scholarship Corporation

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Highlands Latin School would like to congratulate 24% (5 of the 21) of the HLS Class of 2019 for being recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for their performance on the 2017 PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Congratulations to Kate Burnett for being named a National Merit Semifinalist and to Grace Burnett, Davis Henderson, Rachel McGraw, and Carl Yoder for being recognized as Commended Students.

According to a press release, the nationwide pool of Semifinalists represents the top 1% of test takers. Commended Students are named based on a nationally applied Selection Index score; they are honored for scoring in the top 3%, just below the level required to be named Semifinalists in their respective states.

Over the last decade, Highlands Latin has maintained the highest percentage of National Merit Semifinalists and Commended Students in Louisville, Kentucky.


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Curious to know more about Highlands Latin School and the difference of a classical, Christian education? Join us for an information Open House on Sunday, October 28. HLS is an excellent choice for students and families who enjoy the challenge of learning.

Meet our teachers. Tour our classrooms. View our award-winning curriculum.


The National Merit Scholarship program is the most prestigious national academic award for high school seniors. Across the country, only 1% of college-bound seniors are recognized as semifinalists and less than 3% are recognized as commended students.

Highlands Latin 2018 Graduation

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“Today we honor 20 students by recognizing them for their singular achievement, the completion of their studies at Highlands Latin School. These students will have graduated as one the most distinguished and talented classes in school history.” – Dr. Dickie

Below are the highlights:

  • 5 min 15 sec: Ben Lange delivers a heartfelt commencement speech
  • 12 min: Cate Jarboe and Katelyn Miller sing Pie Jesu
  • 14 min 40 sec: Mr. Wheatley’s individual address to the seniors
  • 1 hr 15 min: Mr. Wheatley presents the diplomas
  • 1 hr 25 min 20 sec: Mr. Wheatley introduces the Class of 2018

Photos of this special day can be found here.

Class of 2018 takes the trip of a lifetime!

Every year, as most students, teachers, and administrators take a week off to rest and prepare for the final weeks of school, the members of the Highlands Latin School senior class culminate their educational journey with a trip to see where it all happened: Rome.

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Drama Troupe’s production of The Music Man

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The Highlands Latin Drama Troupe presented Meredith Willson’s The Music Man in front of sold out crowds on April 13 and 14. Fifty-eight students were involved in this year’s musical production, which was dedicated to the school’s founder, Mrs. Cheryl Lowe. Teresa Boling directed the show and Dr. Louie Bailey returned as the musical director and conductor of a nine-piece orchestra for the performances. Mrs. Janice Murdoch choreographed the many dance numbers, including the largest ever performed on a Highlands Latin stage. The show also featured a unique projector screen background which displayed artwork created by Highlands Latin students.

The Music Man starts with trouble hitting River City when fast-talking con man “Professor” Harold Hill tells the town he wants to form a boys’ band, promising it will keep the youngsters out of trouble and morally straight. He convinces the parents to buy instruments and uniforms for their kids, but Marian Paroo, the piano teacher, discovers that Harold might not be all that he claims.

Senior Aiden Arnold played the lead role of Harold Hill. The Music Man was Aiden’s third show and third leading role with the Highlands Latin Drama Troupe. One staff member said of Aiden, “He IS Harold Hill!” Katelyn Miller, a senior who has had a role in every HLS performance, played the role of Marian. According to Mrs. Boling, Katelyn “was exactly what Marian needed to be; confident, winsome, smart, risky, and extremely talented.” Aiden and Katelyn were not only exceptional leads onstage, they led the cast offstage as well by buying gifts for the younger students and taking the time to meet with them prior to opening night to pray and calm their nerves.

Senior Maggie Roy received lots of laughs for her lively performance of Mrs. Paroo, Marian’s mother. Maggie worked extensively with her Irish voice teacher to perfect the accent that brought so much energy to her humorous role. Another senior in the show, Helen Mariah Murdoch, delivered a brilliant performance in the role of the mayor’s wife, Eulalie Shinn. Helen Mariah showed her dedication to the show as well as her servant-hearted spirit by staying late with her brother Judah after every rehearsal to clean up and make sure everything was put away. Joseph Collum, a senior who will be attending Dartmouth College in the fall to study theater and English, displayed his exceptional talent in the role of Marcellus Washburn, a former con man and friend to Harold Hill. Joseph was a founding member of the Drama Troupe and previously had major roles in the Highlands Latin performances of Little Women, The Pirates of Penzance, and The Curious Savage, as well as several outside productions.

The talented students of the Highlands Latin Drama Troupe put their heart and soul into this production of Meredith Willson’s The Music Man, an American treasure that beautifully blends story, comedy, music, dance, and romance.

The full performance is below for your viewing pleasure!

Highlanders Excel at Science Olympiad Tournament

Highlands Latin School would like to congratulate our Highlanders on their performance at the Louisville Regional Science Olympiad Tournament. The high school team also qualified for the state tournament this weekend.

Special congratulations go to these students:

  • Eliza Agan & Ann-Alys Lowe, Wright Stuff, 1st place!
  • Owen Meyer & Joseph Stachnik, Battery Buggy, 1st place!
  • William Yates  Mission Possible, 2nd place
  • Owen Meyer & Joseph Stachnik, Optics, 3rd place
  • Luke Nicholas & Sydney Petrie, Roller Coaster, 3rd place
  • Luke Nicholas & Sydney Petrie, Write It Do It, 3rd place



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Horatius Society: Thirty-eight HLS Sixth Graders recite all of Horatius at the Bridge.

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Each school year at Highlands Latin School, as a portion of classical studies the sixth-grade class learns 24 stanzas of Horatius at the Bridge, the poem by Thomas Babington and Lord Macaulay.

Students seeking Horatius-like glory have the option to memorize all 70 stanzas (16 pages, 589 lines, 3201 words). This year, 38 students rose to the challenge and completed the full 70 stanzas. Continue reading