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.

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

2018 Grammar School Plays

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Every year the HLS grammar school students look forward to 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 Men” by 5th grade.

A job well done to all of our students, teachers, and parent volunteers who worked very hard to make these performances a success.





2017 National Latin Exam Awards

There is a reason our school isn’t merely called “The Highlands School.” The study of Latin is a central component of our curriculum, crucial to the intellectual development of our students and vital to imparting the cultural and historical knowledge of our civilization. Each year our students participate in the National Latin Exam, which not only tests their hard-earned Latin prowess, but also provides us an opportunity to measure HLS against other great schools like Phillips Exeter, Boston Latin, and Cistercian Prep.

“All of our Latin teachers work hard to teach through grammar and translation—the usual curriculum of each grade. But when it is time to prepare for the National Latin Exam, teachers pay special attention to the students’ weaknesses in order to improve their chances of doing well. The number of medals and ribbons students earn shows how successful the teachers have been.” -Dr. Matt Dickie

Out of 221 participants at HLS, our students earned 7 perfect papers, 113 gold medals, and 54 silver medals. Perfect papers were earned by 3% of HLS students, compared to a national average of 0.8%. Gold medals were earned by 51% of Highlands Latin students, compared to a national average of 11%.

Notable Mentions

In Kentucky, 40 schools and 1,518 students participated in the National Latin Exam. Of the 17 perfect papers in Kentucky, 7 were written by HLS students and 113 of 247 gold medals were earned at Highlands Latin. 

Worldwide, 140,000 students in 17 countries participated in the National Latin Exam. Two Highlands Latin students, Meg Booker and Rachel Kimbell, earned perfect scores three years in a row and received the Goad Memorial Book Award. Only 21 students out of 140,000 worldwide earned this award. Congratulations to Meg and Rachel.

Senior Maggie Roy received an even rarer award.  She was 1 of only 4 students worldwide to earn 6 gold medals on the National Latin Exam and earned the prestigious Maureen O’Donnell Award.

Congratulations Highlands Latin students and good luck next year!


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Join us for our final K-12 Open House, Sunday, January 21st, at our Spring Meadows campus at 1:00 p.m. to experience our culture of academic excellenceMeet our teachers, see our award-winning curriculum, and tour the campus.

Spring Meadows Campus – 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Short presentation beginning at 1:15 p.m.
10901 Shelbyville Rd., Louisville, KY 40243
Request an admissions packet or apply online, today.