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A Private PreK - 12 College Preparatory Catholic School

Lower School
Kindergarten - Fifth Grade

The elementary years are a time of growth and development for your child during which many lifelong habits and attitudes are established.

Regardless of the subject or activity, nurturing a positive self-concept and cultivating a love and enthusiasm for learning are crucial during these formative years. This is why, at The Highlands School, we will pay special attention to the unique talents, temperament, and circumstances of your child. A family-like atmosphere will allow your child to receive a genuine education in response to his or her strengths and needs.

Language Arts

The language arts curriculum encompasses the areas of vocabulary, spelling, grammar, reading, literature, composition, listening, public speaking, and handwriting. Emphasis on building grammar and vocabulary proficiency will assist your child in the acquisition of effective communication skills. Extensive phonics work is used to develop a strong foundation for word attack, decoding, and spelling skills. We introduce our students to the world of literature through all genres such as poetry, novels, and short stories. Reading comprehension, composition, and public speaking are the primary focuses of instruction at the intermediate level.


The mathematics curriculum consists of programs emphasizing mastery of basic skills and facts for speed, accuracy, and understanding of concepts up through algebra. Instruction begins with a hands-on, concrete approach, which builds a solid foundation of basic mathematical skills. Your child will participate in activities that enable him or her to develop problem solving skills, critical thinking, abstract reasoning, and mathematical concepts consistent with each grade level. Your child will become confident in the mathematical skills that will support his or her future work in classes, careers, and daily living.

Social Studies

Social studies is the study of history and geography, but it also includes an elementary understanding of economics and civics. Our goal is to help your child think critically and analytically about past events, and to provide a framework for understanding other cultural works such as art and literature. We also seek to foster a sense of belonging and cultural identity, which are essential for your child to cultivate a deeper appreciation of his or her own heritage and respect for diversity in other cultures.


Our science curriculum is designed to awaken a curiosity and a sense of wonder in your child about the world and how it works. Through the study of the life sciences and physical sciences, hands-on projects, scientific experiments, and field trips, your child will come to know the general laws of nature and the scientific method. Your child will learn to ask questions, investigate answers, and think conceptually. The curriculum also encourages the development of your child’s self-awareness and an understanding of his or her place in the universe and responsibility for the environment.

Catholic Formation

As a vital part of The Highlands School curriculum, our religion classes seek to instill and nurture in your child a personal relationship with and deep love for Jesus Christ.  By transmitting an academic understanding of the Catholic faith, and conveying that spiritual growth is an integral part of daily life, faith is integrated throughout the curriculum and school day. Students are encouraged to form habits of virtue at school as well as at home.

Foreign Languages

The Highlands School offers foreign language in 4th – 12th grades to enhance overall language skills acquisition in preparation for college. Through exposure to the languages of other peoples, our students come to appreciate the beauty of diversity and the creativity and richness of human culture. Our students learn to articulate ideas and concepts in a foreign language with poised elocution and diplomacy, while examining the universal and eternal questions posed in both modern and ancient, primary texts.

Our Lower School students begin exposure to Latin via a “roots” program in the 4th and 5th grades. Utilizing principles of the direct method of language teachings, we incorporate Minimus and Minimus Secundus as our primary texts. While learning about the ancient cultural dimensions of the Roman Empire in a fun and engaging way, students will study vocabulary, idioms, grammar, and the Latin roots of our English language. This course also introduces our young students to age-appropriate mythology and the ancient traditions that ultimately helped form the roots of Western Civilization.

Physical Education

Physical education is an important aspect of the Integral Formation® of your child. Through physical exercises, organized sports, and age-appropriate games, your child will have fun while staying fit and learning about good health. He or she will develop strength and coordination, teamwork, communication skills, self-control, and the ability to follow directions and rules.

Fine Arts

Music and art help develop the aesthetic dimension of the human mind. Our music program is designed to teach our students to understand and appreciate musical masterpieces, as well as to give them opportunities to express themselves musically through singing and playing. The study of great works of art is incorporated into the history curriculum, while formal art classes will familiarize him with basic skills, concepts, and media.

Visual arts class provides opportunities for students to explore art production, art history, art appreciation, and art criticism in light of Catholic theology and Christian tradition. Students explore a variety of art media and processes as they develop and evaluate their ideas through design. They learn and apply the elements of visual aesthetics and principles of design to personal works of art.

Technology in the Classroom

Our use of technology supports student engagement with the curriculum in a meaningful way. It enhances student learning and classroom experiences, while promoting thinking and creativity. In the Pre-Kindergarten, children use developmentally appropriate software in a supportive, playful environment, while building confidence and basic skills. In the early elementary grades, technology becomes a learning supplement for academics, especially in the math and reading classes. The internet is modeled as a source which provides enrichment for lessons in science, history, math, and literature. Classrooms are equipped with internet access, projectors, and an iPad cart. Our teachers closely monitor all technology and internet use.

Enrichment Program

Our enrichment program provides opportunities for high achieving students to receive an additional challenge beyond the classroom setting.  Language Arts Enrichment (Grades 1-5) includes critical and creative thinking, literature appreciation through reading, listening, oral and written expression and independent study.  Math enrichment (Grade 5) encompasses logic, reasoning, and problem solving strategies.  Qualifications for the program include the use of both objective and subjective data from standardized testing, reading skills assessments, class work habits, grades, parental support, and a recommendation of the classroom teacher.  Placement decisions are made by the grade level teachers, together with the enrichment specialist and the Academic Coordinator.

Academic Programs

Junior Great Books (K-5)
Enrichment Program (1-5)
Faith & Life (K-5)
Saxon Math- Grades PK-2nd
McGraw-Hill Math, Grades 3 and 4
Prentice Hall Course 1, Grade 5
Daily Grammar (K-5)
Daily Reading- ability grouping (PK-5)
Phonics Program (PK-3)
Accelerated Reader (1-5)