Highlands Latin’s rigorous approach has proven that a focus on an academic school culture, within a classical Christian setting, leads to impressive results. Highlands Latin is a small family school but is ranked in the top 1% in the nation on the ITBS Standardized Test for K-8, and consistently scores among the top private schools in the state on the SAT.

SAT Scores

The SAT averages for the class of 2014 are 701 reading, 621 math, 654 writing for a composite of 1976.  The average SAT for HLS seniors over the last three years is 1954.

In the last 10 years, 24.7% of our seniors have been recognized as National Merit Semifinalists or Commended students, and a similar number have been selected to attend Governor’s Scholars and the Governor’s School for the Arts program.

Percentage of Seniors selected as National Merit Semifinalists

20143 Yr Average10 Yr Average
 Highlands Latin15.38%14.81%13.04%
 DuPont Manual6.22%8.07%8.13%
 KCD4.00%6.22%6.67%
 Collegiate3.33%3.89%5.33%
 St. Xavier2.42%3.54%3.76%
 
ITBS Standardized Test  

Highlands Latin School uses the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) to test every student in Kindergarten-8th Grade. We selected the ITBS because it is one of the longest running (since 1936), most respected, standardized tests in the country. It has been administered for years with little change, providing a consistent and relevant comparison of our students against others across the country.

2014 ITBS Results

In 2014, HLS scored in the top 1% of all schools in the nation for the tenth year in a row.  HLS students scored an average of 3.64 grades above their actual grade level. The grade equivalency chart below includes scores for each grade.  HLS 7th and 8th grades received the maximum possible grade equivalency on the ITBS, 13+.

At Highlands Latin, kindergarten students score about 2 grades above their grade level. By 6th grade, HLS students score almost 5 grades above their grade level.  By 7th grade, HLS students test better than the average senior in high school.   HLS students increase their test scores the equivalent of 1.6 years for each year they are enrolled at Highlands Latin.

2014 ITBS Highlands Latin School

2013 ITBS Results

In 2013, HLS scored in the top 1% of all schools taking the ITBS for the ninth year in a row.

12-13 ITBS Highlands Latin School

 

2012 ITBS Results
In 2012 ,HLS scored in the top 1% of all schools taking the ITBS for the eighth year in a row.

11-12 Highlands Latin School ITBS

 

2011 ITBS Results

For 2011, HLS scored in the top 1% of all schools taking the ITBS for the seventh year in a row.

2010 ITBS Results

For 2010, HLS scored in the top 1% of all schools taking the ITBS for the sixth year in a row.

2009 ITBS Results

For 2009, HLS scored in the top 1% of all schools taking the ITBS for the fifth year in a row.

2008 ITBS Results

For 2008, HLS scored in the top 1% of all schools taking the ITBS for the fourth year in a row.  For the second year, both the 7th and 8th grades scored the highest possible grade equivalency of 13+.

2007 ITBS Results

For 2007, HLS scored in the top 1% of all schools taking the ITBS for the third year in a row.  For the first time, both the 7th and 8th grades scored the highest possible grade equivalency of 13+.
Below is a grade equivalent graph. HLS students scored an average of 3.5 grades above their actual grade level, an improvement over 3.36 for 2006 and 3.25 for 2005.

2006 ITBS Results

For 2006, HLS scored in the top 1% of all schools taking the ITBS for the second year in a row.

2005 ITBS Results

For 2005, HLS scored in the top 1% of all schools taking the ITBS.