“You must pray…without prayer, all the schooling in the world will not produce the effect God wants homeschooling to give.” Fr. John Hardon


The mission of Grace Academy Learning Center is to provide families with the guidance and resources they need to ensure the proper education of their children in these scholastically uncertain times.  




363 Route 3
South China, Maine 04358

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Grace Academy is an IRS-recognized 501(c)3 not-for-profit (nonprofit) organization.

Grace Academy is supported by the generosity of our benevolent donors. We believe that all families should have access to the support and resources they need to ensure the proper education of their children.


Code of Conduct and Culture


Neatness in outer dress and appearance reflects inner focus and discipline.


At Highlands Kennebec Valley, we love the benefits that unity in dress brings to our school. Our uniform policy aims to foster academic focus, the development of our unique school culture, and a feeling of dignity and belonging in each student.

Our dress code is simple and straightforward. We believe that how students dress has the potential to directly impact learning for all. We request the following:

  • Bottoms:

    • Students may wear khaki, grey, or navy pants,

    • Bermuda shorts (no jeans, spandex leggings, or athletic wear).

    • Girls may also wear “skorts” / scooters, jumper dresses, or polo style dresses in solid colors - either khaki, grey, or navy with a hem no higher than 4 inches above the knee, and shorts underneath.

  • Tops:

    • Students may wear solid-colored polo shirts in grey, navy, red, white, or light blue.

    • Students may also wear a white Peter Pan collar blouse (girls)

    • Students may also wear a white button-down shirt (boys).

    • Short and long sleeves are both okay.

    • Square bottomed shirts may be worn untucked.

    • If shirts are tucked in, students should wear a dark, solid-colored belt.

  • Additional requirements:

    • Sweaters must be solid colored with no logos, emblems or messages written on them.

    • Closed-toed shoes only.

    • No athletic clothing, denim or hats are permitted.

    • Hair should be brushed and arranged neatly. No unnatural colors.

    • Girls may wear subdued-colored nail polish. 

    • K through 2nd grade may not wear makeup.

    • Jewelry should be minimal and not distracting.

    • Boys may not have piercings, may not wear makeup or jewelry.

There are many affordable options that fit our uniform policy. 

Clothes may be purchased at any retailer selected by the family.

There will also be an account established with French Toast for the

convenience of parents, and a Highlands Latin Cottage School polo shirt

with our crest will be available for purchase. If you would like to order a plaid

dress, skirt, or skort, the only approved plaid is - Blue Red Plaid.

Uniforms can be made more affordable by having students wear the same clothes every week. 


Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam - "All for the greater glory of God"

  • Students should come to Highlands Latin Cottage School-Kennebec Valley ready to be a productive member of the learning community.

  • Students are expected to demonstrate quiet, calm, positive, polite classroom behavior.

  • All will honor the Golden Rule. "So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you..." (Matthew 7:12) and commit, to completing all work to the best of his or her ability.

  • When not on campus, students will conduct themselves in a way that is a positive reflection of the high standards we uphold as members of the greater Highlands Latin School community


To speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle,

and to show every courtesy to everyone. Titus 3:2

  1. We cheerfully and promptly obey the authority under which we are placed.

  2. We may appeal respectfully and courteously. We do not argue or negotiate.

  3. We love and honor one another.

  4. We give encouragement to each other.

  5. We do not point out the shortcomings of others in order to build ourselves up.

  6. We tell the truth.

  7. We do not disrespect the classroom and teacher by passing notes or otherwise interrupting.

  8. We do not spread rumors or gossip.

  9. We will not make excuses for our wrong actions but will admit them.

  10. We avoid cliques, clubs, or games that exclude others.

  11. When others are sorry, we forgive them.

  12. When others are sad, we comfort them.

  13. When we have work to do, we do it without complaining.

  14. If we make a mess, we clean it up.

  15. We treat one another with respect and patience.