Latin

Latin plays an integral part in Schola Homeschool Classes. Because Latin is the mother tongue of Western Civilization, as well as the language of the Christian faith for over a thousand years, it is the ideal tool for the transmission of cultural literacy. Latin mottoes, phrases, and sayings surround us every day, and much of Western literature assumes at least a passing understanding of Latin.

Not only is Latin the most efficient way to learn the grammar of our own language, Latin is also the basis for the Romance languages, giving Latin students a leg up in any further study of Spanish, French, and Italian, as well as Portuguese and Romanian. Because Latin has had a greater impact on our own language than any other foreign language (60% of modern English words are based on Latin), Latin students typically score about 50 points higher on the SAT, both verbal and math, than students who have not studied Latin. Latin also provides a foundation for scientific education.

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Latin classes meet on various days (see schedule ) with extensive practice using an instructor's syllabus and online resources during the remainder of the week. The average student should plan to devote approximately 25-45 minutes per day including class time to Latin studies.

The Schola Latin Program uses the Cambridge Latin Course, which includes:

  • clear presentation of grammar, vocabulary, word families, and derivatives,
  • vivid readings which weave culture and history into the fabric of Latin stories,
  • characters and stories that engage and motivate students.

Reading is the heart of our Latin program from the very first week of class. Grammar and syntax are systematically presented during class time for comprehension and analysis.

Students use their weekly study time for carefully designed exercises that build skills and confidence in reading and analyzing Latin, as well as exploring engaging topics to reinforce and extend the cultural and historical understanding of the Latin readings. A wide variety of exercises explore the richness of Latin and its impact on English. Excellent online resources help students practice reading skills and vocabulary. Students may also further explore cultural and historical topics online.

Please note that Latin 1A and Latin 1B are the equivalent of Latin 1 presented at a slower pace. Completing these two courses provides one year of high school language credit.

Latin Enrollment
Prerequisite
  • For students grades 4 - 6, see Minimus.
  • Advanced 6th graders may enroll in Latin 1A with instructor approval.
  • Students in grades 7-8 may enroll in either Latin 1a (which covers CLC Unit 1), or in Latin 1 (which covers CLC Units 1 and 2.)
  • Students, grades 7-12 can successfully enter Latin 1 or Latin 1a, but subsequent classes must be taken in sequence.
Class Size
  • Minimum: 4
  • Maximum: 16
Tuition and Fees
Text & Materials