The study of Latin is the core of a classical education. Latin begins in second grade and continues every year, culminating in the translation of Latin literature in grades 9-12. All new students in both the lower and upper schools are enrolled in an age-appropriate beginning Latin class.
The Latin Curriculum follows a traditional scope and sequence, consistent with the grammar, logic, and rhetoric stages of the trivium:
Students who enroll in Latin in middle and high school follow the same sequence but at an accelerated pace. Memorizing the Latin grammar is a great challenge and thrill for students. The mastery of the grammar greatly enhances English language skills and builds the kind of confidence that comes only from great achievement. Latin develops the mind of the young student like no other subject. There is no substitute for the mental development provided by the study of the Latin grammar.
Prior to the 20th century, it was the norm for students to achieve mastery of the Latin grammar before high school. We use Memoria Press curriculum to teach the Latin grammar (Prima Latina, Latina Christiana, and the Form Series), developed by Mrs. Leigh Lowe and Headmistress, Mrs. Cheryl Lowe from Highlands Latin School. We use Henle I to teach Latin grammar and introduction to translation. For Latin literature, we use Henle II Ovid, Caesar, Vergil, and Cicero.