Jumpstart Latin

Jumpstart Latin is a springboard class which introduces students with little or no Latin background to the basics of Latin grammar and ancient Roman culture. Designed to ease the transition into Latin, a language dependent upon word endings and not order, Jumpstart Latin will ground students in Latin grammar basics while showing them the relevance of Latin throughout history and our world today. Students will learn how the inflected language of Latin works by studying grammatical basics including three noun declensions, three verb conjugations, adjectives, pronouns, and common Latin expressions. Emphasis is given to Latin vocabulary and English derivatives. Jumpstart Latin is designed to prepare students for the Introductory Level of the National Latin Exam. Students who would benefit from reviewing Latin basics, who are new to Latin or classical education, or who are not ready for Latin 1 are encouraged to enroll in this course. Students who have worked through grammar-level primers and are confident in their Latin skills should consider enrolling directly in Latin 1.

Prerequisites:  None
Textbook: Materials written specifically for this class provided by Wilson Hill Academy

Latin 1

Students in Latin 1 study the basics of Latin grammar using Latin Alive! I, a textbook specifically designed for the classically educated secondary student.  Students will learn how an inflected language works by studying five noun declensions, four verb conjugations, adjectives, pronouns, and common expressions.  Emphasis is given to Latin vocabulary and English derivatives.  Students will build translation skills while exploring Roman culture, studying people and practices from antiquity by reading passages in both Latin and English, which are further brought to life by the teacher.  Students will be encouraged to see elements of Latin and Roman civilization throughout the world today, inspiring them to integrate Latin with their literature and history lessons.  Latin 1 is designed to prepare students for the National Latin Exam level 1, and students who have completed Latin I successfully may enroll in Latin II.  A student who has worked through grammar-level primers is well-prepared for Latin 1, but no previous Latin is required to enroll.

Prerequisites:  None; Latin Primer work or Jumpstart Latin recommended.
Textbook: Latin Alive! I, Classical Academic Press

Latin 2

Latin 2 builds upon the foundation of Latin 1 using Latin Alive! II, a textbook specifically designed for the classically educated secondary student.  Students will review the basics of Latin grammar and proceed to more complex grammatical constructions, including the comparison of adjectives and adverbs, the passive voice, relative clauses, participles, and indirect statement.  Emphasis is given to Latin vocabulary and English derivatives.  Students will become more confident in their translation skills while exploring Roman culture, studying people and practices from antiquity by reading passages in both Latin and English, which are further brought to life by the teacher.  Students will be encouraged to see elements of Latin and Roman civilization throughout the world today, inspiring them to integrate Latin with their literature and history lessons.  Latin 2 is designed to prepare students for the National Latin Exam level 2, and students who have completed Latin 2 successfully may enroll in Latin 3. Latin 1 or the equivalent (such as the first half of Wheelock’s Latin text) is required to enroll.

Prerequisites: Latin 1 or equivalent.
Textbook: Latin Alive! II, Classical Academic Press

Latin 3

Latin 3 builds upon the foundation of Latin 1 and 2, using Latin Alive! III, a textbook specifically designed for the classically educated secondary student.  Students will study gerunds, gerundives, participles, deponent verbs, conditional sentences, and the subjunctive mood.  Students will also learn about Latin poetry, which is beautiful in and of itself but also helpful preparation for students intending to take the AP Latin exam.  Students will become more confident in their translation skills while exploring Roman culture, studying people and practices from antiquity by reading passages in both Latin and English, which are further brought to life by the teacher.  Students will be encouraged to see elements of Latin and Roman civilization throughout the world today, inspiring them to integrate Latin with their literature and history lessons.  Latin 3 is designed to prepare students for the National Latin Exam level 3, and students who have completed Latin 3 successfully may enroll in Latin Readings.

Prerequisites: Latin 2 or equivalent.
Textbook: Latin Alive! III, Classical Academic Press

Latin Readings

Latin Readings is designed for intermediate Latin students who have finished working through Latin grammar (using Wheelock’s Latin or Latin Alive! I-III, or the equivalent) and are ready to practice reading Latin literature. Grammar will be reviewed continuously as students grow in their translation skills, reading a selection of literature from Cicero to Newton. Students will explore a variety of time periods, styles, and genres, studying literary components of the texts in addition to Latin grammar and syntax, with a teacher who will integrate Latin Readings with The Great Conversation classes. Latin Readings is good preparation for a student considering AP Latin.

Prerequisites: Completed Latin Grammar.
Textbook: Latin Alive! IV, Classical Academic Press

AP Latin

Advanced Placement Latin is a rigorous, college-level course designed for students who intend to take the Latin advanced placement exam.  Students will follow a College Board-approved syllabus as they study selections from Caesar’s Gallic Wars and Virgil’s Aeneid.  Students will focus on the grammatical details of the texts while also studying these works as literature, discussing content, theme, context, rhetorical devices, etc.  Through class discussions and writing assignments, students will learn to analyze a text through critical and reflective reading.  Students who do not intend to take the AP Latin exam but who are interested in a thorough study of Caesar and Virgil are also invited to enroll.

Prerequisites: Mastery of Latin grammar and a Latin readings course is recommended.