WHA offers a full range of Latin courses, from 4th grade through AP® Latin. Students have routinely scored well on both the AP Latin exam and other National Latin exams.

Fundamentals of Latin

Fundamentals of Latin is a transitional 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 Secondary Latin, this class 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 three noun declensions, three verb conjugations, adjectives, pronouns, and common Latin expressions. Emphasis is given to Latin vocabulary and English derivatives. The course will also 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 Secondary 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 Secondary Latin 1.

The course price includes registration, study sessions, administration, and medal/certificate distribution for the National Classical Etymology Exam, National Latin Vocabulary Exam, and the National Latin Exam.

Suggested Grade Levels: 6th – 8th
Prerequisites: None

Fundamentals of Latin Book List – 2020-2021

Latin 1

Latin is alive and lively in Latin 1! Students will explore 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 and 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.

The course price includes registration, study sessions, administration, and medal/certificate distribution for the National Classical Etymology Exam, National Latin Vocabulary Exam, and the National Latin Exam.

Suggested Grade Levels: 7th – 12th
Prerequisites: None

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Latin 2

Building upon the foundation of Latin 1, 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 statements. Emphasis is given to Latin vocabulary and English derivatives. Students will become more confident in their translation skills 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.

The course price includes registration, study sessions, administration, and medal/certificate distribution for the National Classical Etymology Exam, National Latin Vocabulary Exam, and the National Latin Exam.

Prerequisites: Latin 1 or equivalent
Suggested Grade Levels: 8th -12th

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Latin 3

Latin students complete their study of Latin grammar in Latin 3, which is an impressive accomplishment! Students will study gerunds, gerundives, participles, deponent verbs, conditional sentences, and the subjunctive mood. Students will also examine Latin poetry, which is beautiful in and of itself, but also helpful preparation for the AP Latin exam. Students will become more confident in their translation skills while exploring Roman culture and studying people and practices from antiquity by reading passages in both Latin and English. 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.

The course price includes registration, study sessions, administration, and medal/certificate distribution for the National Classical Etymology Exam, National Latin Vocabulary Exam, and the National Latin Exam.

Prerequisites: Latin 2 or equivalent
Suggested Grade Levels: 9th -12th

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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 selections 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.

The course price includes registration, study sessions, administration, and medal/certificate distribution for the National Classical Etymology Exam, National Latin Vocabulary Exam, and the National Latin Exam.

Prerequisites: Latin 3 or equivalent completion of Latin grammar
Suggested Grade Levels: 10th -12th

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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 as they discuss 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 are recommended
Suggested Grade Levels: 10th -12th

Note: AP® and Advanced Placement® are registered trademarks of the College Board. Used with permission.

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Advanced Latin – Directed Study

Advanced Latin is a full year, semi-independent “seminar style” course designed for students who have completed AP Latin and desire to continue to grow in their language abilities while being exposed to a wider range of Latin texts.

Students meet once a week (at a time to be determined for the convenience of all) to read a selection of classical and ecclesiastical texts. They will study the Latin as literature, focusing on rhetorical elements, literary style and historical context. Students will also regularly practice English-to-Latin composition.

Upper School Latin Book List – 2020-2021