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Why Latin?

Schools who are members of the Association of Christian and Classical Schools (ACCS) consistently score 70-90 percent higher on national tests and we believe Latin has much to do with the higher scores, not to mention the general educational benefits. For example, a small third grade boy was at home putting together a puzzle of the United States. Each state had its capital listed. Mumbling more to himself he nonchalantly announced, "Here is Texas. Corpus Christi... means ‘body of Christ'." His mother was stunned as she had not been convinced that Latin was necessary. From that day on she made a concerted effort to help her children with their Latin vocabulary. (We receive a huge percentage of English vocabulary from Latin.) and in a very short time she became totally convinced that it was not only necessary, but greatly beneficial.

“Latin is the key to the vocabulary and structure of the Romance languages and to the structure of all the Teutonic languages, as well as to the technical vocabulary of all the sciences and to the literature of the entire Mediterranean civilization, together with all its historical documents.”

— Dorothy Sayers in The National Review

SAT Scores: Across the nation, studies have shown Latin be effective in improving SAT scores. Studies conducted by the Educational Testing Service show that Latin students consistently out perform all other students on the verbal portion of the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT).

College GPA: A study of freshman college student performance conducted by the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1985 yielded the following results in Language: Latin students had an overall GPA of 2.89; Spanish students — 2.76 GPA; German students — 2.77 GPA; French students — 2.78 GPA; and students with no foreign language had a GPA of 2.58.

Reading: In the District of Columbia, elementary school students who studied Latin developed reading skills that were five months ahead of those who studied no foreign language and four months ahead of those who studied French or Spanish. Two years earlier, the same students had been excluded from foreign language classes because of substandard reading performance.

Vocabulary Skills: In Philadelphia, students in the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades received 14 to 20 minutes of daily instruction in Latin for one year. The performance of the Latin students was one full year higher on the Vocabulary Subtest of the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) than the performance of matched control students who had not studied Latin.

Math Problem Solving: Sixth grade students in Indianapolis who studied Latin for 30 minutes each day for five months advanced nine months in their math problem solving abilities. In addition, the students exhibited the following advances in other areas:

  • 8 months in world knowledge

  • 1 year in reading

  • 13 months in language

  • 4 months in spelling

  • 5 months in science

  • 7 months in social studies

The study of Latin, the basic language and culture, bolsters learning.

  • the ability to read classical authors in the original language

  • the ability to access key documents of the Western world

  • the ability to avoid the biases and misconceptions of translators of classical authors

  • direct contact with the wisdom and thought of the classical and medieval authors

In conclusion, learning Latin improves not only study skills, but knowledge of ancient history and culture as well.

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National Latin Exam Awards

In February 2015, 8 of our students sat for the National Latin Exam for the first time. Of the 8 students, 7 were nationally recognized and we brought home two gold and two silver medals!  

What is the National Latin Exam?

  • The National Latin Exam, as its name suggests, is a Latin exam that is held each year and tests the skill, knowledge and verbal dexterity of students that study Latin

  • Latin, far from being a ‘dead language’ actually nurtures many life long skills while also boosting SAT and ACT scores (for every Latin word that you know, you know 10 English words)

  • Last year was our first year to sit the National Latin Exam and of the 8 students that took this national test, 7 were nationally recognized and we brought home two gold and two silver medals.