Arlington Catholic Classics

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Arlington Catholic High School

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Saint Agnes School is proud to offer a Learning Center with a full time special education teacher in order to meet the needs of students with Individualized Education Programs

Students at Arlington Catholic are required to take a minimum of two consecutive years of either a classical language (Latin) or world language (French, Italian or Spanish). However, as many colleges favor three to four years of a classical or world language, we encourage the study of a language beyond the minimum requirement.

Why study Latin, a “dead” language? For a start, Latin can help you improve your English vocabulary (50% of English words derive from Latin) and develop your understanding of grammar. Moreover, Latin is the language of law, science and Christian theology. By studying Latin, you also learn about the culture, history, and mythology of ancient Rome.

 

Faculty

Daniel McGlathery, dmcglathery@achs.net
AB- Classics, Princeton University
MA- Classical Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

PhD- Classical Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

 

Course Offerings

Latin 1

LATIN 1 – 417

1 Credit

This  course is designed for students who have had no previous study of Latin. Latin-derived English vocabulary and the general principles of' how such words are formed will be a major focus of the course. In addition, important aspects of Roman civilization will be presented.


Grades: 9, 10, 11
Latin 2

LATIN 2 – 418
1 Credit

This course builds on the skills learned in Latin 1. Students will be expected to do work involving the active production of Latin as well as reading comprehension of increasingly authentic Latin prose. In addition, important aspects of Roman history and civilization will be presented. Please note: incoming freshmen must take the department placement test to enroll in this level.


Grades: 9, 10, 11
Honors Latin 1

HONORS LATIN 1

1 Credit

This course is designed for students who have had no previous study of Latin and are generally strong academically. Students will work at a more intensive pace than in Latin 1. The major focus of the course is Latin vocabulary, grammar and reading comprehension. In addition, important aspects of Roman civilization will be presented. Students will be prepared to take the Level 1 National Latin Exam in the spring.

Grades 9, 10, 11

 

 

 

Honors Latin 2

HONORS LATIN 2

1 credit

This course builds on the skills learned in Honors Latin 1. Taught at a more rigorous pace than Latin 2, students will be expected to do work involving the active production of Latin as well as reading comprehension of increasingly authentic Latin prose. In addition, important aspects of Roman history and civilization will be presented. Students will be prepared to take the Level 2 National Latin Exam in the spring. Please note: Incoming freshmen must take the department  placement test to enroll in this level.

Grades 9,10, 11, 12

Honors Latin 3

HONORS LATIN 3 

1 credit

This course builds on the skills learned in Honors Latin 2 with a focus on literary vocabulary and advanced concepts of grammar. Students will be expected to do rigorous work involving the active production of Latin as well as reading comprehension of authentic Latin prose. Unique to this level is the study of' the late Republican era of Roman history and the writings of Julius Caesar and Virgil. Students will be prepared to take the Level 3 National Latin Exam in the spring.

Grades: 10, 11, 12

AP Latin

The AP Latin course focuses on the in-depth study of selections from two of the greatest works in Latin literature: Vergil’s Aeneid and Caesar’s Gallic War. The course requires students to prepare and translate the readings and place these texts in a meaningful context, which helps develop critical, historical, and literary sensitivities. Throughout the course, students consider themes in the context of ancient literature and bring these works to life through classroom discussions, debates, and presentations. Additional English readings from both of these works help place the Latin readings in a significant context. Students are required to take the AP Exam in May. 

 

Grades: 11, 12

Honors Latin Literature

HONORS LATIN LITERATURE

1 Credit

This course is designed to bridge the material of Cambridge Latin Course to the A.P. Latin curriculum or, for students who have completed A.P. Latin, as an opportunity to explore extra Latin literature. Students will read a Latin author of their choice and explore the more complex features of the language along with features specific to Latin prose or poetry. Depending on student interest, the text may be supplemented by conversational Latin activities.

 

Grades: 11, 12