Latin 1

Ages 12+ (Beginners, 7th grade and up)

Instructor: Dr. Anne Phillips, PhD Classical Studies

Mondays, Thursdays - 3:00-4:30 PM Eastern

1 High School Foreign Language Credit

Classes on the 32-Week Schedule run from the week of Aug. 12 through May 9th or Self-Paced

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2/19/24 - Pre-Registration for Current Families Begins

2/23/24 - Pre-Registration Ends

3/4/24 - Registration for New Families Begins

5/31/24 - Last Day to Request Full Refund (Minus Deposit)

6/1/24 - Full Tuition Due

6/1/24 - Payment Plan: 1st Payment Due

7/1/24 - Payment Plan: 2nd Payment Due

8/1/24 - Payment Plan: 3rd Payment Due

8/5/24 - Class Canvas Login Information Sent Out

8/11/24 - Last Day to Request 50% Refund (Minus Deposit)


The language of the ancient Roman people is well worth studying for its own sake, but especially for the sheer joy of reading the Romans in their own words. Many important Western texts, such as Virgil’s Aeneid, are best enjoyed in the original language. There are other benefits to studying Latin, of course, but we should always approach another language and culture with respect for its particular genius rather than for the benefits it can confer upon us.

Latin 1 is a beginner course for 7th graders and up and will introduce students to the rudiments of Latin grammar and syntax with the goal of building reading proficiency and love of the language. Latin 1 will cover Wheelock’s Latin chapter 1-20. This class will rely primarily on what is called the “grammar-translation” approach, which particularly emphasizes learning grammar and vocabulary first. However, this class will also integrate reading and translating to help students put their knowledge into practice.

The long-term goal of such a class is to enable students to read and appreciate Latin literature for years to come, especially because this study can illuminate our understanding of Western authors who have depended so much on their Roman models such as John Milton or Shakespeare or C.S. Lewis.

Students will be evaluated periodically through the semester based on short weekly exercises, a weekly quiz, a midterm and final exam.

Note: This is an academic class for 7th graders with no Latin experience, designed by Mr Banks who taught this course to 7th graders for over a decade. It is not advanced; however it is academic. This is not a "gentle" Latin course. This is a real Latin class and will require effort and work. We believe in the value of learning the Latin language and have designed a course to reflect the genuine value we believe it offers.


Latin 1 - Policy Guidelines for Live and Self-Paced Students

Due to the nature of a language class, we will have a slightly different policy on how to accommodate both live and self-paced students to ensure that all of our students are receiving the full benefits of the class (as much as possible).

There are 2 potential options:

1) Fully live students. These students will be required to turn in their weekly homework and complete the midterm and final exams. Homework and exams will be made available on Canvas, to be completed on each students’ own time by a certain date. There will be a 1 week window for completing the exam, during which the class will review the material expected on the exams. 
2) Self-Paced Available upon Discussion with the Instructor. Self-Paced students are still required to complete homework and exams in a modified time frame depending on their situation. Self-Paced students are also encouraged to communicate regularly with the instructor about their progress. 
NB: The instructor will not be taking attendance or participation as a specific grade item. Homework is graded on completion and not correctness. Students will receive corrections and feedback on their homework, but only quizzes and exams will be formally graded. 


Teacher Bio

Dr. Phillips received a degree in Latin and Greek from Hillsdale College and completed her PhD in Classical Studies from University of California, Santa Barbara.

In addition to her experience teaching Latin from kindergarten to college students, Dr. Phillips shares with Mr. Banks a great love of the Latin language and especially of the poet Virgil.

We are thrilled that she has joined our team and are eager to offer a thorough and enthusiastic Latin Program.  What other academy can offer Latin classes with not only experienced teachers, but teachers who regularly read The Aeneid in Latin for fun?


Introductory Price: $655.00 total (including $95.00 non-refundable deposit)

All balances must be paid before classes begin.

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