Latin is introduced in the fourth and fifth grades. While students become familiar with some basic Latin, the initial curriculum focuses on Roman life, culture, and history. In the Middle School, Academy Hill students use Latin via Ovid, which uses adapted versions of the myths in Ovid's Metamorphoses to teach the grammar of Latin. As they progress, they are able to appreciate more and more of Ovid's original work and read some excerpts from other authors. The Latin vocabulary works with the stems and derivatives that they learn in their other classes to help give them a strong understanding of both Latin and English. Students are prepared to take the National Latin Exam, starting at the Introductory level in sixth grade.