Latin and Classics
At Academy Hill, Latin is first 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. Introducing Latin early on gives our students a strong foundation for future study in language and equips their minds to take on challenging subjects.
At the Middle School level, 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.
Our students are prepared to take the National Latin Exam starting at the Introductory level in sixth grade. Moreover, the Latin vocabulary works with the stems and derivatives that students learn in their other classes to give them a strong understanding of both Latin and English.