Latin in Grades 7-12

Sub Menu
  • Announcement Item Example This is a fun opportunity to meet other choir members and get a jump start on Read More >
  • Announcement Item Example01 This is a fun opportunity to meet other choir members and get a jump start on Read More >
  • Announcement Item Example02 This is a fun opportunity to meet other choir members and get a jump start on Read More >
  • Announcement Item Example03 This is a fun opportunity to meet other choir members and get a jump start on Read More >
  • Announcement Item Example04 This is a fun opportunity to meet other choir members and get a jump start on Read More >
  • Announcement Item Example05 This is a fun opportunity to meet other choir members and get a jump start on Read More >

Both the Junior High and High School programs employ Robert Henle, S.J.’s Latin program. A summary of the objectives of each level (I-IV) is provided below, along with the texts that will be read and mastered by students.

Latin I

Grades: 9-12
Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Demonstrated proficiency in English grammar, vocabulary, and syntax.
Description: The twin goals of the Latin program at Saint Agnes are linguistic training and authentic humanistic insight. To that end, Saint Agnes School offers a four year Latin curriculum employing the pedagogical course outlined by Fr. Robert J. Henle, S.J. Latin I is an introduction to the Latin language and grammar. The main objective of the first year study is a thorough mastery of Latin forms, basic syntax, and vocabulary. Vocabulary is selected from the classical texts that students will read in the later years of our curriculum. In addition, students will be introduced to classical culture and the ecclesial traditions of the Latin Rite.

Latin II

Grades: 9-12
Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Latin I.
Description: Latin II begins with a review of the grammar covered in Latin I. Students will continue the study of Latin grammar and syntax addressing more complex grammatical points. The primary objective of the Latin II course is to read selections from Julius Caesar‘s Commentaries on the Gallic Wars. Students will follow Caesar‘s campaign through Gaul and Western Europe and trace the very beginnings of the Roman Empire. Students will also study select ecclesiastical texts to include the Scriptures, hymns, and prayers of the Divine Office.

Latin III

Grades: 10-12
Credit: 1
Prerequisite: “C” average in Latin II or equivalent and/or teacher recommendation.
Description: Latin III introduces students more fully to the genius of the Roman mind through its exemplar, Marcus Tullius Cicero. The bulk of study in this course of study will be Cicero‘s Orations against Catiline. Students will be introduced to rhetoric and its linguistic subtleties. In addition, through their study of the language, they will be introduced to philosophy, law, and the political organization of Rome. Cicero is the model of Latin expression par excellence and his influence is powerfully felt in the whole of Western Civilization and in the writings of, among others, St. Augustine.

Latin IV (AP Vergil*)

Grades: 10-12
Credit: 1
Prerequisite: “C” average in Latin III or equivalent and/or teacher recommendation.
Description: Latin IV rounds out the Saint Agnes curriculum through the delightful study of Vergil‘s great epic poem, The Aeneid. Essential to a classical education is the study of this great work written at the request of Emperor Augustus to celebrate the glory and grandeur of Rome. The Aeneid has been the staple of a Catholic education as well–treating of its ultimate values in light of the larger truth and higher love which has been given to us by Christ. Thus, it is fitting that the Latin program concludes through an understanding of the poem that influenced Dante in his composition of the Divine Comedy and all of Western Civilization. While The Aeneid will make up the bulk of the students’ study during Latin IV, other texts will also supplement the study, not excluding selections from the Divine Office and other ecclesial writings. The course will prepare students for the AP Vergil exam in the spring.

Latin V (AP Latin Literature*)

Grades: 11-12
Credit: 1
Prerequisite: “B” average in Latin IV or equivalent and/or teacher recommendation.
Description: Latin V is an advanced Latin course and completes the Saint Agnes Latin curriculum. The course is exclusively focused on upper-level translation and Latin prose composition (English to Latin). The main texts read include readings from Horace, Catullus and The Confessions of St. Augustine. Other ecclesiastical texts will be read as well throughout the year. The course will prepare students for the AP Latin Literature exam in the spring.

*AP exams are optional for students.

Links of Interest

Pope Benedict XVI encourages Latin study
Veterum Sapientia, Bl. Pope John XXIII’s Apostolic Constitution on the importance of the Latin language.

  • Announcement Item Example This is a fun opportunity to meet other choir members and get a jump start on Read More >
  • Announcement Item Example01 This is a fun opportunity to meet other choir members and get a jump start on Read More >
  • Announcement Item Example02 This is a fun opportunity to meet other choir members and get a jump start on Read More >
  • Announcement Item Example03 This is a fun opportunity to meet other choir members and get a jump start on Read More >
  • Announcement Item Example04 This is a fun opportunity to meet other choir members and get a jump start on Read More >
  • Announcement Item Example05 This is a fun opportunity to meet other choir members and get a jump start on Read More >