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A sine qua non of classical schools is the teaching of classical languages. As Latin is easier for students to learn since it is more orderly and shares an alphabet with English, Charis teaches Latin rather than Greek.

  • Beginning in 5th grade, students learn Latin grammar through the Latin for Children series. They learn over 800 vocabulary words, and gain the ability to compose and read rudimentary Latin sentences. After 6th grade, students should be familiar with the five noun declensions, four verb conjugations, and the present and perfect systems in the active voice.
  • Students continue to study Latin in 7th-8th grades via Wheelock’s Latin. In 9th grade they work their way through Caesar’s De Bello Gallico.
  • In 10th-12th grade students may continue to study Latin independently under the supervision of staff member or transition to the study French.