Instruction in the Languages
Latin merits a special place in a classical curriculum given its rich heritage in Western civilization and its privileged place in the life of the Church. The study of Latin forms an integral aspect at every age level of the curriculum. Formal training in Latin grammar is emphasized in fourth through eighth grade. Latin is integrated into the curriculum in less formal ways beginning in pre-kindergarten. Latin leads the student to an understanding of the logic of language. Latin roots are the basis of some 60% of English vocabulary while Greek roots form another 20%. Students are exposed to elementary aspects of Latin beginning in pre-kindergarten.