In the Department of Classics

At The Atonement Academy, students are introduced to Latin in kindergarten and continue until graduation in twelfth grade. Students at The Atonement Academy study Latin because it is fundamental to understanding the nature of grammar, the origins of our culture, and the roots of the English language. As the mother tongue of so much of Europe, Latin is also a great introduction to all the Romance languages.

Every Friday, students attend Mass in Latin.

Lower School

In the Lower School Latin program, students are taught the fundamental vocabulary and grammar of the Latin language. In the K-2nd, they are taught through the use of speech and songs. Starting in third grade, students learn the formal grammar and syntax of Latin. Students are also taught all of their prayers in Latin including the Pater Noster, Ave Maria, and the Angelus.

Middle & Upper School

  • Middle School Latin
Meeting daily throughout the years of Middle School, this course sequence is intended to promote familiarity with the basic elements of Latin grammar, vocabulary, paradigms and translation. The student will focus heavily on understanding Latin as an inflected language. The course will also have elements of Roman culture and history. The text is Latin Alive!
In the introductory year of this course sequence, all middle students will receive Middle School Latin Course A. Courses B and C are introduced in seventh and eight grades respectively. The most ambitious and accomplished students will acquire a mastery of introductory Latin in the course of their three years of Middle School Latin study. Students have the opportunity to test out of Latin I. Those who are successful receive credit for Latin I and are placed in Latin II as freshman. For most students, this course sequence provides ample preparation for success as freshmen in Latin I.
  • Latin I
  • Latin II
  • Latin III
  • Latin IV

Latin I is an Intermediate study of Latin grammar, syntax, and forms focusing on the techniques and skills needed for comprehension and expression. 

Latin II is a continuation of intermediate study of Latin grammar, syntax, and forms focusing on the techniques and skills needed for more complex comprehension and expression. 

Latin III is an advanced study of Latin literature and style with readings from selections of a variety of Latin authors for content and appreciation. 

Latin IV is an advanced course focusing on mastering the Latin prose and poetry of Caesar and Vergil for content and appreciation.