About the CLRC High School Latin Program
CLRC’s High School Latin program takes students ages 14 and older with little or no previous experience with Latin to a second year college level reading authors like Caesar, Cicero, Virgil, Catullus, and more. The first three years cover the full Latin grammar. In the fourth year of the program students read extracts from Caesar, Cicero, Catullus, Vergil, Livy, and Ovid. Additional reading classes are available after year 4 for those who wish to continue their Latin reading or prepare for AP testing or the SAT subject test in Latin.
CLRC’s high school Latin uses the Oxford Latin Course — a series commonly used in both high schools and colleges in the United States. The OLC offers a good mixture of both inductive and deductive learning. It includes a clear and systematic presentation of grammar with the regular use of extended readings so students can begin to absorb the patterns of a new language. The narrative passages detail the life of the Roman poet Horace and help students to develop an understanding of a critical point in the history of Rome — the transition from the Republic to the Principate during the times of Cicero and Augustus. The instructor supplements the text with an extensive system of colorful charts, paradigm practice, and online drills.
We provide complete sets of online flashcards that can be printed or used via computer, tablet, or iPhone. Friendly class vocabulary competitions, complete with year end prizes, help to encourage vocabulary development and every homework assignment includes derivative work — finding English words that are based on the new Latin vocabulary students have learned that week — in order to develop students’ English vocabulary as well.
“When we met with the Latin teacher at my son’s new prep school he was quite impressed with his CLRC Latin classes and said that he was ready to move directly into their 4th year AP Latin class. Thank you! Also, when he had to take the private school national entrance exam—the SSAT— he got an 800 (perfect score) on the verbal section. I really think all the Latin and Greek he’s been doing was a huge contribution to that. A nice side benefit to studying something so worthwhile in itself!”
—Anne M., California
Anne Van Fossen, M.A., CLRC Classical Languages Program Director
Anne Van Fossen spent seven years working with her husband, John, to found a Christian Classical K-8 school in California. Anne was the Director of Program and Curriculum Development and head of the Ancient Languages Department. She has over 15 years of experience teaching classical Greek and Latin to all ages from Kindergarten to adult. Anne earned her Master’s degree in Classics from the University of California at Santa Barbara where she was awarded the Keith Aldridge Memorial Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in the Classics and taught Greek Mythology, Classical Archaeology, Greek Civilization, and Greek Tragedy as a teaching assistant for four years. Anne earned her bachelor’s degree in Physics and Chemistry (summa cum laude) from Mount Holyoke College and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi Societies. Anne lives in Naples, Idaho where she homeschools her three sons with her husband. She loves reading, running, and romping with her boys.
“To read Latin and Greek authors in their original, is a sublime luxury. I thank on my knees him who directed my early education for having put into my possession this rich source of delight; and I would not exchange it for anything which I could then have acquired, and have not since acquired.”
— Thomas Jefferson to Dr. Joseph Priestly