About the CLRC Middle School Latin Program

Middle School Latin is designed for middle school students ages eleven through fourteen (11-14).  It’s the next step for students who have completed CLRC’s Upper Elementary Latin program and is an ideal entry point for students aged 11 - 14 even if they have not participated in our Upper Elementary Latin program. Younger students should begin with Upper Elementary Latin I and older students are usually ready to begin High School Latin I. Middle School Latin covers the same material as the first year and a half of the high school level program (The Oxford Latin Course Part I and Chapters 17-24 of Part II) but at a slower pace and with more aids and step-by-step instruction.

Students learn the 5 noun declensions and 4 verb conjugations of the Latin language. English grammar is taught as well covering topics such as the direct object, indirect object, possessive nouns, prepositions, past present, and future tense, subject verb agreement, transitive and intransitive verbs, complementary infinitives, subordinate clauses, demonstrative, personal, and relative pronouns (nominative case only), the comparative and superlative degree of adjectives and even more!

The Oxford Latin Course – a series commonly used in both high schools and colleges in the United States – 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.

"My daughter goes to a public school now and the Latin is supposed to be very challenging. She’s a freshman and her class is mostly sophomores and above. The class is SO easy for her after CLRC. It doesn’t even compare to your classes."
--  Amy D., California

 

Instructors

"It took Latin to thrust me into bona fide alliance with words in their true meaning. Learning Latin...fed my love for words upon words, words in continuation and modification, and the beautiful accretion of a sentence...."
– Eudora Welty