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After-School Studies

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After-School Studies in Classical Latin and Greek

  • For students enrolled in public, private, or parochial schools we offer both a curricular and an extracurricular program of studies in Latin and Greek.
  • Courses are open to students eight years of age and older.
  • We recommend that students begin Latin studies between the ages of eight and ten.
  • A student should have two solid years of experience with Latin before adding Greek studies and in most instances should be at least twelve years old, although exceptional cases occur.
  • Our after-school classes meet Monday through Friday throughout the academic year (from September to May).
  • Whether Latin or Greek, whether curricular or extracurricular, classes meet after school, between the hours of 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm, for one hour or more per week.
  • After-school students may also schedule classes during our ten-week summer session.
  • All of our after-school courses are based on the extensive, well established LCCS Latin and Greek Curriculum that we employ in our Foundational Lingual Arts Curriculum and Diploma Program. That curriculum may be compared favourably to the program of a Liberal Arts College Classics Department.
  • For further information concerning the LCCS After-School Extracurricular and Curricular Programs, please see the lower parts of this page.
  • For information concerning fees for tuition and other services, please select Tuition and Fees in the left-hand margin of this page, or click here.

Extracurricular Studies in Latin and Greek

Our extracurricular course of study follows a somewhat relaxed form of the full LCCS Latin and Greek Curriculum. It allows the student to be making continuous progress, indeed, it encourages him to be making substantial progress, but at a pace determined more by disposition and circumstances than by a firmly predetermined curricular schedule. We follow a clearly defined syllabus, and we have high expectations, but the syllabus is implemented with greater flexibility than in the Curricular Program, and the expectations, though high, are more relaxed.

Curricular Studies in Latin and Greek

Students who are prepared to make a more significant commitment of time and energy to their studies may enroll in our After-School Curricular Program. In the Curricular Program the course of study is based upon a more complete form of the LCCS Latin and Greek Curriculum, and it requires diligent adherence to the schedule of requirements implicit in a syllabus that is both clearly defined and firmly maintained. Students who complete the Curricular Program receive a specialized diploma in Latin, in Greek, or in both, as well as our very strong support for their college or university applications. The Curricular Diploma Program is an after-school educational opportunity of the rarest sort, an educational program without a peer.

For more detailed and complete information concerning our After-School Curricular Program, please select Curricular Studies, under After-School Studies, in the left-hand margin of this page, or click here.

Homeschool Studies in Latin and Greek

For those in search of the best education possible, we invite you to consider enrolling in the Diploma Program of our Homeschool Academy of the Classical Liberal Arts and the Foundational Lingual Arts. This is a homeschool program for which the LCCS Latin and Greek Curriculum provides the core. In addition to the Latin and Greek curriculum, in which the student participates by attending classes in our own classrooms, we provide a classical liberal arts curriculum which is inexhaustible in its contents and is able to be implemented in a flexible manner, suitable to the needs of the student. The complete curriculum covers both the primary and the secondary school levels. The program culminates in the award of an Advanced Liberal Arts Diploma recognized and approved by the Department of Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. To learn more, please click here, and, for still further information, please call us at 717.397.3223.

Learn the Languages that Bring the Mind to Life

Whether in our After-School Extracurricular or Curricular Programs or in our Homeschool Program, we base our introductory Latin sequence on the Cambridge series, our introductory Greek sequence on the Athenaze volumes. Both are excellent, well designed introductory programs focussed on developing in the student a facility and fluency in reading. Both proceed in a carefully graduated manner that presents new materials and concepts, and increases the complexity of syntax and morphology, in small increments. The student is confronted with new challenges at every turn of the page, but the level of challenge rises gradually, almost imperceptibly, so that, as he prepares every assignment in turn, he is at once preparing himself to take the next challenge in stride; if he prepares today's assignment conscientiously, he is laying a strong foundation upon which to build his understanding of tomorrow's.

Central to both Cambridge and Athenaze is an engaging story,---well researched, well written, and well developed,---that carries the student from the simple sentences that he learns to read on the first day of class right through to the letters, poems, stories, plays, speeches, and histories of actual Roman and Greek authors that the student finds himself reading by the end of the introductory sequence. We supplement both the Cambridge and the Athenaze series with materials, observations, and instruction of our own, giving to the very important formal aspects of the language a higher level of attention than reading-based methods tend to provide. Following the completion of the introductory sequence, we begin reading the complete, authentic works of prominent Roman and Greek authors; the Aeneid of Vergil, the Iliad or the Odyssey of Homer, the Acts of the Apostles of Luke, are but a few.

Classes are conducted in a brisk, spirited fashion. Laughter and a cheerful heart are important in learning. We want students to work hard, but we want them to enjoy working hard and to learn that conscientious, energetic, persistent work is the only path to true learning and to truly enjoyable learning. Genius is not required. Anyone eager to learn and willing to work can learn Latin and Greek and begin to enjoy their abundant benefits. We encourage you to look at this opportunity not as a mere after-school class, not even as a mere course in Latin or Greek, but as a course of study, conducted and participated in over a period of years, growing in import as it progresses, continuously cultivating the full potentialities of the mind, continuously deepening, broadening, sharpening, and enlivening the full range of the student's cognitive potentialities, the mathematical, logical, and methodological dimensions of the mind no less than the grammatical, poetical, and musical.

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