Latin: a Proud Tradition
The study of Latin offers insight into the origins of the English language, increases vocabulary, introduces the Romance languages (Spanish, French, Romanian, Portuguese, Italian, and Catalan), enhances knowledge of grammar/syntax, and offers the opportunity to read the most dynamic texts of the Western Canon in their original language: Latin. In addition, the study of Latin has been proven to dramatically increase standardized test scores, helping students to gain entrance into competitive colleges and universities. Saint Agnes School views the study of Latin as a privilege and a responsibility to our Catholic heritage. After all, it is the language of our Church and our public worship in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Therefore, Latin is offered K-12 at Saint Agnes School.
At Saint Agnes, students begin Latin study in grade one and continue through Junior High, learning ecclesiastical pronunciation. Latin is also offered in the High School at levels I-IV, providing students with the grammatical study, vocabulary, and translation experience necessary to read Caesar, Cicero, and Vergil as well as ecclesiastical texts such as the Roman Missal, the Breviary, and various writings of the Church.
The classroom study of Latin is augmented and applied through the prayer and liturgical life of the students in weekly Mass, which is said in Latin on a rotating basis with English. Students also apply their knowledge of Latin through the beautiful chant music learned in Concert Choir and sung during the sacred liturgy.
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Classical languages on a transcript indicate seriousness of purpose and true devotion to a rigorous program of study.
– Fred Zuker, Vice President and Dean of Student Services, University of Dallas
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