Knowledge of classical languages increases English vocabulary. About half of all English vocabulary comes from Latin and another 20 percent from Greek. A thorough knowledge of classical languages will increase the students’ English vocabulary tremendously. Classical languages aid in the understanding of English grammar. Latin teaches English better than English by requiring students to accurately identify each part of speech for every word. Latin is the key to modern languages. Knowing Latin makes it much easier to learn the grammar and vocabulary of the modern Romance languages (e.g. Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian), since they take 80% of their vocabulary from Latin. Latin students perform exceptionally well on standardized tests and are sought after by competitive colleges. As a result of increased vocabulary and facility with English grammar, students of Latin consistently outperform their peers on the verbal portion of the SATs (including those that have studied modern languages). Between 1997 and 2006, Latin students outscored the average by 157 points.
Health, Wellness and Physical Education
The intention of health and fitness education is to help children understand and appreciate how our bodies work and to care for their healthy human body. The physical education curriculum provides students with an opportunity to explore and enjoy learning fundamental movement skills and concepts. Students will be able to grow physically, socially, emotionally, and cognitively through group activities that will incorporate classroom social skills.
Creative Arts (Visual & Performing)
The arts are integrated throughout the curriculum. They are modes of exploring and expanding lessons that have been introduced in science, history, geography, language arts, and mathematics. Art and music history and appreciation are woven throughout the history and geography curricula. Students participate in singing, and dancing with teachers and music specialists. Students’ dramatic productions make other times and cultures come alive.
The primary goal in a foreign language program is to develop conversation skills, vocabulary, the ability to understand basic written information in the second language, and an appreciation for the culture of the countries where the language is spoken. Foreign language is taught through an optimal mix of innovative, and proven teaching methods which include Total Physical Response (TPR). Oral commands are given and the children respond physically. This is followed by reading and writing of the language. Exploration of the country involves cooking, art activities, and games.
An extension to the practical life curriculum, technology instruction is intended to equip the child with the skills necessary to effectively utilize current technology, specifically computers but will include digital photography and video taping. The computer technology instruction includes basic computer and keyboarding skills, researching a topics, downloading digital pictures, and webcam studies.