An independent middle and high school based on Montessori principles
First year Latin takes two years. It emphasizes building vocabulary and grammar which applies to English, Spanish, and other language studies. Students study the social and political history of the Romans. They learn to analyze the structure of words and sentences as they translate passages and comprehend meaning. Students learn present, imperfect, and perfect verb tenses and nominative, dative, and accusative cases.
Second year Latin also takes two years. It continues building vocabulary and adds more complicated grammar. Students translate stories about the culture and history that expands to include Britain and Alexandria as parts of the Roman Empire. Students learn all five cases for nouns and study infinitives, pluperfect, and imperative verbs.
The first year of Spanish is an introduction to Spanish that focuses on teaching conversational Spanish and includes grammar, vocabulary and written Spanish. This class also introduces the student to Spanish and Latin-American culture. In Spanish I students begin to develop communicative competence in speaking, writing, comprehending and reading Spanish and expand their understanding of the culture of Spanish speaking countries. Our main goal in the class is to provide a context for everything we study. We give attention to grammar and vocabulary in a context of real-life situations, Latino cultures, and the language as a whole. The idea is to acquire a feel for the language, an appreciation of its beauty, and a degree of comfort and confidence in speaking it. Along the way, we learn a lot about the English language as well as Spanish.
The second year of Spanish focuses on the study of reading, writing, speaking, and listening continues as more complex grammatical structures are introduced. With more communicative competence come deeper discussions in Spanish about Latino culture and students’ own experiences. Immersion in the language continues as students learn circumlocution in order to hold conversations entirely in Spanish.
The third year of Spanish continues development of listening, reading, writing, speaking, interpersonal communication and cultural awareness. Complexity and comprehension increase as students learn more vocabulary and grammar. Discussion in Spanish of Latino literature, culture, history and contemporary events is emphasized.