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Why Study Latin?

Latin instruction is offered at all grade levels at Parnassus Preparatory School. All students will take Latin every year in Prima through 1R. Two years of Latin in The School of Rhetoric will be required for graduation. We believe there are at least four solid reasons for classical language study in our school.

The Civilization of Greece and Rome Link us with
Cultures of 57 Nations on Four Continents

A background in the classical civilizations makes students aware of customs, values, and ideas that we have in common with Eastern and Western Europeans and with North and South Americans. Many concepts in government, religion, art, literature, and economics are shared. This cultural kinship of nations underlies such modern alliances as NATO, the British Commonwealth, and the Common Market.

Acquaintance with Ancient Cultures Promotes Tolerance and Understanding of Other Nations and Ways of Life
Aware of the rich and varied culture of the Greeks and Romans, one is more likely to accept the differing customs and values of other peoples today. For in the study of ancient civilizations, one encounters exotic and extreme customs which were not static, but evolved over the centuries. Familiar with diversity, change, and longevity in one’s own culture, a person is more inclined to respect the views, ideologies, religions, and economic systems of foreign peoples and to appreciate their rich age-old traditions.

Latin Develops English and Solid Foundation of Other Languages
One’s reading, writing, and speaking of English is improved through learning Latin. Vocabulary is enriched, grammar is sharpened, and a sense of organization is instilled in the student.

Latin equips our students with the strongest single foundation for mastering Romance Languages, modern inflected ones such as Russian and German, and even non-related tongues like Arabic, Chinese, and Japanese. In addition, Latin gives one a grip on about 80% of the vocabulary of the Romance languages – French, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, and Spanish.

Latin Improves College Entrance Exam Scores
Students who study Latin in high school consistently score high on the verbal portion of the SAT college entrance exam than both students who have not studied any foreign language and students who have studied other modern foreign languages.

Studies conducted by the Educational Testing Service show that Latin students consistently outperform all other students on the verbal portion of the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT).
Studies conducted by the Educational Testing Service show that Latin students consistently outperform all other students on the verbal portion of the SAT.

 

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

Latin

672

674

681

672

678

677

676

678

All Students

507

508

508

503

502

502

502

501

French

638

642

643

637

637

632

631

633

German

626

627

637

632

632

627

630

626

Spanish

575

575

573

577

574

565

557

561

Hebrew

628

630

620

623

622

611

619

612


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11201 - 96th Avenue North
Maple Grove, MN 55369
Main Office Hours: 7:30am – 4:00pm
Main Number: 763.496.1416
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