Yes. Latin is what we call a Liberal Art, meaning by this that it isn't a practical skill or trade, but an improvement to the mind itself. Students who take Latin are much more literate, not just over words, but about abbreviations & sayings, as well as about the historical-cultural underpinnings that form the basis of our whole western society. Statistics show that students who take Latin consistently score much better on the SAT than students who take other languages. Please also view our Powerpoint for some more meaty and appealing reasons for students to take Latin:
In in course-content (i.e. essentials) yes, but in incidentals no. As of June 2018 we have just gone public and certain parts are not fully operational, such as our messaging system. It might therefore be better to wait a year or two and see whether things have improved than to risk disappointing lots of students. Ideally, we would want to have a portal where teachers can log in and actually monitor their students' progress, which may take a year-or-so to program. On the other hand, if you really like the look of our program and want to 'jump right in', then an enthusiastic teacher could make it work. See instructions for that on our teachers' FAQs page.
For greatest depth, see #1 above. To briefly summarize though, this is the very first method which . . .
(1) relies totally on an active faculty--writing ✍--not on a passive one--reading 📖;
(2) facilitates & indeed forces direct-horizontal-transfer from English –into→ Latin, not at the partial level of individual words' grammar, but at the complete level of clause-&-sentence-syntax;
(3) presents words in a complete Quizlet multimedia experience, involving (a.) a picture, (b.) a sound, and (c.) the use of the new word in the context of a well-spoken, inflected Latin sentence that they can understand.
We also are, if not the first, at least one of the first to
(4) color-code nouns & adjectives based on gender, as well as to highlight all perfect-tense stem-indicators.
Please see our standards page.
Maybe, but not necessarily. Public Institutions are most welcome, . . . but they must understand that this is a private website, and that they and their students are here ONLY as our guests, and that there are certain circumstances in which their 'public-square' values may not align with our values, and so their students may be offended by our content or actions. In particular, (1) we prevent the student from logging in on at least 1 day of the week — their Sabbath — which can be either a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday; (2) we make no apology for censoring what we believe to be public, notorious vice, including anything in the "Not-to-be-tolerated" section of our Statements of Values; however, this does not include genuine, bona fide, speculative, academic discussions about such matters; (3) while presenting a variety of ancient and medieval works — pagan, Jewish, Christian, and secular — we still maintain a gentle bias towards works that inculcate an 'old fashioned' moral lesson, irrespective of whether those values remain fashionable today. We do not blatantly and repeatedly ram our values down the user's throat, but we still do nevertheless favor them with pride-of-place, thereby preserving our own integrity of conscience vis-a-vis those whom—before God—we feel morally responsible for.
Lastly we make no representation about the suitability of this course for any purpose and we make no contract of any kind including any pledge or promise to deliver any service, or even to permit a particular student to continue in the course, in the event that they have been banned for any reason that we find serious enough. This could mean that it might be prudent to have a 'fallback plan' in the event that one of your students is banned from our site for misbehavior.
$5 per user. Currently, serving a school does not reduce our costs, at this end. Therefore, we treat all students as individuals, even if they come from the same classroom, or school. Over the long term, instead of having all your students take our online course, it would be MUCH cheaper for you to hire a Latin teacher to simply facilitate this very same identical course, only in its worksheet version, not in its online version. (For details, see the second-to-last question on our teachers' FAQs page.)
As an online distance course, students will of course need
(1) a personal computer workstation, complete with headphones, though not microphones. Additionally they would greatly benefit from having in-classroom access to hard-copies of...
(2) Lingua Latina per se Illustrata--about 1 for every 3 students.
(3) all 4 of the books of the Cambridge Latin Course--about 1 set of 4 books for every 10 students. See our store.
(4) they will also need to keep a folder of their vocab lists and paradigm charts, and for this they will need a small amount of printer-access.
(5) lastly, a few extra resources could also come in handy: a couple spare latin dictionaries, as well as a few copies of Wheelock's Latin or some other heavy-duty Latin grammar, in the event that they want to get a second explanation for some grammatical concept.
If you have a small number of students, then we might consider giving your school 'charity, that is, a reduced (or even free) price. However, as similarly stated in answer to the question about financial aid on the "for students" page, there may be times (or even all the time) when necessity may prevent us from giving that charity. This means that there could be sudden unannounced occasions of no direct feedback, and/or even no grading. You as an administrator would have to be prepared to step-in and assist students to find other resources (probably online) to help them get answers to problems on which they are stuck.
Students will also have to continue to show progress. We reserve the right to expel from the program any student who is clearly not taking the course seriously, regardless of whether or not (s)he is part of a larger school program.
Yes. Caesar constitutes the first half of the AP-Latin curriculum. Our last Chapter 33 is entirely unedited Caesar. Nearly all of Caesar's vocabulary (not to mention the grammar) is known by the student as of that point. However, we do not provide AP classes.