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Why Latin?

Covenant focuses on establishing a foundation in the younger years that will yield lasting, long-term results.  There are at least seven benefits to the study of Latin that we hope for our students to eventually achieve at Covenant.  

  1. Mastery of the English Language – The most significant benefit of Latin instruction in the early years is a mastery of the English language.  Nearly 60% of our English vocabulary comes to us from Latin.  Therefore, English vocabulary mastery (as reflected on PSAT and SAT) is a benefit of Latin instruction.  
  2. Mastery of English Grammar – An understanding of Latin grammar also trains a student to understand the structure and syntax of the English language.  This leads to stronger writing and composition skills.  Pedagogically, Latin is exceptional because it proves more regular in its structure and has less exceptions in rules than the English language.    
  3. Ability to Learn Multiple Modern Foreign Languages – Latin is a basic, foundational western language that provides students access to all Romance languages (i.e., Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian and Romanian).  One who has been taught Latin will readily acknowledge that the acquisition of other related modern languages comes with relative ease.  
  4. Understanding the Foundation and History of western Civilization – In Latin, students learn to understand the roots of Western culture.  This extends into areas such as an appreciation for legal and political systems, and even architecture.  The study of Latin gives students the ability to read certain Western Works of antiquity in original language, providing unique insight into such classics as Virgil’s Aeneid.  
  5. Latin teaches Students How to Think and Problem Solve – A benefit of Latin instruction often overlooked is that it teaches a child how to think.  The study of language, particularly its grammar, requires analytical and critical thinking skills.  Studies have shown that students who study Latin in the elementary years are better adept at problem solving in different content areas, including math.   
  6. SAT Scores - Studies show Latin improves performance on standardized testing, including the SAT.  Past research (2009) revealed students taking Latin scored higher on the reading and writing portions of the SAT.
  7. Reading Development and Vocabulary Development -Students studying Latin develop higher level reading skills at a faster rate, including the ability to inference and demonstrate critical thinking skills.  Latin increases vocabulary development, understanding, and the ability to identify a meaning based on its Latin root.  This skill also impacts performance on the SAT.