• The latin advantage
     
    Latin is the key to the vocabulary and structure of the Romance languages and to the structure of all the Teutonic languages, as well as to the technical vocabulary of all the sciences and to the literature of the entire Mediterranean civilization, together with all its historical documents.

         Dorothy Sayers, The National Review


    Across the nation, studies have shown Latin to be effective in improving...

    SAT Scores

    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).

     

     

     

    1999

     

    2000

     

    2001

     

    2002

     

    2003

     

    2004

     

    2005

     

    2006

     

    Latin

     

    662

     

    665

     

    665

     

    666

     

    672

     

    674

     

    681

     

    672

     

    All Students

     

    505

     

    505

     

    506

     

    504

     

    507

     

    508

     

    508

     

    503

     

    French

     

    632

     

    636

     

    633

     

    637

     

    638

     

    642

     

    643

     

    637

     

    German

     

    623

     

    621

     

    625

     

    622

     

    626

     

    627

     

    637

     

    632

     

    Spanish

     

    590

     

    589

     

    583

     

    581

     

    575

     

    575

     

    573

     

    577

     

    Hebrew

     

    636

     

    623

     

    628

     

    629

     

    628

     

    630

     

    620

     

    623

     

     

    1999-2005 Taken from Table 6 in College-Bound Seniors — A Profile of SAT Program Test Takers. 2006 data taken from 2006 College-Bound Seniors-Total Group Profile Report.

     

    College Grade Point Averages

    A study of freshman college student performance conducted by the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1985 yielded the following results:

     

    Language

    GPA

    Latin Students

    2.89

    No Foreign Language

    2.58

    Spanish Students

    2.76

    German Students

    2.77

    French Students

    2.78

    Reading Achievement

    In the District of Columbia, elementary school students who studied Latin developed reading skills that were five months ahead of those who studied no foreign language and four months ahead of those who studied French or Spanish. Two years earlier, the same students had been excluded from foreign language classes because of substandard reading performance.

    Vocabulary Skills

    In Philadelphia, students in the fourth, fifth, and sixth grades received 15 to 20 minutes of daily instruction in Latin for one year. The performance of the Latin students was one full year higher on the Vocabulary Subtest of the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS) than the performance of matched control students who had not studied Latin.

    Math Problem Solving

    Sixth-grade students in Indianapolis who studied Latin for 30 minutes each day for five months advanced nine months in their math problem solving abilities. In addition, the students exhibited the following advances in other areas:

    • Eight months in world knowledge
    • One year in reading
    • Thirteen months in language
    • Four months in spelling
    • Five months in science
    • Seven months in social studies

    Latin the Basic Language and Culture Bolsters Learning

    • Ability to read classical authors in the original language
    • Ability to access key documents of the Western world
    • Ability to avoid the biases and misconceptions of translators of classical authors
    • Direct contact with the wisdom and thought of the classical and medieval