Why Latin?

Did you know our students learn Latin during their time at Explorer West? It's a great way to build community, as very few kids have any experience in the language prior to middle school. Latin promotes a deeper understanding of English and Science vocabulary, and Latin learners tend to have higher standardized test scores, too! Plus, the study of Roman history and civilization gets students ready for their big trip to Rome in 8th Grade!

This year, Maripat, our 6th grade Latin teacher, has worked to incorporate online quiz games in her remote Latin classes, to the students' delight! Says Maripat, "the result is pretty entertaining from the teacher’s point of view --- students vying with each other to dominate the leaderboard by correctly identifying Latin words, phrases, and sentences."

Learn more about our Latin program here.