Scholé Academy Placement Process
One critical factor for restful learning is the proper placement of students. If you are unsure which level is the best fit for your student, reach out to the instructor you are considering. Once registered, anticipate contact regarding placement evaluations from instructors by May 15th and throughout the summer. Students must be registered to enter the placement process. Early placement exams may allow time for tutoring or additional review based on the outcomes. See more about placement evaluations in our Student-Parent Handbook.
Latin Placement Process
For registered students, please anticipate contact regarding placement evaluations from instructors by May 15th and throughout the summer. Students must be registered in a Latin course to receive a placement assessment. Latin classes have a detailed and specific placement process.
Students in Latin 2 continue their study of Latin grammar and reading, building on the foundation laid in Latin 1. In this course, students will complete Latin Alive! Book 2, studying at a deliberate pace that aims at mastery and delight. Students continue to translate adaptations of the writings of original Latin authors from the period of the Roman Empire and learn some of the history and culture of ancient Rome. Latin 2 teaches over 500 Latin vocabulary words and imparts an understanding of many English words derived from Latin.
The primary text the Students use will be the the award-winning text, Latin Alive! Book 2, the second of three books in the Latin Alive! series (For a closer look at the text used in this course, please follow this link and click “Look Inside”: Latin Alive! Book 2).
Please note: This course requires Version 1.2 of the text.
Note: The teacher uses Classical pronunciation in class, but students with an Ecclesiastical pronunciation are welcome.
Placement: Please read more about the Latin placement process here.
- This course is designed for students who have successfully completed Scholé Academy’s Latin 1 course, the Latin Alive! Book 1 text, or an equivalent course of study. Parents should understand that the instructors have adapted the text to the needs of the class, but will essentially cover the same material in the same order as the textbook introduces it. Students should be able to study independently and be ready to memorize grammar and vocabulary (around 20 words per week) besides completing homework assignments.
- For students interested in transitioning from other Latin programs should feel confident with the first, second, and third declensions and the all the tenses of the four conjugations in the active voice (present, imperfect, future, perfect, pluperfect, and future perfect). Latin 2 will start with a five chapter review of Latin Alive! Book 1. Before making a decision, we encourage you to review the samples we have online for Books 1 and 2, which include the full table of contents (see also the Course Texts tab above).
High School Credit: This course is the equivalent of one high school credit in foreign language.
“I was struggling to keep up with learning Latin at the rate that my oldest son was learning. Having a knowledgeable instructor is fabulous.” —Rebecca Lavy, Scholé Academy Parent
For each skill instructors have determined whether it is a prerequisite skill or a skill to be developed throughout the course. For lower school, instructors indicate where parent support is expected.
- With Parent Support: Skills that most lower school students will need help with.
- Developing: Skills that the instructor will help develop and emphasize throughout the year.
- Mastered: Prerequisite skills that the instructor is expecting students to possess.
STUDENT SKILLS NEEDED:
- Ability to read and follow instructions.
- Ability to respectfully engage with teacher and fellow-students.
- Ability to read, write, and type.
- Ability to write a respectful message to the instructor (for formatting, see below)
- Understanding of basic English Grammar (parts of speech, parts of a sentence)
- Familiarity with Canvas and ability to submit assignments on time, read feedback, and respond to feedback (This should be mastered more-or-less within two weeks of classes. For more, see below.)
- Video on at all times and sound in working order.
- Dressed appropriately.
- Sitting in an upright position.
- Focused on class and not on other activities; willing and able to answer and ask questions.
- Have your homework done well and on time.
MORE IN-DEPTH DETAILS:
CANVAS SKILLS TO BE MASTERED
- Be able to set notifications settings to alert the student of class announcements, homework assignments, due dates, instructor comments made on assignments, instructor comments made on individual student submissions, instructor comments made on graded items, etc.
- Be responsible for reviewing teacher feedback, suggestions and comments about student work and employing that feedback as necessary.
- Be able to manage Canvas assignments and submissions (view assignments, check for teacher messages, submit homework as pdf file, submit revisions if necessary, set Canvas notifications for the class, view class notifications when posted, etc.).
- Be able to review notifications ongoing throughout the year; notifications which include: class announcements, homework assignments, due dates, instructor comments made on assignments, instructor comments made on individual student submissions, instructor comments made on graded items, etc.
- Be able to respectfully, wisely and formally engage with instructor through private Canvas messaging.
- Be able to respectfully and wisely engage with other students and the instructor on Canvas discussion boards.
EXECUTIVE SKILLS EXPECTED
- Be able to hand-write answers in complete sentences.
- Be able to write sentences with basic sentence syntax (i.e. capitalization of first word in a sentence, punctuation at the end of each sentence, space between sentences, capitalization of proper nouns, each sentence having a subject and predicate, etc.).
- Be able to spell at grade level and employ course vocabulary cumulatively throughout the course.
- Be able to read material independently and identify questions which require clarification or further explanation from the instructor.
- Be able to type short answers in complete sentences.
- Follow class discussions and seminar conversations to record notes without the instructor identifying specifics.
- Be prepared to generate thoughtful questions to enhance the class discussion, to identify areas needing clarification, and to make valuable connections with other course content.
- Be prepared to thoughtfully answer questions when called on in a group setting, during class.
- Be prepared to volunteer thoughtful comments, answers, and ideas in a group setting, during class.
- Follow along with instructor-led note-taking and record notes during class.
- Follow along with instructor-led workbook completion and record answers during class.
- Understand the difference between assignments given by an instructor and the necessary and independently initiated need for private study of material.
- Be able to schedule and manage multiple projects from multiple instructors and courses.
- Be able to schedule time outside of class to complete independent review of materials.
- Be able to determine the best places and ways to study at home (i.e. quiet, undistracted, utilizing various methods of review (auditory, written, visual, practice tests, flashcards, etc.).
- Be responsible to study at home for quizzes, tests and other assessments.
- Latin Alive! Book 2 (Student Edition)**
- A notebook for taking notes
- Physical flashcards are optional, but may be helpful.
Transition Materials for New Students:
- Returning students have been introduced to a slightly modified vocabulary from that in Latin Alive! Book 1, which may be found here.
- Students who are changing curricula are encouraged to learn any vocabulary from the list they are currently unfamiliar with.
- Students who have taken Latin Alive! Book 1 in another school or at home would also benefit from familiarizing themselves with the vocabulary on the List.
- Provided here is a document of all the grammatical concepts students learned in Latin 1.
*Required texts are not included in the purchase of the course.
** The instructors will be adapting and augmenting the curriculum as they see best for the learning objectives of the course. Some vocabulary has been modified and the textbook readings adapted. Students should know that we will not be completing every exercise and reading available in the book in class. Additional materials provided by the instructor may include worksheets, games, and spoken Latin activities. As such, students should be prepared to regularly print PDF files supplied by their teacher well in advance of the class in which they will be used.
Edward Kotynski, Chair of Latin Department, grew up as a missionary kid in Indonesia, where his parents were Bible translators. He attributes his love of languages partly to his parents’ work and his childhood experience. He received his BA in ancient languages from Wheaton College in Illinois in 2004, and his MA in classical languages from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee in 2007. Mr. Kotynski has been teaching Latin and Greek for the last fifteen years, mostly at classical Christian schools. He loves sharing his passion for the ancient languages with his students, weaving in historical context and modern connections. He has edited two volumes of Latin Alive! for Classical Academic Press and has also been working on their Greek for Children series with Erin Valdez. He is very excited to be continuing with Scholé Academy this year. Besides Latin and Greek, Mr. Kotynski drinks coffee, loves reading, helps homeschool his kids, and plays board games. He lives with his wife, six children, and two cats, enjoying the craziness of life together. firstname.lastname@example.org
Danae McGregor Edsallholds a B.A. in Classical Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Literature and Latin from Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, VA. Danae’s own background in the public, home, and private school traditions has provided her with a unique perspective on the intricacies of each system. She has taught in a variety of education models, including private, homeschool co-op, collaborative, classical, and subject-specific tutoring. Her teaching experience spans nearly all levels of education from primary to secondary school. Danae finds her deepest joy in teaching the Humanities, including English, Composition, Logic, Literature, History, Poetry, and most especially, Latin. Most recently, she taught Latin for five years and served one year as the Foreign Language Department Chair at a private school in northern Virginia, where she oversaw the administration of the Spanish, French, and Latin programs for the school. Danae believes that language plays a beautiful and powerful role in the pursuit of the true, the good, and the beautiful. Whether through reading well-known stories or writing a complex epigram, she is convinced that the study of language offers something for everyone to learn.
Danae currently lives in the mountains of Blacksburg, VA where she enjoys an active and often adventurous lifestyle. She spends much of her time weight training at a local gym, biking around the New River Valley on both road and trail, and hiking on the weekend with her husband. Danae is thankful for the Lord’s providence in her life to infuse her multi-faceted background with greater purpose than she can see, and she is excited to partner with her brothers and sisters in growing Christ’s kingdom through education. email@example.com
Tyrone Benson loves language and studied classical languages throughout his undergraduate and graduate careers. He holds a B.A. in Bible and Educational Ministry (double major), an M.A. in Christian Education, and an M.A. in Theology. While in Bible college, before graduating summa cum laude as the valedictorian of his class, he relished four semesters of Biblical Greek, received the distinguished Greek award, and served as lead campus tutor of Biblical Greek. Afterwards, while engaging the classical theological disciplines as a graduate level seminary student, he studied both further Biblical Greek and Biblical Hebrew, from which studies he naturally transitioned into the study and teaching of classical Latin.
Although a lifelong student of various disciplines (even as a magister “teacher,” he ever remains a discipulus “student”), Mgr. Benson is currently focusing on the Latin language, particularly its spinal role within a classical liberal arts curriculum, linking language(s) to history, literature, and theology, and paving the path of grammar into logic and rhetoric. For five years, he has been using the Latin texts of Classical Academic Press in teaching Latin out of his love for learning. Having been drawn to Scholé Academy by this very love, he seeks to instill the same love in all his students. Among other hobbies, Mgr. Benson enjoys chess and is excited to teach a new Scholé course in chess this summer. firstname.lastname@example.org
Computer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.
High-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.
Headset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm
Zoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. To download Zoom:
- Visit zoom.us/download.
- Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
- Open and run the installer on your computer.
- In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.
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