The Classical Honors Program offers an advanced course of study in both Latin and ancient Greek with students receiving a special Classical Honors Diploma at graduation. The Program helps students develop a level of language training and critical and analytical skills comparable to that of college students and thereby enhances their opportunities for admission to the most competitive colleges and universities. Students in the Classical Honors program enjoy the benefits of the magnificent, 70,000+ volume Ohrstrom Library, including the Jacq Classics Reading Room. They are taught by highly qualified and experienced teachers in small classes with other students who share their enthusiasm for Latin and Greek studies.
During their years at St. Paul’s School, these honors students:
- Meet and learn from classicists of leading colleges and universities.
- Are invited to guest lectures and plays at nearby institutions as well as to field trips to view the collections of ancient art at museums in Boston and New York.
- Experience the ancient world firsthand by traveling to Greece or Italy during a March vacation (offered every two years). These two-week adventures allow students to visit ancient archaeological sites, witness the art and culture in context, and deepen their understanding of what they learn in the classroom.
- Study Latin, Greek, Italian, and Classical humanities in Italy during their Fifth or Sixth Form years as part of the partnership of St. Paul’s School with the School Year Abroad program.
- Complete a capstone project during their Sixth Form year.
St. Paul’s School makes other resources available to enhance and encourage the study of Classics, such as the Internet-based instructional resource Perseus, which offers thousands of photographic images, texts, and information about the Greek and Roman worlds. Other technologies, such as iFlash, offer portable visual and aural vocabulary augmentation of their language study.
The Program provides a curriculum which, while centered in the study of Latin and Greek, acquaints students with the history, art, architecture, and mythology of Greco-Roman civilization and its modern reception.
We believe the Latin and Greek Honors Program helps students develop a level of language training and critical and analytical skills comparable to that of college students at literature level and thereby enhances their opportunities for admission to the most competitive colleges and universities.