The Classics at St. Paul’s School – languages, literatures, histories, and cultures of ancient Greece and Rome – have been part of the curriculum since the School’s founding more than 150 years ago. Students read the epic poetry of Homer and Virgil, the speeches of Cicero, the philosophy of Plato, and the histories of Herodotus – all in the original languages. They explore a wide range of cultures from ancient Europe, Africa, and the Near East, and they come away with a deepened appreciation for how the ancient and modern worlds remain profoundly intertwined.
“Learning Latin and Greek opens you up to this entire, vast world where you can learn where the quintessential values of our society – and human nature – come from.”
The Classical Honors Program (CHP) is open to students who want to make Latin and Greek a central part of their SPS experience. You will master both Latin and Greek, possessing 3,000 vocabulary words and having read classical authors in their native languages upon completion of the program. This includes taking Honors Latin each year, and at least two years of Greek. As part of the Honors Program, you will meet and learn from the faculties of nearby colleges, participate in Classics-related field trips, receive first priority for our spring trip to Greece and Italy, complete a capstone project during your Sixth-Form year, and receive a special Classical Honors Diploma at graduation, one of the highest distinctions a St. Paul’s student can earn.