Louisville Urban Classical Academy
The Appeal of Classical Latin Education
Latin instruction represents the foundation of a classical curriculum.
Students will derive many benefits from the practical application of their study of Latin:
Latin provides the vocabulary for all modern sciences and vocations in STEM, Medicine, Social Sciences, and Communications
Latin studies result in significantly higher standardized test scores
Latin is the language of music, law, government, logic, and theology
Latin is the most efficient way to learn English grammar
Latin effectively develops and trains the mind to be ordered, logical, and flexible
Latin makes learning any subject easier
Classical Education Goals and Outcomes
To apply methods in use for more than 2,000 years to teach children to think deeply and logically and to communicate with reason and clarity.
To guide students in solving problems by using the skills they’ve been taught through modeling the great thinkers of the classical world, such as Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, and Augustine.
To train students in good habits and to develop moral character following the precepts of Judeo-Christian ethics.
To offer an educational alternative in West Louisville that nurtures families and communities rather than puts first the priorities of the institution itself.
The 9 Elements of Classical Core Curriculum
Early Reading & Spelling
A common-sense approach to phonics offering mastery rather than frustration and laying the foundation for higher order reading skills.
Penmanship & Copywork
Instruction in cursive writing to improve fine-motor skills, writing speed, self-discipline, spelling, and reading — creating a professional quality in a student’s penmanship.
A true mastery of arithmetic skills through repeated drill and practice of the concrete operations that help lay the foundation for the more advanced and abstract thinking skills of algebra, geometry, and calculus.
The foundation for learning modern languages, developing vocabulary and English grammar skills, and learning how to think critically.
Training in the meaning and classification of words, the truth of statements, and the validity of arguments to teach students how to defend their ideas and values.
Instruction in the art of persuasion through the study of the kinds of persuasive speech, the ways in which people are persuaded, and the structure of persuasive speech.
A study of the vocabulary, history, geography, and literature that underlie the great achievements of Western civilization including an exposure to classical art, music, and poetry.
Nature & Science
The basic vocabulary, logic, and observational skills that train students to appreciate the wonder and mystery of creation.
A study of the history, geography, and the teachings of the Old and New Testaments.