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AP Latin Preparation

Term: Yearlong 2019–20, September 3–May 22
Target Grade Levels: Grades 11–12 (see placement details below)
Schedule: 3x / week, 60–75 min.
Price: $795.00

Course Section
Section 1:
 T/Th/F 11:00 a.m. ET with Mr. Kotynski

New Placement Process: Click to Read
To help ensure students enroll in the correct course levels, Scholé Academy requires most students to complete placement evaluations. Placement evaluations are only provided to students after the corresponding course registration has been completed. The following students will be required to submit placement evaluations: 
  • students who are new to Scholé Academy
  • students who have not completed the previous course level at Scholé Academy
  • students who have not completed the designated prerequisites
  • students who need to demonstrate skills and proficiency necessary for course success 
First, read the available course descriptions, noting prerequisites, target grades, and course objectives. If you think your student is prepared for the course, go ahead and register. After registration, a placement assessment may be provided to students, depending on the course and the student’s previous enrollment with Scholé Academy. Parents are encouraged to connect with the Assistant to the Principal and/or with the course instructor to make the best enrollment decision for their student. 
 
Registration is not finalized until the student’s placement assessment has been returned by the course instructor with placement confirmation.
 
There is a $75 deposit built into the cost of each course. 
  • If a placement evaluation has not been administered, withdrawals requested before May 1 are granted a full refund, including the full $75 deposit.
  • If a placement evaluation has been administered, withdrawals requested before May 1 are granted part of their $75 refund: $35 will be paid to the instructor for the placement evaluation, and the remaining $40 of the original deposit will be refunded.
After May 1, withdrawals are granted a full course refund, less the $75 deposit. Students may withdraw from a course through the second week of classes. After the second week of classes, no refund is given.

AP Latin Preparation is an accelerated and advanced course in Latin, designed for students who are ready to take a deep dive in their Latin studies. It is best taken only after spending at least half a year reading unmodified Latin, though a full year of reading is preferable. Unlike other courses, the AP syllabus cannot be modified to suit the students. It requires hard work, dedication, and a love of Latin. The year is roughly divided into two halves: the first half consists of reading selections from Julius Caesar’s Gallic Wars, while the second half consists of reading selections from Virgil’s Aeneid. In addition to reading Latin, students encounter and discuss the history and culture surrounding the lives of the authors, as well as the literary background of each. The most exciting aspects of the course are the conversations and discussions surrounding the great questions of morality, human responsibility, authorial intent, and historical reliability, and just plain arguing about the characters and their foibles.

Note: Classical pronunciation is used in this class

Placement and Summer Preparation: Please read about our new placement process above.

  • In order to take this AP preparation course, incoming students must have completed Latin 4 or the equivalent.
  • All incoming students must complete the summer work available through the links below. (Note to Students: Please give yourself time to complete this work, since it will probably require you to spread out the workload over a number of weeks.)

High School Credit: This course is the equivalent of one high school credit in foreign language.

Syllabus: View course syllabus here.

The AP Latin Exam: This course prepares students to take the AP Latin exam. While Scholé Academy does not facilitate registration for the exam, students are encouraged to register for the exam individually.

*Required Materials:

* Required texts are not included in the purchase of the course.
** Although the audio version of The Aeneid translated by Robert Fagles is required (available through Audible), the print copies of both The Aeneid and The Gallic War may consist of any translation. All other texts listed above are required for the course.

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 fourteen 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 joining Scholé Academy this year. Besides Latin and Greek, Mr. Kotynski enjoys playing soccer, unicycling, and playing board games. He lives with his wife, five children, and two cats, enjoying the craziness of life together.  ekotynski@scholeacademy.com

Red checkmarkComputer: 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.

Red checkmarkHigh-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.

Red checkmarkWebcam: You may use an external webcam or one that is built in to the computer. Webcam Recommendations: Good (PC only) | Best (Mac and PC)

Red checkmarkHeadset: 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

Red checkmarkZoom: 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. unnamed-e1455142229376 To download Zoom:

 

  1. Visit zoom.us/download.
  2. Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
  3. Open and run the installer on your computer.
  4. In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.

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