Why Study Latin?

Do you like:

  • puzzles?
  • making connections between words?
  • mythology?
  • history?
  • to be creative?
  • to compete?
  • field trips?


Students who learn Latin:

  • Improve their vocabulary and grammar
  • Do better on standardized tests
  • Improve their critical thinking skills
  • Have an easier time learning Romance languages
  • Develop a greater understanding of the English language
  • Understand connection between Western
    civilization and ancient Rome


Latin at MLK

  • Is offered from 7th – 12th grade
  • Dual enrollment and AP are offered in alternate


Students have the opportunity to:

  • be in Junior Classical League (JCL) - an organization that allows Latin students to compete in academics, arts, and athletics
  • take the National Latin Exam (NLE) - a test given annually to Latin students across the United States and around the world
  • earn medals and ribbons
  • add to their resume
  • earn a Seal of Biliteracy


Examples of Student Work



What career field can I get into after studying Latin?

  • doctor
  • lawyer
  • nurse
  • pharmacist
  • dentist
  • podiatrist
  • occupational therapist
  • physical therapist
  • scientist
  • researcher
  • analyst
  • manager
  • archivist
  • curator
  • historian
  • librarian
  • editor
  • writer
  • publisher
  • journalist
  • consultant
  • producer
  • lobbyist
  • designer
  • and many others


Skills acquired after studying Latin:

  • contextualizing evidence
  • extrapolating when evidence is lacking
  • seeing patterns and making connections
  • analyzing data and texts
  • memorizing and organizing data
  • constructing persuasive arguments, written or verbal
  • situating ideas within a larger discourse
  • facility with English grammar and syntax
  • revising ideas in light of new evidence
  • thinking in an interdisciplinary manner
  • working with people in other fields
  • understanding and taking into account multiple perspective
  • translating ideas for different contexts.


Student Reflections on Studying Latin

The biggest reason that taking Latin for 5 years with Ms. Marable taught me that I can actually do hard things. I can figure out the last interesting thing to note in my sentence if I look through my notes one more time. I can memorize the numerous noun endings with Marable's catchy songs, and most importantly I can avoid being eaten by Marable's sharks if I play quiet mouse with myself for 10 minutes. Overall, I learned that I can turn an "I can't do this" into an "I can do this" if I take a deep breath and use another one of the million chances that Marable generously gives her students (because she loves you guys). --Olivia Cass, class of 2023

Although the nights were late and translating was the last thing I wanted to do, I am so glad I pushed through it all. Six years of Latin didn’t just teach me how to conjugate and decline, it forced me to grow mentally and improved my English grammar so much. Latin has also taught me that the best way to avoid flaming cockroaches and immense toenail pain, is to be honest and willing to talk to Ms. Marable, she will listen and do everything she can to help you. JCL has also been one of the highlights of my high school experience. I cannot put into words how special the bonds are between JCLers and how much fun conventions are. Even though my friends and family make fun of me for taking a “dead” language, there is no other language I would rather take. --Sadye Prebus class of 2023