Is ACS accredited?
ACS is a member of the Latin American Classical Association and will seek her accreditation from the same association.
Is ACS affiliated with a particular denomination?
ACS is an independent school.
What textbooks or curriculum does ACS use?
ACS’s curricular objectives are determined by the Classical Latin School Association in what comports with the western liberal arts tradition—the humanities, mathematics, and the sciences—and with the fine and performing arts. We employ the best texts, materials, and resources to accomplish these objectives.
Do you offer Honors and AP courses?
Yes. Many of the courses offered to students are advanced and at the honors or AP level. For more detailed information on the courses offered to students in the dialectic and rhetoric school.
What foreign languages does the ACS offer?
Latin, Spanish and indigenous Nigerian Languages.
Why do you teach Latin?
ACS’s rationale for learning classical languages is very simple: we learn classical languages in order to be able to read literature written in them. This is, in the final analysis, the most compelling reason to learn these languages. Other potential benefits also exist: better standardized test scores in their language components; a deeper understanding of English vocabulary, some 60% of which is directly or indirectly derived from Latin; a firm foundation for the study of modern languages, particularly the Romance languages. Ultimately, however, our goal for Latin at ACS is to read Augustine, Vergil, Horace, and other authors in their own words.
Why read classical authors at all?
Most published works go out of print quickly and permanently. The many classical works that have survived are still with us because of their depth, timelessness and artistry in style, in thought, and in content. When we read classical literature, we are able to enter directly into a “dialogue” with some of the wisest souls and most fertile minds that God has given us. When we read such literature in its original language, we do so without the interface from translators.
To which grades do you teach Latin?
Students gain an introduction to classical languages in third grade with latin studies continuing as a required course through the eighth grade. Latin in grades 3–6 emphasizes acquisition of vocabulary and an introduction to the case system and verb conjugations. Graded Latin readings are also undertaken in order to develop reading fluency. Grades 7 and 8 (Latin I and II, respectively) refines the student’s understanding of Latin even more, through an extensive graded reading, further expanding the student’s vocabulary and giving the opportunity to discuss in more depth various important aspects of Latin syntax.
What is your philosophy regarding homework?
The majority of learning takes place in the classroom. Our teachers assign homework to reinforce classroom lessons. We generally give 10 minutes of homework per grade level. A 4th grader should ideally have 40 minutes of homework, four/five nights a week. There are many factors that influence the amount of homework a student will have including time management, project planning and how quickly a student works.
What sports and other co-curricular activities do you offer?
In addition to many ad hoc clubs that meet during the school year, ACS offers the following co-curricular activities:
- The Classical Consortium: An after-school music program hosted by ACS, designed to provide students with opportunities to expand their musical horizons by participating in musical ensembles and/or private lessons.
- Living Color: Drama Club for students in grades 6–8
- National Honor Society (NHS)
- Vision (an photography elective course)
What is the length of the school day for Pre-K and Kindergarten students?
- Pre-K: 8:30 am–1:30 pm.
- Kindergarten: 8:30 am–2:30 pm.
Do you offer aftercare or extended care program?
Extended Care Program is available, click here
How many students are there in each class?
- Pre-K: Ideally limited to 15 per class
- Kindergarten: Ideally limited to 16 per class
- 1st-12th grades: Ideally limited to 18 per class
Does ACS have programs for children with special needs/learning disabilities (ADHD, Asperger Syndrome, etc.)?
ACS has programs in place to accommodate children with significant special needs/learning disabilities. However, if a child’s condition is mild in nature it may be possible for them to succeed at ACS. Please contact our Director of Admission to discuss your child’s individual needs.
At what age can my child begin attending ACS ?
Our youngest children are Pre-K students.
- Pre-K: Children must be 4 years old by September 1
- Kindergarten: Children must be 5 years old by September 1.
Please note that all students applying to ACS will be assessed in order to determine their readiness for the grade for which they are applying. Please refer to the Admissions page for more details.