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My son who will be in 9th next year wants to take Latin as his foreign language in high school. Well, we went to a used book sale today & found what looks like a GREAT Latin curriculum... Latina Christiana (book 1) for a good price so I went ahead & bought it. Well, after reading a little about it, I may have made a mistake... it still looks GREAT but looks like it is more aimed for younger grades rather than highschoolers AND I read this on their web site...
How does Latina Christiana translate into high school Latin credits?
Unfortunately, there are no universal standards for a full year of high school Latin today. In the past, students completed the whole grammar in one year of high school. However, that is rarely done in even a whole year of college Latin today.
Typically, LC I & II together are more than a semester of high school Latin. In most areas, you will find that they cover more Latin grammar than local high schools do in a year. (As an example, the best public high school in Louisville, KY doesn't begin the subjunctive until the 4th year of Latin. They spend 4 years just learning the Latin grammar!)
If you have mastered LC I & II and the first 5 units of Henle Latin I, you will have a very strong year of high school Latin in any school district.
If you have mastered LC I & II, you will have at least a semester of high school Latin and probably a full year in 75% of the school districts.
We need 2 years of a foreign language & I originally thought Latina Christiana 1 & 2 would be it but maybe not. What do you think? Any suggestions on how to salvage this & give him the 2 years of Latin that he needs without spending a fortune? Maybe count Latina Christiana 1 & Latina Christiana 2 as one high school Latin credit then Henle 1 (???) as another credit to make up the required 2 credits? I just want him to be able to go to college if he chooses (though according to him, I have nothing to worry about b/c he's not going ).
BTW, our first year of HSing went wonderfully. I am so glad I pulled him out of PS. The hardest part of is just choosing the right curriculum. *sigh*
I searched high and low before deciding on a latin program. I talked to latin teachers, other HS parents, etc. I remember LC being at the top of my list for a while, but I remember quickly tossing it out the window. I "think" that one is the one that's catholic based, but I'm not sure. I didn't want a catholic curriculum. Otherwise, I was considering it for elementary/middle grades. I hadn't considered it for high school.