Language and Culture Studies

Teacher conducting Latin class

Two years of study in the same language (Latin or Spanish) at the upper school level are required for graduation. The Spanish is conversation based and conducted in Spanish beginning with the first year classes. Latin is taught as a flipped classroom that allows students to learn at their own pace using principles of differentiated instruction. 

2022-2023 Latin Courses

SAS offers three Upper School Latin classes that cover four levels: Beginning Latin, Intermediate Latin, Advanced Latin I and II. Fifth and 6th level students will be directed to university language courses or independent study options. The four levels in the three courses correspond to the Cambridge Latin Course Units I through IV, descriptions of which follow. Students at an average pace will finish roughly one Unit per year, but they may be able to accelerate and advance at a faster pace.

All three classes are flipped classrooms with options that allow students to learn at their own pace using principles of differentiated instruction. Each class day is preceded by students being introduced to the next day's new linguistic principle or lesson. Introductions may be short videos, hard-copy handouts, or even oral presentations during the prior class. The next class day, students work on the new principle and submit written evaluations. Each Stage (chapter) is divided into consistent categories: vocabulary, narrative readings, grammar, and culture. The teacher works with individuals or small groups to help resolve issues before moving to the next stage.

2022-2023 Spanish Courses

Aspire to be a polyglot? In addition to continued study in Latin and Spanish, qualified students may pursue language study at the University of the South in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, and/or Russian.

Language & Culture Studies Faculty

Elizabeth Bowie

Elizabeth Bowie

Titles: Visual Arts, Language Introduction, Mind*Body*Exercise, Art Gallery and Visiting Artist Coordinator, International Student Coordinator
Degrees: B.A., Photography/Spanish, The University of the South
M.A., Art History - Fine and Decorative Art, Sotheby's Institute of Art
M.A., Design and Visual Communication, Edinburgh College of Art
Rafael Lomeli

Rafael Lomeli

Titles: Spanish, Assistant Mountain Biking Coach, Assistant Middle School Boys' Soccer Coach
Degrees: B.A., Fine/Studio Arts, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California
B.A., Graphic Design, Universidad de Estudios Avanzados