New Pasco County Charter School focuses on the classics, humanites

New Pasco charter school focuses on the classics, humanities

Jeff Solochek/Tampa Bay Times

Genesis Santiago laid the lesson out clearly for her eighth graders.

"When you translate from Latin to English, you need proper English word order," the teacher instructed, writing an example on the board. "Let's experiment."

The class broke down a couple of sentences into their parts — subject, verb, direct object and so on. Then Santiago changed the assignment.

"Do you want to try it with a Latin sentence?" she asked.

The class agreed, and began offering suggestions resulting in "puella amat agricolam." (That's, the girl loves the farmer.)

You might say that Latin is a dead language. But it's front and center at Classical Preparatory Academy, one of three Pasco County charter schools that opened in August.