Dear 2021 Latin Academy Student,
Salve! You have been selected as one of the forty-five participants in the thirty-fourth Governor’s Latin Academy (GLA). The Academy faculty extends congratulations and greetings to you!
Enclosed is information specific to the Latin Academy for you and your parents to read and discuss together. This year, GLA will be occurring online for the second year in a row due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s program will be entirely synchronous, with mandatory academic meetings from 10 to noon and 1-1:30, followed by optional social activities from 1:45 to approximately 2:15. This schedule is slightly different on the last two days, but essentially the same. Please make arrangements with your family, your job, etc. so that you can be present for the mandatory academic meetings. If this is not possible, you must decline your offer of acceptance so that an alternate can be contacted. You must participate in the entirety of the academic program to complete the program, earn your certificate, and put Latin Academy on your college applications.
Our teachers are preparing classes for you on exciting topics such as ancient Greek and the archaeology of the ancient world. Our TAs are preparing elective classes for you to choose from on topics such as Latin puns and ancient horoscopes. Your other activities center around this year’s theme, “colamus humanitatem.” You will be working in a small group to reflect on the theme and to create a video inspired by it. Our teachers have selected Latin texts that relate to the theme that you’ll be reading in the afternoons. One of our teachers will cap off the Academy by delivering a theme lecture, in which he will share his reflections on the theme. We are really excited about this summer’s program, and we are confident that you’ll enjoy it!
Please complete the participant survey by 11:59 pm on May 22 to help the staff plan a Latin Academy that will be challenging and enjoyable for you. You also need to submit the electronic signature form by May 22.
On behalf of the Latin Academy staff, let me again say how eager we are to (virtually) meet you and to get started. Please check out our blog over the coming weeks for more information on everything we will be doing. Do not hesitate to contact me by e-mail with questions about any of the enclosed materials. Best wishes as the end of your school year approaches!
Cura ut valeas,
Director, Governor’s Latin Academy
This blog with document the 2021 session of the Virginia Governor's Latin Academy.