Princeton Latin Academy
Imparting education is akin to building a house: a good foundation is required. A solid educational foundation now is available starting in kindergarten at Princeton Latin Academy, which is extending its classical liberal arts education to the youngest elementary school students this fall.
“The early years are the most important,” emphasized Assistant Headmaster Richard Enna, who also teaches history. “A solid foundation is the basis for educational success. We’re pleased to offer that foundation to all elementary and secondary students.”
The new K-2 program is dubbed Princeton Lyceum, and is part of the elementary program. It’s a full day of age-appropriate lessons, play and recess. By design, the program is not structured to “teach to the standardized test.” Its goal is to impart a classical liberal arts foundation to the youngest learners.
“Our classrooms are directed by our teachers,” Enna stated. “Who knows the child’s learning style better? This fosters a one-on-one connection between the child and teacher, enhancing learning.”
Princeton Latin Academy’s Princeton Lyceum emphasizes very basic skills in the K-2 range. According to Enna, this includes teaching the children how to be students: learning to sit quietly, write, take notes, understand basic arithmetic and read. Children who need more attention in certain areas receive it, since the program is geared toward each student and his or her personal progress.
“Our youngest students also are exposed to Greek and Latin, as these languages help them master English and any other romance language,” Enna added. “Our Princeton Lyceum begins to give young children the knowledge they need to be good students.”
Princeton Latin Academy is a small school by design. Approximately 55 students are enrolled to keep class size to a minimum and personal attention to a maximum. Students at Princeton Latin Academy also have the opportunity to further explore the universe in any number of unique groups, including the Japanese Club, the Chess Club, the Theology Club and the Movie Club. Each year the entire school’s boundaries are expanded through the production of The Opera, which is written, produced, staged and performed by the students.
“Our entire school mounts The Opera,” explained Enna. “Headmaster Francesco Perrulli selects a novel and, along with the music teacher, works with our 8th graders to write 30 to 40 songs. The entire school practices and performs The Opera which our 8th graders created from classical literature.”
Enna says Princeton Latin Academy is committed to The Opera as a key educational tool because kids get more than enough pop culture outside of school. He quotes Headmaster Perrulli: “School should be a different environment, away from computers and video games and television toys. The Opera helps connect imagery and imagination to a great classical piece of work, to the psyche.”
Interested students and parents can learn more about Princeton Latin Academy during its September 10 Open House. Enna encourages those who want a higher level of education to call for more information.
Princeton Latin Academy, Route 518, Hopewell. 609-924-2206. info@princetonlatin