Article by Phoenix writer Sophia Paulich ’24: On Saturday, October 14, 2023, the Kellenberg Family welcomed prospective Firebirds with open arms to the annual Fall
About the Latin School
The Latin School program is available for these public school students who wish an alternative to the available public middle school system.
This program is not a replacement for the parochial school sixth, seventh, and eighth grades, but rather another avenue to the benefits of a Catholic education for those families who do not already enjoy this tradition of schooling.
Kellenberg Memorial High School’s sixth, seventh and eighth-grade program is known as the “Latin School” because of the rich tradition of seventh and eighth grade students taking Latin as a core subject. The study of Latin allows students to develop a foundational understanding of language as a whole, to think critically while analyzing problems, and to bolster their mastery of English vocabulary.
The classical education offered by the Bro. Joseph C. Fox Latin School provides a crucial foundation for high school studies. Although the Latin School is housed in the same building as Kellenberg Memorial High School, the majority of classes are held in a designated section of the school. However, sixth, seventh and eighth-grade students have use of ALL the school’s facilities: library, computer and science laboratories, gymnasium, athletic fields, cafeteria, etc.
All students are expected to abide by the principles of COR: Civility, Order, and Respect. “Cor” is the Latin noun for “heart,” and we believe that civility, order, and respect lie at the heart of the Latin School’s long-standing success. Under the direction and guidance of the Assistant Principal for the Latin School and the Assistant Principal for Latin School Student Life, students are expected to embody the values of COR each and every day. This embodiment requires that students behave properly in school, become responsible for completing all assignments, and remain in full school uniform while in the building.
The Latin School’s focused curriculum, alongside an impressive list of extracurricular and athletic programs, provide the middle school student with all of the tools necessary for tackling the challenges of high school. The curriculum for the Latin School has been drawn up in conformity with the school’s consistent policy of promoting the greatest intellectual competence together with the highest moral character. Each of our students move on from the Latin School having gained an education of the mind, heart, and soul.
At Kellenberg, we believe that “every great undertaking is a triumph of enthusiasm.” Each and every member of the Latin School faculty shares an enthusiasm for educating young men and women in both academics and faith. The passion of the faculty members, alongside their investment in multiple areas of the school, ensures that all students receive the best possible middle school experience.”
Latin School Curriculum
Since 1988, the Brother Joseph C. Fox Latin School has been providing middle school students with a qualitative Catholic education in the Marianist Tradition. Students in the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades follow a challenging curriculum that stimulates their intellects and expands their understanding. The curriculum includes:
- Reading (6th)
- Latin (7th & 8th)
- Enrichment Courses
- Chorus, Band, or Orchestra
- Physical Education
“We must see everything with the
eyes of faith.”
- Blessed Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon
Seventh and eighth grade students may also participate in an extensive athletic program, which includes the following Latin School teams:
- Cross Country
- Athletic Clubs
- Archery Club
- Blue and Gold
- Equestrian Club
- Fitness Club
In addition to Latin School field trips, Latin School students can participate in one or more of the over 80 different clubs and activities offered at Kellenberg Memorial High School, including some of the following:
- Academic Quiz Bowl
- Art Guild
- Auditorium Services
- Book Club
- Boy Scouts
- Chess Club
- Drama Club
- Educational Television Club (ETV)
- G.S.O. (General Student Organization)
- Guitar Club
- Hiking Club
- History Club
- Intramural Sports
- Latin School Jazz Band
- Latin School Voces (Jazz Choir)
- Lab Squad
- Math Club
- Photography Club
- Robotics Club
- S.A.L.T. (Service, Allegiance, Leadership, Teamwork)
- Science Olympiad
- Woodworking Club