The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

August 22, 2013

Latin courses to be phased out of Danville schools

By Robert Stoneback
The Danville News

DANVILLE — Latin classes will be phased out from Danville’s curriculum after the end of the 2013-2014 school year.

Students who took Latin I last year have the option of taking Latin II through the district’s new e-Learning Cyber Academy, said Lee Gump, principal of the Danville High School.

Latin I will no longer be offered in any form, while students will be able to take Latin III as an independent study option with the school’s Latin-certified teacher, Scott Hicks. He has also agreed to help support Latin II students as needed with their cyber courses.

Hicks, who is certified to teach French as well as Latin, has a full slate of French courses throughout the school day next year, said Gump. Because of this, it would be impractical to continue offering full Latin classes but the district still wanted to offer some continuation for students who had already enrolled in Latin courses.

Demand for Latin has shrunk over the years, said Jen Gurski, director of the district’s cyber program and former assistant principal of the high school. Furthermore, VLinc, the district’s course vendor, no longer offers the Latin III and Latin IV programs. “Right now, there’s not currently a demand for it,” she said.

Cyber versions of the Latin program could be a possibility if students express a desire for them.

According to Gump, about 35 students were enrolled in Latin I last year, with five enrolled in Latin II and four enrolled in Latin III.

 

Email questions or comments to rstoneback@thedanvillenews.com.