First Form Latin - Kolbe Academy

First Form Latin

First Form Latin is the initial course in the grammar stage of learning Latin.  This course is designed for students who have no Latin background. 

First Form Latin employs the “grammar-first” approach to language acquisition, and this means that students will need to commit to extensive memorization.  However, the course will take things slowly so that the Latin grammar becomes embedded in the long-term memory of the student.  The grammar stage will typically take three years (First, Second, and Third Forms).  Year 1 is the most important of all, as it is the foundation on which everything else rests.  

Students taking this course are expected to complete daily assignments, periodic exams, and quizzes.

Assignment due-dates and grades are established by the parent.  Optionally, a student may be enrolled in the Self-Paced Plus© grading assistance program to receive grading assistance from a Kolbe Academy faculty or staff member on designated assignments in the course.  In this case, parents will still submit final grades to Kolbe for the course, but may choose to incorporate the graded assignments into the student’s overall grade or use the Kolbe-graded assignments to assist in arriving at the student’s final grade.

  • First Form Latin Set, which includes the items below:
    • Student text
    • Student workbook
    • Teacher manual
    • Teacher key
    • Quizzes & tests
    • Pronunciation CD
  • First Form Latin Course Plan & Tests, Kolbe Academy Publishing  (Digital copy provided with self-paced course.  Optional physical copy available for purchase.)

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Self-Paced Plus courses include the following:

  • Grading by a highly qualified teacher for selected assignments (listed below) in the course.
  • Access to teacher through the course’s discussion board.
  • Option to report grade given by the teacher, or to report a grade assigned by parent.
  • The pacing is still established by the parent in conjunction with the student’s goals and academic calendar. 
  • Assignments will be graded within 1-2 weeks of the submission date, excluding holiday breaks.  (For the quickest grading, students should turn assignments in incrementally throughout the year.  If a student turns in multiple assignments to be graded at once, expect a response time of 1-2 weeks per assignment submitted.)

Self-Paced Plus Assignment List:

Semester 1 Semester 2
Week 5: Unit I Test Week 3: Lesson XXIII Quiz
Week 8: Lesson X Quiz Week 8: Units III & IV Test
Week 9: Quarter 1 Exam Week 9: Quarter 3 Exam
Week 10: Units I & II Test Week 10: Lesson XXIX Quiz
Week 17: Unit III Test Week 11: Lesson XXX Quiz
Week 18: Quarter 2 Exam Week 12: Lesson XXXI Quiz
  Week 13: Lesson XXXII Quiz
  Week 14: Lesson XXXIII Quiz
  Week 15: Units I, II, & V Test
  Week 18: Quarter 4 Exam


Course Details:

Section Number


Grades (Typical)

5 – 8 (7th)


Mr. Almanzar

Lecture Format


Grades (Typical)

 5 – 8 (7th)



Subscription Length

1 year

Extension may be granted for an additional fee.

Self-Paced Plus




Course Plan Sample

First Form Latin

Note: This course plan is built into the
Self-Paced course in a student-friendly format.