Washington Latin, in the 3800 block of Massachusetts Avenue NW, will have 192 students in grades 5, 6 and 7 and will eventually run from grade 5 to 12. Students will don uniforms and be required to study six years of Latin, four years of modern foreign language, and learn about old-school Greek and Roman humanities heavyweights such as Socrates and Cicero.Note to Ms. Arlotto. A strength of a school isn't in its diversity. Its in its ability to educate. Diversity is nice, but it alone won't teach Johnny to read. A restaurant may have a diverse menu, but if every dish bares more than a passing resemblance to the kind of food prison riots are started over don't expect it to stay in business long.
Parents from Anacostia in Southeast to American University Park in Upper Northwest have enrolled their children. The student population will be about 50 percent white, 30 percent black, 15 percent Hispanic and the remaining, Asian American, Ahlstrom said.
But not everyone welcomes Washington Latin to the city's educational landscape. Capitol Hill parent Gina Arlotto, a co-founder of the public school advocacy coalition Save Our Schools, said that she supports a rigorous education but that Washington Latin caters to elite parents, making it easier for them to abandon their local public school and, by extension, their community.
"It allows people to opt out of a system where its strengths are that it could be a diverse school with all different kinds of kids," said Arlotto, whose three children attend public schools.
Thursday, September 07, 2006
Classical curriculum the focus of new charter
Forget "new math" and start brushing up on your Latin. There's a new charter in town and its focus is on a classical education.