Detroit Latin: A Classical Town School

School Description

Rooted in the republican ideals of our nation’s Founders and grounded in the love of learning itself, The Detroit Latin School is a K-12 college preparatory academy offering a vigorous program of arts, letters and sciences within an environment that encourages serious scholarship, independence of thought and clarity of expression.

As a public institution chartered in the state of Michigan, Detroit Latin’s challenging program of liberal studies, including languages ancient and modern, study abroad, formal training in logic and rhetoric, and a variety of opportunities in the arts and athletics, is available, tuition-free to students throughout the region. As a public-private partnership, the Detroit Latin School is able to provide a level of excellence generally associated with the nation’s best independent schools.

Detroit Latin’s curriculum is formed around the trivium of grammar, logic and rhetoric and informed by the canon of great books and primary sources that continue to shape and define Western civilization. Every Latinian is furnished with a general survey of knowledge, sturdy habits of mind, and the ability to read with comprehension, write with clarity and speak with plainness and power.

Wary of broad knowledge without high purpose, Detroit Latin seeks to convey to its students the spirit, discipline and moral compass that will render them useful citizens, ready to discharge their duties to conscience, country and family. While preparing its graduates for college and university, the School’s chief aim is to equip each one for the real business of living and to challenge them to serve the world through their character and leadership.

Detroit Latin is neither a secular nor a sectarian institution. Through its classical curriculum and its Socratic pedagogy, Detroit Latin strives to encourage the spiritual life of every student while honoring the varieties of religious experience represented by its deliberately diverse student population.

Drawing support from both public and private sources, The Detroit Latin School is an intentionally inclusive meritocracy—a free school open to boys and girls from every culture, corner and economic circumstance. LATIN seeks young women and men of good character who are eager to learn and willing to work. It seeks parents who are partners in its task. It seeks instructors who are lifelong learners, called and gifted to teach—and prepared to match precept with example. Detroit Latin seeks the support of any and all who believe in the power of ideas and the infinite promise of youth.

The carefully sequenced educational program of LATIN’s Lower and Upper Schools provides instruction in:

  • Classics
  • English Language & Literature
  • History, Geography & Civic Responsibility
  • Rhetoric & Public Elocution
  • Modern Foreign Language (French & Chinese)
  • Mathematics & Logic
  • Science, Engineering & Technology
  • Visual & Performing Arts
  • Wellness & Sport