About Our Site and Aequora
Our Aequora site is located at the St. Adalbert Catholic School in South Bend, Indiana. It is a Catholic school that provides many after-school programs and opportunities to its students, now including Latin.
Aequora is a K-8 program focused on literacy via Latin. At the University of Notre Dame, we have chosen Aequora because we believe in the benefits of a classical education. Through The Paideia Institute’s Aequora curriculum, our volunteers harness the classical languages’ power to improve literacy, cultural understanding, and equity in education — all while making the ancient Mediterranean world fun and accessible to students of all backgrounds.
Led by independent site coordinators, Aequora envisions Classics as an inclusive, diverse, and socially engaged field. Our textbook, Aequora: Teaching Literacy with Latin, introduces the basics of Latin vocabulary and grammar, Roman culture and mythology, and connections between Latin, English, and Spanish, all through games and activities designed to show students that learning Latin is fun!
How We Teach Aequora
At St. Adalbert, we bring enthusiasm every week with new engaging activities and excited volunteers. Our team consists of about 15-20 volunteers who all have a passion for teaching Latin and Roman history. We meet on Fridays afternoons to read, perform skits, draw, and reinforce a greater understanding of history.
The Aequora program is sustained by enthusiastic volunteers all over the country who care about making a difference and want to fight educational inequality through sharing their love of Latin.
Our site coordinator Mika Petruska is a student at the University of Notre Dame.