Latin Enrichment Programs


Program Description

Aequora is a Latin enrichment program that brings talented Latinists, high-school age and above, to tutor elementary and middle school youth. The program offers an engaging introduction to the Latin language and Roman culture through spoken language exercises, reading and composition activities, and games. 

Aequora was created in 2013 through a partnership between Paideia Institute and Still Waters in a Storm, an after-school sanctuary for elementary school students from the troubled neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn. The Latin word aequora, which literally means a calm, level surface, is used metaphorically by Roman poets to mean “waters.” Thus the word is a Latin symbol for the peaceful learning community of Still Waters. 

Based on the program’s success at Still Waters, Paideia is taking the program nation-wide with the help of alumni and friends. The Paideia Institute has developed a curriculum packet and step-by-step guide to establishing new Aequora sites and is inviting students of classics to apply to run Aequora classes in their hometowns.

Thanks in part to grants from CAMWS and CAAS, Paideia is able to subsidize Aequora sites in under-resourced communities and ensure that students with financial need can access Aequora free of charge.

Aequora Sites

Still Waters in a Storm, Brooklyn

Site Coordinator, Erin McKenna

Still Waters in a Storm is a Brooklyn-based nonprofit for students from the neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn. Aequora meets at Still Waters on Wednesdays, 4:30pm-6:30pm. The start date for fall 2015 is September 16.

Still Waters is located at 286 Stanhope St. in Bushwick, Brooklyn, half a block from the L Train.

Beginning with Children Charter School, Brooklyn

Site Coordinators, Elizabeth Shaw and Margaret White

Beginning with Children is an elementary and middle school in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Aequora meets on Fridays, 2:30pm-5:30pm. The start date for fall 2015 is September 25.

Beginning with Children is located at 850 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn. 

The Classic Community Center, The Bronx

Site Coordinator, Erin McKenna

The Classic Community Center hosts an award-winning after-school program in the Melrose Housing Development in the Bronx. Aequora meets on Tuesdays, 4-5:30 pm. The start date for fall 2015 is TBD.

The Classic Community Center is located at 286 E. 156th St. in the Bronx.

Accelerate Academy, Queens

Site Coordinator, Adam Johnson

Accelerate Academy is a learning center in Flushing. Aequora meets Saturdays, 3:15pm-4:15pm. The start date for fall 2015 is September 12.

Accelerate Academy is currently accepting elementary school students into its fall programs, including Aequora. Contact Accelerate Academy for information about tuition and registration.

Accelerate Academy is located at 34-50 Main Street, 4th Floor,

Don Bosco Community Center, Port Chester, NY

Site Coordinator, Will Rogers

The Don Bosco Community Center serves underprivileged youth in Port Chester.  Aequora meets Wednesdays, 5:15pm-6:15pm. The start date for fall 2015 is October 7.

The center is located at 22 Don Bosco Place, Port Chester, NY 10573. 

Teaching Opportunities

Aequora welcomes new volunteers at all our sites! Volunteers can make weekly, every other week, or monthly commitments. Volunteers work with students in small groups and have the opportunity to develop and teach a full lesson with the support of their site coordinator. If you are interested in volunteering or learning more, email [email protected].

Paideia also invites students and teachers of classics to apply to launch their own week-, semester-, or year-long Aequora sites in their hometowns. The Paideia Institute provides curricular materials and support in advertising the program, enrolling students, and recruiting volunteers. Site coordinator positions are compensated. If you are interesting in applying to become a site coordinator, email [email protected]