Calder Classics


Join Calder Classics in Rome
July 19 - August 1, 2015

Join us for this unique summer learning experience in Rome, Italy, designed for high school students with a passion for Latin literature and an interest in ancient history.

Summer in Rome 2015


Calder Classics invites students entering grades 9 through 12 to join us in Rome in the summer of 2015. Over the course of a 2-week program, the Classics will come alive through the study of Latin, exploration of ancient and modern sites and immersion in daily Italian life. Our small, personalized programs of 6-8 students allow us to provide individual instruction to each student in both Latin and ancient history.

Our days will consist of translating Latin literature, exploring the historical and cultural treasures of Rome’s piazzas and museums, and may include day trips to the archaeological ruins of Ostia, Orvieto, or other nearby places of interest. The evenings will feature Italy’s many cultural, leisure and culinary offerings.

There is one free day scheduled per week when students may choose to explore Rome on their own (with advance parental permission), or rest on the grounds of St. Stephen’s International School.

We are also offering 2-week high school programs for summer 2015 in Florence.

Master Latin


Each day students and their mentors will read and discuss Latin literature in a residential “salon” style environment. Our Latin readings will include such influential Roman authors as Cicero, Livy, Sallust and Tacitus, as well as materials likely to be found on the Latin SAT II. Given that participants join us from a variety of schools, we will begin with a brief review of Latin grammar.

Students Have Joined Us From…

Andover, Chapin, Brearley, Saint Ann’s, Riverdale, Collegiate, Lawrenceville, St. Joseph by the Sea, Charlotte Country Day School, Woodrow Wilson, Hotchkiss, St. Ignatius College Prep, High School of RenMin University of China, Choate Rosemary Hall, Dwight Englewood School, Groton, Berkshire School, Clark School, Milton Academy, Taft, and Liberty High School. Add your school to the list!

Dive into Italy’s Art, Culture and History

To complement our readings, we will explore the historical and cultural treasures of Rome, including the Forum Romanum (ancient Roman forum), Palatine and Capitoline hills, Circus Maximus, Pantheon, Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, masterpieces of the Vatican Museums, and the Roman catacombs. We will discuss the history and broader themes of these sites as well as their connections to the texts we read.



The program will be housed at the prestigious St. Stephen’s International School, a beautiful villa on the Aventine hill with dorm rooms, classrooms, computer lab, library, night-time security guard, and full cafeteria service. The rooms are designed to be cool during the warm Roman summer and have fans, but do not have air conditioning.

Dates & Fees


This session in Rome runs from July 19 to August 1, 2015 for a single tuition fee of $5,000. Tuition includes accommodations, transportation within Italy, museum entries, instruction and course materials (certain additional books may need to be purchased). Breakfast, plus either lunch or dinner, are also included. Airfare is not included.



Students may travel with our chaperone on both legs of the journey, from New York City to Rome and from Rome to New York City. International travel insurance is required.



"Calder Classics was one of the best times of my life so far! Whether it be visiting ancient catacombs, just getting gelato with my friends from the trip in the Circus Maximus, or learning to read epigraphy with Collomia and Rebekah, every moment was a great time. I feel like it was an experience that has taught me how to put both Latin and history into a visual context, live a foreign country, and even how to be a better Latin student. I look back on these memories with fondness and I think that anyone with the opportunity to do a Calder Classics program should take it up in a heartbeat." -Charlie Himmelrich, student

"Many thanks for an amazing and enjoyable educational summer program in Rome. My son learned so much about language, history and culture. He had a wonderful time!" -Shelly H., parent

"The Calder Classics Rome Program was the highlight of my summer vacation. I deepened my understanding of fundamental Latin concepts as well as more complex aspects of the language, gained an abundance of knowledge about Ancient Roman culture, and formed friendships and made memories that I will cherish forever. I cannot thank the Calder Classics Rome Program enough for my truly singular and incredibly memorable experience." -Frances D.

"When we were looking for a summer Latin study program for our son we were lucky to find Calder Classic's Rome program. It offers lots of individual attention, small class size, excellent teachers, and history lessons to go along with sightseeing in Rome. What a great first visit to Rome. The staff, from our first inquiry into the program to arrival back in the United States, was always very helpful. Thanks Calder Classics!" -Ginny S., parent

"I had a truly amazing experience in Rome, Italy. Calder Classics improved not only my Latin but also my knowledge and curiosity of the classics. I'll never forget the two weeks in Rome." -Julia S., student

Photos from Previous Trips

Reservation Form

Upon submission of this reservation form, you will receive an email with a link to our full application. A Calder Classics representative will contact the student/parents for an introductory phone interview to determine if the program is suitable for the student’s level and experience. Students will be notified about acceptance upon assessment of these criteria and the required teacher recommendation.

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