Calder Classics


Summer in Greece: July 30 - August 20, 2017

Join us for this unique summer learning experience in Thessaloniki, Greece, designed for students of ALL ages with a foundation in the ancient Greek language and a desire to read great works of Greek literature.

Reading Ancient Greek

Calder Classics invites participants of all ages, from high school students to retirees, to join us in Thessaloniki in the summer of 2017. This course is ideal for high school students of the Classics, Gap Year or Postbac students looking to jump-start their language skills, graduate students or teachers of ancient history, archaeology, literature, philosophy or religion looking for Greek grammar and reading practice, or retirees with Greek on their bucket list.  We also welcome former students of ancient Greek or Latin wishing to return to, or brush up on, ancient languages.

Over the course of a three-week program, the Classics come alive through the study of the Greek language in a beautiful setting near the Aegean Sea and the base of Mount Olympus. Situated on the campus of the stunning 375-acre American Farm School, a non-profit educational institute in Thessaloniki, and immersed in an atmosphere shaped by Classical history, students spend their days learning Greek grammar and vocabulary and read the great authors of Greek literature in the original or in translation. Joining together with the students who are concurrently enrolled either in our Creative Writing Workshop or Exploration of Ancient Greek Mythology courses, we discover Thessaloniki, visit local archeological sites, Mt. Olympus, Aristotle’s tomb, a Greek island, and other nearby places of interest. The evenings feature Greece’s many cultural, leisure and culinary offerings.

Master Greek


Intermediate to Advanced level students dedicate a morning and/or an afternoon session each day to reading ancient Greek authors. Readings will be accompanied by grammar lessons, allowing students with intermediate and advanced experience in studying Greek to enjoy portions of the course as a review. We use Greek, An Intensive Course by Hardy Hansen and Gerald M. Quinn, a textbook designed to help students acquire an ability to read and appreciate the great works of Greek literature as quickly as possible.

While emphasizing the fundamentals of the language, the Reading Ancient Greek course immediately begins with the reading of unadapted prose and poetry. We read such authors as Homer, Herodotus, Plato, Sophocles and Aristotle. We then analyze texts from both a grammatical and literary perspective, engaging in such topics as the significance of rhetorical devices and meter.

Students have an opportunity to advance their skills quickly through intensive personal attention. Professor Jeff Ulrich and Sarah Grover will lead the course. Professor Ulrich currently teaches Classics courses at UPenn  and Haverford. He has taught Latin at CUNY’s prestigious Latin and Greek Institute, and was once a Math teacher at Saint Ann's School in Brooklyn.  Sarah currently teaches several languages at Riverdale Country School and is in the Department of Classics Graduate Program at NYU.  Johanna Braff, a teacher of Greek at The Dalton School during the school year, joins our teaching staff this summer.

We are extremely fortunate to have Collomia Charles as our curriculum consultant. Collomia has taught Greek and Latin for many years at Columbia University, Barnard College and the Latin and Greek Institute at CUNY. She currently teaches at Collegiate School. 

Dive into Greece's Culture and History

Throughout the course, we explore historic treasures of northern Greece, including the Thessaloniki National Archaeological Museum, Byzantine monuments, Ottoman ruins and the Royal Tombs at Vergina. Students take in the visual delights of Thessaloniki with their newfound Greek learning, which is guaranteed to enhance their experience and deepen their appreciation of the beautiful ancient history of this wondrous city. Our hosts at the American Farm School organize for us olive oil tastings, Greek cooking, folk dancing on campus, a guided hike on Mount Olympus, and a multi-day trip to the spectacular island of Samothrace.

Calder Classics Students Have Joined Us From…

Andover, Berkshire School, Brearley, Chapin, Charlotte Country Day School, Choate Rosemary Hall, Clark School, Collegiate, Columbia Prep, Dalton, The Dexter School, Dwight Englewood School, Exeter, Groton, Hackley, The Harker School, High School of RenMin University of China, Hotchkiss, Lawrenceville, Liberty High School, Manhattan Friends, Marymount, Middlesex, Milton Academy, Packer, Portsmouth Abbey, Princeton High School,  Riverdale, Sage Hill, Sage Ridge, Saint Ann's, Saint Ignatius College Prep, Second High School Attached to Beijing Normal University, Spence, St. Joseph, Stuyvesant, Taft, Trinity, Veritas Preparatory Academy and Woodrow Wilson... Add your school to the list!


Collomia Charles

Collomia Charles

Jeff Ulrich

Jeff Ulrich

Sarah Grover

Sarah Grover

Allie Ulrich

Allie Ulrich

Johanna Braff

Johanna Braff


We stay at Perrotis College, located on the pastoral campus of the American Farm School, 15 minutes from the lively center of Thessaloniki, the second-largest city in Greece. A state of the art, LEED-certified residence hall provides students of all ages with an oasis on campus where they can live and study together. Along with classrooms, a library and dormitories, the campus contains an educational farm comprised of gardens and greenhouses, a winery as well as poultry and dairy units that produce milk, eggs and turkeys renowned for their quality throughout Greece. The widely spread out terrain is ideal for cross-country runs and personal athletic training. Our rooms have terraces overlooking the educational vineyards with a magnificent view of Mount Olympus. There is local flora everywhere with gardens and fruit trees covering the surrounding area. The shared suites have a common living area, air conditioning, WIFI and laundry facilities.   

Dates and Fees

July 30 to August 20, 2017

The $5,000 tuition includes accommodations, transportation within Greece, museum entries and instruction. (Students purchase their own textbook.) Breakfast, lunch and dinner are also included. Most of our meals will be eaten at the Farm School, which promotes healthy, sustainable, economically viable, and socially responsible food and agriculture systems. 

Students are responsible for the cost of their own activities outside of the group.

Airfare is not included.

The start date of this session is coordinated to permit students to attend earlier Calder Classics advanced Reading Latin courses in Florence and Rome.


Students make their own travel arrangements. Those high school students who wish to travel with a chaperone between New York City and Thessaloniki should contact a Calder Classics representative during the application process.

Thessaloniki International Airport is 10 minutes away from the American Farm School campus. 



" The Calder Classics ancient Greek summer program created the perfect balance of academic studies and cultural activities for our daughter this summer. Highlights included: visiting markets in Thessaloniki, climbing Mount Olympus, visiting ancient ruins, cooking traditional Greek dishes and learning Greek dances. Sarah Grover and Collomia Charles are experts in their field and their passion for Ancient Greek studies has inspired our daughter to continue her Classical education in college. This is her second summer with Calder Classics and each program has fostered her passion to learn. Thank you Cindy for creating a program that teaches the students to look at the world a little differently."  parent, Florence and Thessaloniki student

"Before going to Thessaloniki I had taken one year of Greek, so for me the purpose of this trip was really to reinforce the existing foundations in grammar. But unexpectedly, with all due credit to our professors, Calder Classics has given me so much more: it has given me the tools to be able to read Greek fluently. And I say "tools" instead of "ability" because no, nobody can immediately attain fluency in three weeks.  So thanks, Collomia and Sarah. You will both prove to be influential in my progress as a student and a classicist, and my words do no justice to the gratitude welling from the bottom of my heart. I love this program, and will definitely come back someday!"   Andre C., student

"It was with slight trepidation that I embarked on my study of Ancient Greek, for unlike my fellow students, I've never studied any ancient language before, not even Latin, but it didn't take long for me to realize that my fears were misplaced. Within the warm embrace of the JV team, I started from my alpha beta gammas and slowly moved up to face the many faces of the complex beast, also known as GRAMMAR. It was surprising to see how much progress we had made, from the illiterate 'this is all Greek to me' phase to the 'this is still Greek but I can translate everything I know about it' phase. ..One thing I really loved was how our activities and studies were scheduled intermittently  so that every day we had something to look forward to. Whether it was a shopping trip near Aristotelous Square (with grumpy Aris sulking in his chair), a class on Greek cooking, a visit to an archaeological museum or even just an afternoon hanging out by the seaside, listening to the waves lapping and feeling the sea breeze against your cheek, everything was new and exciting and quite marvelous." Morgan Y., student

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Reservation Form

Once you submit this Reservation Form, you will receive an email with a link to our full Application Form. After we receive a completed Application Form, a Calder Classics representative may be in touch with the applicant if further information is required to determine whether the program is suitable for the student’s level and experience. Students will be notified about their acceptance status upon assessment of the Application Form and the receipt of a required teacher recommendation. Reserved spots may be held for 10 days prior to receipt of the completed Application Form.

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