Why do we take a “dead language” so seriously? Latin provides an excellent cornerstone subject for language studies. It helps students become better English speakers and writers. The most obvious reason is English words come from Latin, so learning the root words helps students understand the English derivatives of Latin. A student who learns for example, that “caput” means “head” will learn that many words with this root will refer to the head of a person or body (capital punishment, the state capital, the Capitol building, decapitate, capitulate, captain, and per capita) to name a few. Learning Latin words is an efficient way for students to build English vocabulary and students often develop a genuine love for words. But Habersham Latin studies go well beyond vocabulary, and we would contend that vocabulary is not the best reason for studying the language. Students are deeply immersed in Latin grammar and eventually reading. Latin solidifies English grammar. In mastering this rigorous and orderly language they learn to structure material in their minds. They memorize forms and vocabulary and rules, and learn how to apply them. This long process of learning leads to more logical thinking and expression. Along this challenging Latin journey, students develop strong study skills, which carry over to other subjects. Teachers, however, are also in the business of soulcraft. The work of Latin builds character and exposes students to timeless and ennobling ideas. Concordia cum veritate – in harmony with truth!