All schools that want to label a course “AP” must get authorization by going through the AP Course Audit. This means submitting two things:
- A subject-specific AP Course Audit Form
- A course syllabus
Teachers have the option to create their own syllabus or adopt one of the sample syllabi provided. A teacher-created syllabus is checked by our reviewers to ensure that the course fulfills the AP Program’s course-specific curricular and resource requirements.
We offer plenty of resources, below, to help teachers understand course requirements and create a syllabus that fulfills these.
Designing Your AP Latin Course
The AP Latin course should be designed by your school to provide students with a learning experience equivalent to that of a college course in Latin typically taught in the fourth, fifth, or sixth semester of college Latin studies. The basic course objective should be to read, translate, understand, analyze, and interpret Latin in the original, with special emphasis paid to pertinent Roman cultural, social, and political history and the tradition of the ancient epic.
There are no specific curricular prerequisites for students taking AP Latin, but students taking AP Latin are typically in the final stages of their secondary school instruction in Latin.
Getting to Know the Course and Exam
The key document for each AP course is the course and exam description. Start by reviewing it to understand the objectives and expectations of the AP course and exam.
- AP Latin Course and Exam Description (.pdf/1.12MB) - Describes in detail the AP Latin course and exam. Includes the curriculum framework and a representative sample of exam questions.
Creating Your Syllabus
Use these resources to design your syllabus.
Download this document for more help creating your syllabus.
- Syllabus Development Guide: AP Latin (.pdf/536KB) - Includes the guidelines reviewers use to evaluate syllabi along with three samples of evidence for each requirement. This guide also specifies the level of detail required in the syllabus to receive course authorization.
Your course must fulfill these requirements, and your syllabus should make it clear how the requirements will be addressed.
AP Latin curricular requirements:
- The course is structured to allow students to complete the entire required reading list published in the AP Latin Curriculum Framework.
- The course provides ongoing opportunities for students to translate Latin poetry and prose from the required list into English as literally as possible.
- The course provides ongoing opportunities for students to demonstrate comprehension of Latin passages from the required reading list.
- The course provides ongoing opportunities for students to demonstrate understanding of the required English readings as context for the required Latin readings.
- The course provides ongoing opportunities for students to demonstrate comprehension of non-syllabus-based Caesar and Vergil passages and passages from other authors by reading at sight.
- The course provides ongoing opportunities for students to enhance comprehension of Latin passages by reading aloud.
- The course provides ongoing opportunities for students to scan dactylic hexameter in Latin poetry.
- The course provides ongoing opportunities for students to learn and use specific terminology in their study of the required Latin texts.
- The course provides ongoing opportunities for students to relate the required Latin passages to Roman historical, cultural, and literary contexts.
- The course provides opportunities for students to interpret and analyze the required Latin passages in essays and other written responses.
AP Latin resource requirements:
The school ensures that each student has access to his or her own copy of the required passages of Vergil’s Aeneid and Caesar’s Gallic War in Latin and the entire works in English.
Because world language instruction targets proficiency building, which can be accomplished in multiple ways with or without a specific textbook, the AP Latin course does not have a list of example textbooks that meet the curricular requirements of AP Latin.