Learn Latin without going broke.

Years ago, my family was foreclosed on.  We ended up living with my wife’s parents for some time. 

I was a school teacher, earning a teacher’s salary.  This is not such a bad thing if you work for the government, but I was a teacher in a private school.  

We had a growing family.  We had four children at the time.  Several were in diapers.  My wife stayed home with the little ones.  It was out of the question to look at my wife and say, “Get thee also a paycheck.”

A growing family, and a teacher’s salary, it turns out, was a bad combination.  We were not going to make it.  Not to put too fine a point on it, we needed more money.  

I took an after-school job at an apartment complex.  It was a routine maintenance job.  I took a job cleaning pools on the weekend.  And, during the evenings, I delivered pizzas.

To spend time with my kids, I sometimes brought them along as I delivered pizzas. 

While working at the apartments, cleaning pools, and delivering pizzas, I would listen to audio books, and audio language podcasts.  Much of what I write about in my ebook, Via, I discovered during this time. 

Over the years, as my children have grown, I have discovered that I cannot not afford Christian education for them.   The irony is not lost on me.  Since I work in Christian education, my kids don’t get to attend a private Christian school.

They could attend New Hope Academy, where I teach Latin, and some of them have, but the school stops at 6th grade.  After New Hope, we have no private school options.  We simply cannot afford to send them to any of the local private high schools.

I attended the American public school at Camp New Amsterdam in Holland.  I still remember it.  To put it mildly, it was a negative experience.  I have no interest in putting my kids into any American public school. 

This leaves my wife and I with only one option.  We homeschool our children.

Perhaps it is different for you, but, my wife and I have faced nothing as difficult and as challenging as the daily task of homeschooling our children.  Homeschooling is hard. 

I am a Latin teacher.  Naturally, I decided to teach my kids Latin.  We took homeschooling, which is difficult, and added Latin, which is wicked difficult.  Oh, yeah.  That was smart.

But, here’s the thing.  I do not have to pay for Latin.  I mean, I did pay, with all that time listening and learning while cleaning pools and painting houses, but I do not have to write a check every year for Latin.

So, where is all of this going?  What does any of this have to do with you? 

I have been thinking of you.  You have decided to homeschool your children.  You have decided to teach them Latin.  And, unlike me, you do have to write a check for it.

That stings.  That hurts.  I know how hard it is to write checks.

But, you… you still want your kids to learn Latin.  I want to help.

I cannot remove the pain completely.  You are still going to have to write a check (or pull out your credit card).

I can make it easier for you, though. 

In the old world, the brick and mortar world, tuition was expensive.  It had to be.  Someone had to pay for the heat, the water, and the maintenance.  Someone had to pay the administrators, the principal, the janitor, and the teachers. 

In the new world, it is different.  I run an online school.  I do not pay for the heat, the water, or the maintenance of a building.  I do not pay an administrator, a principal, a janitor, or teachers.

I do, of course, have some costs.  I have to pay for hosting, internet, and electricity.  But, those costs are nothing compared to the costs of a brick and mortar school. 

In the new world, the rules have changed. 

Yet, many online schools are still charging brick and mortar prices.

That is just not necessary. 

Perhaps you see where this is going.

This year, I have again lowered the prices of my online Latin and Greek classes, making them, officially, the most affordable Latin and Greek classes online.

Not only have I lowered the price of my classes, I also insist that my students learn Latin in the shortest amount of time possible.  I believe it should take about two years to learn the complicated Latin grammar.  That is it.  After that, students read.

Given those two variables, you can learn Latin (or Greek) on my site, Think Outside the Border, for around $500.

No other online academy even comes close.

Here is the breakdown:

Years to complete

Average Annual Price

Total Cost

Think Outside the Border

1 to 2

$250

$500

Classical Academic Press

5

$545

$2,725

Veritas Scholars Online

2

$620

$1,250

Carmenta Online Latin

5

$520

$2,600

Harvard Online Latin

2

$950

$1,800

Lone Pine Classical

2 – 3

$509

$1,528

Memoria Press

3 – 10

$500

$1,500 – $5,000

Classical Learning Resource Center

3

$600

$1,800

Not only are my classes the lowest priced, you will also pay no registration fees, no application fees, and no hidden fees.

I have included steep discounts for multiple children.  I have multiple children.  I know what it is like to sign five kids up for a class.  It’s expensive.  I don’t like it. 

You are also entitled to your money back at any time during the school year.  My classes move at a rapid pace.  If you, or your children, find you have bit off more than you can chew, simply contact me.  I will refund your money.  No questions.  I am that confident you are going to enjoy my classes.

You also have the option to repeat a class, for free.  If you, or your children, fell behind during the year, you can simply repeat the class for free.  I have been teaching online since 2011 and do not intend to stop anytime soon.

It all comes down to this.  Raising children is expensive.  I would like to help.  If your children are learning Latin and Greek this year… why pay more?

P.S. I just found another expensive option.  For only $716 dollars a year, you can learn Latin.  It looks like you have a four year, or a five-year option.  That’s $2,864 if you choose the four-year option.  Or, if you choose the five-year option, you can pay $3,580.  More information here: http://landryacademy.com/index.php

Sigh.  Latin does not have to be expensive guys.  Already, it is a major time commitment.  Does it really need to be a major financial commitment, too?

Believe it or not, you can learn Latin without going broke.

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