Starting a JCL chapter will:

  • reinforce that learning a language is a vital skill for the 21st century
  • foster a curiosity and passion for Latin and other Classical studies
  • enable students to foster their leadership skills and creatively demonstrate their interest in language
  • allow your school to offer the National Latin Exam, which aligns with the National Classical Standards
  • allow students to more easily discover scholarships related to Classics
  • enable students to network with high-school and university Classicists within the state and across the country
  • provide students with the opportunity to attend an annual, national conference
  • allow students to attend the annual state Michigan convention!

Mrs. Betsy Kratt teaches Latin at East Grand Rapids High School.

MJCL State Chairs

for the 2015-2019 term

Ms. Liz Brady teaches Latin to the middle schoolers of Detroit Country Day School. She has been studying Latin since high school and received her BA in Latin from the University of Michigan. She remembers attending MJCL as a high school student and is very excited to be a part of this great tradition!

Dr. David Noe is the Chairman of the Department of Philosophy and Classics and Associate Professor of Classics at Calvin University. He holds a Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Iowa along with a B.A. in Classical Languages and Philosophy from Calvin College. 

Mr. Reed DeMarco teaches Latin 1 through 4, as well as one Greek class at Brother Rice HS.  He holds a BA in Classics from Wayne State University, an MA from the University of Kentucky, and received his teaching certification through Grand Valley State University.  He was introduced to JCL by his cooperating teacher, Sue Miller.


​Michigan Junior Classical League

Forming a JCL chapter helps students stand head and shoulders above other college applicants!  JCL is a nationally-recognized student organization that is an excellent addition to any student’s college transcript.

2018-2019 Chapters

  • Brother Rice HS, Bloomfield Hills
  • Detroit Country Day HS, Beverly Hills
  • Detroit Country Day MS, Beverly Hills
  • East Grand Rapids HS, Grand Rapids
  • ​Excelsior Homeschool Co-Op
  • Grant HS, Grant
  • Mercy HS, Farmington Hills
  • Saint Catherine of Siena Academy HS, Wixom
  • Trinitas Classical School, Grand Rapids
  • University of Detroit Jesuit HS, Detroit

Featured Video:  Perseus​, by Grant HS Latin III and IV

Interested in starting a chapter?

Any local group with five or more students who are taking or who have taken a classical language or a course in the classical humanities and with assistance of a teacher or sponsor may form a chapter! 

In the event there is no local chapter, individual members may become a member-at-large now by paying online or downloading the member-at-large form.

A NJCL chapters or members-at-large must affiliate with its state/provincial organization. Contact thestate/provincial chairs listed on this site for information regarding dues and other requirements for your state.

N.B.: All Chapter Sponsors must be members of the American Classical League, which can be added to the chapter registration.

Membership Dues

·  Student Dues: $2.00
·  Sponsor Dues: $55.00 (ACL Membership)

NJCL Chapter dues are levied on a sliding scale depending on date of registration:

·  Chapters registering before December 1st pay no chapter fees
·  Chapters registering after December 1st but before April 1st pay $10
·  Chapters registering between April 1st and July 1st pay $20