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Welcome to Lone Pine Classical School!

Lone Pine has been offering Latin (and math) classes in Fort Collins, Colorado since 2003, and has recently added a small full-time K-8 day program to our offerings. Our Latin classes have always done well on the National Latin Exam, earning many awards! Starting in 2006, we've also offered many excellent resume-builders to our Latin students (see other pages for details).

Meet the 2016-2017 Lone Pine Team!

Karen Karppinen (Ms. K), director, Latin and STEM teacher, JCL sponsor, and current COJCL State Co-chair

Mrs. Field, Greek teacher

Rebecca W., STEAM teacher and Science Olympiad Coach

Kelsey E., Day Program Spanish and Literature teacher

Coach Alexander, chess instructor 

Mr. Marsh, Chief Financial Officer

Kelly Smith, Administrative Assistant and AP Coordinator

Latin Tutoring team:
Lily G., head tutor

Lone Pine Latin Club Officers:
Piper W., Latin Club President
Mallory C., Latin Club Vice-President
Katie P., Latin Club Secretary
Lily G., Latin Club Treasurer

Joanna B., Upper Level Certamen Team captain

About Karen Karppinen:
Karen is currently certified in Colorado to teach grades K-6 (all subjects) and grades 7-12 math and science (Latin coming soon; she's waiting to finish the MA before submitting the course work to the CO Dept of Ed.). She taught high school (public and private) in Michigan for four years (before moving to Colorado). She has extensive tutoring experience. Karen has a B.S. in biology, with minors in math and chemistry. She has done coursework equivalent to minors in computer science and Latin and is currently working on an M.A. in Latin. She credits her perfect score on the GRE (800 verbal, 800 quantitative, 6 writing) to her Latin courses -- Latin really does help immensely with any academic endeavor!

View Karen Karppinen's resume.

About Julie Field:

Coming Soon!

Lone Pine Goals:

Online Program:  Lone Pine Classical School offers Latin 100-400, AP (Advanced Placement) Latin, and Greek online courses to homeschoolers, so that they can explore  the classics and participate in COJCL and NJCL extracurriculars.  This can help immensely with college applications, academic and life skills, and allow them to enjoy the positive parts of the "high school experience" if they do not have these opportunities in their local communities.  Our goal is to offer the highest-quality classes to as many students as possible, so that they can achieve their academic and personal goals and have significant advantages when applying for and entering college (awards/honors/scholarships for their college applications, skills to pass any placement tests and excel in college Latin courses, and real college credit from the A.P. Latin exam).

Day Program:  Lone Pine Classical School offers a customized K-8 education to Exceptionally and Profoundly Gifted children in the Fort Collins, CO, area.  We believe in an individual plan of study (with a student-led project and at least one field trip each month), appropriate acceleration by subject, a non-institutionalized setting, community involvement, opportunities to participate in competitive academic and non-academic events if desired, and a student:teacher ratio no greater than 4:1.

Lone Pine Classical School LLC is a private school -- an LLC registered with the State of Colorado.  Lone Pine Classical School LLC offers online Latin classes for homeschoolers (Latin students are mostly GT/EG/PG, but anyone is welcome to try the courses), a GT enrichment STEAM program (Full STEAM Ahead) on Wednesdays and Fridays, and a private day program for Exceptionally and Profoundly Gifted students ages 5 through 14 in Fort Collins, CO.  The day program is currently full and applications or waitlist requests are not being accepted at this time.  Please email with questions!

Last modified: Monday, 8 August 2016, 12:31 AM