An outstanding feature of a TJ education is the study of both classical and modern languages. Beginning with Latin in the 7th- and 8th-grades, continuing with ancient Greek in 9th and 10th, and concluding with either French or Italian during their junior and senior years, TJ graduates end up with an encompassing view of how language itself works. From the highly inflected languages of the classical world to the prepositional heavy modern languages, students at TJ grasp the ways meaning has been constructed in western languages.
As students move through the grade levels, they are called upon to confront and use language in a variety of ways. Across disciplines, a great deal of their learning is mediated through language, including English and world languages. In addition, as much as students are learning language and learning through language, they are also learning about language.
Students at all levels participate in national language exams, and TJ students are consistently among the strongest in the nation, a true testament to their commitment to ἀρετή, or excellence.