The National Junior Classical League (NJCL) is a youth organization of middle school and high school students sponsored by the American Classical League (ACL).
Founded in 1936, NJCL is made up of more than 45,000 members across 1,000 Latin, Greek and Classical chapters primarily in the United States, in addition to several international chapter. NJCL is the largest Classical organization in the world today.
NJCL's mission is to encourage an interest in and an appreciation of the language, literature and culture of ancient Greece and Rome and to impart an understanding of the debt of our own culture to that of classical antiquity. Additionally, NJCL promotes classics education and community service throughout their chapters.
Founded in 1919, the American Classical League (ACL) is a professional organization which promotes the study of classical civilization at all levels of education in the United States. Teachers of Latin, Ancient Greek, and the Classics account for the majority of its membership, though the ACL is open to any person interested in preserving the language, literature and culture of both Ancient Rome and Ancient Greece.
Currently based in Hamilton, Ohio, the league publishes and provides hundreds of teaching aids; runs a national placement service for teachers of Latin and Greek; sponsors the National Latin Examination (NLE); functions as the parent organization of both the National Junior Classical League (NJCL) and National Senior Classical League (NSCL); and annually holds a convention — the Annual Institute — to promote excellence in the teaching of classical studies.
The ACL also encourages and supports ongoing dialogue with other classical and modern language associations.