About us


The Massachusetts Junior Classical League (MassJCL) is a non-profit organization centered in Massachusetts that aims to promote Classical studies in the modern world. The MassJCL is a member of the national organization, the National Junior Classical League, which is the main governing body of all state JCL chapters. The MassJCL is also the parent organization of a variety of JCL and Classics clubs centered at various schools within the state.


The MassJCL hosts a wide variety of events and activities throughout the year for students in Massachusetts to enjoy. Every October, we host a Kick Off event to start the MassJCL year. Then, we host a Classics Day at Boston University, which entails workshops for students to learn more about the history and customs of Greece and Rome. Finally, we hold our largest event - State Convention - in April. This convention is the culmination of the MassJCL year and provides excellent opportunities for both competition and camaraderie. The MassJCL delegation also attends the National Convention, which takes place at a university during a week in July. National Convention is where students from across the nation gather to compete and demonstrate their passion for the Classics.


The JCL offers a fun and wholesome experience to any student of the Classics, no matter what their interests may be. We host competitions for a range of skill sets including academic testing, drawing and painting, speaking and rhetoric, sporting events, and much more! The JCL also provides opportunities to show passion and dedication through spirit at conventions. We also hold elections for officer positions at State Convention, so student leadership and responsibility are encourage and nurtured as members of this organization. The JCL provides a platform for every student to find their passion and connect with others who share similar goals and ideas. The MassJCL prides itself in it's ability to support and guide students into becoming stronger and more mature individuals who appreciate the lasting legacy of Classical civilizations in our world today.




  • How do I register for JCL?

    Listed in Documents -> Forms, the paperwork for becoming a member of MassJCL and National JCL are there. Reach out to the State Chairs once the paper work is completed. You will have to pay dues to join.


  • Do I have to take Latin to be an officer?

    To be a state officer:

    - you have to have attended at least 1 state convention

    - you have to be enrolled in a Classics course

    - to be 2nd Vice President, you have to have attended at least 1 National Convention


  • What is Certamen?

    Certamen is a team based quiz bowl style game where classicists compete to test their knowledge of classical history, mythology, culture, and grammar. To learn more go to Events -> Certamen events


  • What is service?

    The seasonal service themes (located on the home page) are projects that a local chapter can do to better the community. If you have any questions about the service themes/projects, contact 2ndvp@massjcl.org


  • Have any other questions?

    If you have any other questions that the website wasn't able to answer for you, please go to the Contact Us tab and reach out to any of the officers or State chairs!


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The JCL Creed

We the members of the Junior Classical League, covenant to the hand on the torch of classical civilization in the modern world.


We believe an acquaintance with the civilization of Greece and Rome will help us understand and appraise the world of today,


which is indebted to the ancient civilization in its government and laws, literature, language and arts.


We affirm the JCL experience develops responsibility, fosters brotherhood, promotes enthusiasm, encourages competition, inspires dedication and enriches our total growth.

JCL Song

Seeking the best, the highest our goal

Working for greatness through glories of old.


Searching the realms of the golden past,

We follow the classics' truths that last.


In knowledge, truth, and fellowship, we're growing everyday.

The friendly hand of J.C.L. aids in every way.


In Rome's proud steps we're marching on,

with every true colleague,


And forever we'll hold to the Purple and Gold, of the Junior Classical League