As world language educators, it is our mission to provide students with the skills to function successfully in today’s global society and marketplace. Students should be able to convey their own thoughts in a language other than English, understand others, and relate to people in other countries in a meaningful way. Students will learn to communicate effectively with others in a modern or classical language through strengthening their vocabulary and language skills, developing a greater awareness of their own language and culture, learning to respect and appreciate other cultures, and becoming better prepared to live as creative, successful adults, and life-long learners.
The high school world language program concentrates heavily on oral communication in the modern languages and on comprehension in Latin. The primary goal is to prepare students to understand and to communicate in the language. Reading and writing in the target language are also emphasized, particularly in year three and beyond. Various aspects of the culture and civilization of the countries where the language is spoken are incorporated in all courses.
Students may begin Latin, Spanish, or French in 9th, 10th or 11th grade. These classes are designed only for students new to the language. Heritage speakers will be placed according to performance on a placement exam and by teacher recommendation.
Students who complete their grade 8 language class with a C or above will be placed in the second year of the language. Students currently enrolled in a language must consult with their teacher to determine the course for their selection sheet. Others should consult their guidance counselor.