High School: Modern Languages

In the high school, we offer French, Spanish and German, Levels I to IV. Three years of language are required to graduate. If a student chooses to continue a language they have studied earlier in their education, they will take a placement test to determine which level they will enter. Some students may also decide to take a second language as one of their Electives. By graduation, students are fluent enough in reading, writing, and speaking to make their way in countries where those tongues are native.

The twin goals of world language instruction are linguistic (developing skills needed for effective communication in a world language) and cultural (providing an understanding of people from the literature of foreign countries). The program seeks to cultivate an appreciation for approaches and exercises, including oral, visual, dramatic, and routine memorization during class time.