World Languages 

Speak, listen and be heard

We see the acquisition of a second (or even third) language as essential to successful participation in the world community; and language and cultural acumen are instrumental 21st century skills. So we prepare students for an interconnected world. The range of our course offerings provides a language study sequence which meets each student's needs.

Latin

  • Focus on the study of grammar, vocabulary, history and culture associated
    classical Latin 
  • Although most of the class is conducted in English, oral exercises are
    conducted in Latin
  • Study of the etymological and syntactical connections between Latin
    and English is used to increase proficiency in both languages
  • Students who complete a full course of study in Latin are able to translate original works of Latin authors and analyze them in the appropriate contexts of history, literature and philosophy
  • Student-run Latin Club
  • Linguistic and cultural immersion opportunity in Rome in partnership with the Paideia Institute

French

  • Focus on the study of grammar, vocabulary, history and cultures associated with the Fracophone world
  • Near immersion setting
  • Communicative and expeditionary learning approach
  • Student who complete a full course of study in French are able to communicate with advanced proficiency and engage in academic dialogue about Francophone cultures

Mandarin

  • Focus on the study of grammar, vocabulary as well as skills in listening speaking, reading and writing
  • Near immersion setting
  • Communicative and expeditionary learning approach
  • Students who complete a full course of study in Mandarin are able to communicate with intermediate proficiency and engage in dialogue about Chinese culture, history and literature
  • Student-run Chinese Club
  • Exchange with The Royal Academy of Beijing

Spanish

  • Focus on the study of grammar, vocabulary, history and cultures associate with Spanish-speaking world
  • Near immersion setting
  • Communicative and Expeditionary learning approach
  • Students who complete a full course of study in Spanish are able to communicate with advanced proficiency and engage in academic dialogue about Hispanic history, literature and culture
  • Language immersion opportunity in Cuba
  • Service opportunities through La Comunidad Hispana

Distinguishing Features

  • High level of conversational focus in the spoken languages
  • Language immersion travel experiences
  • Latin, including study of classical authors and philosophers, offered to
    level 5
  • Consistently high performance of our students in National Language exams
  • Latin@ Leadership Form, a student organization
  • Student-led language clubs 

We prepare our students for a world in which they will interact with people of diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. We believe that a deep understanding of a language's cultural context(s) are essential to successful language learning.

Calendar List
    • ThuNov23 Thanksgiving
    • SunNov26 Meeting for Worship 10:30 AM to 11:30 AMMeeting House
    • MonNov27 All-School In-Service Day - No LS/MS/US Classes
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