The overall goal of the World Languages & Language Immersion programs is to promote high academic achievement in literacy and proficiency in dual languages while enhancing the level of cultural awareness among students. Students learn a new language or retain high proficiency in a heritage language, embrace diversity and become responsible leaders in a culturally diverse world.
Students can choose between traditional language classes or the immersion method. In Language Immersion, a two-way immersion program, students from two different language backgrounds receive academic instructions in two “target” languages (i.e., English and Spanish).
- Curriculum content taught in the target language in grades K-8
- Middle and high school students choose from elective courses emphasizing different languages and cultures
- Emphasis on foreign exchanges, collaboration and involvement in local international events and programs
Language Immersion Program
Students have the unique opportunity to become highly proficient in Chinese, French, German, Japanese or Spanish by participating in the elementary Language Immersion program. From the first days in kindergarten, students become familiar with the new language as lessons are conducted in the target language for all or part of the instructional day. In order for students to gain the greatest academic benefit, they can apply in kindergarten and continue through high school. At the middle and high school levels, students continue in the study of their target language and may have the opportunity to begin the study of an additional world language.
World Languages (Non-Immersion) Program
Students can select to study Chinese, French, German, Japanese or Spanish beginning at the entry level in grade 6. Successful completion of Levels I and II while in middle school earns students two high school credit units. In order for students to gain the greatest academic benefit, they may apply in grade 6 and continue through high school.