We introduce our seventh graders to the study of language and culture with Latin, the basic building block of English and Romance languages. Eighth graders then begin a three-year course of study in Spanish with a goal of achieving functional literacy. Juniors and seniors may choose to continue on in Spanish, or they can choose from a series of rotating language and culture electives—Arabic, Mandarin, Italian, French, etc.—to gain exposure to other languages and cultures that hopefully whets their appetites for further language study, in college and beyond.
The language department recently moved into brand new quarters where students have access to the latest language acquisition software in a state-of-the-art language lab and in classrooms outfitted with “smart boards” and other computer-assisted technology. Language and culture study trips to Europe and Latin America are also conducted regularly.