Developing linguistic competency to navigate life in other cultures
The language program Pre-K–12 is shaped by two important beliefs: the first is that it is essential for our students, in an ever more interconnected world, to develop an awareness of and appreciation for cultures other than their own. The second is that they can accomplish this goal more thoroughly and meaningfully by developing the linguistic competency to navigate life in these cultures.
In Middle School students may choose either to continue their Chinese studies or to start on a Romance language track. If they choose the latter, in 5th and 6th grades they take a Prima Lingua course in which they study the linguistic features common to many languages and the grammatical structures of English. In 7th grade, those students not continuing to study Chinese may choose to begin to study French, Spanish, or Latin. As befits older students, they tackle a larger volume of vocabulary and increasingly sophisticated grammatical structures.