The world language department strives to develop language proficiency and cultural competence in Spanish, Latin, and French. As a college-prep school, students must take two years of the same world language as a graduation requirement. Many students continue during their third and fourth year to maximize language proficiency and the opportunity to obtain college credit. Many colleges recognize retroactive credit for language study in high school, up to 16 credits or four credits for each year of language studied, provided the student meets requirements. Please check with individual colleges directly for specific information about their language placement tests and policies.
Courses range from entry-level to advanced college courses taught in the target language. Most first-year students are placed in level one of the languages; however, those with previous experience may take a language placement test in May and are placed in a higher-level course. Students who speak Spanish as a primary language and want to continue their study of Spanish may take Spanish for Spanish Speakers I & II. These courses are taught entirely in Spanish and are designed to focus on written and spoken grammar.
In addition to course offerings, the World Languages Department offers an exchange program with Lycée St. Jean, in Limoges, France. Latin students have a leadership role in organizing and participating in the annual Wisconsin Latin Convention held in Madison. Plans are being considered for Latin and Spanish education programming abroad.