We believe that learning a second (or even third!) language enriches our view of the wider world and helps us understand those from other cultures. Learning another language also strengthens our own grasp and use of English. DSHA offers 5 years of French, Latin, and Spanish, as well as 2 levels of Spanish for those who already speak Spanish at home. In our courses, students learn to communicate comfortably and proficiently in their chosen language and to appreciate and respect diverse cultures. They can also take part in experiences beyond the classroom through language conventions, travel, service, and exchange programs.
The World Languages Department is composed of two components: the modern languages of French and Spanish and the classical language of Latin. The French and Spanish component teach students to communicate in the target language to move them towards proficiency. Students have the opportunity to develop all four communication skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. The Latin component teaches the students to read Latin and to appreciate the structure and beauty of the language and culture. The entire department encourages students to appreciate and respect cultural diversity and provides students with opportunities to learn about other cultures both in and out of the classroom.
In addition, many of our graduates receive college credits as a result of their language study at DSHA, either via AP scores, or what are called "retroactive credits" at many universities as a result of placement testing and taking a course at that university.