Did you know that your student has the opportunity of learning a variety of languages such as Spanish, Italian, Mandarin, French and Latin.
Mandarin is offered at the Davis Elementary School grades 2nd thru 5th, and at Webster Kaleidoscope grades 4th and 5th. No other elementary schools has Mandarin. At Davis students have classes twice at week and at Webster every other day.
Ward and Trinity offer CILA programs (Children’s International Language Academy). This is comprised of students speaking Spanish, and those students who have some knowledge of Spanish. However, At Ward, there is a FLES program (Foreign Language in the Elementary School) in Spanish K thru 5th. At Jefferson there is also a FLES program K thru 5th. At Webster there is a Spanish FLES K thru 5th No FLES programs are offered at Columbus or Trinity.
At Barnard, there is a Italian FLES program K thru 2nd Grade. There is an Italian FLES offered at Jefferson 3rd thru 5th Grades.
Mr. Juan Mendez , Chairperson of World Languages & the ELL Department very kindly took the time to answer my questions on existing languages offered, but I also wanted to ask some additional questions:
- What do you see for the future of different languages in our school district? What are the percentages of students taking the AP courses? (Answer) At this juncture, there is not interest in adding another language. I do not have the percentage of AP students but I can tell you that we have two sections of AP Spanish language, one section of AP Spanish Literature, one section of French language, one section of AP Italian language, one section of Mandarin AP language, and one section of Latin AP.
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