We want students' eyes open wide to the world around them. Learning a second language is a key way.
We offer World Language instruction in grades 6 through 12. Most
middle schools offer Spanish, and the vast majority of high schools
offer Spanish, French and a third language such as German or Latin.
Some magnet schools start second-language instruction in kindergarten. Students in these schools might also choose Chinese, Italian, Japanese or Russian.
In high school,
Levels III and IV of a world language are Honors-level courses and
precede Advanced Placement courses. Two units of credit in the same
language are required for entrance into the University of North Carolina
Benefits of second language study
- Greater understanding of other peoples and cultures
- Clearer insight into the structure of the English language, specifically structure, syntax and vocabulary
- Higher scores on the verbal section of the SAT and other standardized tests
- More flexibility in thinking processes through problem solving, conceptualizing and reasoning
- Enhanced career potential in the U.S. and abroad
- Increased travel opportunities for business, education or pleasure