The Modern and Classical Language Department helps students develop competence in communicating in a second language. We hold to the five goals of language teaching established by the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages: communication, culture, connections, comparisons and community. These goals emphasize the interrelation and understanding of other cultures to create a broader grasp of life outside one’s immediate surroundings and build relationships with speakers of other languages. This can help students become leaders abroad as well as at home.

The department offers Spanish, French, Mandarin and Latin, including Honors and Advanced Placement courses. Each student is required to complete three years of a single language. The modern language classes are conducted entirely in their respective languages to enable assimilation and development of oral/aural skills.




Mandarin Chinese