The Foreign Languages Department offers courses in American Sign Language, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Latin and Spanish. The department recommends that students pursue the study of at least one world language throughout their high school experience. Mastering a language is a difficult task: the longer one works at it, the more competent one will become.
In nearly all cases, it is extremely important that students follow the recommendations of their teachers when selecting courses and levels. Once a year has begun, it is often very difficult to move students from one level of instruction to another without a major schedule disruption. Final examinations comprise 20% of the year grade. The content of final examinations is the same for all sections of a given course. The study of a world language is sequential and requires continuity. Trying to resume a world language after a period of not taking any generally requires the repetition of a level previously taken and for which one cannot again receive credit.