In sixth grade, boys choose to study French I or Latin I or to continue their study of Spanish begun in the Lower School, and all of them embark upon an exciting and developmentally appropriate journey into the world of language, culture, and global community. Taught largely in the target language, the goal of the modern language courses is to create a coordinated mix of oral and written communication; whereas, Latin focuses chiefly on fluent translation. In all three languages, teachers foster a classroom environment where boys work hard to master the core skills and knowledge that will lay a foundation for further study in the Upper School.
To achieve the right balance of rigor and fun, teachers connect with different learning styles through a variety of classroom activities. Individualized attention, targeted use of the latest technology, and abundant opportunities for extra help further enhance the learning environment. The most effective way to bring out a boy’s best effort is to cultivate a genuine love of language in a challenging and creative environment where students feel safe to take risks.
Many cultural and content-based units are an essential part of the curriculum of each language, including National French Week, Medical Latin Unit, and Día de los muertos. Assessments vary from traditional written tests to songs and cartoons, all of which follow clearly defined expectations. In addition to regular coursework, the boys have the opportunity to take their knowledge and learning to the next level with national language exams and international travel programs during spring and summer breaks.
GRADES 7 & 8
Boys continue to study the language they selected in sixth grade through seventh and eighth grade. For qualified students, we also offer the possibility of studying two languages beginning in seventh grade. In eighth grade, students enrolled in Honors Spanish have the opportunity to begin their study of Spanish II.