World Language Courses and Descriptions

  • World Language Graduation Requirement

    To satisfy graduation requirements, a student must complete two years of the same world language.  In certain extraordinary circumstances the student may seek approval to have his/her world language requirement waived in order for him/her to expand and enhance his/her chosen elective focus. Here is the World Language Waiver to seek this approval: World Language Waiver

    *Many colleges and universities have admissions requirements of two world language credits in the same world language. Please research the admissions requirements of colleges of interest before seeking approval of a world language waiver.

    World Language Courses and Descriptions

    American Sign Language I (G24H00)

    In this course, students are introduces to American sign language (ASL) vocabulary and grammatical structures. Students will also learn the ASL fingerspelling system, the use of gestural devices and how to appropriately use the signing space in ASL. Further, students will learn about deaf culture in the United States.

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: NA
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    *Some colleges and universities do not yet recognize American Sign Language as a world language. Please reaserch colleges' admissions requirements and approved world languages before requesting this course to meet high school graduation requirements. 

    American Sign Language II (G24H01)

    This course continues the teaching of ASL, moving from signing concrete concepts to abstract concepts. Additional vocabulary, grammar and culture is covered to build on the core knowledge of the language. Both expressive and receptive skills of students will be the focus of the course. Students will participate extensively in interactive classroom activities to  ensure ASL immersion.

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: NA
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    *Some colleges and universities do not yet recognize American Sign Language as a world language. Please reaserch colleges' admissions requirements and approved world languages before requesting this course to meet high school graduation requirements. 

    Chinese I Honors (G24H48H)

    Students develop the ability to communicate about themselves and their immediate environment using simple sentences containing basic language structures.  This communication is evidenced in all four language skills (listening, speaking, writing and reading).  Classroom interactions are increasingly conducted in the target language as skills progress.  Students explore the similarities and differences between American culture and that of the Chinese-speaking world.  This interactive course employs a variety of teaching methods and daily participation and study are required.   Students enrolled in Honors level courses are required to complete district and/or honors criteria.

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: NA
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Chinese II Honors (G24H49H)

    Students continue to develop proficiency in all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing). They will significantly expand their vocabulary in the target language while learning to function in real-life situations using more complex sentences and language structures.  Students will read material on familiar topics and produce short writing samples, such as essays, journals and summaries.  Classroom interactions are increasingly conducted in the target language as their skills progress.  Students will continue to build their cultural competency of the Chinese-speaking world.  This interactive course employs a variety of teaching methods and daily participation and study are required.  Students enrolled in Honors level courses are required to complete district and/or honors criteria.

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: Chinese I
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    French I (G24H21)

    Students develop the ability to communicate about themselves and their immediate environment using simple sentences containing basic language structures.  This communication is evidenced in all four language skills (listening, speaking, writing and reading) with an emphasis on the ability to communicate orally and in writing.  Students explore the similarities and differences between American culture and that of the French-speaking world.

    This interactive course employs a variety of teaching methods and daily participation and study are required.

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: NA
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Honors French I (G24H21H)

    Students develop the ability to communicate about themselves and their immediate environment using simple sentences containing basic language structures.  This communication is evidenced in all four language skills (listening, speaking, writing and reading).  Classroom interactions are increasingly conducted in the target language as skills progress.  Students explore the similarities and differences between American culture and that of the French-speaking world.  This interactive course employs a variety of teaching methods and daily participation and study are required.    Students enrolled in Honors level courses are required to complete district and/or honors criteria.

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: NA
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    French II (G24H22)

    Students continue to develop proficiency in all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) with an emphasis on the ability to communicate orally and in writing.  They learn to function in real-life situations using more complex sentences and language structures.  Students will read material on familiar topics and produce short writing samples, such as journals and summaries.  Students will continue to build their cultural competency of the French-speaking world.  This interactive course employs a variety of teaching methods and daily participation and study are required.

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: French I
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Honors French II (G24H22H)

    Students continue to develop proficiency in all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing). They will significantly expand their vocabulary in the target language while learning to function in real-life situations using more complex sentences and language structures.  Students will read material on familiar topics and produce short writing samples, such as essays, journals and summaries.  Classroom interactions are increasingly conducted in the target language as their skills progress.  Students will continue to build their cultural competency of the French-speaking world.  This interactive course employs a variety of teaching methods and daily participation and study are required.  Students enrolled in Honors level courses are required to complete district and/or honors criteria.

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: French I
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Honors French III (G24H23H)

    Students continue to develop proficiency in all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing). They communicate using increasingly complex language structures on a wide variety of topics, moving from concrete to more abstract concepts.  At this level, students gain a deeper understanding of the French speaking world by experiencing authentic materials, such as news broadcasts, magazine articles and websites.  Students will be able to identify and summarize significant details of what they read and hear when the topics are familiar.  Classroom interactions are conducted in the target language.  This interactive course employs a variety of teaching methods and daily participation and study are required.    Students enrolled in Honors level courses are required to complete district and/or honors criteria.

    • Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: French I & II
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Honors French IV (G24H24H)

    Students continue to develop proficiency in all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing). They communicate using increasingly complex language structures on a wide variety of topics, moving from concrete to more abstract concepts.  At this level, students gain a deeper understanding of the French speaking world by experiencing authentic materials, such as news broadcasts, magazine articles and websites.  Students will be able to identify and summarize significant details of what they read and hear when the topics are familiar.  Classroom interactions are conducted in the target language.  This interactive course employs a variety of teaching methods and daily participation and study are required.    Students enrolled in Honors level courses are required to complete district and/or honors criteria.

    • Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: French I, French II, French III
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    AP French Language and Culture (G24H25)

    French Language and Culture AP is a year-long college level course designed for students who have demonstrated a mastery of advanced conversation and language concepts.  Students engage in activities that encourage the development of all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) through exposure to a variety of authentic text and audio sources based on the themes dictated by the College Board.  All students make take the AP Exam in May.

    • Grade Level:  11, 12
    • Prerequisite: French I & II & III (or teacher approval)
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    *This course qualifies as an EPSO upon successful completion of the course and attempt of the AP exam.

    Honors German I (G24H29H)

    Students develop the ability to communicate about themselves and their immediate environment using simple sentences containing basic language structures.  This communication is evidenced in all four language skills (listening, speaking, writing and reading) with an emphasis on the ability to communicate orally and in writing.  Students explore the similarities and differences between American culture and that of the German-speaking world.  This interactive course employs a variety of teaching methods and daily participation and study are required.   Students enrolled in Honors level courses are required to complete district and/or honors criteria.

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: NA
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Honors German II (G24H30H)

    Students continue to develop proficiency in all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing). They will significantly expand their vocabulary in the target language while learning to function in real-life situations using more complex sentences and language structures.  Students will read material on familiar topics and produce short writing samples, such as essays, journals and summaries.  Classroom interactions are increasingly conducted in the target language as their skills progress. Students will continue to build their cultural competency of the German-speaking world.  This interactive course employs a variety of teaching methods and daily participation and study are required.     Students enrolled in Honors level courses are required to complete district and/or honors criteria.

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: German I
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Honors German III (G24H31H)

    Students continue to develop proficiency in all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing). They communicate using increasingly complex language structures on a wide variety of topics, moving from concrete to more abstract concepts.  At this level, students gain a deeper understanding of the German speaking world by experiencing authentic materials, such as news broadcasts, magazine articles and websites.  Students will be able to identify and summarize significant details of what they read and hear when the topics are familiar.  Classroom interactions are conducted in the target language.  This interactive course employs a variety of teaching methods and daily participation and study are required.  Students enrolled in Honors level courses are required to complete district and/or honors criteria.

    • Grade Level:  10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: German I & German II
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Honors German IV (G24H32H)

    Students continue to develop proficiency in all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing). They communicate using increasingly complex language structures on a wide variety of topics, moving from concrete to more abstract concepts.  At this level, students gain a deeper understanding of the German speaking world by experiencing authentic materials, such as news broadcasts, magazine articles and websites.  Students will be able to identify and summarize significant details of what they read and hear when the topics are familiar.  Classroom interactions are conducted in the target language.  This interactive course employs a variety of teaching methods and daily participation and study are required.  Students enrolled in Honors level courses are required to complete district and/or honors criteria.

    • Grade Level:  10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: German I, German II, German III
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    AP German Language and Culture (G24H33)

    German Language and Culture AP is a year-long college level course designed for students who have demonstrated a mastery of advanced conversation and language concepts.  Students engage in activities that encourage the development of all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) through exposure to a variety of authentic text and audio sources based on the themes dictated by the College Board.  All students may take the AP Exam in May.

    • Grade Level:  11, 12
    • Prerequisite: German I & II & III (or teacher approval)
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    *This course qualifies as an EPSO upon successful completion of the course and attempt of the AP exam.

    Honors Japanese I (G24H42H)

    Students develop the ability to communicate about themselves and their immediate environment using simple sentences containing basic language structures.  This communication is evidenced in all four language skills (listening, speaking, writing and reading).  Classroom interactions are increasingly conducted in the target language as skills progress.  Students explore the similarities and differences between American culture and that of Japan.  This interactive course employs a variety of teaching methods and daily participation and study are required.   Students enrolled in Honors level courses are required to complete district and/or honors criteria.

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: NA
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Honors Japanese II (G24H43H)

    Students continue to develop proficiency in all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing). They will significantly expand their vocabulary in the target language while learning to function in real-life situations using more complex sentences and language structures.  Students will read material on familiar topics and produce short writing samples, such as essays, journals and summaries.  Classroom interactions are increasingly conducted in the target language as their skills progress.  Students will continue to build their cultural knowledge of Japan.  This interactive course employs a variety of teaching methods and daily participation and study are required.  Students enrolled in Honors level courses are required to complete district and/or honors criteria.

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: Japanese I
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Latin I (G24H13)

    Latin I students are introduced to the principles of Latin grammar, basic vocabulary and English derivatives in order to build reading and writing proficiency.  An emphasis is also placed on the study and understanding of Roman mythology, culture and history. Daily participation and study are required.

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: NA
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Honors Latin I (G24H13H)

    Latin I students are introduced to the principles of Latin grammar, basic vocabulary and English derivatives in order to build reading and writing proficiency.  Emphasis is placed on the study and understanding of Roman mythology, culture and history, as well as exploring Latin’s connections to moderns languages.  Daily participation and study are required. Students enrolled in Honors level courses are required to complete district and/or honors criteria.

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: NA
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Latin II (G24H14)

    Latin II continues the study of the principles of Latin grammar, vocabulary expansion and English derivatives in order to build reading and writing proficiency.  The course includes exposure to Latin prose authors and poets, with an increasing emphasis on Roman culture and history as to the influence of classical civilizations on the modern world.

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: Latin I
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Honors Latin II (G24H14H)

    Latin II continues the study of the principles of Latin grammar, vocabulary and English derivatives in order to build reading and writing proficiency.  The course includes more exposure to Latin prose authors and poets, with an increasing emphasis on Roman culture and history as to the influence of classical civilizations on the modern world.  Daily participation and study are required. Students enrolled in Honors level courses are required to complete district and/or honors criteria.

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: Latin I
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Honors Latin III (G24H15H)

    In Latin III, students apply the grammar and syntax they have learned in previous levels to the translation of ancient Roman writers, including Caesar, Cicero, and Ovid.  Students will also learn more complex grammatical structures and literary devices to increase proficiency while reading advanced-level texts.  Daily participation and study are required.  Students enrolled in Honors level courses are required to complete district and/or honors criteria.

    • Grade Level:  10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: Latin I & Latin II
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Honors Latin IV (G24H16H)

    Students deepen their understanding of grammar and syntax previous and apply their knowledge to the translation of ancient Roman writers, including Caesar, Cicero, and Ovid.  Students will also learn more complex grammatical structures and literary devices to increase proficiency while reading advanced-level texts.  Daily participation and study are required.  Students enrolled in Honors level courses are required to complete district and/or honors criteria.

    • Grade Level: 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: Latin I, Latin II, Latin III
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    AP Latin (G24H17)

    Latin AP is a year-long college level course designed for students who have demonstrated a mastery of advanced language concepts.  Students encounter a variety of authentic text sources based on the themes dictated by the College Board.   All students are expected to take the AP Exam.

    • Grade Level:  11, 12
    • Prerequisite: Latin I & II & III (or teacher approval)
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    *This course qualifies as an EPSO upon successful completion of the course and attempt of the AP exam.

    Spanish I (G24H04)

    Students develop the ability to communicate about themselves and their immediate environment using simple sentences containing basic language structures.  This communication is evidenced in all four language skills (listening, speaking, writing and reading) with an emphasis on the ability to communicate orally and in writing.  Students explore the similarities and differences between American culture and that of the Spanish-speaking world.  This interactive course employs a variety of teaching methods and daily participation and study are required.

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: NA
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Honors Spanish I(G24H04H)

    Students develop the ability to communicate about themselves and their immediate environment using simple sentences containing basic language structures.  This communication is evidenced in all four language skills (listening, speaking, writing and reading).  Classroom interactions are increasingly conducted in the target language as skills progress.  Students explore the similarities and differences between American culture and that of the Spanish-speaking world.  This interactive course employs a variety of teaching methods and daily participation and study are required.  Students enrolled in Honors level courses are required to complete district and/or honors criteria.

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: NA
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Spanish II (G24H05)

    Students continue to develop proficiency in all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) with an emphasis on the ability to communicate orally and in writing.  They learn to function in real-life situations using more complex sentences and language structures.  Students will read material on familiar topics and produce short writing samples, such as journals and summaries.  Students will continue to build their cultural competency of the Spanish-speaking world.  This interactive course employs a variety of teaching methods and daily participation and study are required.

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: Spanish I
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Honors Spanish II (G24H05H)

    Students continue to develop proficiency in all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing). They will significantly expand their vocabulary in the target language while learning to function in real-life situations using more complex sentences and language structures.  Students will read material on familiar topics and produce short writing samples, such as essays, journals and summaries.  Classroom interactions are increasingly conducted in the target language as their skills progress.  Students will continue to build their cultural competency of the Spanish-speaking world.  This interactive course employs a variety of teaching methods and daily participation and study are required.  Students enrolled in Honors level courses are required to complete district and/or honors criteria.

    • Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: Spanish I & Spanish II
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Honors Spanish III (G24H06H)

    Students continue to develop proficiency in all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing). They communicate using increasingly complex language structures on a wide variety of topics, moving from concrete to more abstract concepts.  At this level, students gain a deeper understanding of the Spanish speaking world by experiencing authentic materials, such as news broadcasts, magazine articles and websites.  Students will be able to identify and summarize significant details of what they read and hear when the topics are familiar.  Classroom interactions are conducted in the target language.  This interactive course employs a variety of teaching methods and daily participation and study are required.  Students enrolled in Honors level courses are required to complete district and/or honors criteria.

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: Spanish I & Spanish II
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Honors Spanish IV (G24H07H)

    Students continue to develop proficiency in all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing). They communicate using increasingly complex language structures on a wide variety of topics, moving from concrete to more abstract concepts.  At this level, students gain a deeper understanding of the Spanish speaking world by experiencing authentic materials, such as news broadcasts, magazine articles and websites.  Students will be able to identify and summarize significant details of what they read and hear when the topics are familiar.  Classroom interactions are conducted in the target language.  This interactive course employs a variety of teaching methods and daily participation and study are required.  Students enrolled in Honors level courses are required to complete district and/or honors criteria.

    • Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: Spanish I, Spanish II, Spanish III
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    AP Spanish Language and Culture (G24H08)

    Spanish Language and Culture AP is a year-long college level course designed for students who have demonstrated a mastery of advanced conversation and language concepts.  Students engage in activities that encourage the development of all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) through exposure to a variety of authentic text and audio sources based on the themes dictated by the College Board.  All students make take the AP Exam in May.

    • Grade Level:  11, 12
    • Prerequisite: Spanish I & II & III (or teacher approval)
    • Minimum Credit: .1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    *This course qualifies as an EPSO upon successful completion of the course and attempt of the AP exam.