• Survey of World Languages & Cultures

    This course is designed to take students on a journey around the world to discover the cultures of a number of countries and four different languages: Chinese, French, Latin, and Spanish.

    Designed for the middle school student, this course prepares beginner students to undertake the expectations of high school-level world language courses and provides them with a high school elective credit upon successful completion. Every seven weeks the students will “travel” to a new country with a different instructor.

  • AP Spanish Literature & Culture

    The AP Spanish Literature & Culture course uses a thematic approach to introduce students to representative texts (short stories, novels, poetry, and essays) from Peninsular Spanish, Latin American, and United States Hispanic literature. Students continue to develop proficiencies across the full range of the interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational modes of communication, honing their critical reading and analytical writing skills. Literature is examined within the context of its time and place, as students reflect on the many voices and cultures present in the required readings. The course also includes a strong focus on cultural connections and comparisons, including exploration of various media (e.g., art, film, articles, and literary criticism). By the end of the course, students will be able to read, analyze, and discuss literature from a variety of historical periods and regions. Instruction and written and verbal communication will be conducted almost exclusively in Spanish. This course is comparable to a high intermediate or advanced low-level Spanish-language college course.

    This course aligns with the College Board’s learning goals for AP Spanish Literature and Culture.

  • AP Spanish Language & Culture

    Emphasizing the use of Spanish for active communication in real-life tasks, AP Spanish Language & Culture focuses on developing students’ abilities in the interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational modes of communication and strengthening cultural competencies through theme-based instruction. Students will be exposed to a variety of authentic resources, such as newspapers, magazines, podcasts, blogs, advertisements, television programs, films, music, video clips, and literature. Grammar and vocabulary are developed through contextualized study. By the end of the course, students will have an expansive vocabulary and a solid, working knowledge of all verb forms and tenses. Instruction and written and verbal communication will be conducted almost exclusively in Spanish. This course is comparable to a high-intermediate or advanced low-level Spanish-language college course.

    This course aligns with the College Board’s learning goals for AP Spanish Language and Culture.

  • Spanish IV

    Spanish IV is designed to refine students’ communication skills in Spanish and deepen their understanding of Spanish-speaking cultures throughout the world. Emphasis is given to the continued development of basic interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational language skills. This course begins by reviewing the major present, past, conditional, and future tenses, as well as the subjunctive mood. Students will explore the civilizations, cultures, and customs of Spanish-speaking people through cultural articles and literary selections from a variety of historical periods.

    This course aligns with the Virginia Standards of Learning for Spanish.

  • Spanish III

    Spanish III is designed to increase students’ communication skills in Spanish and deepen their understanding of Spanish-speaking cultures throughout the world. Emphasis is given to the continued development of basic interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational language skills. Theme-based vocabulary further expands students’ ability to describe the world around them, including topics like cooking, travel, the home, sports, technology, professions, and fashion. Students will learn to express a variety of actions in the past, present, and future tenses.

    This course aligns with the Virginia Standards of Learning for Spanish.

  • Spanish II

    Spanish II is designed to further students’ communication skills in Spanish and deepen their understanding of Spanish-speaking cultures throughout the world. Emphasis is given to the continued development of basic interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational language skills. Theme-based vocabulary offers students opportunities to learn words relevant to their daily lives at home, school, and beyond. Students will learn the present, preterit, and progressive tenses of verbs as well as nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, conjunctions, and prepositions.

    This course aligns with the Virginia Standards of Learning for Spanish.

  • Spanish I

    This course introduces students to the Spanish language and Spanish-speaking cultures throughout the world. Primary emphasis is given to the development of basic interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational language skills. Students practice listening, reading, speaking, and writing based on everyday patterns. Topics of study include greetings and introductions, personal descriptions, family, weather, holidays, sports and activities, school, and daily life.

    This course aligns with the Virginia Standards of Learning for Spanish.

  • AP Latin

    In AP Latin, students develop the ability to read, translate, understand, analyze, and interpret Vergil’s Aeneid and Caesar’s Gallic War. Additionally, students explore the historical, social, cultural, and political context of Vergil’s Aeneid and Caesar’s Gallic War and examine sight passages from other Roman authors. Students should be prepared for an extensive amount of translation in this course, ranging from 150–250 lines of Latin per week. Instruction and written and verbal communication will be conducted almost exclusively in Latin.

    This course aligns with the College Board’s learning goals for AP Latin.

  • Latin IV

    Latin IV is an advanced course in Latin. The course covers the Latin authors Livy, Vergil, and Catullus and the poetic work The Aeneid. Topics include reading and comprehension of original Latin works, grammar, literary devices, rhetorical devices, and scansion.

    This course aligns with the Virginia Standards of Learning for Latin.

  • Latin III

    Latin III builds upon the grammar, vocabulary, and English derivatives learned in Latin I and II and introduces Latin prose and poetry through readings by Caesar, Cicero, Ovid, Catullus, and Vergil.

    This course aligns with the Virginia Standards of Learning for Latin.