Office of Curriculum and Instruction
--Middle school students typically begin formal foreign-language instruction in sixth grade. Offerings include: French, Hebrew, Latin, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish. Coursework emphasizes conversation, grammar, writing, and reading in preparation for a regional proficiency examination. Those who defer their foreign language experience may begin Spanish in grade 8. The instructional program increases in intensity each year.
--High school foreign-language study includes a Regents-equivalent examination. Students are expected to develop independence in reading, writing, and speaking. In addition to French, Hebrew, Latin, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish, students may study American Sign Language. AP courses are available in several languages.