SpanishThe College School exposes children to the Spanish language throughout their time at The College School starting in Kindergarten. Working with our full time Spanish specialist, students learn Spanish vocabulary, conversation, and common phrases, and they explore different aspects of Hispanic culture from around the world.
Spanish is also integrated into the curriculum in a number of interesting ways. For example, second grade students have studied Mexico and Central America with their classroom teachers during the middle trimester. Through a study of Hispanic culture and traditions, the Spanish language, art and music are brought together to create a Mexican Market Festival, which is presented by the second graders and visited by all students at the school. In third grade, as part of their community theme study, students visit the Cherokee Street neighborhood, which is a local Hispanic area. The students visit a Mexican restaurant and order their meals using the Spanish language. Beginning in first grade, Spanish is used regularly in the classrooms, and students are often asked to respond in Spanish during some class discussions.
In middle school, the focus is on preparing students for high school level foreign language study. Sixth and seventh graders can take Spanish Level I or Introduction to Spanish course, which is a textbook language program. As eighth graders, they can continue their preparation for high school Spanish in the Spanish Level II course. Many students continue their study of Spanish after graduating from TCS.