Foreign Language Certificate
The goal of the program is to recognize students who concentrate their academic program in Foreign Language and who go above and beyond the graduation requirement in this subject area and to encourage students to consider the benefits of studying two foreign languages simultaneously during Upper School.
There are two required components to the Foreign Language Certificate program. First, the formal study of two foreign languages beyond the beginning level and an
experience or study that extends the formal language study to other areas of the student’s life in order to demonstrate a commitment to becoming a citizen of the world.
Formal Language Study
Two of the following languages may be chosen: Ancient Greek, Arabic, Chinese, French, Latin, Russian or Spanish
Extension of Language Study
To demonstrate a commitment to becoming a citizen of the world and to extend her knowledge of foreign language, a student must accomplish at least one of the following during her Upper School years:
- participate in a tri-school exchange or other approved exchange program that includes a home-stay
- travel to a foreign country (e.g. family trip or school trip) and produce either an essay or a visual presentation to members of the Department in one of the languages of study
- complete a related elective course in a tri-school class; qualifying courses include: AP Art History, literature in translation, cultural history, archaeology or other elective, upon approval
- attend a summer camp or study abroad in a foreign language
- design a senior project with a focus on one of the languages of study
- pursue community service directly related to one of the languages of study
- serve as a host-family to a foreign visitor for an extended period of time (e.g. semester exchange)
- conduct a qualifying independent study as a senior elective
A student may select any member of the Foreign Language Department to serve as a mentor in fulfillment of this component.