As they begin 5th Grade, students are invited to choose a four-year course of study in French or Spanish. Both language courses emphasize traditional literacy through reading, writing, speaking and the development of cultural literacy through special projects. In 7th and 8th grades students take national exams to test their proficiency and earn distinctions. After completing the program, students are prepared to place in second or third level courses in secondary school.
In 7th and 8th Grade students study Latin. Designed as a corollary to the language skills that students acquire in the ELA and modern language classrooms, the Latin course explores more deeply those linguistic elements of grammar and syntax that are common to all languages. The objective of the course is to gain foundational proficiency in translation that will prepare students for reading authors in their original Latin at the high school level; however, emphasis is also placed on derivatives and English etymology, as well as the lessons that modernity can learn by analyzing the ancient world.