Modern and Classical Languages

Student in Language ClassEquipping students to be active global citizens demands understanding, comprehension, and communication of a language beyond English.

At Saint Stephen’s students take a modern or classical language five days a week. Some even take two languages through the AP level. Our language program has become a core component at every level of the school.

  • Falcon Fledling and Pre-K  students receive instruction in Spanish and Mandarin five days a week, using song and manipulatives.
  • Kindergarten students receive a semester of Spanish instruction five days a week and a semester of Mandarin instruction 5 days a week.

  • Students in first grade choose to take either Mandarin or Spanish through their Lower School years. They receive 30 minutes of instruction five days a week.
  • In the Intermediate School, students in grade 4 choose to take Mandarin or Spanish through 6th grade. At that grade level, their language class is integrated with their 6th grade World Cultures class. Fourth and fifth graders have 30 minutes of Spanish or Mandarin instruction a day, and sixth graders have a 50 minute class.
  • In the Middle School, seventh graders have the choice of taking Latin, Spanish or Mandarin as their core requirement language. In addition, students who are qualified may take a second language as an elective (Latin or Spanish). The language courses are a two-year commitment.
  • The Upper School offers three languages: Mandarin, Latin and Spanish. Students may take AP classes when offered including both the AP Spanish Language and AP Spanish Literature classes.

In addition to classes, the study of each language offers unique opportunities to showcase what students have learned. Students of Mandarin have performed at the Sarasota Chinese Academy. Students of Mandarin, Latin, and Spanish have placed well on national tests and compete at the local, state, and national level. The department gives students many chances to be culturally aware and to be exposed to other ways of thinking. We Skype with students in China, Tanzania, Hungary, Honduras, and many other countries and lead trips to the Dominican Republic as well as host students from Japan and China.

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