Equipping 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.
Kindergarten students receive a semester of Spanish instruction five days a week and a semester of Mandarin instruction 5 days a week.
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.