World Language Department
“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.” - Nelson Mandela
We offer courses in both French and Spanish, with Honors and Dual Enrollment sections in both languages. We also offer an accelerated year of study for Heritage Speakers of Spanish.
We aim to develop language proficiency and expand multi-cultural and global awareness in our students through the study of language, literature, media, and culture. We also encourage students to join the Language Honor Society as a way of further expanding their language skills and developing cultural knowledge.
Most of our students begin language study their freshman year and are encouraged to continue for all four years of high school. Although world language classes are not required for a high school diploma, at least two years in the same language must be completed for in-state public university admissions. Out-of-state universities and highly selective colleges may require three or four years of world language study.
Due to our partnership with Rio Salado College many students earn college credit for their upper-level language classes which are taught concurrently as college classes. We adhere to the college curriculum and our teachers are state certified college instructors.
In the spring of their senior year, world language students are highly encouraged to test for the prestigious Seal of Biliteracy on their Arizona diploma.
World Language Department Lead
(480) 759-8449 Ext. 50536