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World Languages

The world is a global community. Learning to communicate in more than one language is an essential life skill. We offer Spanish, French, Mandarin, Latin, and American Sign Language.

At a minimum, our students take three consecutive years of the same language in grades 9-12. ESL students may begin studying another language after they have completed their ESL sequence.

There are also advanced conversation classes offered in ASL, French, Mandarin, and Spanish, and AP options available in French, Latin, Mandarin, and Spanish. At the Middle School, we teach an exploratory class in Grades 6 and 7 (three languages in three terms) to expose the students to the skills necessary for language learning and help them make a decision on what language to study in the Upper School.

World Languages Department Faculty

Mick Barens

Titles: Spanish Instructor, French Instructor

Astrid Claypoole

Titles: Spanish Teacher

Deb Kasper

Titles: American Sign Language Instructor

Merry Mendoza

Titles: Spanish Instructor, World Languages Department Chair

Cristi Satterstrom

Titles: Spanish Instructor

Eva Sun

Titles: Mandarin Instructor

Nicole Taynton

Titles: Latin Instructor, Sophomore Class Dean

Amy Warthesen

Titles: French Instructor