The goal of the World Language Department is for each student to develop proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking in a modern (French or Spanish) or classical (Latin) language. The students have an opportunity to take four years of language at the high school level, even if they have placed out of the initial level course in their chosen language based on their experience in their pre-high school coursework. AP courses are given in all three languages to eligible students.
Advanced language courses are intended for students who want to continue in their chosen language beyond the required two years, but may not want to pursue this at the AP level. These advanced level language courses are for students who enjoy the study of the world language, have demonstrated a strong academic performance in their previous language classes, and have a strong work ethic. The difficulty level of the AP exam is such that it is important for students to have an intensive preparation before the year that the AP level course is taken.
The AP courses may be taken by students who are juniors or seniors, after having completed 3 or 4 levels of their language courses. They are intended for highly motivated students, and are comparable in content and difficulty to a language course at the third-year college level.
Frassati Catholic High School World Language Department’s mission is that by learning another language and its cultural context, students will grow both in appreciation of the rich diversity of cultural expression as well as in their understanding of how different cultures manifest the same universal aspects of our common human nature.