Lawrence H. Hyde '42 Center for Global Education

Peretti Scholars

¿ Hablas español?  The Peretti Scholars are a group of students committed to studying conversational Spanish during their time at BC High.
With gratitude to the Nando and Elsa Peretti Foundation, the Hyde Center has established the Peretti Scholars Program.  Peretti Scholars commit to studying Spanish in a conversational cohort for three academic years, beginning with the summer prior to Freshman Year.

Learn more about the Nando and Elsa Peretti Foundation here.

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  • Program Goals

    While each student will experience growth differently while in the program, the ultimate outcome is for students to be comfortable in a variety of Spanish-speaking situations, able to exhibit language and cultural awareness regardless of circumstance.
    Students will:
    • Increase their level of conversational Spanish skills
    • Enhance their confidence and proficiency in Spanish
    • Understand their own culture by exploring others
    • Increase their creativity
    • Enhance their skills in their traditional Spanish course
  • Program Requirements

    In addition to a traditional Spanish course, Peretti Scholars:
    • Meet one morning and one lunch per cycle
    • Practice conversation skills weekly with a Spanish-speaking mentor
    • Actively pursue out-of-school Spanish opportunities
  • Selection Criteria

    Cohorts form once per academic year, once the application period is announced each spring.
    • All 8th grade students are eligible to apply.
    • Students are selected based upon a recommendation and interview process.
    • Each student must be willing to commit to three full years of study in addition to his traditional Spanish course.
    • Each student must commit to the three required summer sessions.
In addition to academic credit and Spanish certification provided by ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages), the cohort will travel with the Hyde Center for Global Education to a Spanish-speaking country with a grant provided by the Peretti Foundation.  Travel will occur between the students’ Junior and Senior years at BC High.