The Arrupe Division offers students a choice between Chinese, French, Latin, and Spanish. Seventh grade students begin a two-year course in the language of their choice with the goal of being prepared for the second year of high school course work in the ninth grade.
In keeping with the Jesuit tradition, students studying Latin are introduced to the fundamentals of Latin grammar. Starting with simple sentences and working towards increasingly complex paragraphs, students learn the forms, syntax, and vocabulary of the Latin language in a reading-based system. The relationship of Latin words to English derivations and other languages will be highlighted throughout the course. The course pays special attention to all cultural, social, and scientific elements of the Roman Empire in the first century AD.
Modern Language courses include Chinese, French, and Spanish. We seek to develop students’ skills in the five basic competencies of language learning: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and cultural awareness. Special emphasis is given to vocabulary building, pronunciation, the mechanics of grammar, the beginnings and development of original oral and written expression, and the formation and implementation of good study habits. Students also explore the rich cultural heritage of the many areas around the world and in the United States where the languages are spoken. Through classroom interaction in the target language, students will be well-prepared for the challenges of high school Modern Language courses. We offer Advanced French courses for students coming from French immersion programs as well as Accelerated Spanish courses for students who place into them.