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The mission of the World Language Department is to create a community of global learners equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge of other languages and cultures that will enable them to communicate effectively in a 21st-century multilingual environment.
World Language: Elementary Programs
Introduction to World Language – Offered by Gifted Services, this introduction to world language offers students the opportunity to become familiar with French, German, and Spanish.
Classes are offered one day a week at
the following schools:
- An Achievable Dream Academy
- B. C. Charles Elementary
- Carver Elementary
- General Stanford Elementary
- Greenwood Elementary
- Hidenwood Elementary
- Kiln Creek Elementary
- Lee Hall Elementary
- Nelson Elementary
- Palmer Elementary
- Richneck Elementary
- Riverside Elementary
- Sanford Elementary
- Saunders Elementary
- Sedgefield Elementary
- Yates Elementary
Hilton Elementary offers weekly instruction in Spanish in grades 3-5.
Dutrow Elementary is a Global Studies Magnet school. Students receive some instruction in basic French and Spanish and are introduced to other cultures and languages around the world. Class meets once per week for all grades K-5.
- To learn more about Dutrow's Global Studies Magnet program, please download the informational brochure.
Dual Language Immersion Program at Palmer and Saunders
Newport News Public Schools is pleased to offer an exciting new program for Kindergarten students at Palmer and Saunders elementary schools and pre-K students at Watkins ECC who are zoned for Palmer or Saunders: Dual Language Immersion (DLI). In the DLI program, both native English and native Spanish-speaking students will learn content from the NNPS curriculum and meet all Standards of Learning, with half of the content presented in Spanish, and the other half in English. The program will grow over time into a full pre-K-12 program at one early childhood center, two elementary schools, one middle school and one high school.
- To learn more about the DLI program, please download the informational brochure.
- To apply for the pre-K or Kindergarten DLI program, download and complete the application.
Programa de Inmersión de Lengua Dual en las Escuelas Primarias Palmer y Saunders
Las Escuelas Públicas de Newport News están contentas en ofrecer un nuevo programa emocionante para estudiantes de las escuelas primarias Palmer y Saunders, y los estudiantes del pre-k de Watkins ECC que están en la zona de las escuelas Palmery Saunders: Doble Inmersión Lingüística (DLI). En el programa DLI, tanto estudiantes de habla española y estudiantes de habla natal Ingles aprenderán el contenido del plan de estudios de NNPS y encontrará todos los Estándares del Aprendizaje, con la mitad del contenido presentado en español, y la otra mitad en inglés. El programa crecerá con el tiempo en un programa pre-K-12 (de pre-Kínder a 12 grado) lleno en dos escuelas primarias, una escuela intermedia y una escuela secundaria.
World Language: Middle School Programs
The middle school world language program is designed to offer introductory or one-and two-year high school credit courses for sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students interested in world language. Successful completion of Level I or both Level IA and Level IB classes will result in one high school credit.
The following courses are available in middle school (offerings may vary by site):
French -- Levels I, IA, IB
German -- Levels I, IA, IB
Spanish -- Levels I, IA, IB
Introduction to World Language – This course is designed to provide an introduction to French, German, and Spanish to sixth and seventh grade students interested in World Language study.
World Language: High School Programs
The high school world language program is designed to provide students an in-depth language study in comprehension, listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in the target language. Additionally, world language courses at the high school level fulfill advanced diploma requirements, and help provide a global perspective to students and their curriculum.
The following high school courses are offered: (Offerings may vary by site)
French – Levels I, II, III, IV(Honors), AP (Advanced
German -- Levels I, II, III, IV(Honors), AP (Advanced Placement)
Spanish -- Levels I, II, III, IV(Honors), AP (Advanced Placement)
Latin – Levels I, II, III, AP (Advanced Placement) currently offered at Menchville High School.
World Language: Advanced Placement
The Advanced Placement Program® (AP) is a cooperative educational endeavor between secondary schools and colleges and universities. Students who participate in the program not only gain college-level skills, but in many cases also earn college credit while they are still in high school. AP courses are taught by dedicated and enthusiastic high school teachers who follow course guidelines developed and published by the College Board.
AP Program Facts
- The AP Program offers 35 courses in 20 subject areas,
including: French Language, German
Language, Latin: Vergil, Spanish Language, and Spanish Literature
- Nearly 60 percent of U.S. high schools participate in the AP Program
- In 2005, 2.1 million AP Exams were administered worldwide.
- Newport News Public School AP students participate in the AP exam at no cost
- Over 90 percent of the nation’s colleges and universities have an AP policy granting incoming students credit, placement, or both, for qualifying AP Exam grades
The Courses: Facts
- The Course Description of each AP course is revisited on a regular basis through curriculum surveys. These surveys of college courses verify that each AP course covers the breadth of information, skills, types of activities, and assignments found in the corresponding college courses.
- Local high school AP courses must be approved by the College Board by submitting an AP Course Audit form and course syllabus.
- Students whose AP grades exempt them from introductory college courses typically do better in subsequent higher-level courses than those students who take the introductory college course.
- More AP Information