"Taking Mandarin prepared me for the Immersion trip to China. In only 1.5 years, I can already converse with someone who solely speaks Mandarin, which I accomplished while in China!"
~ Rosie '21
The mission of the World Languages Department is to educate the whole student through the teaching of language, grammar, and culture. ACTFL National Standards of Communication, Connections, Comparisons, Cultures, and Communities are integrated within all World Language pedagogical initiatives. Interpretive, Presentational, and Interpersonal Modes of Communication are also incorporated in all language curriculums as to guide learners in reaching higher communication achievements in speaking, writing, reading, and listening. Additional emphasis is placed on cultural themes, topics, and issues of target language countries. The department of World Languages encourages students to look beyond their own community and embrace respect, empathy, and diversity in a multicultural society.
St Joseph High School offers the following world languages: French, Italian, Mandarin and Spanish. Latin 1 & 2 are available through the Virtual High School Program.
A brief explanation of our academic level rating system follows. Please note, students schedules are dynamic and may include varying levels of courses.
Course scheduling at St Joes is individualized and dynamic. Your student's curriculum will be challenging and appropriate to his or her learning needs. Our academic placements are tailored to each student's strengths. Students may progress through our curriculum as his or her mastery dictates allowing students to diversify their course levels.
At St Joseph High School, it is our belief that learning is a collaboration between parents, students, teachers, counselors, and administrators. Each has a part to play in a student's success. It is our hope, that by the time a student graduates, he or she has become a lifelong learner. This maturation process takes time to develop as the right balance is struck between adult supervision and intervention and a student's ownership for learning. Younger students naturally need more adult supervision and advocacy. But as a student matures, it is expected that he or she will take responsibility for his or her learning. In the end, if a student is to succeed in college, the student must be responsible and accountable for his or her education.