World Language Overview
As society becomes more interconnected, the need for proficiency in more than one language and culture will only continue to grow. One of the first choices a Burke's student makes about her academic path is her decision to pursue one of the languages in Upper School.
Language instruction begins in fourth grade where students are exposed to Spanish, French, and Mandarin. Students and parent/guardians are invited to an informational session about the World Language program prior to selecting a language to pursue in fifth grade.
In all language courses, students are assessed on the mastery of the five language skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking, and cultural competency) through quizzes and tests as well as homework, class participation, projects, and presentations.