At Hempfield Area School District, students prepare to enter the global community by studying foreign languages in 6th through 12th grades!
Middle School: Middle school is the ideal time to begin studying a language. Upon entering middle school, students select either French or Spanish. Students may also participate in French and Spanish clubs.
- Research shows that there is an advantage to starting second language acquisition at age 12 versus at age 15. Only students that start in middle school will then have access to all five levels at the high school.
- Our Middle School World Language program starts students on a career-focused, global approach to career options in connection to language through: field trips, guest speakers, multimedia projects and culinary experiences.
High School: Students choose to study:
- French 1, 2, 2 Honors, 3, 3 Honors, 4 Honors, and 5 AP
- German 1, 2, 3, and 4
- Spanish 1, 2, 2 Honors, 3, 3 Honors, 4 Honors, and 5 AP
- Cyber Latin 1, 2, 3, and 4
Many students study more than one language, finding the second foreign language easier to learn.
In addition, students may participate in French, German, Latin, and Spanish Clubs and may be inducted into French, German, Latin, or Spanish National Honor Society after maintaining a 93% average and satisfying an enrollment period in the language.
At the high school, several World Language courses are offered as dual enrollment courses for college level courses. Some of the colleges that offer college credits for our French, German, and Spanish courses are:
- Seton Hill, and
- WCCC (Westmoreland County Community College).
Benefits to learning a second language:
College Board reports show that students who study 4 years of a language score higher on the SATs, (140 points higher in math/140 points higher in critical reading/150 points higher in writing).
Most colleges require 2-4 years of a language. If the student does not take them in high school, they schedule and pay for them in college.
The cognitive benefits of learning languages are undeniable. People who speak more than one language have improved memory, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, enhanced concentration, ability to multitask, and better listening skills. Bilingual workers earn up to 20% more than monolingual workers.
Click here to see a 9-minute video about our French and Spanish Program in the Middle Schools! Click here to see a condensed version of the video about our French and Spanish Program in the Middle Schools!