Knowledge of a world language helps you prepare for education beyond high school and for an increasing number of career opportunities. World language study also contributes to a better understanding of the world and its peoples. With these things in mind, the world language program at Montclair strives to provide you with opportunities to learn a second or third language in an authentic atmosphere. Skills in speaking, understanding, reading, and writing are stressed. You are expected to participate successfully in all four of these communication areas. We believe that learning extends beyond the classroom. We provide the means to accomplish this through cultural activities within our own geographic area, interscholastic competitions, and a variety of activities within the school itself. These activities include language honor societies and language clubs, where you can use your language skills. Our goal is to help you become proficient at a level of competency commensurate with your level of study.
World language offerings at Montclair High School are full year courses and earn 5.0 credits. All courses are open to students in grades 9-12. If you have no previous exposure to the language, or very little experience in it, you should register for the first year course. For students (including native speakers) wishing to continue the study of a world language at their level of proficiency, opportunities will be provided within the department to assist with the appropriate placement.
Successful completion of any language course or its equivalent is strongly recommended before you consider the next sequential course. We offer academic, honors, high honors and AP levels in several of our languages.