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Foreign Languages

Foreign Language at the Elementary School Level

Language study in the North Colonie school district currently begins with an exploratory program at the elementary level. This program provides elementary students (grades 1 through 6) with a comparative experience in four languages and cultures, while supporting the North Colonie social studies curriculum.

The program aims to give students a foundation for foreign language studies and helps them develop an appreciation for other societies and customs. It also helps students to decide which language or languages to study in later grades.

Foreign Language at the Junior High School Level

Foreign Language 7

After completion of the exploratory elementary foreign language program, students identify their language choice (French, German, Russian, or Spanish) and, as part of the North Colonie Foreign Language program, study the same foreign language throughout 7th and 8th grade.

The NYS graduation requirements mandate that all students (except those exempted by the Committee on Special Education) study two years of a foreign language and pass the Checkpoint A examination by the end of eighth grade. The seventh grade foreign language program is the first full year of language study and the first step in preparing for this exam.

Foreign Language 8

Students who have completed the seventh grade foreign language program continue their language study in grade eight in French, Russian, German, or Spanish and, at the end of the year, take the Checkpoint A examination, the NYS graduation requirement. If a student fails to pass the Proficiency examination, he/she will have to pass a high school Regents level foreign language course at the end of ninth grade.

Foreign Language at the High School Level

At the high school, students can continue their foreign language study in French, German, Russian, or Spanish and also enroll in Latin. After the completion of a level 3 modern language course or a level 2 Latin course, students take the Checkpoint B examination to earn their Advance Regents Diploma.

The North Colonie Foreign Language Department offers two years of post-Regents language study in French, German, Russian, and Spanish and one year of post-Regents study in Latin through the University in the High School Program. Students in levels 4 and 5 have an opportunity to earn up to 10 college credits in modern languages and students in Latin 3 have an opportunity to receive 4 college credits in Latin. In addition, students of French and Spanish can enroll in the AP French and AP Spanish courses.

The North Colonie Foreign Language Department offers a wide variety of extra-curricular opportunities including language clubs, home-stay exchange programs, and trips abroad.