To prepare our students for a more connected and interdependent world, DCPS has invested in world language programming in all schools, from the early childhood level through advanced high school courses. DCPS world language instruction is aligned with the national ACTFL (American Council on The Teaching of Foreign Language) World Readiness Standards, which seek to link culture and communication through language learning. DCPS has also partnered with ACTFL to provide students with a world-class curriculum that includes all modes of language learning: interpersonal, interpretive and presentational. Students’ language proficiency is measured in grade 5, grade 8, and in Level 2 courses using the national STAMP (Standards-Based Measure of Proficiency) and ALIRA (ACTFL Latin Interpretive Assessment) exams.
Students’ world language experience aims to prepare them to become global citizens who effectively communicate and collaborate with diverse audiences. In each grade and across the district, students will have the opportunity to read, write, speak and listen in new languages. Schools offer at least one of seven world languages, including American Sign Language, Arabic, French, Italian, Latin, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish.
Elementary school: Students receive a minimum of 45 minutes of world language instruction per week.
Middle school: Students receive world language instruction throughout their middle grade years and have an opportunity to received high school credit as part of their coursework.
High school: All students graduate high school with a minimum of 2 credits in a world language. To fulfill that requirement, students must complete two credits in the same world language.