FLES & World Languages
Welcome to the FLES and World Language Department!
The World Language Program supports the mission statement of the Greenwich Public Schools by striving to educate our students to their highest level of linguistic potential so that they may become capable, creative and responsible members of the global society.
World Language study in the Greenwich Public Schools works to equip students linguistically and culturally to communicate and function in a "flat world" both as individuals and within a group. World Language study develops an awareness of other people's views, an understanding of their unique ways of life and a recognition and respect for their diversity and contributions to the world at large. Linguistic proficiency combined with cultural knowledge will enable students to interact in a variety of real-life situations. Effective communication based on knowledge of language and cultures will be a key to success and prosperity in the 21st century.
Greenwich Public Schools offers Foreign Language at each elementary school. Spanish is offered at all schools beginning in grade 3. Our magnet schools begin Spanish instruction in Kindergarten and in those schools with a high enrollment of Spanish speaking students, we offer a Native Language component beginning in grade 3. Julian Curtiss School - A Magnet School of World Languages - offers students the option of Spanish or French instruction beginning in Kindergarten.
Spanish and French is offered at all three middle schools. Students are encouraged to continue their Spanish instruction, however, they are given a choice to change their target language to French.
The Native Language program is offered to Spanish speaking students at each of the three middle schools.
In order to meet the needs of all our learners, Greenwich High School offers seven languages.
- American Sign Language
- Mandarin Chinese
Students are encouraged to continue with their chosen language from middle schools, however, they are able to select a different one from the list above. Due to the student schedule at Greenwich High School, students are able to take up to two languages.