All students at WSL study Spanish and German from first through seventh grade. In eighth grade, students choose to focus on either Spanish or German and study the language four days a week. In the “global village” of the 21st century, foreign language instruction gives students insight into different cultures and broadens their perspectives.
Oral work is key to learning languages in the early grades, with songs, poems, rhymes, counting, games, short plays, and other engaging activities. In the later grades, written work is introduced, including grammar, poetry, and literature. After eight years of language instruction, most students test into second-year programs in high school.