Fluency in a language other than English provides a competitive edge in our global economy, and enables fulfilling connections with people around the world whose cultures, traditions, and perspectives differ from our own.
Language learning enhances our appreciation of the world’s rich diversity in areas ranging from art, architecture, and theatre to food and fashion. Spanish, French, and Mandarin are among the most widely spoken languages worldwide, while Latin is the language of law, government, logic, and theology, and provides the root words for all of the modern sciences. We believe foreign language studies are an essential part of a liberal arts education. In order to graduate, every Bancroft student is required to complete three credits in a foreign language, or two credits each in two foreign languages.
Lower School (Grades 1-5)
- Basic Spanish language instruction begins in 1st grade and continues through 5th grade.
Middle School (Grades 6-8)
- The 6th grade Phenomenon of Language course introduces Spanish, French, Latin, and Mandarin vocabulary and culture. The course also focuses on best practices for learning a new language.
- At the end of 6th grade, students will decide which one of these languages they will study in 7th and 8th grade.
- The 7th grade and 8th grade curricula are equivalent to a Level I course in Upper School.
Upper School (Grades 9-12)
- Students may choose from a broad selection of courses in Spanish, French, and Latin, including AP language and literature courses
- Mandarin Chinese currently offers four levels of instruction (Mandarin I, II, III, and IV).
- View the US Course Catalog for Foreign Language Classes.
Language Learning Outside the Classroom
MS Spanish and service trip to Costa Rica; US language study and culture trip to Spain; 'Spanish Table' Brownbag Lunches; Field trips to Spanish restaurants, museums, and cultural events.
MS French trip to Montréal and Québec City; US language study and culture trip to France; US French Immersion Day; Field trips to French plays, museums, and concerts; Table de Français Club.
MS trip to Rome and Pompeii; US trips to visit sites in Roman Britain and France; Dies Latina (Latin Day); MS & US Latin Caroling at Brown University; National Latin Exam; Field trips to museums and lectures.
MS and US student trip to China; Classroom exchanges with sister schools in China; Annual Chinese New Year celebration; Field trips to Chinese restaurants and concerts; International students from China serve as language partners and authentic audience for our Mandarin students.