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World Languages

Department Overview

We believe that learning and acquisition of world languages provides opportunities for students to make connections with, participate in, learn from, and become part of both local and international communities. Seattle Prep offers four languages: French, German, Mandarin and Spanish.

Our courses are designed to develop cultural awareness, understanding and appreciation of respective communities by helping students develop proficiency in listening, reading, speaking and writing using authentic materials and real-life situations.

Language Offerings and Placement

Incoming students of French, German or Mandarin who have completed an in-depth middle school language program may be placed into an upper level class. German and Mandarin students interested in placing into a higher level are to request an assessment. Final placement for these languages is determined by both level of proficiency as well as course scheduling.

Incoming Spanish students who have completed an in-depth middle school Spanish language program have the opportunity for placement into the Spanish Honors program. This program follows the regular Spanish 1 curriculum, but at an accelerated pace.

During the 3rd year of the Spanish program, students, by teacher recommendation, can place into the University of Washington in the High School Spanish 103. Students enrolled in this course may choose the option to earn 5 credits through the University of Washington for an additional fee.

Current Spanish offerings include Spanish 1, Spanish 2, and Spanish 3 as well as Spanish 1 Honors, Spanish 2 Honors, UW in the High School Spanish 103, and Spanish 4 Honors. We also offer Foundations of Spanish 1 and Foundations of Spanish 2. Our Foundations courses are designed for students who have little or no prior background in learning a World Language and whom would be best supported with particular focus on developing study and learning strategies and foundational skills necessary to acquire a new language.

World Language Course Flowchart

Click here to see a flowchart of Prep's world language courses.