As an IB World School, we believe world language learning is fundamental to all education. It builds understanding and respect for people and cultures different from our own and better prepares our students to become leaders in an increasingly interconnected, global world. For many years, SHMS has offered both Spanish and French to our students and recently added the study of Mandarin Chinese to our world language program. We introduce all three languages to our Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten students, and then, when entering Level 1, they can choose to study from the three throughout their time at SHMS.
Learning to communicate in various ways is fundamental to developing our students’ intercultural understanding and helps them explore globally significant ideas and issues. At Sacred Heart Model School, our students express themselves confidently, creatively, and in more than one language.
In addition to its significance to our global curriculum, our foreign language program considers the diverse cultural and language backgrounds of our students’ families when planning educational activities and choosing classroom resources.