As an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, we believe that world language learning is fundamental to all education, as it builds understanding and respect for people and cultures different than our own and better prepares our students to become leaders in an increasingly interconnected, global world. For many years, Sacred Heart Model School has offered both Spanish and French to our students, and we are very excited to add the study of Chinese to our world language program. Our Kindergarten students will be introduced to all three languages and will have their choice of the three throughout their time at SHMS.
Learning to communicate in a variety of ways is fundamental to the development of our students’ intercultural understanding and helps them to explore globally significant ideas and issues. In addition to the 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.