Foreign Language Studies
One of the strengths of Wyndcroft's academic program is our language study. Besides learning English in their Language Arts classes, our students also have the opportunity to graduate from Wyndcroft with nine years of French and four years of Latin, all before high school. This foundation in foreign languages is unique to Wyndcroft and provides our graduates with many opportunities as they continue their studies in secondary school and beyond.
Student Latin Blogs
The Importance of Foreign Language Learning in Elementary and Middle School:
A Real-Life Example
Mme Risell received this incredible letter from Abi, a 2010 Wyndcroft graduate who went on to major in Spanish in college. It reads:
“When I️ started French at Wyndcroft, I️ had no idea how impactful foreign language would be on the rest of my life. To be honest, French was my least favorite class. But I️ kept with it, partially because it was required, but also because I️ secretly loved the challenge. I️ never would’ve admitted this back then, but through the years, I’ve come to appreciate opportunities to take risks and venture outside my comfort zone in order to gain new insights and become an even better version of myself.
Becoming familiar with another language and its culture as a child truly shaped the worldview that I️ have today. I️ learned to be open-minded, accepting of things that are different; to have curiosity at exploring world cultures, and I️ developed a passion to understand people on a higher level. I️ am confident that I️ will carry these skills throughout my personal and professional life as a more socially aware, creative, hard working, and kind individual than I️’d be if I️ had not discovered world languages and the lessons they have to offer.
Thank you a million times for everything you taught me. I️ will never be able to express my gratitude in words, but I️ sincerely hope you know that you made a positive difference in my life. Language became a part of me, and I don’t know where I’d be without it. Even though I️ majored in Spanish in the end, French gave me an excellent head start.”