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Walnut Hill School for the Arts

World Languages

What do you stand to gain when you leave all English speaking at the door?

A window into a whole new world.

Walnut Hill welcomes students from all over the world and from many different school backgrounds. This means that students come to us with many variations in their language learning and language credits. Our graduation requirements reflect this variation and our desire to support all of our students. Incoming students with previous experience in French or Spanish are placed in language classes through a process of written and oral placement tests.

Requirements for incoming 9th and 10th grade students:

  • complete 3 consecutive credits in the same world language
  • complete through French or Spanish III

Requirements for incoming 11th grade students:

  • Students with no credits in French or Spanish must complete 2 consecutive credits in French or Spanish.
  • Students with one credit in French or Spanish must complete one additional credit in French or Spanish.
  • Students with two or more language credits in any language may take French or Spanish as elective but are not required to do so.

Requirements for incoming 12th grade students:

  • Students with no language credits or one credit in a language other than French or Spanish may apply to the Director of Academic Studies for special consideration.
  • Students with one credit in French or Spanish must complete one additional credit in French or Spanish.
  • Students with two or more language credits in any language may take French or Spanish as elective but are not required to do so.

Incoming students who are native or heritage speakers of a language other than English are not required to take French or Spanish.