We are advocates for a proficiency-base instructional approach to the learning of world languages. We want our students to be able to apply and use the language they study in real world situations, and we provide them with the opportunity to demonstrate their acquired language skills on a daily basis, inside and outside of the classroom.
By the end of Spanish III or Portuguese III, students can expect to reach at least Intermediate-Mid to Intermediate-High proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and listening based on the national standards provided by ACTFL's Performance Descriptors and Proficiency Guidelines.
Students who score Intermediate-High or above in reading, writing, speaking and listening on the national STAMP Assessment will earn the Massachusetts Seal of Biliteracy, provided that they also have an English MCAS score of 240 or above. Those students who score Advanced in all categories will receive the State Seal of Biliteracy with Distinction, provided they also have an English MCAS score of 260 or above. These awards will be presented in the form of a Seal on the student's diploma and the award will also be noted on the student's transcript. The granting of the Seal of Biliteracy is Massachusetts' official recognition of students who are literate in two languagese or more.