World Language Specialty Program

Lake Ridge Middle School World Language Specialty Program

The World Language Specialty Program offers high-school Level I and Level II courses in French, German, and Spanish. The entry point for the program is 6th grade only.

Courses are intended for beginners of the language. The Level I course is completed over two years in 6th and 7th grades. Successful program participants continue to Level II in 8th grade. Students earn a total of two high-school credits in World Language upon completion of the courses in middle school.

The specialty program is interest based, so if your student is interested in learning a language, then they can apply.  Acceptance criteria include

  • residence in the Lake Ridge Middle School zone, or transfer-eligible from Beville MS, Hampton MS or Saunders MS
  • previous academic achievement
  • attendance record
  • conduct grades

During the school year, students take one period of French, German, or Spanish every day. The courses are for high-school credit and require rigorous daily preparation. Generally, students who enroll in the World Language Specialty Program are also placed into an Extended (accelerated) Language Arts class.

World Languages Specialty Program Application:


The Application for the 2024-25 school year opens on November 1, 2023

The Application closes on February 1, 2024.

Please note that late applications are not accepted.



Two information sessions will be held for current 5th graders and their parents/guardians  in the Lake Ridge Middle School cafeteria.

  1. Thursday, November 16, 2023, 6:30 pm

Snow Date: Thursday, November 30, 2023, 6:30 pm

  1. Thursday, January 11, 2024, 6:30 pm

Snow Date: Thursday, January 18, 2024, 6:30 pm

PWCS Specialty Programs Application

Contact information:

Ann Mullen
Program Coordinator

Phone: (703) 494-5154


Mark Grover 
World Languages Department Chair