Language Courses Update for Rising 6th Grade Students:
After compiling the results of the language surveys, it has been determined that neither German nor American Sign Language will be offered at Lake Ridge Middle School for the 2017-18 school year. We look forward to pursuing additional course offerings for languages in the future. However, we regret that for next year, we do not have the necessary support. Thank you for considering Lake Ridge Middle School, and we hope that you will talk with your student about enrolling in French or Spanish.
World Languages Specialty Program
The Spanish or French Level I course is a high school course offered in two parts in grade 6 and 7 intended for beginners of the language who do not have any previous language experience. Native speakers of the language are recommended to take another language for formal study. It is not essential that a student have had any previous language or cultural experiences in order to be successful as a student in this program.
Work/study habits, an interest in the language chosen, whether French or Spanish, and previous academic achievement in Language Arts are the most important predictors of success. Generally, students who enroll in the Foreign Language Specialty Program are placed into an Extended (accelerated) Language Arts class. Students receive one period of Language Arts instruction and one period of French or Spanish instruction every day. This is a course for high school credit and requires rigorous daily preparation.
Successful program participants continue to French or Spanish II in 8th grade and earn two high school credits in foreign language during their middle school years.
Applications for the 2017-18 school year have closed.