Simply, proficiency in a language other than one’s native tongue is an essential skill in a constantly changing world. Such proficiency—the ability to see the world and the self through a more global prism—is also a foundational component of a liberal arts education. While never forgetting the need to help our students do well in college, we also keep our collective eye on an even more important goal—specifically, to allow our students to communicate effectively with people from other cultures.
We develop the skills of aural comprehension, reading, speaking and writing in all levels. The study of culture plays a major role as well. Through the study of literature, which begins at the intermediate level, we encourage our students to not only improve their vocabulary and analytic skills, but also to see the world from different cultural perspectives. Moreover, while we actively integrate technology into the classroom, we never lose sight of the fact that human interaction exists at the core of what we do.
Perhaps above all, we value curiosity about the world. Kent Denver offers three languages, from beginner-level through the AP level: French, Mandarin, and Spanish. Additionally, all Grade 6 students take Latin as an introduction to the study of language, etymology and mythology.