Brooklyn private independent school

World Languages

Berkeley Carroll views the exposure to other cultures, and the learning of languages in addition to English, as central to its mission of aiding students in becoming global thinkers. In the Upper School, students may take Spanish, French, or Latin, or some combination. About a quarter of our students choose to study two languages. Upper School students may also learn Mandarin through a small, individualized program, or Arabic through an online program offered by Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth.

Academic travel opportunities to study at the Itaca Institute in Granada, Spain and the Centre Mediterranéen d’Etudes Françaises in Cap d’Ail, France provide our advanced students with a fitting capstone to their language study at Berkeley Carroll. These experiences foster a deep respect for and interest in foreign and ancient cultures, and help to produce a climate of open-mindedness about global learning.

From 9th grade on, students are grouped according to proficiency, which means that many language classes have students from multiple grades and that students may progress as far as their interest and language mastery allow them to go. Upper level electives not only assume conversational fluency, but also allow students to choose topics and content that are of particular interest to them.