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Developing Stronger Culturally Relevant Students

To be successful in a global society and economy, it is vitally important that our students complete their education with significant exposure to other languages and cultures. How does learning other languages and cultures add to the valuable education that develops 21st century skills?

  • Learning another language aids in students’ mastery of English and improves reading skills, mental flexibility and higher-level thinking.
  • Research shows that language learning correlates with higher academic achievement on standardized test measures and college entrance exams like the ACT and SAT.
  • Most colleges and universities encourage world language study for admissions and require it for graduation.
  • Knowing a world language is one of the top five desired skills in today’s job market.

At Hoover High School, we offer several intensive courses in:  American Sign Language, German, Spanish and French as well as introductory Mandarin Chinese.  Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered in German, Spanish and French, allowing students the opportunity to earn college credit.