Language study at Holy Child is not just vocabulary, verbs and grammar; it is also a reflection of culture, history, geography, and all the things that make a country and a people. In small classes, students learn the skills needed to communicate effectively in French and Spanish. Our emphasis is on the four language skills–reading, writing, listening, and speaking–and classes are interactive and conducted in level-appropriate target language.
In addition to traditional language teaching methodology, we integrate a multimedia approach using videos, audio CDs, and computer sites that complement our texts and lessons. The girls use the language to present skits, do a newscast, prepare a Powerpoint on famous French or Spanish individuals or events, create their ideal house, talk about their family, prepare a travel brochure, cook a typical food, and assorted other projects that bring to life the concepts they are learning. The experienced, passionate faculty brings the culture into the classroom through the language to help the girls feel that they are part of a global community.
In addition to our regular curriculum, we also sponsor a European trip each spring break. The girls look forward to this great tradition, which has been going on now for decades.
Each student is required to attain three credits in modern world languages. Options include French and Spanish. Freshmen will begin in level one, level two, or Spanish Heritage, pending the results of their placement test, and may reach the Advanced Placement level. New to the Holy Child curriculum is a Spanish Heritage course, which will appeal to native Spanish speakers, offering students a rich cultural experience that is elevated from the other Spanish courses.
"A girl should choose Holy Child because it is a place where she can truly learn life skills and build confidence both in and out of the classroom. The teachers want you to succeed, and they are willing to put in extra time to make sure that happens. I have never met so many people who look forward to going to school and classes every day because they are excited to see their friends and feel like they can truly be themselves."
– Caitlyn ‘15, a freshman at Brown University
"By choosing Holy Child, you avail yourself to a myriad of opportunities. Holy Child is a place where your voice will be heard and appreciated. After my four years at Holy Child, I feel empowered in everything that I do. If you’re looking for supportive teachers, countless academic and social endeavors, and an incredibly close-knit community, then Holy Child is the place for you."
– Hope ‘15, a freshman at Savannah School of Art and Design
"Holy Child is a really special community. At Holy Child, you not only form strong bonds with your classmates, but also with your teachers, administrators, and even alumnae. All members of the community genuinely take interest in you and your life and care about your success. You are never alone at Holy Child; you’re part of a family."
– Allison ‘15, a freshman at Fordham University