World Languages

  • Highline Public Schools' World Language courses offer students the opportunity to develop proficiency in a language other than English, while studying the products, practices and perspectives of the target culture. Students develop their communication skills through reading, writing, speaking and listening in the language of study.

    We currently offer middle school courses in Spanish and French and high school courses in American Sign Language, French, Arabic, and Spanish.

    Three Benefits for being bilingual/biliterate:

    Economic: increasing demand for employees with bilingual skills

    Cognitive: Benefits for students learning more than one language include enhanced working memory, attention, flexibility and creative thinking. Bilingual/biliterate students also have greater linguistic awareness and more complex understanding of their native language

    Socio-Cultural: Bilingual students deepen their understanding of the world by communicating with people from other cultural groups