Montgomery Bell Academy’s Foreign Language Department offers four to five year courses in Latin, Classical Greek, Chinese, French, German, and Spanish. All students who enter MBA are required to take two years of Latin, with study begining in the 8th grade, or in the 9th grade by students who enter MBA in the High School. Graduation requirements involves the two required years of Latin, followed by either a third year of Latin or two years of a modern language in addition to the two required years of Latin. For students entering at the tenth grade or later, the Latin component of the requirement is strongly encouraged but not mandatory.
The Classical Languages program comprises of five levels of Latin (Latin I - Latin V-Honors) and one section of Classical Greek. All Latin courses count as high school credit and appear on the student’s official school transcript, though scores from Latin I taken in the 8th grade are not included in the High School GPA.
The Classical Greek course is a college-paced introduction to classical Greek. This course is designed for seniors but open to juniors with the approval of the department chair, and it carries Honors-level designation.
: The Modern Languages program is comrpised of four languages: Chinese, French, German, and Spanish. The goal of the Modern Languages program is to develop interpretive and communicatvie proficiency in the language, in accordance to the proficiency standards established by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). For all 1st
year modern language courses, the grade in the first year is calculated by counting the first semester average once and the second semester average twice, on the premise that much of the first semester is spend in learning very basic elements and how to study the language.