PGCPS Elementary Foreign Language Offerings

by Katherine McElhenny

IMG_7154Have you ever wondered about the foreign language offerings at your local elementary school? Or how your school compares to others in the district?

No? Neither had I until recently.

Our family was out at a restaurant when we ran into a friend whose daughter had attended nursery school with my daughter. Immediately, the two kindergartners began comparing their schools. Our friend was proud of her brand new uniforms and Chinese classes. My daughter boasted of her Russian classes.

The parents were taken aback.

Chinese? Russian? Who knew? What was offered elsewhere? My curiosity was piqued.

A compilation of the district’s foreign language offerings was nowhere to be found on the PGCPS website.  Instead, the chart below was cobbled together from emails and calls to the World Language Office along with teachers and staff at individual schools.

Is your elementary school one of over one hundred that is not listed?  According to PGCPS, those students do not receive any foreign language instruction.

Elementary School Grades Language Frequency Additional Information
Ardmore K, 1st Chinese 30 minutes, 5 days a week Intro to Chinese 6th grade
Barack Obama K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Spanish 30 minutes, 5 days a week FLES (Foreign Language in the Elementary School) K-5
Berwyn Heights K, 1st Chinese 30 minutes, 5 days a week Intro to Chinese 6th grade
Capitol Heights K-5 Spanish Math 45 minutes, 5 times a week
Science 45 minutes, 5 times a week
STEM classes in Spanish
Fort Foote K, 1st Italian 30 minutes, 5 days a week As scheduling permits 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade
Greenbelt K, 1st Russian 30 minutes, 5 days a week As scheduling permits 2nd grade, Greenbelt MS will be feeder for Russian by 2019-2020

 

Magnolia K- 5th Spanish 30-45 minutes, 5 times a week Magnolia
Melwood K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Spanish 30 minutes, 5 days a week FLES K-5
Montpelier K, 1 Spanish 30 minutes, 5 days a week As scheduling permits 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade
Paint Branch

 

K Chinese Math 70-80 minutes, 5 days a week
Science 35-45 minutes, 5 days a week
1st Chinese Math 50-60 minutes, 5 days a week
Science 70 or 30 minutes, 2 or 3 days a week
2-4 Chinese 45 minutes, 5 days a week
5, 6 Chinese 30 minutes, 5 days a week
Patuxent K, 1 Spanish 30 minutes, 5 days a week As scheduling permits 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade
Rosaryville K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Spanish 30 minutes, 5 days a week FLES K-5
University Park K, 1st Italian 30 minutes, 5 days a week As scheduling permits 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade

Charters, Immersions, Talented and Gifted (TAG)

Dora Kennedy French Immersion
6th-8th grades Russian 65 minutes, every other day World Language class (Intro-Level 2- these are part of the World Language Sequencing)
John Hanson Montessori preK-5th Spanish 40-50 minutes, 1 day a week
Judith P. Hoyer, Montessori K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Spanish 30 minutes, 5 days a week FLES K-5
Maya Angelou French Immersion 6th -8th grades Italian 65 minutes, every other day World Language class (Intro-Level 2- these are part of the World Language Sequencing)
Robert Goddard Montessori preK – 5th Spanish 45 minutes, 1 day a week *as of 2015/16 only. Frequency varies year to year based on number of creative art teachers
8 TAG:

Accokeek,

Capitol Heights,

Glenarden Woods,

Heather Hills,

Highland Park,

Longfields,

Mattaponi,

Valley View

Grade 2 French, Japanese 30-45 minutes, 2 times a week  ICAL (International Culture and Language Program) is designed to introduce students to various languages and cultures, especially Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese, Russian, and Japanese languages and cultures.  In addition, the history and development of languages are also studied and English/Reading skills are reinforced as part of the total course.
Grade 3 Italian, Chinese 30-45 minutes, 1 time a week
Grade 4 Spanish, Russian 30-45 minutes, 1 time a week
Grade 5 Spanish, French, Japanese 30-45 minutes, 2-3 times a week
 Grade 6 Introduction to Spanish or French 30-45 minutes, 5 times a week

For more information on PGCPS Middle and High School World Language offerings, visit the World Languages Office page.

Notice an omission or mistake? Please, let us know in the comments!

One thought on “PGCPS Elementary Foreign Language Offerings

  1. mccharness says:

    TAG Programs have been good about offering languages, but their approach has been just to give kids a sampling of lots of languages, not concentrate on any. So the kids never get mastery of a language.

    All elementary and preschools need to offer one language (or a choice of two) and let the kids become fluent in it. Kids are primed to learn languages when they are young, but we wait too long to start teaching languages.

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