World Languages


Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School supports a full World Language program for its students in Spanish, French, and Latin. The goal of the program is for each student to develop proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking in a modern (French or Spanish) or classical (Latin) language. The students have an opportunity to take four years of language at the high school level, even if they have placed out of the level I course in their chosen language.  AP courses are offered in all three languages to eligible students.

The AP courses may be taken by students who are juniors or seniors, after having completed 3 or 4 levels of their language courses. They are intended for highly motivated students, and are comparable in content and difficulty to a language course at the third-year college level.

Graduation Requirements for World Language: 2 credits completed in high school of the same language are required. As with all Diocesan high schools, courses taken in middle school do not transfer at high school credits. However, incoming freshmen who pass the language exemption exam, demonstrating proficiency at level I, may move directly into level II.


  • Spanish: I, II, III, IV, IV-H, AP
  • Latin: I, II, III-H, AP Latin: Virgil
  • French: I, II, III, IV-H, AP

Department Mission Statement:
As human beings endowed with God-given dignity, we recognize the same dignity in other humans and seek to communicate with our fellows and with the good God who created us. We in the World Language department are committed to educating the students of Saint John Paul the Great High School so that they not only speak, read, write, and comprehend a language other than English, but also appreciate the culture of and our connectedness with the children of God throughout the world. In this manner, we seek to help spread the Good News and glory of God.