SHHS currently offers Spanish and Latin, levels 1-4, as well as 2 culturally-focused classes, Hispanic Studies and Greco-Roman Mythology. The curriculum strives to develop proficiency, as detailed by ACTFL, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages . Please refer to ACTFL language performance indicators. SHHS participates in the Seal of Biliteracy program, which offers an award to students who achieve proficiency in English and one other language. Please refer to MA Seal of Biliteracy program for more information. Students in level 3 and level 4 Spanish classes may participate in a service learning trip to Central or South America.
In order to prepare for post secondary admission to competitive four year colleges and universities, 4 years of foreign language study (at the high school level) is highly recommended. For successful admission to two-year colleges and many state colleges, at least two years of foreign language (at the high school level) is recommended. But perhaps more importantly, the study of languages and cultures is integral to the development of a rich and varied skill set, and promotes tolerance and openness to new and different ideas in an increasingly global society. The study of languages has become a practical necessity for today's students, as they prepare for further study or employment. Students are required to successfully complete 2 years of study of a foreign language to fulfill graduation requirements.