Heritage Spanish Program

Heritage Spanish Program

 The purpose of the Spanish for Heritage Speakers (SHS) Program is to provide the opportunity for seventh and eighth grade students with experience in Spanish at home or in their families to participate in an accelerated course of Spanish in accordance with the Diocesan Spanish Language Curriculum Objectives.

The SHS program is a two year program of study beginning in seventh grade for students who are academically motivated and desire a more rigorous course of study that keeps them constantly challenged and interested. The demanding program of study requires a high level of academic performance, discipline, and appropriate maturity for each student participating. Consistent parental support is also required for the student’s success.

Key elements of the SHS program include:

  • An accelerated reading, writing, and grammar track in Spanish, enabling students to further their Spanish language skills.
  • Rapid paced and rigorous classes, covering significantly more material than the standard class.
  • Small class size (the class size is limited to 18 students)

Admission Qualifications

Rising seventh and eighth grade students must:

  • Demonstrate appropriate Spanish fluency through the Spanish STAR Reading test, a writing sample, and an oral interview
  • Receive positive recommendation from current Spanish teacher

Once a student is in the SHS program, the appropriateness of the class will be reconsidered if the teacher and the administration feel that the student is not demonstrating the maturity or dedication that this course requires.

Applicants will be considered based on their Spanish reading level, writing sample, oral interview, application, and the space available in the class. For current Aquinas Students, the reading level test and the oral interview will take place during the school day.